Brenna Berman joined the Emanuel administration in 2011 as Deputy Budget Director before transitioning into her current role as Commissioner and CIO of DoIT. Her work includes building Chicago’s open data program and implementing the spatial analytics platform “WindyGrid.”
“We are lucky that we work with every city department,” Berman told Blue Sky. “We try to bring them innovative ideas, and then we try to understand their problems and understand the innovations that they want to bring to the services that they provide. We try to make all of our decisions as data-driven as possible.”
Berman built a career in government innovation at IBM. During her 10-year tenure, she worked with government agencies to use technology and analytics as tools for improving services for residents.
Berman was named to the board of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, which runs 1871, in early 2015.
She graduated from the University of Chicago with her master’s in public policy. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two sons.