DJ Patil was the first U.S. chief data scientist, appointed by President Obama. His efforts led to the establishment of nearly 40 chief data officer roles across the government and established new programs including the Precision Medicine Initiative and the Cancer Moonshot.
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  • Member of the Council of Foreign Relations

  • Former data scientist in residence, Greylock

  • Former chief scientist, LinkedIn


  • “Patil once honed his skills in data science by improving mathematical models for weather prediction using open data sets available through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Now he was going to use data to tackle problems in areas that required the most spending (costing $1 trillion or more), and which served the greatest number of Americans.”

    Katie Hiler

    Science Friday