Array of Things Governance & Privacy Policies

The Array of Things project and its researchers value privacy, transparency, and openness. We have worked with the city, the public, and legal experts to create governance and privacy policies that reflect these principles.

You can view the governance and privacy policies here.

We thank the public for their valuable input during the feedback period in the summer of 2016. We have published responses to all questions received online and during public engagement meetings. You can also view a final Engagement Report from Smart Chicago, summarizing the public feedback period and lessons learned from these outreach efforts.

For updates on Array of Things, including data availability, public meetings, and its governance and privacy policy, sign up here.


AoT Executive Oversight Committee

Charlie Catlett



Charlie Catlett is the founding director of the Urban Center for Computation and Data, UrbanCCD, which brings social, physical, and computational scientists together with artists, architects, technologists, and policy makers to explore science-based approaches to opportunities and challenges related to the understanding, design, and sustainable operation of cities. To this end UrbanCCD brings expertise, tools, and resources to bear from computational modeling, data analytics, and embedded systems. He is also a Senior Computer Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and a Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory.

From 2007 to 2011 he was the Chief Information Officer at Argonne National Laboratory, and from 2004 to 2007 he was Director of the National Science Foundation's TeraGrid initiative - a nationally distributed supercomputing facility involving fifteen universities and federal laboratories. From 1999 to 2004 Charlie directed the design and deployment of I-WIRE, a dedicated fiber optic network funded by the State of Illinois, which connects research institutions in the Chicago area and downstate Illinois to support advanced research and education.

Before joining the University of Chicago and Argonne in 2000, Charlie was Chief Technology Officer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Beginning at NCSA’s founding in 1985 he participated in the development of NSFNET, one of several early national networks that evolved into what we now experience as the Internet. During the exponential growth of the web following the release of NCSA’s Mosaic web browser, his team developed and supported NCSA’s scalable web server infrastructure.

Recognized in 2014 as one of Chicago’s “Tech 50” technology leaders by Crain’s Chicago Business, Charlie is a Computer Engineering graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Danielle DuMerer



Danielle is CIO and Commissioner of the City of Chicago's Department of Innovation and Technology, where she is working to improve how residents interact with government and leading its smart city initiatives. She brings over ten years of government technology experience, having previously served as CTO as well as Director of Planning, Policy, & Management. Danielle established Chicago’s internationally-recognized open data program and its PMO; she directed the move of the City’s data centers, and led digital inclusion efforts to expand access to technology resources and digital skills training. In 2016, Danielle and her team were recognized by the Chicago chapters of SIM and AITP as the Most Effective IT Team in a large company. Prior to working in government, Danielle developed K-12 educational technology products at the McGraw-Hill Companies. She also worked in the Library and Archives field, serving a variety of educational and non-profit organizations to promote equitable access to and preservation of information resources. Danielle holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


Don DeLoach



Don DeLoach is an entrepreneur, author, and board member, and a leading industry evangelist for the Internet of Things. Don is currently co-chairman of the Midwest IoT Council. He has been on the Board of the Illinois Technology Association for over 10 years. In 2015, Don won the ITA’s City Lights Award, the highest award given for the company or individual who actively and consistently supports the growth of the Illinois technology industry through leadership and/or collaboration for his work in driving IoT efforts in Chicago and the broader Midwest. Don is a frequent author and speaker about technology, especially the Internet of Things and is a contributing editor to several publications. Don is also the co-author, along with Gartner Group IoT Analyst Emil Berthelsen of the book “IoT the Organization, not the Product” due to be released in June, 2017.

