Los Angeles mayor appoints tech adviser after CTO departure

On the same day that Los Angeles CTO Peter Marx told StateScoop he had left city government, Mayor Eric Garcetti reshuffled his technology leadership.

Los Angeles’ deputy chief information officer will take over as the mayor’s top technology adviser, city mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday.

Jeanne Holm, a former technology leader at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and current deputy chief information officer in the city’s Information Technology Agency will now also work directly with the mayor on technology while still fulfilling her role in ITA.

In the last year, Peter Marx served as the city’s chief technology officer and reported directly to Garcetti. While he collaborated with ITA, he was not directly under their purview.

The arrangement with Holm will be different: She will serve in both capacities, reporting to city CIO Ted Ross through ITA and directly to Garcetti as his senior technology adviser.


Marx’s last day in that role was Friday. He left the public sector to work on the Internet of Things at GE Digital.

In a statement announcing her appointment, Holm thanked Garcetti for the opportunity and Marx for “his work to build a culture of innovation.”

“Technology has the power to help all Angelenos build a more livable city,” Holm said.

Before coming to Los Angeles as deputy CIO earlier this year, Holm was the chief knowledge architect at NASA’s JPL. She was also an evangelist for the White House’s open data initiative where she worked with local governments, the private sector and academia to build partnerships around open data.

Holm’s appointment “as senior technology adviser builds on our work to use emerging technologies to better communicate with everyday Angelenos and drive innovation in transportation, public safety, sustainability and economic development,” Garcetti said in a statement.

Jake Williams

Written by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is a Staff Reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop. At StateScoop, he covers the information technology issues and events at state and local governments across the nation. In the past, he has covered the United States Postal Service, the White House, Congress, cabinet-level departments and emerging technologies in the unmanned aircraft systems field for FedScoop. Before FedScoop, Jake was a contributing writer for Campaigns & Elections magazine. He has had work published in the Huffington Post and several regional newspapers and websites in Pennsylvania. A northeastern Pennsylvania native, Jake graduated magna cum laude from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, or IUP, in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in political science. At IUP, Jake was the editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Penn, and the president of the university chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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