Daniel J. Paolini
Chief Digital Officer
Daniel J. Paolini is the Chief Information Officer at DBHIDS. He is responsible for leading the data governance, information architecture and business intelligence efforts in support of the department, as well as coordinating information technology efforts department-wide. As the “Collaboration and Integration Officer” he leverages information technology to achieve DBHIDS objectives.
Previously, Paolini served as the Director of the Division of Enterprise Data Services within the New Jersey Office of Information Technology, where he established the state’s data architecture, data governance, enterprise data warehousing and self-service business intelligence units. He led significant data initiatives including the Recidivism and Crash Analysis data marts and the award-winning yourmoney.nj.gov and the NJ Big Data Alliance efforts. Paolini has also served several organizations as chief technology officer and co-founded and led the award-winning data management consulting and training firm, DataStar International.
Paolini is an information architecture thought leader in the areas of data management, information architecture, data integration, system development, technology operations, leadership and planning. He has presented talks and seminars at more than one hundred events in eight countries on three continents, including more than a dozen keynote talks. His leadership philosophy can be summarized as “Do the right things, for the right reasons, even when no one is looking and especially when others are telling you not to.”
Paolini is a member of the Data Management Association (DAMA) and has served on the DAMA International Foundation board. He has authored or edited four books, served four years as contributing editor for a monthly database magazine and authored an award-winning programmer’s toolkit. Among his many honors, Paolini received the 2013 DAMA International Government Achievement Award and the 2002 OMB Government without Boundaries Superior Leadership Award.
In his community, Paolini has served as an appointed municipal fire chief, as a zoning board member including multiple terms as chairman and as an elected fire commissioner. As a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical services technician he has been honored numerous times for service and heroism. He has served in leadership positions in volunteer organizations at the local, county and state levels.
Paolini is also an adult amateur, youth and high school soccer referee. He has performed as a keyboard and saxophone player as a member of popular local bands such as Windjammer, D*Luxe, Slo’Motion and Fatal Charm. He has been married to his wife Patricia since 1989 and has four wonderful children: Daniel, Kelsey, Marissa and Joseph.
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