As a leader for small businesses, he has been active in leading privately-held technology companies since 1999, involved with all aspects of strategy, execution, funding, M&A, and executive leadership. Most recently Don was President and CEO of Infobright, an analytics database built for networking, telecommuniciations, digital media and the Internet of Things, joining as President and CEO in May of 2010 untuil its recent sale in April of 2017. Prior to Infobright, he was President and CEO of Aleri, an industry leader in Complex Event Processing (CEP) and well as CEP-enabled solutions for treasury liquidity management and risk analysis, from early 2002 until the sale of Aleri to Sybase in early February, 2010. Prior to joining Aleri, Don was President and CEO of YOUcentric, an innovative provider of enterprise Customer Relationship Management software, until November 2001 when YOUcentric was acquired by J.D. Edwards. Prior to YOUcentric, Don spent five years at Sybase, a provider of database, middleware, and development tools, serving as the Vice President for North American Geographic Sales, Telesales, Channel Sales, and Marketing. Additionally, Don held various management and sales positions with Prime Computer, Bull Information Systems, and Hitachi Data Systems.

In other industry roles, Don served as an outsider director for Broadbeam, a Princeton based mobile middleware platform from 2002 until its sale to Mobileaware in 2006, and was Chairman of the Board of Apropos, a publicly-traded Chicago-based call center software company from 2003 until its sale to Syntellect in early 2006. He is also on the Board of the Juvenile Protective Association. In addition to Don’s numerous published works for Internet of Things, he has contributed to various financial and technology trade publications over the years and provided content for several books including; “The Handbook of Investment Technology and Investor Relations” and “Investment Management: meeting the Noble Challenges of Funding Pensions, Deficits, and Growth.”


Brenna Berman



Brenna Berman serves as Executive Director of City Digital, UI LABS’ urban infrastructure innovation platform, which develops and demonstrates new technology in its core focus areas: buildings and other physical infrastructure, water and sanitation, energy management, and mobility.

Prior to joining UI LABS, Brenna served in Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration, which she joined in 2011. She served as the Chief Information Officer for the City and Commissioner for the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) from 2012 to spring of 2017. In that time, she focused on transforming the team at DoIT to provide the skills and expertise to implement the Mayor’s vision of data-driven resident services and of a more efficient, effective, and innovative City government. This meant adding new skills to the team to increase the focus on software engineering and analytics, improving the department’s commercial partnerships to drive savings for the City, and identifying ground-breaking civic partnerships.

During her tenure as CIO, Brenna delivered on the Mayor’s commitment to a robust open data program, integrated advanced analytics into many city departments, drove IoT innovation for the City through unique partnerships at UI LABS and the founding of the Midwest IoT Council, and, in partnership with the University of Chicago, realized the vision of urban-scale sensing with the Array of Things.

Prior to joining the Emanuel Administration, Brenna built a career promoting government innovation over 10 years at IBM, where she worked closely with government agencies in cities and countries across the world to leverage technology and analytics to improve the services they provide to their residents. She advised governments on a variety of issues, from targeting personalized services through analytics to normalizing program offerings to simplify the delivery process and make them understandable to residents. Throughout her time at IBM, Brenna tailored cutting-edge business and data models, from processes to analytic algorithms for large government organizations in order to accelerate their own modernization efforts, providing an incredibly valuable skill set for the work she continues at UI LABS.

Brenna earned her bachelor’s degree and Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.


Glenn Eden



Glenn Eden is the leader of Weber Shandwick Chicago’s technology practice and co-leader of the office’s corporate practice. Glenn is a multi-dimensional public relations professional with more than 20 years of experience across many different business sectors. He has developed and led integrated communications programs that reach diverse audiences with strategic messages on behalf of large companies and government organizations such as Motorola, Lenovo, Google, Gogo, Qualcomm, Mattel, Bank of America, Nuveen Investments, Johnson & Johnson, the U.S. Treasury and the City of Chicago. His deep corporate expertise includes reputation management, executive positioning, media relations and media training, issues and change management.

Glenn also has a proven track record at advising and counseling technology clients involved in the following sectors: mobile devices, hardware, software experiences, wireless connectivity and civic technology. In addition to serving as a member of the executive oversight committee for the Array of Things project, he is an advisory board member of the Illinois Technology Association’s Internet of Things Council. Glenn is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a double major in chemistry and biopsychology.


