Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker has tapped Melissa Scott to become the city’s new chief information officer (CIO). Scott will also lead the city’s Office of Innovation and Technology.

In her new role, Scott will be responsible for the Office of Innovation and Technology’s strategy and initiatives to support public technology and innovation. The mayor’s office said she will also be responsible for creating a connected and equitable digital landscape citywide.

“I’m delighted to announce Melissa Scott’s appointment as our City’s Chief Information Officer,” said Mayor Parker. “My vision for the Parker Administration is a smart, interconnected government, where technology and innovation help produce better, more efficient delivery of services to every resident of Philadelphia. Given Melissa’s breadth of experience in IT, I’m confident we’ve found the right person for the job. I’m proud to welcome Melissa Scott to our team.”

Scott is no stranger to the city government. Since 2015, she has served the city as an Information Technology Director and Information Technology Project Manager. In her previous roles, Scott led a team of technical experts and stakeholders to create and launch the City’s Office of Licenses and Inspection’s mobile app.

“I am honored to lead the City’s technology, innovation, and digital access efforts as its Chief Information Officer,” Melissa Scott said. “I am confident my experience, expertise in IT management and software development, and passion for collaboration will support my ability to lead the Parker Administration’s technology strategy over the next four years.”

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