State Technology Innovator Award Overview

The NASCIO State Technology Innovator Award honors outstanding individuals who have made contributions to advance state technology policy through the promotion of best practices, adoption of new technologies and advancements in service delivery.

Recipients of the 2015 award will be recognized during the NASCIO Annual Conference at an awards ceremony.  Nominations for the 2016 award will open in June 2016.

Through this award, NASCIO strives to acknowledge state leaders, managers and employees who promote innovation, excellence and good government. Nominees must be an employee, elected official, appointed official or other appointee representing state government.

The state CIO and those working for the state under contract with private sector firms are not eligible for this award.

Nominations will be accepted from NASCIO members and non-members.  NASCIO staff may also nominate outstanding individuals they encounter in the course of their work.

Submissions will be reviewed with an eye toward the nominee’s:
  • Personal leadership and advocacy to advance the state’s technology policy agenda; and
  • Adoption of emerging technology, demonstration of best practices and/or innovation in service delivery.
The State Technology Innovator Award subcommittee will review all nominations and present a final slate of candidates to the Executive Committee for consideration. Up to three individuals may be recognized each year and the final selection is made by the NASCIO Executive Committee

State Technology Innovator Award Recipients

Mark Walker 2014 Recipient:
Mark Walker, Deputy Tax Commissioner/CIO, Ohio Department of Taxation

Dianna Anderson 2014 Recipient:
Dianna Anderson, Chief Data Officer, Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology

Selvi Stanislaus 2013 Recipient:
Selvi Stanislaus, Executive Officer, State of California

Scott Gessler 2013 Recipient:
Scott Gessler, Secretary of State, State of Colorado

Dave Heineman 2012 Recipient:
Dave Heineman, Governor, State of Nebraska

Ruth Johnson 2011 Recipient:
Ruth Johnson, Secretary, Department of Children and Family Services, State of Louisiana

David Y. Ige 2010 Recipient:
David Y. Ige, Senate Technology Leader, State of Hawaii

Chris Johnson 2010 Recipient:
Chris Johnson, Vice President of Geospatial Technologies, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, State of Alabama

Eric Swanson 2010 Recipient:
Eric Swanson, Director, Center for Shared Solutions and Technology Partnerships, Department of Technology, Management and Budget, State of Michigan