Chief Data Officer
Marcus Thornton: Interim CDO

Virginia Data Advisory Commission

The Virginia Data Advisory Commission (the Commission) is established as an advisory commission in the executive branch of state government. The Commission shall advise the Office of Data Governance and Analytics (the Office), established pursuant to § 2.2-203.2:4, on issues related to data sharing, including open data, data analytics, and data governance. The Commission shall (i) set, plan, and prioritize data sharing performance goals for the Commonwealth, (ii) review agency accomplishments, and (iii) recommend solutions that will establish the Commonwealth as a national leader in data-driven policy, evidence-based decision making, and outcome-based performance management. The responsibilities of the commission include:

  • Study, report, and make recommendations to the Governor on all areas of data governance, quality, sharing, analytics, reporting, intelligence, and performance management
  • Advise and assist the Chief Data Officer to set, plan, prioritize, and review data and outcome performance goals and objectives to improve operational efficiency, increase delivery of customer-centered services, and promote better outcomes for constituents
  • Make recommendations to the Governor on performance goals and objectives requiring engagement from organizations across state government
  • Cooperate with local governments and governmental agencies

Learn more about the Data Sharing and Analytics Advisory Committee that worked with the Chief Data Officer to develop a permanent data sharing and analytics governance structure for the Commonwealth. The Advisory Committee’s “Data Sharing and Analytics Governance Structure for the Commonwealth of Virginia Report” recommended establishing a Virginia Data Advisory Commission, Executive Data Board, Data Governance Council, and Data Stewards Group.


Read the 2021 VDAC annual report.

Virginia Data Advisory Commission Meeting Minutes

October 2021 VDAC Meeting Minutes