Aaron Koch



Aaron Koch serves as the Chicago Area Director for The Trust for Public Land. He previously served as Chicago’s first Chief Resilience Officer under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, as the Deputy Commissioner for Sustainability in Chicago’s Department of Water Management, as a Senior Policy Advisor in the New York City Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and as the Director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design in Washington, DC. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.


Lynn Osmond



Lynn Osmond assumed the position of President and CEO of the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) in 1996. Osmond is responsible for overseeing CAF’s comprehensive program of architecture tours, exhibitions, public programs and youth education. Under Osmond’s leadership, CAF has realized 400% growth in revenue and is consistently ranked among the top 10 Chicago cultural institutions. Today CAF serves more than 670,000 people each year.

During Osmond’s tenure, CAF has expanded its docent tour program which now has 450 volunteers that give 85 different tours, totaling more than 7,000 tour departures annually. It is recognized internationally as one of the leading programs of its kind. Osmond initiated Open House Chicago, a free citywide annual architecture festival that attracts more than 100,000 people annually and the popular Chicago Model, a permanent scale model exhibition of the city. In 2014 CAF launched an innovative exhibit titled City of Big Data that illustrated how Chicago is using urban data to make a better city. Osmond spearheaded the launch of the Association of Architecture Organizations that now has 165 international members.

CAF reaches more than 28,000 students annually through its youth education programs. Other education initiatives include three curricular resources for K-12 teachers and students—Schoolyards to Skylines (K-8), The Architecture Handbook (high school) and DiscoverDesign.org, a digital learning program—that are all used throughout the county.

In recognition of CAF’s contributions over the years, the American Architectural Foundation presented CAF with its 2014 Keystone Award that honors an individual or organization from outside the field of architecture for exemplary leadership that has increased the value of architecture and design in our culture. In 2005, Osmond was recognized as an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects. In 2002, she was awarded the Paul Berger Arts Entrepreneurship Award presented by Columbia College, and in 2009 she received the Chicago Woman Achievement Award from Chicago Real Estate Women (CREW).

Osmond serves on the boards of Choose Chicago, the Magnificent Mile, the Central Area Committee, the Chicago Loop Alliance and the International Women’s Forum. She is a member of Toronto Sister Cities, the Commercial Club, the Chicago Network, the Economic Club of Chicago, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, the Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International and Urban Land Institute. Osmond holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Queens University, Ontario, Canada. She is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a graduate of the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


Steven Philpott



Steve works with brands to create public/private New Media for Community Development innovations that provide mutual benefit to both brands and distressed communities by deploying “supplantive” platforms that natively benefit industries seeking their own revenue growth while disrupting the norms of distressed urban communities.

Steven is known for the following significant accomplishments:

Steven received a Center for Neighborhood Technology Social Venture Fellowship in 2014 Steve has been a frequent guest on WVON’s MPR Report and the Roland Martin talk show. Steven received a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Business Administration from National Louis University and is veteran of the United States Marine Corps, member of the Liberty Alliance for federated internet identity, and International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Clients have included Chicago Beverage Systems, Reyes Beverage Group, American Express, Merrill Lynch, Northeast Utilities, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, University of Virginia School of Pharmaceutics & UAL- United Airlines. In his spare time Steve enjoys creating animation and is an avid runner. Steve lives in the Chicago area with his wife Donielle and children Donovan and Sarah.


Dan Reed



Daniel A. Reed is Vice President for Research and Economic Development, as well as University Chair in Computational Science and Bioinformatics and Professor of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Medicine, at the University of Iowa. Previously, he was Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Technology Policy and Extreme Computing, where he helped shape Microsoft's long‐term vision for technology innovations in cloud computing and the company's associated policy engagement with governments and institutions around the world.

Before joining Microsoft, he was the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor at UNC Chapel Hill, as well as the Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and the Chancellor’s Senior Advisor for Strategy and Innovation for UNC Chapel Hill. Prior to that, he was Gutgsell Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana‐ Champaign (UIUC) and Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He was also one of the principal investigators and chief architect for the NSF TeraGrid. He received his PhD in computer science in 1983 from Purdue University. Dr. Reed served as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC).


