Rachel S. Haot has served as Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York since January 2011, and is the first to hold the role. Her office spurs innovation in New York City through initiatives spanning Internet infrastructure, STEM education, big data, digital product development and tech industry growth.
Responsibilities include charting policies for technology and innovation in New York City, reflected in the City’s digital roadmap. Major milestones include the overhaul and relaunch of official City website nyc.gov, which serves over 35 million unique visitors annually, tripling the City’s social media audience to nearly four million, hosting the first hackathons in municipal government in the U.S. to collaboratively shape urban planning and launching the tech sector initiative and marketing campaign We Are Made in NY, which supports New York City’s burgeoning digital industry.
In October 2013, Mayor Bloomberg and Rachel announced that 100% of the 40 initiatives in the Digital Roadmap had been completed, and introduced fresh goals to build on their progress.
Prior to her role with the City, Rachel served as founder and CEO of GroundReport, one of the earliest global citizen journalism platforms, from 2006 to 2010. She also launched and ran Upward, a digital strategy consultancy, taught as a Columbia Business School adjunct professor and worked in business development for the consumer web industry. Rachel is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and digital advisory board member for Women@NBCU. She has been named a ‘40 Under 40’ leader by Crain’s, Forbes and Fortune. Rachel is married to Max Haot, the founder and CEO of Livestream, and lives in Brooklyn.