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Stefanie Costa Leabo is the Chief Data Officer (CDO) for the City of Boston, leading the Analytics Team within the Department of Innovation and Technology. In this role, she leads the City's efforts to work with departments to solve challenging problems, make government more effective, and deliver better outcomes for constituents through the use of data, process improvement, and technology.
Stefanie has been a member of the Analytics Team since 2015. In her time with the City of Boston, she led the development and release of Mayor Walsh's CityScore initiative and facilitated the launch of Boston's Community Assistance Team pilot program.
Before joining the City of Boston, Costa Leabo began her career in local government with the City of Somerville as a senior analyst in the SomerStat office working with departments to increase their use of data to improve operations and service delivery as well as coordinating cross-departmental projects like the citywide LED street light retrofit. Prior to working in local government, she served as a research fellow and program coordinator for the UMass Civic Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to promoting democracy through public policy education in the U.S. and abroad.
Stefanie is a graduate of UMass Amherst with B.A.s in Political Science and History. She earned an M.A. in Political Science from George Washington University. Stefanie is closely connected to her UMass and Boston communities having served as a mentor and board member for UMass Women Into Leadership and as a “Big Sister” with Big Brother Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay.