Jason Lally Appointed State Chief Data Officer

Published On: June 17, 2024

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Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Thursday that Jason Lally, of San Francisco, has been appointed to serve as California’s Chief Data Officer at the California Office of Data and Innovation within the Government Operations Agency. Lally has been the Deputy Director for Data Engineering and Services at the same office since 2022.

“My goal is to increase the State’s use of modern data approaches to respond quickly and effectively to issues (both emerging and known), and always with ethics and equity at the center,” said Lally in a blog post. “With these approaches pointed at human-centered challenges, I know we can collectively tackle some of our most pressing challenges without losing sight of the people we serve.”

Lally’s career includes roles at the California Government Operations Agency from 2021 to 2022, where he was Deputy Chief Data Officer and Special Consultant to the Chief Data Officer, says the press release. Before that, he worked for DataSF in San Francisco from 2014 to 2020, holding positions such as Chief Data Officer, Data Services Manager, and Open Data Program Manager. From 2013 to 2014, he was a Mayor’s Innovation Fellow in the San Francisco Mayor’s Office.

He is taking over the position a year after the departure of Joy Bonaguro, which she announced on June 1, 2023 in a Medium post. The previous year, she announced the Office of Digital Innovation merged with CalData, both within the Government Operations Agency, to become the Office of Data and Innovation.  California published its first statewide data strategy in 2020, with funding outlined in the 2021 state budget. 

The new state CDO said he looks forward to working with ODI Director Jeffery Marino to help fulfill their mission.  “My goal is to increase the State’s use of modern data approaches to respond quickly and effectively to issues (both emerging and known), and always with ethics and equity at the center,” he continued in the blog post.

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