Vice President, Technology
Danielle DuMerer leads the technology team at Shedd with a focus on guest and team experiences, leveraging data analytics to improve operations, and protecting information assets and systems.
M.S., library and information sciences, University of Maryland, College Park
B.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
“I grew up with Shedd Aquarium as highly anticipated field trip destination, and as a place to bring family and friends to learn about and marvel at the aquatic world. I look forward to bringing my skills and expertise to the Shedd’s aquatic-focused mission, while still serving the city of Chicago.”
Danielle DuMerer advances the use of technology across the aquarium, develops its future direction, and oversees the Shedd’s technology infrastructure, audio-visual and exhibit technologies, applications, data management, and information security.
DuMerer has more than 15 years of technology management and product development experience, most recently serving as the chief information officer (CIO) for the City of Chicago. As Chicago’s CIO, she worked to improve how residents interacted with the government by creating more responsive and accessible digital services. In 2019, DuMerer was recognized as CIO of the Year by the Executives Club of Chicago, the Society of Information Management Chicago Chapter and the CompTIA AITP Chicago Chapter. She was also named one of Government Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers. In 2018, Bloomberg Cities also named DuMerer one of seven CityLab Innovators to watch, and Statescoop named her one of the Top Women in Technology.
Before her work in government, DuMerer developed educational technology products at McGraw-Hill Companies. She also worked in the library and archives field, serving educational and not-for-profit organizations to promote equitable access to and preservation of informational resources. Danielle holds an M.S. in library and information science from the University of Maryland, College Park.