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Mayor Miro Weinberger Appoints Beth Anderson as City's First Chief Innovation Officer


May 14, 2015
Contact:  Mike Kanarick

Mayor Miro Weinberger Appoints Beth Anderson as City’s First Chief Innovation Officer

Burlington, VT – Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced the appointment of Beth Anderson as the City’s first-ever Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) to lead the newly-created Innovation & Technology Department.  As CIO, Anderson will be responsible for managing the City’s information technology (IT) operations, as well as coordinating data-driven innovation and using performance metrics to facilitate the City’s continuous improvement efforts.  The Mayor has asked the City Council to approve the appointment at its May 18, 2015 meeting. 

“The City of Burlington will be very fortunate to have a leader of Beth Anderson’s caliber serving as the City’s first Chief Innovation Officer,” said Mayor Weinberger.  “Beth’s service will improve the City’s IT capacities, save taxpayer dollars, and deliver better, data-driven public outcomes.”

Anderson has extensive experience in the areas of innovation, performance metrics, continuous improvement, and IT, as well as excellent communication and relationship-building skills, and an outstanding record of community service.  Anderson, a Burlington resident, joined Vermont Oxford Network (VON) four years ago as Director of Operations, a role that had not existed previously in the organization.  Anderson was tasked with working across the organization to help identify and develop the processes and infrastructure necessary to help position the organization to better serve its members and to support critical strategic growth.  Prior to her work at VON, Anderson served as the Director of Operations at the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), where she currently serves as a board member.  Before moving to Vermont, Anderson worked in the financial services industry in New York City.  Both in her past work experiences and through volunteerism, Anderson has demonstrated a deep and continuing commitment to public service, including through her work for the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, where she empowered others through business development and employment opportunities, and through her service as a volunteer with Girls on the Run, where Anderson helps grade school girls realize their potential, gain confidence, develop healthy habits, and have fun. 

“I am excited to be joining the City team and look forward to working with my new colleagues to help the City improve its IT functions and actively engage in a pattern of continuous improvement and innovation to better serve the people of Burlington,” said Anderson.  “I appreciate the Mayor’s confidence in my abilities and welcome the opportunity to serve the great City of Burlington.”

The CIO position, created through City Council resolution on December 1, 2014, will include the following responsibilities:

  • Managing the operations of the City’s new Innovation & Technology Department, including supervising and managing IT staff and directing the development of a comprehensive IT vision for the City that supports the City’s people-oriented effort to continuously improve service provision and the quality of life in the City, as well as to identify ways to utilize technology to generate cost savings.
  • Coordinating the development of a data-driven innovation strategy for the City, which includes:  leading the City’s efforts to collect, analyze, and disseminate data to the public and across City Departments; facilitating the institutionalization of data-driven decision-making and continuous improvement processes across the City; and promoting transparency through the use of accessible, open data.
  • Leading the City’s efforts to establish, benchmark, and track progress on performance metrics across all City Departments with an emphasis on the City’s continuous performance improvement efforts to enhance the delivery of public outcomes, operational efficiencies, and customer service.

Please see attached documents, including:

  • Memorandum from Mayor Miro Weinberger to City Councilors dated May 14, 2015 requesting approval of appointment of Beth Anderson as Chief Innovation Officer; and
  • Curriculum vitae of Beth Anderson.

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