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Chief Data Officer
Ken Pfeil



Upcoming Events

Virginia Datathon

Former Governor Terry McAuliffe announced in April 2014 the first Virginia Open Data Portal. In September 2014, the first Virginia Datathon was held during the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium in Richmond, Virginia. The event was a first of its kind among state governments across the country. Teams from different agencies across the state were challenged to create applications using state data to promote efficiency and transparency within state government. The teams presented their projects to a panel of expert judges and conference attendees who voted for the best team. The event was initiated by former Deputy Secretary of Technology, Anthony Fung, and organized by former Secretary of Technology, Karen Jackson. The goal was to encourage collaboration and innovation by providing a sandbox and tools for state employees to exercise their creativity. 

The Virginia Datathon continues bringing state agencies, localities, students, non-profits and the private sector together to leverage technology and data to develop innovative solutions addressing complex problems.

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Upcoming Events

March 16, 2022

Government Innovation Virginia

Join Interim CDO Marcus Thornton and former Virginia CDO Carlos Rivero along with other prestigious speakers as they address how people, processes, and technology all contribute to advancing government innovation throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. This one-day event will provide the ideal meeting place to learn, collaborate and discuss current trends and best practices. Registration to this event is complimentary and exclusive to Public Sector employees only. Learn more and register here.

Past Events

October 27, 2021

NVTC and Virginia Tech Data Science Speaker Series

This new event series showcased the impact that Data Science is having and changing the way science and business are being conducted, how government policy is being made and how the application of Data Science is changing our daily lives as citizens and consumers. Each event in the series had an audience consisting of 100+ business leaders from the Greater Washington region. Learn more here.

October 7-8, 2021

Virtual Virginia Datathon

The Virginia Datathon brings state agencies, localities, students, non-profits and the private sector together to leverage technology and data to develop innovative solutions addressing complex problems. Learn more here.

September 29, 2021

Virginia Data Revolution

According to Feeding America, there were 842,870 food-insecure Virginians in 2018, who experienced hunger or limited/uncertain availability of nutritional food. During mid-2020 this number grew an estimated 12.5% due to the onset and progression of COVID-19. Come hear panelists talk about how data is a powerful tool that can help us better understand food insecurity at a local level. A data-driven government is better equipped to solve difficult community problems. And, ending hunger is a multi-faceted issue that spans individuals, communities, companies, producers, and government. Learn more and register here.

May 11, 2021

The State of Intelligent Automation - RPA + AI in State and Local Government

Learn from innovative state and local government leaders on how they got started on their intelligent automation journey and how they have used RPA and AI used to improve service delivery to citizens, provide significant organizational cost savings, and increase employee productivity and satisfaction. Register to hear Carlos Rivero participate in an event panel. Event information.

May 5, 2021

Global CDO & Data Leaders' Summit 2021

This event spotlights innovative thought leaders and provides an opportunity to share and exchange new ideas, technology trends and networking. Discussions on the theme of Leadership, Data and Analytics for Digital Transformation will be conducted with 90+ leaders in 30+ sessions – designed specifically for senior and C-level data and analytics executives. Event information.

April 21, 2021

Business of Data Government Industry Panel - LinkedIn Live

Join Catherine King and Carlos Rivero live on LinkedIn to talk about data in the government industry.

March 18, 2021

Roadmap to Modernization: State and Local Transformation Strategies

How are state and local governments tackling digital transformation and addressing this major transition to more modern, and often contactless, government services? During this session, Carlos Rivero and other state and local officials discussed how they are embracing more strategic uses of emerging technology. Event information.

February 10, 2021

Virginia Data Revolution

The role of data was explored in restoring public trust in government.Event information.

February 3, 2021

Public Sector Network’s Building Your Data Platform

This event focused on leveraging data science to guide public sector transformation. Commonwealth CDO Carlos Rivero delivered a keynote titled Developing a Data Analytics Roadmap: Building and Integrating Capabilities. Event information.

February 2, 2021

American Society for Public Administration Data Sharing Webinar

The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated the importance and value of being able to share data quickly between levels of government. But sharing data does not come easy. In a recent report, Harvard’s Jane Wiseman identifies common challenges that serve as barriers to more effective data sharing and offers a series of case studies of successful sharing that resulted in real value for users. The Chief Data Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia shared how his state has undertaken a multi-year commitment to sharing data, and how that turned out to be a propitious investment in advance of the pandemic.

January 14, 2021

FedScoop Data Cloud Summit

Top leaders and decision-makers from the public-sector IT community spoke at the 2021 Data Cloud Summit to discuss the importance of developing a foundational enterprise data strategy and how that can spark digital transformation, powering new capabilities like machine learning and rapid analytics. Event sessions available on-demand.

