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Louisville hires city’s first data officer

Michael Schnuerle
Michael Schnuerle

Will help improve government performance and transparency

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016) — Michael Schnuerle has been named the first data officer hired by the City of Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today. Schnuerle, who will help elevate efforts to use and analyze data to improve government performance and transparency, will be part of the city’s Office of Performance Improvement & Innovation. He begins Oct. 10.

His role will include developing a strategy for collecting and using city data, working with departments and partners to foster data-driven decision-making and to promote transparency through open data.

Schnuerle is the co-founder of the Civic Data Alliance, a non-profit focused on using data and computer coding for civic-focused projects. The Civic Data Alliance—which is Louisville’s chapter of Code for America—has worked on projects with multiple Louisville non-profits and also city departments, including Metro Parks and Develop Louisville. Schnuerle helped to build civic technology products such as real-time bus tracking for TARC and Google, a tree canopy analysis, and city navigation for the visually impaired.

“Data is critical to our ability to revolutionize Louisville Metro Government, and this data officer post is a logical next step toward ensuring continuous improvement for services provided to citizens,” said Theresa Reno-Weber, the city’s chief of performance and technology. “Michael’s experience and skills will be an asset across our city.”

Schnuerle worked at the online video production company Autodemo and previously served as chief executive of Louisville-based Metro Mapper LLC., an interactive online mapping platform.