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Chief Data Officer
Ken Pfeil

Media Articles

December 2, 2020

Virginia Tackles Pandemic Response, Opioid Crisis with Data

CDO Carlos Rivero explains how he aligns his priorities with the CIO’s, how COVID-19 accelerated Virginia’s data governance strategy and how his time with the Federal Transit Administration informs state-level work.

November 11, 2020

NASCIO Voices Podcast

Amy and Matt talk with Virginia's Chief Data Officer, Carlos Rivero, about the recent NASCIO Award on their "Framework for Addiction Analysis and Community Transformation (FAACT)." 

More information on the award here.

October 9, 2020

How The Commonwealth Of Virginia Uses Data And AI To Enhance Operations

State governments have unique challenges when it comes to budgets, workforce readiness, and technology adoption. Increasingly state and local governments have also been innovative, pushing forward AI technology to help with many operational and...

September 16, 2020

Using Data to Save Lives

The battle to tackle an opioid epidemic across the USA was going nowhere. So the Commonwealth of Virginia turned to data to fight it, appointing Carlos Rivero as the first Chief Data Officer with a mission to bring the numbers down - and save lives. He talks to Tech for Good about the methods behind the data-driven response to the crisis, and how it's now being applied to COVID-19.

September 9, 2020

How State Technology Chiefs Showed Flexibility During the Pandemic

State technology leaders have taken on new responsibilities during the coronavirus pandemic, including guiding government employees through the process of working remotely and ensuring that their states’ health data is accurate and available to the right agencies... 

August 28, 2020

Is Your City Running Data Drills for Pandemic Prep?

Commonwealth Chief Data Officer, Carlos Rivero, explains on the podcast that a pilot project started in 2018 to fight the opioid epidemic has mutated into a framework that’s now helping Virginia agencies share data more readily during the coronavirus pandemic.

July 9, 2020

The Commonwealth of Virginia Battles COVID-19 with Secure Data Platform

This webinar examines how the Commonwealth of Virginia is navigating the pandemic by utilizing a highly flexible, scalable, and secure data platform to stand up a secure database around COVID-19 information sharing to help state leaders make intelligent decisions.

July 9, 2020

Virginia Consolidates COVID Response Data

The Framework for Addiction Analysis and Community Transformation (FAACT), a cloud-based data-sharing and analytics platform, has been augmented with new datasets, data sources and capabilities to study two critical aspects of COVID response...

June 22, 2020

Virginia launches digital tools to aid communities' COVID-19 response

To support communities hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced last week he’s expanding two statewide data analysis platforms dedicated to helping people find jobs and helping municipalities understand where to allocate medical resources to slow the spread of COVID-19.

May 8, 2020

The Value of Data in Virginia

Chief Data Officer, Carlos Rivero, worked with Qlarion, Tyler Technologies and AWS to deliver the Framework for Addiction Analysis and Community Transformation (FAACT) platform, a local-focused data-sharing and analytics platform the state uses to address opioid misuse disorder, addiction, and other emerging issues.

May 25, 2022

Article about Cat Cuteness

Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research and master of ceremonies of the annual Ig Nobel Prize, Jean Berko Gleason, psycholinguist and professor emerita of Psychological and Brain Science at Boston University, and Marc-Antoine Fardin, rheology researcher at the University of Paris, discussed this and other cat science questions, probable and improbable, in a fascinating and humorous webinar co-hosted by The Conversation and the Annals of Improbable Research.