2013 Annual Speakers


Adel Ebeid

Chief Innovation Officer
County/City of Philadelphia

As the City’s first Chief Innovation Officer (CIO), Adel Ebeid, is responsible for leading the City’s technology innovation strategy and the information technology community to advance the City’s digital quality of life.

A passion for using technology to bring people closer to their government, Ebeid is a strong advocate for using technology to create positive change for all Philadelphians.  From open data and government transparency to innovation management and civic technology programs, Ebeid is focused on advancing Mayor Nutter’s vision to brand and position Philadelphia as an innovation friendly city.

Prior to his appointment with the City of Philadelphia, Ebeid spent 23+ years with the State of New Jersey as the Chief Information and Technology Officer until September 2011.  He also held leadership positions with the Motor Vehicle Commission as COO where he led the development and implementation of New Jersey’s first digital driver license, and the CIO for Environmental Protection where he led the development of the NJ Environmental Management System (NJEMS) – a system that was later adopted by 8 other states as the platform of choice for consolation of environmental data.


Alan Gregerman

Chief Innovation Officer

Dr. Alan Gregerman is President and Chief Innovation Officer of VENTURE WORKS Inc., a consulting firm based in the Washington, D.C. area that helps leading companies and organizations to develop winning strategies and create successful new products, services, ventures, and new ways of doing business. His customers are a wide range of Fortune 500 corporations, growing firms, start-ups and nonprofits including Discovery Communications, Marriott International, Johnson & Johnson, Verizon, Lockheed Martin, L-3, Raytheon, Omnicom, ICF International, International Finance Corporation, Ritz-Carlton, CGI, Children’s National Medical Center, and the National Civil Rights Museum.

Alan is an internationally-known expert on strategy, innovation, and unlocking the talent in people at all levels of organizations. In the past 20 years he has helped more than 300 teams and organizations to create important innovations—with a 90% success rate. He is also an award-winning teacher, author, and keynote speaker who has been called “one of the most original thinkers in business today” and “the Robin Williams of business consulting.” His first book, Lessons from the Sandbox, provided a powerful formula for business success based on the magic of childhood. His newest book, Surrounded by Geniuses—winner of the Axiom Award as one of the best leadership books of 2008—shows companies and organizations how to unlock compelling value by finding powerful insight in their own people and the world around them. Before starting VENTURE WORKS Alan was Director of Entrepreneurial Services for a national consulting firm, Special Assistant for Operations at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the first Visiting Scholar in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Library of Congress.


Alan Shark

Dr. Alan R. Shark is the Executive Director and CEO of Public Technology Institute (PTI). Created by and for city and county governments, PTI is a national, non-profit organization that focuses on technology issues that impact local government and thought-leaders in the public sector.

Dr. Shark's career has spanned over 30 years as a highly recognized leader in both the nonprofit management and technology fields, with an emphasis on technology applications for business and government. He is an associate professor of practice at Rutgers University where he teaches a masters level course on technology and public administration, and also serves as the Director for The Center for Technology Leadership.

Before coming to PTI, he was president and CEO of the American Mobile Telecommunications Association. At the Water Environment Federation, he was the associate executive director for marketing and communications, and publisher.


Andrew Rowan

Director, Office of GIS
NJ Office of Information Technology

Andy Rowan has served as Director of the NJ Office of GIS since 2005. Rowan and his staff are responsible for overseeing the implementation of geospatial technologies across all state agencies and serve as the primary state liaisons with local and federal agencies on GIS issues. In addition, OGIS operates the shared infrastructure that hosts web-based mapping applications and centralized GIS data stores for state agencies. Rowan has over 20 years of experience in GIS, and has a bachelor's degree in geology from Oberlin College, a master's in geology from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in environmental science from Rutgers.


Bill Oates

Chief Information Officer
City of Boston

Bill Oates is the Chief information Officer for the City of Boston, Massachusetts. Oates was named Boston’s first Cabinet level CIO by Mayor Thomas M. Menino in June of 2006. As CIO, Oates is charged with spearheading the City’s technology initiatives and is responsible for the delivery of IT services in support of the various city functions.

Under Oates’ leadership, the City of Boston has been recognized as a leader in leveraging technology to improve citizen engagement and access to services. In 2011, Oates was recognized as one of the “Top 25 Public Sector Innovators” by Government Technology Magazine and named the New England CIO Innovation Award winner by Mass High Tech. In 2012, Bill was inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame by IDG’s CIO Magazine and was also recognized as a finalist for the MIT Sloan CIO Award for Innovation. Also in 2012, Bill was one of eleven government, academic & industry leaders named to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s first Council for Innovation.

