Kenney Announces Chief Technology Officer, Chief Data Officer, Acting Health Commissioner, & Acting Procurement Commissioner
PHILADELPHIA – In a statement, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced that Charles Brennan will serve as Chief Technology Officer, Tim Wisniewski will serve as Chief Data Officer, Jane Baker will serve as Acting Health Commissioner, and Trevor Day will serve as Acting Procurement Commissioner.
“Tim Wisniewski has done a tremendous job as Chief Data Officer and there are few people with a background in technology and service as strong as Charles Brennan. I look forward to their continued success as we efficiently use data and technology to promote accessibility and accountability in City government.”
Tim Wisniewski will continue to serve as the Chief Data Officer for the City of Philadelphia. In this position, Wisniewski works with City departments to enhance government accountability, accessibility and civic engagement by publishing government data online, building websites and digital services. As Chief Data Officer, Wisniewski and his team have helped departments release over 200 open data sets around city contracts, property taxes, parking tickets, and the city budget. By creating formal channels for communities to participate in data release prioritization and interactive visualizations to reach more residents, Philadelphia has become a national leader in the open data movement. Wisniewski also helped assemble a stellar team of local civic-minded technologists to build the best government website in the country, driven by user needs. Previously, Wisniewski was the Executive Director of the Frankford Special Services District, where he led efforts to revitalize the Frankford Avenue Business Corridor through public safety and beautification projects. As President of the 24th Police District Advisory Council, he also helped to form Somerset Neighbors, a civic association in Kensington. Wisniewski is a graduate of Richmond, the American International University in London.
Charles Brennan will serve as Chief Technology Officer. Brennan has spent the last 30 years working in public safety technology projects. Promoted to Deputy Commissioner of Scientific and Technological Services by Commissioner John Timoney, he was responsible for the City’s 911 System, Police Information Systems, Geographic Information Systems and the DNA and Criminalistics Laboratories. After retiring from Philadelphia, he worked in the Rendell Administration where he headed the Office of Public Safety Radio Services. There, he managed the construction and build-out of Pennsylvania’s combined radio network, PA-STARNET. Most recently, Brennan has been the Deputy General Project Manager for a multi-national company’s installation of a radio network for a large public transportation system in the state of New Jersey. Brennan has both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree from St. Joseph’s University, where he also taught as an adjunct in the Graduate Program, developing and introducing courses in public safety technology. Brennan attended Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government as well as the FBI Academy’s National Associates Program.
“I thank Jane and Trevor for their continued leadership and their commitment to public service,” said Kenney. “I’m confident that they will lead their departments expertly during this interim period.”
Jane Baker will serve as Acting Health Commissioner. Baker has served in the Philadelphia Department of Public Health for 19 years, most recently as Chief of Staff and the Director for the Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity. In these roles, Baker was responsible for administrative coordination in four City departments (Health, Human Services, Behavioral Health, and Homeless Services), where she oversaw Human Resources, Information Technology services, and management of customer services. Within the Health Department, Baker also oversaw the support services in the Office of the Health Commissioner, contract compliance for Philadelphia Nursing Home, and department communications, facilities management, and performance management. Advising the Deputy Mayor and the Health Commissioner on a broad range of policy and legislative issues, Baker also served as the Departmental Integrity Officer. Baker has a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology from LaSalle University.
Trevor Day will serve as Acting Procurement Commissioner. Day has been a leading voice for Procurement reform within City government, most recently holding the position of Deputy Procurement Commissioner. In this role, Day led a pilot project for reverse auctions, saving the City hundreds of thousands of dollars. He is also currently the project lead for a Procurement System Modernization. Prior to joining the Procurement Department, Day held finance, contract and technology management positions for the previous 10 years with two City Departments: the Office of Innovation and Technology and the Capital Program Office. Before joining the city, Day served with two Philadelphia urban development non-profit organizations focused on training female entrepreneurs and building the capacity of small and local businesses and commercial corridors. Day earned his Master of Business Administration in Urban Economic Development from Eastern University in St. David’s, PA and has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Bates College in Lewiston, ME.