Ari Scharg



Ari Scharg is a Partner at Edelson PC and Co-Chair of the firm’s Case Development and Investigations Group. His practice focuses on privacy and security issues arising from emerging surveillance technologies, including facial recognition applications and geolocation tracking programs. He works closely with the forensic engineers in Edelson’s technology lab to test a wide range of Internet of Things products and devices for data security and privacy vulnerabilities. Ari also chairs the Illinois State Bar Association’s Privacy and Information Security Section, sits on the Board of the Digital Privacy Alliance, and serves as an Observer to the Uniform Law Commission’s Identity Management in Electronic Commerce Study Committee.


Elissa Tenny



Elissa Tenny is the 15th executive and first woman to lead the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in its 150-year history. She became President in July 2016, assuming broad responsibility for overseeing the School’s world-renowned academic programs, strategic direction, and operations across all facets of the institution. A career-long proponent of art and design education and the liberal arts, Tenny is an advocate of interdisciplinary practice, of diversity in higher learning, and of the role higher education plays in society and the world at large.

Tenny joined SAIC in 2010 as Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, in which capacity she stewarded the School’s educational mission, including academic affairs, student affairs, and technology concerns among many other areas. Tenny’s signature initiatives as Provost include establishing the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration; implementing the School’s strategic plan, which identified priority areas of focus for enhancing academic programming, creating organizational efficiencies, and developing diversity initiatives; realizing a library renovation while bringing a sense of focused collegiality to the daily operations of the School; and co-chairing SAIC’s 150th Anniversary celebrations throughout the 2015–16 academic year.

Tenny came to SAIC from Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, where she served as Provost and Dean from 2002–10. At Bennington she successfully promoted interdisciplinary and integrative scholarship, crafting strategic plans for the college, enhancing curriculum planning, and creating faculty development initiatives.

Prior to joining Bennington, Tenny served in a variety of roles at The New School in New York City from 1975 to 2002, eventually holding the positions of Acting Dean (1998–2001) and Vice Dean (2001–02). The New School houses the Parsons School of Design, and Tenny’s focus there included promoting diversity, quality, and creativity in academic programming and student services.

In addition to her long list of outstanding career accomplishments in academia, Tenny holds a Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Stockton University.


Karen Weigert



Karen Weigert is a senior fellow on global cities at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She focuses on climate, energy and sustainability. Her writing has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Greenbiz and Real Clear World and her media appearances include CBS This Morning, WBEZ and Chicago Tonight.

Weigert served as the first chief sustainability officer for the City of Chicago from 2011 to 2016. As chief sustainability officer Weigert worked to guide the city’s sustainability strategy and implementation, bringing innovative, practical solutions throughout the work of the city.

Specific examples of her work with the city include: developing and delivering the Sustainable Chicago 2015 Action Agenda; launching the Greencorps Chicago Youth Program; introducing, passing and implementing Energy Benchmarking legislation; leading Chicago Solar Express and Solar Chicago; launching Retrofit Chicago and creating partnerships to deliver. Chicago was selected as the “Earth Hour Capital of the US” by WWF; Citi/Economist ranked Chicago #1 in US for environmental governance and risk; and Chicago was selected as the “Most Sustainable Large Community” by Siemens and the US Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center.

Prior to her appointment she served as senior vice president of ShoreBank (later Urban Partnership Bank) where she built a national consumer group that generated deposits to support environmental sustainability and community development in low to moderate income urban neighborhoods. Before her work in community banking, Weigert was a strategy consultant at McKinsey where she served clients on topics including transportation, finance, energy, and land use. She began her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and later served as an appointee in the Clinton administration focused on global environmental issues and agriculture.

Weigert is a producer and writer for the documentary film Carbon Nation which is focused on solutions to climate change. She is also a former board member of CNT, Foresight Design Initiative, and Earth School Educational Foundation. Weigert graduated from the University of Notre Dame (Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Business School. @KarenRWeigert