Brett Goldstein

Senior Fellow in Urban Science, Harris School of Public Policy, UChicago

Brett Goldstein is the inaugural recipient of the Fellowship in Urban Science at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. As a Senior Fellow in Urban Science, he focuses on issues of computation and public policy to inform better decision making in government.

Previously, Goldstein was the Commissioner and Chief Information Officer of the Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT), appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in June of 2012. During his tenure, he successfully worked toward a comprehensive consolidation of technology while rapidly accelerating the role of innovation in government. Goldstein was also the Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago, the first position of this kind for a major municipality. Appointed in 2011, he led the city’s data strategy, to help improve the way the city’s information works for its residents. In his tenure, he developed WindyGrid, an innovative situational awareness and analytics platform and has grown Chicago’s open data program into one of the largest worldwide.

Before coming to City Hall, Goldstein was one of the youngest Commanders in the Chicago Police Department where he founded and directed the Department's Predictive Analytics Group, which aimed to predict violent crime patterns. Previously, Goldstein was an early employee with OpenTable where he played an integral role in scaling the operation from a handful of restaurants in San Francisco to a network which operates worldwide.