Prior to joining the City, Oates served as the Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.


Brenda L. Decker

Brenda 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 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 currently serves as the 2012-2013 President of the organization, as well as having served as the Co-Chair of the Awards Committee and the Security and Privacy Committee, and an Executive Board member.


Carlos Ramos

Carlos Ramos was appointed Secretary of Technology and State ClO in 2011 by Governor Jerry Brown. He is a member of the Governor’s Cabinet and CIO for the State of California. Prior to his appointment, Ramos headed up his own consulting practice. He served as a member of the Human Services IT Advisory Group, as an ERP advisor to the State Controller’s Office, an ERP advisor to the Department of Corrections and as a senior fellow with the Center for Digital Government.

Throughout his career, Ramos has been a leader on many of California’s key technology initiatives. He has served as Director of the Office of Systems Integration - with a multi-billion dollar portfolio of California’s largest technology projects. He concurrently held the position of Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services and was the Agency’s senior technology executive. He was the principal technology advisor to the Secretary of HHS and was responsible for the entire HHS IT portfolio. Previously, he served as Director of the State’s Data Center - one of the largest public sector data centers in the world with an annual budget of $200 million and over 200 government agency customers.


Carol Henton

Carol Henton serves as TechAmerica’s Vice President for State & Local Government (SLG). Henton is an expert on state procurement policy, she organizes meetings and events with government officials, and she supports TechAmerica’s SLG Board of Directors. TechAmerica is a leading proponent of technology solutions in the SLG marketplace. The association promotes policy positions that make technology more effective in supporting state and local government missions, improve government technology acquisition processes, maximize the positive financial impact of IT investments, and create better outcomes for Americans served by state and local government agencies and programs.


Cathy Novak

Cathy Novak joined Pega in January 2013 as Industry Principal for Public Sector, and is responsible for driving strategy for their public sector practice across Federal, State and International boundaries. For more than 20 years, Novak has held senior executive leadership positions in the government market and also spent a decade as CEO of a company highly focused on Ireland government. Novak is an accomplished thought leader in driving technology solutions to accomplish government agency missions.


Chris Estes

Governor Pat McCrory appointed Chris Estes as North Carolina’s State Chief Information Officer in January 2013. By statute, the State CIO has statewide responsibilities for IT strategy, standards, security, procurement, project oversight and enterprise-shared service to state agencies and others. Estes has twenty years of experience across the manufacturing, hi-tech, and financial services industries for leading brands PwC, IBM, BearingPoint, EMC and most recently Booz Allen Hamilton, where he was a Principal in the Strategy, Technology, and Innovation practice.


Claire Bailey

Claire Bailey is director of the Arkansas Department of Information Systems (DIS) , the state agency responsible for the state network and telecommunications services supporting Arkansas's public sector. She is also the state’s chief technology officer and state broadband manager. In 2011, DIS became the first state government organization to earn the Governor’s Quality Award for Performance Excellence. Bailey is chairperson of the Arkansas State Technology Council, is past president of the National Association of State Technology Directors, and is an executive committee member of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. Government Technology magazine previously named Bailey as one of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in Public Sector Innovation.


Constance Scott

Manager, IT Investment Management Division
VITA, Commowealth of Va.

Constance Scott serves as Manager of the IT Investment Management Division (ITIMD) in the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA). In that capacity, she manages implementation of the ITIM Standard for Executive Branch agencies on behalf of the state’s CIO. Included in the ITIMD are the Commonwealth Technology Portfolio, IT Strategic Planning, the Commonwealth Strategic Plan for Technology and management of agency IT procurement requests. Constance has over 33 years in the information technology field in both the private and public sector and has spent the past 10 years working closely with her VITA colleagues in the oversight and governance areas to develop and implement the various components of IT Investment Management.


Cynthia Stoddard

Cynthia Stoddard is the senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) at NetApp. In her role as CIO, she is responsible for providing a long-term technology vision that supports and is aligned with the company’s strategies and goals, business plans, operating requirements, and overall efficiencies. She provides leadership to the Global IT organization to enable delivery of worldwide business solutions and infrastructure that support the company's growth. Additionally, she acts as the primary advocate of NetApp to external markets to promote further awareness of the NetApp on NetApp initiative.

