Murphy names N.J.’s first chief innovation officer

Beth Noveck. (File photo)

Gov. Phil Murphy named New Jersey’s first chief innovation officer, his administration announced Monday.

Beth Simone Noveck will be taking on the role.

Murphy said the appointment comes from his promise to spur and expand an innovation economy in New Jersey.

“To reclaim our innovation economy, we must have fresh, cutting-edge ideas that will not only bring New Jersey into the 21st century but also improve the lives of our nine million residents,” Murphy said. “I am pleased to have Beth Noveck join our team as New Jersey’s first chief innovation officer. Beth is an experienced, high-caliber professional who will make New Jersey a leader in government effectiveness.”

“Gov. Murphy is a strong champion for using technology and innovation to seize the opportunities of the future, namely to spur economic growth, educate our children, increase health and wellness, and create new jobs,” Noveck said. “It is an honor to serve in his administration and help advance these goals for everyone in my home state.”

In her role, Noveck will be responsible for:

  • Designing and deploying government services;
  • Solving public problems through new technologies and collaborating with other governments, the private sector and higher education;
  • Creating a 21st century government that makes decisions with data and collective intelligence; and
  • Stimulating entrepreneurship and business growth while protecting workers and consumers by crafting policies to respond to new technology.

Noveck is a professor in the Technology, Culture and Society department at New York University‘s Tandon School of Engineering. There, she directs the Governance Lab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. Before that, she served in the Obama White House as the first U.S. deputy chief technology officer and director of White House Open Government Initiative. She was later appointed senior advisor for Open Government by U.K. Prime Minster David Cameron.