Every day, public servants make life-impacting decisions around incredibly difficult issues like allocating supportive housing, treating mental health crises, and reducing mass incarceration. These issues often overlap and far too often, decisions around them are made with frustratingly incomplete data.
When jurisdictions are able to safely share their data across departments, each and every department gets closer to delivering on the promise of liberty and justice for all.
Come with questions and join us for a conversation about how some local governments have successfully used technology to get the right data to the right people at the right time.
Lynn Overmann currently serves as Senior Data Strategist at Opportunity Insights, a research and policy institute based at Harvard University that focuses on improving economic opportunity. Prior to Opportunity Insights, Lynn served as a Vice President of Criminal Justice at Arnold Ventures, where she developed and executed a multi-million grant portfolio focused on leveraging data and technology to improve policing in the United States, with a specific focus on reducing low-level arrests. Lynn previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology policy during the Obama Administration, where she created the Data-Driven Justice initiative, a bipartisan coalition of more than 140 local and state governments who publicly committed to combining data across health, social service, and criminal justice systems to identify people who would be more effectively served by community-based services and divert them from jail. Prior to her service at the White House, Lynn served in several senior policy positions at the U.S. Department of Justice and as Deputy Chief Data Officer in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Before joining the Obama Administration, Lynn was a civil rights and criminal defense attorney in Miami, Florida, starting her career by serving five years as a public defender, litigating dozens of cases to jury trial and successfully challenging unconstitutional practices in police departments and jails. Lynn graduated from the NYU School of Law and received her Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College.
David Schwindt is a 23-year police officer with the Iowa City Police Department. From 2013 to 2017 David was assigned to foot and bike patrol in the Iowa City Downtown Business District. His demeanor and community policing approach earned him the nickname "Officer Friendly" among the City's chronically homeless population. David was part of the initial data collection and analysis to support pursuing Housing First in Iowa City and has continued to participate in establishing Cross Park Place, the first Housing First project in Iowa. In 2017, Iowa City/Johnson County was chosen as one of 3 pilot sites nationwide to pilot the Data-Driven Justice initiative (DDJ). As the Data-Driven Justice Project Manager, David worked with stakeholders on the goal of integrating data across public safety, healthcare, and social services organizations.
Erin Dalton is a deputy director at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, responsible for the Office of Analytics, Technology and Planning. In this role, Erin directs the research and evaluation, evidence-based planning and information technology activities of the Department of Human Services.
Ms. Dalton has previously held policy positions with the Allegheny County Executive's Office and the United States Department of Justice and was an adjunct staff member at the RAND Corporation. Ms. Dalton received a Master's of Science from Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz School of Public Policy.
Chris Schneweis has served in the capacity of Senior Management Analyst for Johnson County, Kansas since 2010. Chris is the Project Manager for the County’s My Resource Connection application and also serves as the County’s HIPAA Privacy Officer. He is a graduate from the University of Kansas and has 23 years of public service between Douglas County, Kansas and Johnson County, Kansas. He is a Certified Healthcare Compliance Officer and is a member of ICMA, the Academy of Certified Public Managers, and the Healthcare Compliance Association.