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Former Obama tech staffer joins Murphy administration

By Nikita Biryukov, August 13 2018 6:21 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday that the state would be getting its first chief innovation officer.

“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,” said Governor Murphy. “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.”

Noveck runs New York University’s Governance Lab and the MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. She was a staffer in President Barack Obama’s White House and ran the White House Open Government Initiative.

Noveck’s role in Murphy’s administration will center around better utilizing emerging and advancing technologies in the state’s government and programs.

“It is an honor to serve in his Administration and help advance these goals for everyone in my home state,” Noveck said.

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