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Socrata Data Academy
Oliver Wise is the Director of Socrata Data Academy. In this role, he helps governments develop the skills, leadership strategies, and execution tactics necessary to harness of the potential of data to transform public services.
Before joining Socrata, Oliver was the founding director of the City of New Orleans Office of Performance and Accountability (OPA), the City’s first data analytics team. Launched in 2011, OPA leverages data to set goals, track performance, and get results across City government. Oliver’s work in New Orleans has been recognized with an Organizational Leadership Award from the American Society of Public Administration, Certificate of Excellence by the International City Managers Association, an Innovation Award from the Bureau of Governmental Research, Certification from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities program, and a Bright Idea award from the Harvard University Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. He was also named to Government Technology’s “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers” list for 2015.
Earlier in his career, Oliver was a policy analyst for the RAND Corporation and the Citizens Budget Commission of New York City. He is also a co-founder of the Santorini-based Atlantis Books, which National Geographic listed as the best bookshop in the world. He holds an MPA from NYU Wagner, a BA from Tufts, and lives in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans with his awesome family: Ryan, Annie, Olive, and Eamonn.