Stoddard has over 25 years of business experience and IT expertise leading large global organizations in supply chain, retail, and technology companies. Before joining NetApp, in 2010, she was group vice president, Information Technology, at Safeway Inc. Other positions she has held include group CIO for NOL Group, the parent of APL Ltd., a global transportation and logistics company; as well as executive and technical IT roles in both U.S. and global companies.


Dan Lohrmann

Chief Security Officer
State of Michigan.

Daniel J. Lohrmann (Dan) is an internationally recognized security leader, technologist and author. He is best known for his refreshingly practical commentary on technology and clear advice on computer security and ethics for home and work. When people want to know how cybersecurity or technology infrastructure really works within state and local governments, they turn to Dan Lohrmann.

Over the past twenty-five years, he has served public and private sector organizations which span the globe in a diverse set of technology and security leadership roles. He currently serves as Chief Security Officer (CSO) over both physical and cybersecurity in Michigan government.

As Michigan CSO & Deputy Director for Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Protection (CIP), he leads the Michigan Cyber Initiative, which was launched by Governor Snyder at the 2011 Michigan Cyber Summit. Dan is also a lead on several federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) committees and National Governors Association (NGA) efforts in cybersecurity.


Daniel Paolini

Director, Enterprise Data Services
State of New Jersey, Office of Information Technology

Dan Paolini is the State of New Jersey's Director of Enterprise Data Services and its first Chief Information Architect. Before returning to State employment, he co-founded and for six years led a successful database consulting and training firm that specialized in data warehouse solutions. He has also served as the Chief Technology Officer for a public school district and for a research institution. He has guided successful data warehousing projects for more than a dozen state agencies and private sector corporations.

He was the 2013 recipient of the Data Management Association (DAMA) International Government Achievement Award. He was the technical architect of Governor Christie’s award-winning government transparency site, YourMoney.NJ.Gov. He was a recipient of the 2002 Leadership Award from the US Office of Management and Budget’s Government Without Boundaries initiative. He was a 1992 Reader’s Choice Award winner for database utility software. He was also a member of the development team for an award-winning programmer’s editor.

Paolini has a B.A. in Accounting from Rowan University, and his graduate work was in Public Administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dan retired recently after forty years as a volunteer firefighter, fourteen years of which were as an officer including seven years as fire chief. He has been honored several times for rescues and service. He also served for ten years as a member of the municipal Planning Board, and four terms as Fire Commissioner.


Darryl Ackley

Darryl Ackley is the Chief Information Officer for the State of New Mexico, and serves as the Cabinet Secretary for the State Department of Information Technology. Secretary Ackley also currently serves as the NASCIO representative to the FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee. Prior to his work for the State, Secretary Ackley was the director of the Institute for Complex Additive Systems Analysis in Socorro, New Mexico, performing research on the security of critical infrastructure systems and computer networks. Secretary Ackley holds a Master of Science degree in computer science from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.


David B. Behen

As the state's chief information officer, David B. Behen plays a critical role in leading development of information technology resources to meet the growing needs of Michigan's citizens.

In his role as CIO, Behen holds a seat on Governor Rick Snyder's Cabinet, advising the governor on technology investments and implementing innovative IT programs to enhance and expand customer service. As an executive in the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, he leads efforts to provide the full range of information technology and communications services to Michigan's citizens and businesses as well as 17 state agencies with 47,000 state employees. Behen is leading a multiyear IT assessment and alignment process that will shape DTMB's path to the future. This process will develop Michigan's portfolio of high-impact, innovative, market-competitive IT services that focus on customer service and citizen engagement.


David Cagigal

Chief Information Officer
State of Wisconsin

David Cagigal was appointed CIO for the State of Wisconsin in November, 2012. As the CIO, he also serves as Division Administrator for the Division of Enterprise Technology (DET). DET manages the state’s IT assets and provides technology to state agencies such as computer services, voice-data-video telecommunications, and print and mail services. The division also provides geographic information systems (GIS) services to state agencies, organizations and local governments.

Cagigal is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in information technology visioning, strategic planning and management. He is experienced in converging business strategies with ever-changing and innovating information technologies. He also identifies and implements the appropriate change management processes and risk mitigating strategies for each unique culture. Cagigal has held executive IT positions at Alliant Energy, DeVry University, DePaul University, Maytag and Amoco that crosses multiple industries and business functions.