December 3, 2020 - Keynote

GovLoop: Uncovering Government's Data Management Realities

Access to the tools and resources you need to get your job done has never been more critical. As agencies transitioned to and are now operating in a remote landscape, they’ve had to rethink how and where they secure, store and manage their data enterprise. And the employees themselves are working in a new environment, with new tools and resources, which can cause some potential barriers for entry.

December 2, 2020 - Summit

Chief Data Officer Summit: Disrupting with Data - Innovation in the New Normal

Learn how CDO's are leveraging their data & analytics capabilities to maintain a competitive advantage and plan for tomorrow.

November 17, 2020 - Panel

GovX Summit

Carlos Rivero joined executives across the globe in a live panel discussion about strategy and government data. Event information here.

November 13, 2020 - Panel

UVA Data Science Datapalooza 2020

Carlos Rivero participated on the panel Bridging Data and Policy.

November 10, 2020 - Virtual Workshop

Federal Computer Week - Data & Analytics Workshop

In this virtual event, data experts from all corners of government discussed the problems they're solving, the initiatives they have underway and the mission impacts they're seeing. Listen to the recording here.

October 21, 2020 - Webinar

Leveraging Data as an Asset to Support Policy-Making

Chief Data Officers are in place in over half of U.S. states and dozens of major cities across the country. As public entities begin to realize the value of the data they collect, store and manage, the question becomes: how can that data be leveraged as a strategic asset to deliver services and formulate public policy? Watch the recording here.

October 15, 2020 - Webinar

ACT-IAC “When Does Information Become TMI”

Carlos Rivero participated in a panel discussion focused on the exponential rise of successful adoptions and the best practices across public and private sectors, by leveraging data as a strategic asset and enabler of transformation. Access the webinar on demand here.

October 6, 2020 - Roundtable Discussion

Washington, D.C. CIO Summit

Carlos Rivero participated on a panel session from 2:20pm – 2:45pm EST on “Fostering the Data-Driven Organization.” In these uncertain times, it can be difficult for the senior leadership team to decipher the truth for setting an effective business strategy. This is part of the reason why an increasing number of technology executives advocate fostering a data-driven organization to help strengthen decision making. In this panel discussion, discover effective approaches for fostering a data-driven culture along with real-world examples of leveraging data to help move the business forward. Learn more here.

September 16, 2020 - Seminar Series

Virginia Data Revolution

Many states were unprepared for the health and economic toll of COVID-19, but ones like Virginia that had already invested in a data sharing framework, have shown they’re better-positioned to handle the rapidly evolving crisis. As such, as the country continues to reopen the economy and make critical decisions in relation to education, the workforce, and social services – state and local government leaders are asking one question: what is the data telling us? Learn more here.

September 15, 2020 - Virtual Conference

Data for AI Week

Carlos Rivero participated in a panel discussion. Event details here.

September 10, 2020 - Virtual Meetup

Data Champions Virtual Meetup

Carlos Rivero led a live discussion on data sharing from 4-5pm EST. Event details here.

September 9, 2020 - Virtual Conference


Carlos Rivero participated in the panel session "The Rise of Analytics" from 10:30am-11:30am. The events of this year have put a spotlight on the importance of data analysis. Critical social policy and public health decisions are hinging on the analysis of thousands of data sets. Time and time again, data is proving to be the most powerful storyteller. This session explores the latest tools and strategies to effectively analyze and harness data in good times and bad. Learn more here.

September 9, 2020 - Virtual Conference

Data in Action Summit

Carlos Rivero participated in the panel session Data: Making It Available to Each Citizen. Event information here.

July 20, 2020 - Live Podcast

Data Futurology

Live podcast from from 6-7pm EST as part of the Data Driven Leaders - Bitesize series. Listen to the recording.

July 16, 2020 - Webinar

Richmond Technology Council Tech-It-Yourself

Live panel discussion with Chief Data Officers. Watch the recording.

June 22, 2020 - Live Webcast

February 6, 2020 - Presentation

VALGITE – Charlottesville, VA
VA Local Government Information Technology Executives

Data Governance, Sharing and Analytics

January 30, 2020 - Presentation

HIMMS VA Health IT Day – Richmond, VA

Government and Analytics

January 24, 2020 - Panel

Data Revolution – Richmond, VA
Innovation Through Analytics Panel

January 14, 2020 - Presentation

Silent No More Overdose Symposium

From Siloed Data to Actionable Intelligence: Addressing Virginia's Opioid Epidemic

January 13, 2020 - Presentation

Transportation Research – Washington D.C.
Rethinking Performance: Incorporating New Data and Tools to Improve Decision-Making and Outreach

October 17, 2019 - December 17, 2019

Data Governance Roadshow 2019

View more information here.