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#BetaBagels 002 — When operations meets data, a breakfast briefing with the Mayor’s Office of Operations and the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics. BetaBagels is an experimental breakfast salon for change-makers and do-ers who have an interest in government & civic technology, data science, and service design. BetaBagles is a bi-monthly conversation with change-makers and do-ers who are transforming government from the inside out. Join us for BetaBagels 002 as we dive into the two Mayoral offices who are modernizing government for the digital age. For BetaBagels 002, we are bringing in two newly appointed-ish Mayoral Office directors. For the last few years, the Mayor’s Office of Operations and Data Analytics have worked hand in hand. While Ops makes informed policy decisions and strategic, targeted investments — MODA helps City agencies apply strategic analytical thinking to data, to deliver services more equitably and effectively, and to increase operational transparency. Together, these offices provide strategic thinking into government for the digital age. You can participate in the conversation using #BetaBagels on Twitter or Facebook. Do you want to ask a question: Visit <https://sli.do> and use the event code #BetaBagels002 and select upcoming event. BetaBagels is open to all and hosted by BetaNYC and the Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer; we are inspired by our friends in LA who host Data + Donuts. Breakfast is provided with support from Microsoft Cities. Event details: * Tuesday, 15 January - 8:00 am to 10 am * Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer’s Office, 1 Centre St, 19th Floor, Manhattan, NY (Enter through the South Tower) * South tower security checkpoint opens at 8, networking breakfast starts at 8. Discussion starts at 8:30. # About our presenters: Jeff Thamkittikasem, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations Jeff Thamkittikasem is the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations. Previously, Thamkittikasem served for four years as Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Correction. Prior to joining the Administration, Thamkittikasem was Managing Partner and Vice President of Sentinel Strategy and Policy Consulting, where he provided intensive data analysis, and strategic and operational advice to public and private sector clients in the U.S. and abroad. Thamkittikasem also served as senior policy adviser to the Commissioner at U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Chief of Staff for its Office of Anti-Terrorism, where he provided policy guidance in the development of agency-wide programs, international trade partnerships, and risk assessment initiatives. Thamkittikasem holds a Master of Public Affairs from Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs, a Master’s degree in Sociology from Stanford University, and Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and International Relations from Stanford University. About - Mayor’s Office of Operations: The Mayor’s Office of Operations works to make New York City government more effective and efficient by leveraging its performance, project, and strategic management expertise. The office is responsible for managing and coordinating multi-agency programs and initiatives and uses data to help the City make informed policy decisions and strategic, targeted investments. Operations includes the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics; Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity; the Mayor’s Office of Information Privacy; 311; and Customer Service and Audit units that aim to improve government transparency and accountability. Kelly Jin, Chief Analytics Officer: Kelly Jin is the Chief Analytics Officer for the City of New York and Director of the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics (MODA). She brings over a decade of diverse public service and consulting experience to MODA. She pairs a broad range of analytics experience in both the public and private sectors with a deep understanding of policy and strategy for federal, state, and local governments. Prior to the Chief Analytics Officer role, she served as Director at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, where she worked with public servants to identify data-driven investments to support effective state and local government policy making and operations priorities. While helping lead the Foundation's Data-Driven Justice project, she leveraged data and technology to identify more effective, less costly solutions for those frequently involved with local criminal justice and health care systems. Previously, Kelly worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as a policy advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Chief Data Scientist, advising on strategy for local jurisdictions. She also built and co-led the City of Boston’s analytics team and served as Citywide Analytics Manager. Her earlier career included advisory roles in the U.S. General Services Administration, White House Domestic Policy Council, and as a management consultant. Kelly holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. About - Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics The mission of the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA) is to help City agencies apply strategic analytical thinking to data, to deliver services more equitably and effectively, and to increase operational transparency. MODA’s work in partnership with agencies touch on a wide variety of areas including: public safety, education, emergency management, transportation, physical infrastructure, and economic development. Depending on the engagement, MODA may serve as analysts, strategic advisors, technical resources, or project managers. In addition to MODA’s role as New York City’s analytics center for excellence, MODA is also responsible for implementing the New York City Open Data Law; the most ambitious and comprehensive open data legislation in the country. MODA partners with the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications to manage the City’s Open Data program, which has over 2,000 publicly available datasets and 30,000 weekly users, and achieve Open Data for All, the Mayor’s vision to maximize New Yorkers’ engagement with City data. Breakfast is provided with support from Microsoft Cities. Thank you for the photo by Guitarfish and using a Creative Commons attribution-non commercial license.
Open Data Week is organized and produced by the NYC Open Data Program and BetaNYC. This week long event series takes place during the first week of March 2019.