Brett Goldstein

Brett Goldstein
Fellow, University of Chicago


As Chicago’s first Chief Data Officer, Brett Goldstein’s role is to lead the city’s approach to and use of data to help improve the way the government works for its residents. Thus, the responsibilities of the Chief Data Officer are threefold: promoting transparency through open data, constructing a comprehensive strategy for citywide data usage and storage, and facilitating data-driven decision-making through data analytics, including groundbreaking predictive analytics.

Before coming to City Hall as Chief Data Officer, Brett Goldstein founded and directed the Chicago Police Department’s Predictive Analytics Group, which aims to predict when and where crime will happen. Goldstein is a former Commander in the Chicago Police Department. Previously, Goldstein was an early employee with OpenTable. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College, his MS in criminal justice at Suffolk University, and his MS in computer science at University of Chicago. Brett is pursuing his PhD in Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He resides in Chicago with his wife and three children.


Business & Industry, Beekman / Sutton North (NY Hilton)
Q McCallum (@qethanm), Brett Goldstein (University of Chicago)
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We often hear of private-sector companies' use of sophisticated analytics in search of profit. What about the civic sector? How are local governments using their data to improve city services? This talk will explore how the Chicago Mayor's Office teamed up with civic-minded data scientists to pursue data mining solutions for some of the city’s experimental projects. Read more.


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