STL?s first chief resilience officer Patrick Brown went from the mall to the mayor?s office to the Rockefeller Foundation

Submitted by JW on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 13:43

It?s the City of St. Louis? information technology? (IT) infrastructure. ?You can imagine how not-sophisticated it is,? Brown said, but it sounds worse than one might imagine. Brown, 31, who previously was deputy chief of staff for Mayor Francis G. Slay and the city?s director of Intergovernmental Relations, should know. The city still uses a main frame computer, a dinosaur in terms of computer applications, and many departments still use the DOS operating system, which speaks the language of computer dinosaurs. This makes for countless inefficiencies, but that is not what most disturbs Brown, as someone charged with upgrading the city?s resilience on a two-year grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The Rockefeller Foundation (like most major funders) is data-driven, and the city?s current level of IT sophistication makes it difficult to gather data about city functions and measure progress. ?We can?t and don?t track and measure our daily activities,? Brown said, ?and a resilient city should.?