An Indian-American digital media expert has been recently named by the New York Mayor Bill de Blasio as the city's new Chief Digital Officer. In his new role, Sreenivasan will work to focus on promoting access to local government through technology, increasing access to city-led technology initiatives, focusing on outreach to the tech community and directing the citywide digital policy, thus supporting city’s tech ecosystem.
He will also direct the Office of Digital Strategy (NYC Digital) to launch digital products that encourage civic engagement, increase government transparency, and support New York City's thriving tech ecosystem.
On appointing the new Chief Digital Officer, the New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "To move our city's digital ecosystem into the 21st century, we need to ensure our city's resources are at the fingertips of every New Yorker. With Sree Sreenivasan's wealth of experience, I am confident that he will work to promote transparency, access, and progressive values with our digital tools, helping spread access across the five boroughs”.
Prior to his work at City Hall, Sreenivasan served for three years at the Metropolitan Museum, where he led a 70-person team to increase the museum's digital presence. He has also worked as a member of faculty of the Columbia Journalism School and a year as Columbia University's first Chief Digital Officer.
Sreenivasan was born in Japan and received a Bachelor's degree in History from St. Stephen's College in Delhi.