Chief Data Officers are in place in over half of U.S. states and dozens of major cities across the country. As public entities begin to realize the value of the data they collect, store, and manage, the question becomes: how can that data be leveraged as a strategic asset to deliver services and formulate public policy? We invited three CDOs tasked with answering that very question to get their take.


We were joined by Adita Karkera, Deputy CDO, State of Arkansas, Ed Kelly, CDO, State of Texas and Rachel Stone, CDO, State of Utah. The panel was moderated by Tyler Kleykamp, Director, State Chief Data Officers Network at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation.

During the panel, the group discussed:

  • How they leverage data to support policy and decision-making
  • How public entities can better manage, use, and protect the data they collect
  • What’s next for the evolving role of a CDO