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KPMG Tom Schenk Jr. shoot. Chicago IL. July 12, 2018. Photo by Andrew Collings.

Tom Schenk is the director of analytics at KPMG where he heads-up their smart city and government analytics practice. Tom has previously served as Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago where he lead the city’s data science team, expanded and redesigned the Chicago open data portal, oversaw the improvement of the city databases and business intelligence programs. Tom helped lead a number of innovative projects, such as the CityKey municipal ID, Array of Things, OpenGrid situational awareness system, and built a number of open source projects.

Tom is the co-founder of the Civic Analytics Network, an association of nearly two-dozen city CDOs, based at Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

Tom wrote the book Circos Data Visualization How-To and published several academic articles and book chapters on labor economics, microbiology, and education research. He has previously served as senior research at Northwestern University’s Department of Medical Social Sciences and led institutional effectiveness and accountability at the Iowa Departments of Education where he led the innovative use of student data and also co-authored the Iowa’s STEM roadmap. Tom was a visiting scholar with Iowa State University’s Office of Community College Research and Policy and a lecturer at Grand View University in economics and statistics. He earned a Master’s degree in economics from Iowa State University and a Bachelor’s from Drake University.

This web page contains links to research, teaching, and tangential interests. The views expressed on Tom’s website do not necessarily represent the view of the City of Chicago.

See Tom’s CV for more information.

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