Innovation Lead Will Help New Jersey Modernize Process, Support the Tech Economy

New Jersey’s inaugural chief innovation officer, a longtime champion of transparency in information, said she’ll continue to rely closely on open data and input from her colleagues at the Office of Information Technology (NJOIT), residents and other resources as she begins her new position.

Beth Simone Noveck, director of the White House Open Government Initiative from 2009 to 2011 and former senior advisor for open government during then-UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s tenure, started in New Jersey on Aug. 13 as its innovation leader. Far from working alone, Noveck told Government Technology, she’ll be partnering with another recent hire, Chief Technology Officer Chris Rein, to help the state more fully engage its tech and innovation economy.

The New Jersey native and founder of The Governance Lab at New York University Tandon School of Engineering said she and Rein had been in conversation in advance of starting their posts to discuss the sometimes-blurry lines and complexity of titles in the innovation, technology, data and information spaces. (Read more…)