New Jersey names GovLab director Noveck as chief information officer
Beth Noveck has been appointed as New Jersey’s first chief information officer (CIO). New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said Noveck will “create a 21st century government that makes decisions by tapping high-quality data and diverse collective intelligence.”
Noveck is a professor in the technology, culture, and society department at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, where she directs the Governance Lab (GovLab) and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance.
She served in the Obama White House as the first US deputy chief technology officer and director of the White House Open Government Initiative. She has also served as senior advisor for open government in former UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s government.
Murphy said: “To reclaim our innovation economy, we must have fresh, cutting-edge ideas that will not only bring New Jersey into the 21st century but also improve the lives of our nine million residents. Beth is an experienced, high-calibre professional who will make New Jersey a leader in government effectiveness.”
Noveck commented: “Governor Murphy is a strong champion for using technology and innovation to seize the opportunities of the future, namely to spur economic growth, educate our children, increase health and wellness, and create new jobs. It is an honour to serve in his Administration and help advance these goals for everyone in my home state.”
She is tasked with helping to design and deliver more effective and agile government services, solve public challenges with digital technologies, drive inter-city digital collaboration, stimulate local business and entrepreneurship, and craft policies to assist and protect workers and consumers in their dealings with technology.
Noveck was named one of the 2018’s ‘100 most influential people in digital government’ by public sector network Apolitical this month. She has also been selected previously as one of the ‘foreign policy 100’ by Foreign Policy, one of the ‘100 most creative people in business’ by Fast Company, and one of the ‘top women in technology’ by the Huffington Post.
She is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, and a member of the Scholars Council of the Library of Congress. She serves on the advisory boards of the Center for Open Science, Open Contracting Partnership, EPSRC Centre for the Mathematics of Precision Healthcare, and NHS Digital Academy.
Investors injected nearly $39 million into New Jersey’s innovation economy through the State’s Angel Investor Tax Credit Program during the first six months of 2018. Bolstering the Garden State’s innovation ecosystem is the centrepiece of Murphy’s vision for creating a stronger economy.
Between January and June, the EDA approved 60 Angel Investor Tax Credit Program applications representing $38.8 million in investments into 20 different New Jersey technology and life sciences companies.
New Jersey’s ‘angel investor tax credit programme; offers a 10 per cent refundable tax credit for qualified investments in emerging technology businesses with a physical presence in the state.