Mike Flowers is CUSP’s first Urban Science Fellow. Flowers works closely with CUSP 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, Flowers is a key participant in CUSP projects that will help define the emerging field of urban informatics around the world. Prior to joining CUSP, he 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), groundbreaking initiative in the use of data to make better decisions in public health and city infrastructure. He also ran the implementation of the city’s internationally-recognized Open Data initiative. Before joining the Bloomberg Administration, he was Counsel to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations for the 110th and 111th Congress.