Martin O’Malley is one of the most progressive, successful leaders in the United States. He has served as the Governor of Maryland, Mayor of Baltimore and a city councillor, earning a reputation for being a progressive, pragmatic leader willing to take on the toughest challenges.
An advocate for data-driven decision making and geospatial analysis, O’Malley implemented a Geographic Information System (GIS) platform leveraging spatial intelligence to improve the lives of Baltimore’s citizens. This collaborative, data-smart system driven by Esri technology reduced crime, increased investment, improved public safety, education, affordable healthcare and boosted economic growth.
Recognised as a global authority on the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and location-based analytics in government, Governor Martin O’Malley is widely regarded as one of the most effective managers in US government history.
O’Malley served as Governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015. Under his leadership, Maryland transformed from one of the poorest performing US states to one of the strongest, and recovered 100 per cent of the jobs lost during the national recession.
A strong advocate for environmental change, Governor O’Malley took action to restore the health of Chesapeake Bay and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. His work with education also saw Maryland recognised as having the best public schools in America for an unprecedented five years in a row by Education Week.
Prior to being appointed Governor, O’Malley served two terms as the Mayor of Baltimore, where TIME named him “one of American’s top five big city mayors”. During this time, he cut the city’s crime rate by 43 per cent and shaved $100M off operating costs
He attributes much of his success in office to his use of advanced location-based analytics as a platform for transparency and accountability.
Governor O’Malley received his bachelor degree from the Catholic University of America and his law degree from the University of Maryland. He and his wife, Katie, a district court judge, live in Baltimore with their four children.
The rise of smart cities
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The technology creating a new way of smart government
The old ways of governing with ideology, bureaucracy and hierarchy are fading. According to 61st Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley, the smarter way of governing is not about excuses – it’s about open data and real results.