WASHINGTON (March 4, 2015) – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has announced the appointment of Daniel Castro, Director of the Center for Data Innovation, to the newly created Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC). The 19 members of the Council will provide Secretary Pritzker and Commerce’s data-bureau leadership with guidance on data management and data policy.
“I am very honored to receive this appointment, and I look forward to assisting the Council and Secretary Pritzker in mapping out a strategy to leverage the tremendous benefits of data for our economy and society,” said Castro. “Data is fueling innovation all around the country, and this Council has the opportunity to help make government data more accessible and useful to both the public and private sector.”
Castro is a nationally-recognized expert in information technology and Internet policy, and he has spoken widely on the importance of data innovation and data policy in expanding and strengthening the technology economy. In 2013, he was named to FedScoop’s list of the “Top 25 Most Influential People Under 40 in Government and Tech.”