STATE PROFILES | Nebraska
BiographyBrenda Decker was appointed as the Chief Information Officer for the State of Nebraska by Governor Dave Heineman on February 4, 2005. Prior to this appointment, Brenda held various IT positions within Nebraska state government for several years.
Brenda received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Doane College in 1989 where she majored in Business Administration. She received her Masters degree in Management from the same institution in May 2001.
Brenda is a member and/or chair of numerous commissions and councils in Nebraska State Government. She holds membership in numerous professional organizations and has a national certification as a Professional Manager from the Institute of Certified Professional Managers. As a member of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, she served as the 2012-2013 President of the organization, an Executive Board member, as well as having served as the Co-Chair of the Awards Committee, the Enterprise Architecture Committee and the Security and Privacy Committee. In 2012, through Governor Heineman’s nomination, Federal Communications Commission Chair Julius Genachowski appointed Brenda to serve on the FCC Technical Advisory Board for First Responder Interoperability.
In 2003, Government Technology magazine
recognized Brenda nationally as one of the
top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of
Information Technology, and in 2007 as one
of the “5 Most Influential Women CIOs”
Brenda was selected as one of the Premier
100 IT Leaders for 2008 by Computerworld
Magazine. In April of 2008, the AIM
Institute honored Brenda with the
Outstanding Community Service in
Technology Award. The National
Association of State Chief Information
Officers honored Brenda with their 2010
Meritorious Service award.