Posted on 07/11/2016

LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the appointment of Jeanne Holm as Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor.

In her new role, Holm will continue serving as Deputy Chief Information Officer in the City’s Information Technology Agency (ITA) — managing the ITA’s Customer Engagement Bureau and working with Chief Information Officer Ted Ross on issues ranging from homelessness to traffic management.

"The appointment of Jeanne Holm as Senior Technology Advisor 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," said Mayor Garcetti.

Holm replaces the City's previous highest-ranking technology officer, Peter Marx, who is returning to the private sector as an executive director in software development at GE Digital.

"I am grateful to Mayor Garcetti for this opportunity, and to Peter Marx for his work to build a culture of innovation,” said Jeanne Holm. “Technology has the power to help all Angelenos build a more livable city.”

Holm has served as NASA/JPL's Chief Knowledge Architect, creating some of the world’s largest collaboration systems, including an award-winning NASA portal that reaches billions. She was also Evangelist for the White House open data initiative, helping to build communities and introduce new technologies in partnership with the public, educators, developers, and international and city governments.  

She most recently worked with the World Bank to create tech startup cultures and improve government practices in education, health, agriculture, and social justice in Sierra Leone and Uganda. Holm is a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics and has been recognized as a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA. A third-generation Angeleno, Holm is a graduate of UCLA and Claremont Graduate University.

Under Mayor Garcetti’s leadership, the City of Los Angeles has embraced the use of technology to drive innovation, and launched initiatives including:

  • L.A.'s open data portal (, recognized by the Sunlight Foundation as the leading open data portal in America

  • The nation's first urban Cyber Intrusion Command Center (CICC)

  • GoLA, a pioneering urban trip comparison app used by more than 30 providers

  • Data-sharing agreements with commercial partners such as Google’s Waze, to help more than 2 million users drive efficiently across the city

  • Deployment of more than 860 body-worn cameras to LAPD officers, with thousands more to come

  • The City's first #TechLA conference, a day of panel discussions, a hackathon and jobs fair that drew more than 2,000 innovators to City Hall

  • Conversion of the City’s zoning code to an online tool searchable by location.

“I would like to thank Peter Marx for his work to lay the foundation for a more connected Los Angeles,” said Mayor Garcetti. “During his time with the City, he played a key role in bringing more broadband to L.A., negotiating data-sharing agreements and developing the Go LA and MyLA311 apps. He will be missed at City Hall, but I know that he will continue to do excellent work in the tech community.”