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STATE PROFILES   |   New Jersey

Steven Emanuel
Chief Information Officer
Office of Information Technology

(609) 777-5865

Year Appointed: 2011


Native of Teaneck, NJ, E. Steven Emanuel graduated Teaneck High School, 1972. Attended Eastern College (originally Eastern Baptist College; now Eastern University), St. Davids, PA with a degree in Criminology / Sociology, in September, 1976. Returned and resided in southern NJ from 1995 until 2006.

Work career began in retail for Gulf Oil (1976 – 1978) leaving to work for CNA Insurance Company, Reading PA, as a Unit Supervisor. Moved to Chicago for CNA to work in systems planning and design (1978-1985). Went to work for General Public Utilities as programmer trainee and moved through the IT department working as a report writer, help desk staff member and eventually to network operations. Lead three major network projects and moved into network management as a Network Coordinator and then assigned to Oyster Creek Nuclear Station (sister station to Three Mile Island) as the Site Manager for all power plant IT operations (1985 – 1998).

Emanuel began a career with Amtrak in 1998 as the Director, Network (Philadelphia) and was promoted in 2000 to Sr. Director, CIO of the Northeast Corridor (NEC) operations. During tenure, implemented new infrastructure designs for all NEC locations, including the implementation of fiber backbones and the expansion of Local Area Networks (LAN) through new distributed electronics, including a conversion from Token Ring to Ethernet technology. In 2004, was moved into Acting position as Amtrak’s Chief Information Officer (Washington DC) and awarded the position in April, 2005 and departed in May, 2007 after accepting the CIO position with Montgomery County.

Montgomery County Government was the first “public sector” position. After joining the County, completed the first Enterprise Technology Strategic Plan to create the first enterprise view of technology, solutions and support. Also sponsored the County’s newest modernization plan for Public Safety identified as the Public Safety Systems Modernization. It is inclusive of a systems modernization strategy, a roadmap for CAD improvements and future improvements as well as the County’s Interoperability Communications Plan. Has also been a primary participant in the development of the plan and execution of the County’s Enterprise Resource Planning Project and the strategic implementation of the County’s Constituent Relationship Management project (MC311). Within Division operation, implemented the first enterprise Project Management Office, developed the first comprehensive program scorecard and IT project qualification review, focused on staffing competency and succession planning as well as the validation of the County’s Enterprise Architecture and countywide application portfolio inventory.

Personal; married 35 years, five children, two grandchildren. Served in two township volunteer fire departments, totally 18 years of service, attained PA Certified Rescue Technician status (lifetime award) and is currently serves as an Emergency Medical Technician / Ambulance operator for Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company, Howard County, MD. Other hobbies include radio controlled planes, cars and boats, golf and amateur home remodeling and landscaping.

Other Information

CIO Statute: EO #87

IT Procurement Responsibility: State Procurement Office

Special Projects: The state of New Jersey is partnering with the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command Research, Development, and Engineering Center (CERDEC) to research and analyze the state's networks for the development of an intrusion detection system. The Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between New Jersey and CERDEC is the first such research collaboration that CERDEC has established with a state government.


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