June 5, 2015
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced Jessica Singleton as the City’s new Chief Digital Officer. Singleton, who has served as Digital Director for the City since January 2014, will expand her role managing the City’s digital engagement strategy. In her new capacity, Singleton will encourage public participation in City-led technology initiatives, focus on outreach to the tech community, and direct citywide digital policy. The expansion of Singleton’s responsibilities underscores Mayor de Blasio’s commitment to make New York the most tech-friendly and innovative city in the world.
“From day one, Jessie understood that the purpose of government is to provide the highest quality services and support, and to ensure these services are accessible to all. Her leadership in the digital domain helped bring pre-K to the fingertips of New York parents, made possible Digital.NYC – a first-of-its-kind hub for New York City’s tech ecosystem – and spurred the integration of social media into NYC311’s service response queue. With a strong track record of producing digital tools that engage and excite, I’m eager to see the results she delivers for New Yorkers in this expanded role,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“As Chief Digital Officer, my mission is to ensure New Yorkers in every borough are just a click or a swipe away from the services they need,” said Chief Digital Officer Jessica Singleton. “This administration understands the power of using digital tools to encourage civic engagement, strengthen communities, increase transparency, and improve delivery of services for New Yorkers. In partnership with my talented colleagues across the city, I am confident we will fulfill Mayor de Blasio’s charge to ensure New York’s place as the most innovative and tech-friendly city in the world.”
Reporting to the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen, the Chief Digital Officer directs the Office of Digital Strategy (NYC Digital) to launch digital products that promote civic engagement and increase government transparency, and support New York City's tech ecosystem.
About Jessica Singleton
Jessica Singleton is the Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York, where she works to support the city’s thriving tech ecosystem and ensure that the City government is at the fingertips of every New Yorker. Singleton has served the City as Digital Director since January 2014.
Prior to her work at City Hall, Singleton served as the Digital Director on Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign. Previously, Singleton worked on the digital team for Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign, advocated for LGBT equality at the Human Rights Campaign, explored the intersection of technology and politics at the think tank NDN/NPI, and co-founded the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network. An East Tennessee native, Jessica is a graduate of Middlebury College. She lives in Brooklyn.
About NYC Digital
The City of New York is dedicated to improving engagement with residents and businesses by developing tools that will enhance government transparency, improve delivery of City services, and promote civic engagement. The Office of Digital Strategy (NYC Digital) works closely with the Mayor’s Office of Operations, Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics, NYC Economic Development Corporation, NYC Law Department, Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, NYC & Co, Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation, Department of Small Business Services, and the Mayor’s Communication’s Office to help develop forward-thinking policies and usage for digital tools to better serve the public and support the growth of New York City’s tech ecosystem.