Jeff is the Chief Data Officer, and Director of the Office of Research and Planning at the Virginia Department of Social Services where he leads agency-wide data governance operations, performance measurement, program evaluation, and research. He also coordinates agency level strategic planning. His office provides research and business intelligence to state and local agency directors and program managers, and coordinates data management initiatives in support of research and reporting needs.

Jeff earned his master’s degree in anthropology and a PhD in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Georgia. His prior work experience includes archeologist, economist, market research consultant, and budget and operations planner. He has published peer reviewed articles in archaeology, economics, renewable energy, fuels, and transportation. Jeff has been a Virginia state employee for over 17 years.