International Society of Chief Data Officers (isCDO)

We are the premiere, vendor-neutral professional organization established for and by CDOs to promote data leadership. 

isCDO is the professional society of individuals who serve the role of the Chief Data Officers for their organizations. The Society serves as a peer-advisory resource for all members, as a society of CDOs, by CDOs, for CDOs.   

isCDO members are the senior-most leaders of data and analytics in their respective organizations. While some carry the title of Chief Data Officer (CDO), others are "de facto CDOs", sporting an array of titles including: Analytics, Innovation, Customer Insights, Digital or other related roles. Our members span all global geographies and industries, including public and private sectors. 


Members represent themselves, not their organizations. Through their participation, our members strive to enable their enterprises to derive the maximum value from its information and data assets, to realize the value of data driven decision making, and to gain competitive advantage through high-quality information.


With founding roots in MIT’s Sloan School of Management, isCDO provides (through its steering and advisory functions) a means of improving support and empowerment to CDOs and others charged with organizational data leadership.

While our mission is currently evolving - it includes the following:

  • Promote Data Literacy: Develop materials (e.g., slide deck, talking points) for public-sector executive leadership that describe why data management and leadership beyond the CIO is objectively necessary for the efficient functioning of government.

  • Leadership Development: Define a new category of data leadership (beyond the CIO) for the public sector. Develop OPM-style position descriptions for these new data leadership positions (CDO, Chief Data Scientist, etc), based on the tenure of successful public-sector data leaders.

  • Advance the Profession: Formally define the roles and responsibilities for (non-CIO) data leadership in government and what skills and experience might ideally prepare someone to successfully execute those roles and responsibilities. Is there an academic curriculum we can recommend that best provide students this unique package of skills and experience?

  • Reduce Redundant Work: Leverage work already being done in the public sector, so we don’t reinvent the wheel. Learn from each other.

  • Cooperation and Coordination: Coordinate data management efforts in the public sector such as federal-wide standards or best practices.


International Society of Chief Data Officers (isCDO)
P.O. Box 225    Pinehurst  MA   01866   USA

Phone:  +1.781.272.0049 

Fax:  +1.781.517.0151

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