Chad Kenney is the Director of Development System Performance for the City & County of Denver. Denver is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, which has led to a 48%+ increase in the total annual value of building construction in the city – from a total of $2.4B of work permitted in 2014 to more than $3.6B in both 2015 and 2016. This has put unbelievable pressure on the city’s permitting process, a process that is already typically complicated regardless of the city and the growth rate. Leveraging the organization’s culture of innovation developed through Mayor Michael Hancock’s Peak Academy, the city’s Development Services has done an incredible job keeping up with the volume. Chad’s role is to build on those efforts to develop a data-driven and innovation program across the entire system - 18 departments consisting of 54+ functions - and help make Denver the best in class for development services.
Before joining Denver, Chad served as the City of Cincinnati’s first Chief Performance Officer and Director of the Office of Performance & Data Analytics. There he launched a suite of performance and innovation programs including CincyStat, an Innovation Lab, and an Open Data platform. He also served this past summer as a Project Manager for the University of Chicago’s Data Science for Social Good. Prior to Cincinnati, Chad served as Director for the Mayor’s Office of CitiStat in Baltimore. His first job in Baltimore was as a Teach for America corps member teaching high school math. Chad is addicted to problem solving in government and committed to an approach of a) learning from public servants what information they need and then b) providing that information to help them do their jobs more effectively.