Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh has appointed NICOLAS DIAZ AMIGO as the chief innovation and data officer (CIDO) in the Office of Accountability, Performance, and Innovation (API). Diaz Amigo, a Bloomberg Harvard Fellow with international experience in government innovation and data, will lead the API team in using data and innovation to find new and efficient ways to improve how the City of Syracuse delivers services. He has an extensive background in developing data-driven solutions and has worked with local governments in South America and the United States over the past six years. Diaz Amigo earned a master’s in public policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also holds a professional degree in political science from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. As a Bloomberg Harvard Summer Fellow with the City of Sioux Falls, Diaz Amigo worked in the Department of Innovation and Technology, establishing the HousingStat application to track the City of Sioux Falls’ affordable housing targets. He has held a research position while pursuing his graduate studies, examining information related to blighted properties in the cities of Birmingham, Alabama; Topeka, Kansas; and Jackson, Mississippi. A native of Chile, Diaz Amigo served in various roles in the Municipality of Santiago for more than three years under two administrations. He was a part of Santiago’s team that was awarded
$1 million as one of five cities out of the 290 applicants throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to win the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2016 Mayor’s Challenge. Diaz Amigo begins his work with the City of Syracuse in mid-September.