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Mayor Bill de Blasio appoints Penn alumna Kelly Jin to lead NYC analytics department

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York named 2008 College graduate Kelly Jin as Chief Analytics Officer for the entire city on Oct. 17. Jin, who majored in economics at Penn, will now oversee the entire analytics department, according to a press release. In the position, Jin works to improve the city’s data structures, support city officials, and implement systems to make data publicly available.

“We’re really focused on how can we use data to make better decisions across the city,” Jin said. The position was vacant for over a year and was previously held by Amen Ra Mashariki, who left to work in the private sector. "Our data analytics team is a crucial part of bringing important city initiatives to life, tracking their progress, and finding new ways to understand the city through data,” de Blasio said in the press release. 

“I know Kelly has the experience and the drive to use our data resources to help City Hall and city agencies make better decisions and craft better policies, as well as manage the largest Open Data program in the country." At Penn, Jin was involved with the Civic House and the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project, which she said helped spark her interest in public service. 

“I’ve always been a big believer that one should be engaged with one’s community,” she said.

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