Jane Wiseman leads the Institute for Excellence in Government, a nonprofit consulting firm dedicated to improving government performance. Wiseman is supporting an effort to create a national network of urban chief data officers to accelerate the use of analytics in local government. She also has advised U.S. cities funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies in its Mayors Challenge competition.

Previously, Wiseman served as assistant secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and as assistant to the director for strategic planning at the National Institute of Justice. She represented the Justice Department as a staff assistant for the House Appropriations Committee.

Wiseman's prior consulting has included organizational strategy, performance management and e-government strategy work for Accenture and Price Waterhouse, with clients including the National Governor’s Association and the National Criminal Justice Asociation; the U.S. departments of Veterans Affairs, Commerce, and Housing and Urban Development; and the states of Massachusetts and Michigan. She holds a master's degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor's degree in government from Smith College.

May 1, 2018

What Networked CDOs Can Bring to Their Cities

Chief data officers are not only working to solve their own cities' problems. They're working together to share their approaches among their peers.
September 13, 2017

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September 7, 2017

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September 2, 2016

Why We Need to Move Away From Jailing the Mentally Ill

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June 22, 2016

The Billions We're Wasting in Our Jails

By using data analytics to make decisions about pretrial detention, local governments could find substantial savings while making their communities safer.