Walsh taps DNC data expert to lead Boston analytics team

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BOSTON – City Hall is about to get even more data-driven as Boston Mayor Marty Walsh named Andrew Therriault, a Democratic National Committee employee, as his first chief data officer.

Therriault, the director of data science at the DNC in Washington, will lead Walsh’s data analytics team, which combines modern data analysis and visualizations to help city managers and the mayor keep track of operations. One example is the city’s recently unveiled data dashboard that details the demographics of the city workforce and provides a way to examine pay ranges and employment longevity.

A Haverhill native with degrees from New York University, Therriault will spearhead efforts to improve the performance of city operations. The analytics team will work across departments to help build a more effective government and deliver better outcomes for Boston residents and for people who work in the city, according to a statement from Walsh.

“I am excited to welcome Andrew to the team to build on our successes in using data to enhance city operations and improve quality of life for our residents,” the mayor said in the statement.

As part of the city’s Department of Innovation and Technology, Therriault will work closely with other managers to expand the use of data visualization and analytics to examine operations throughout the city.

“Local governments have a tremendous impact on their citizens’ lives, and Boston has been a pioneer in using data and analytics to improve every aspect of city services,” Therriault said in the statement. “It’s an exciting time to be part of such an innovative and growing department.”