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Charles Brennan - Smart Cities Innovation Accelerator at NYC

Charles Brennan


City of Philadelphia-Office of Innovation and Technology

Charles Brennan worked for the Philadelphia Police Department for 33 years of which 20 were spent in the Information Technology Department. During his time in IT, he managed the Department’s programming staff, 911 and GIS systems, drug and DNA laboratories and communications network. After retiring from Police he worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 5 years to implement a $500M communications network which spanned the state’s 45,000 square miles. He also spent several years in the private sector working on public safety projects. Brennan was appointed Chief Information Officer for the City of Philadelphia by Mayor James Kenney in January 2016. He oversees the City’s Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT) with an operating and capital budget of over $160M with almost 400 employees. OIT is responsible for many diverse functions including the oversight of the City’s cable franchise agreements as well as running computer centers for the City underserved children. Charlie has undergraduate and graduate degrees from St. Joseph’s University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy Associates Program as well as Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Program for state and local executives.