Mike Flowers is CUSP’s first Urban Science Fellow. Mike works closely with CUSP’s faculty, staff, and partners, to identify approaches to advance the use of data analytics in municipal operations and urban policymaking. A recognized leader in promoting the use of civic data, Mike is a key participant in CUSP projects that will help define the emerging field of urban informatics around the world. He also serves as a mentor and project advisor to CUSP’s M.S. students as they undertake practical data analysis of constraints on city operations and development, which include political, policy, and financial considerations.
Prior to joining CUSP, Mike was appointed by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as the first ever Chief Analytics Officer and Chief Open Platform Officer. He founded the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA). A groundbreaking initiative in the use of data to make better decisions, MODA provided quantitative support to the city’s public safety, public health, infrastructure development, economic development, disaster preparedness and response, legislative, sustainability, and human services efforts. In addition, Mike designed and oversaw the construction of NYC DataBridge, a citywide analytics platform that enabled the sharing and analysis of city data both across agencies and with the public. He also ran the implementation of the city’s internationally-recognized Open Data initiative.
Prior to joining the Bloomberg Administration, Mike was Counsel to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations for the 110th and 111th Congress, where he led bipartisan investigations into off-shore tax haven abuses; failures in the mortgage-backed securitization market by U.S. investment and commercial banks and government agencies; and deceptive financial transactions by foreign governments. From March 2005 to December 2006, Mike was Deputy Director of the Department of Justice’s Regime Crimes Liaison’s Office in Baghdad, supporting the investigations and trials of Saddam Hussein and other high-ranking members of his regime. From 2003 to 2005, he was with Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington D.C., specializing in federal, state and local criminal investigations and regulatory actions. After a clerkship in federal district court in Philadelphia, Mike began his career as a prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in 1999.