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Danielle DuMerer

CIO & Commissioner, Department of Innovation & Technology at City of Chicago


Danielle is CIO and Commissioner of the City of Chicago's Department of Innovation and Technology, where she is working to improve how residents interact with government and leading its smart city initiatives. She brings over ten years of government technology experience,having previously served as CTO as well as Director of Planning, Policy, & Management. Danielle established Chicago’s internationally-recognized open data program and its PMO; she directed the move of the City’s data centers, and led digital inclusion efforts to expand access to technology resources and digital skills training. In 2016, Danielle and her team were recognized by the Chicago chapters of SIM and AITP as the Most Effective IT Team in a large company. 

Prior to working in government, Danielle developedK-12 educational technology products at the McGraw-Hill Companies. She also worked in the Library and Archives field, serving a variety of educational and non-profit organizations to promote equitable access to and preservation of information resources. Danielle holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.