David Fletcher

David Fletcher is currently the Chief Technology Officer of the State of Utah where he oversees the State's egovernment initiatives and coordinates the introduction of new innovation and the state's technical architecture program. Fletcher has a long history of involvement with technology initiatives, having previously served as director of the state's Division of Information Technology, Deputy CIO over egovernment, and Deputy Director of the Utah Department of Administrative Services. During his tenure with the State of Utah, he has promoted the use of technology to improve citizen and business interaction with state government. Utah now offers over 1000 interactive online citizen and business services through its award-winning portal, Utah.gov. Many of these services have become the primary channel for service delivery.


David Gustafson

Chief Information Officer
State of Nevada

David Gustafson was appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the State of Nevada by Brian Sandoval in 2010. CIO responsibilities include secure management of the State mainframe and servers supporting enterprise applications, revitalization and expansion of the State telephone and telecommunications systems, programming in support of enterprise software, and consolidation of State agency IT operations beginning with those in support of State law enforcement. He was appointed by the Governor as a member on the Nevada Crime Commission, established in 2010, and tasked with examining existing and emerging crime problems statewide and seeking innovative methods and solutions to combat those crimes.

Immediately prior to joining the State government, he worked in the private sector as the Director of IT, Engineering & Architecture for Employers Insurance Group and has worked at Microsoft Licensing and Accenture consulting.


Ed Valencia

Ed Valencia is the State of Minnesota’s Chief Technology Officer and the Deputy Commissioner of MN.IT Services, Minnesota’s consolidated IT agency.  In his role, Valencia oversees technology development for the agency and the enterprise, including development of architecture, technical standards and oversight, and responsibilities for application development and management.

In 2011, Valencia managed the strategy and implementation of the state’s IT consolidation. This process streamlined and combined executive branch IT from 70+ agencies, commissions and boards to a single, $400 million centralized agency with responsibility for all program management, planning and IT service delivery for state government.

Prior to IT consolidation, Valencia oversaw Minnesota’s success as the first state in the nation to consolidate all executive branch employees (35,000) to a single cloud solution, and led development of a strong IT procurement and standards program that has resulted in hundreds of millions in savings for Minnesota government over the past five years.

Prior to his current role, Valencia served as CIO for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, where he led the modernization of mission-critical applications.


Elayne Starkey

Chief Security Officer
Delaware Dept of Technology & Information

Elayne Starkey is the Chief Security Officer for the State of Delaware/Department of Technology and Information (DTI) and responsible for the enterprise-wide protection of information assets from high consequence events, including cyber and physical terrorism, and natural disasters.

Starkey is the Chair of the Delaware Information Security Officer Team and member of the Governor's Homeland Security Council. She has been a member of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) since its inception in 2003. She serves on the MS-ISAC Executive Board and a past co-chair of the Education and Awareness work group.

Starkey is also a member of National Association of Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Security and Privacy Committee, and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). Starkey was previously the Chief Technology Officer at DTI and the Chief Information Officer for theDelaware Department of Public Safety.


Graeme Finley

Practice Director
Grant Thornton LLP

Graeme Finley is a Practice Director within Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector practice. Finley has over twenty years experience providing consulting services to public- and private-sector organizations in the US and in Europe. He has experience in IT strategy, business case analysis, acquisition support, enterprise architecture, and custom and packaged software development and integration. Finley’s clients have included Federal government agencies in the US and Canada, State government agencies across the US, and utilities and financial services organizations in the US and UK.


James McFarlane

General Manager
State of Michigan

James McFarlane is a General Manager for the State of Michigan, Department of Technology Management and Budget. As General Manager, McFarlane is responsible for setting the strategic direction and ensuring the timely delivery of the state’s IT services and projects for the Michigan Departments of State, Insurance & Financial Services, and Licensing & Regulatory Affairs. McFarlane also manages the IT Investment Fund portfolio. This innovative program is an annual $47 million appropriated by the Legislature to address legacy technology and innovation opportunities.

McFarlane brings a distinctive mix of public and private sector service to his role as General Manager. As the former Chief Information Officer of Washtenaw County, he championed enterprise service delivery to the County as well as several local units of government. He also transformed enterprise project management planning, budgeting and delivery.


Jeff Johnson

Board Member

Jeffrey Johnson has an extensive public safety background, with broad experience at both the local and national level. Chief Johnson served as Chair of Oregon’s Statewide Interoperability Executive Council, which is transitioning from four independent state-owned radio networks into a single interoperable modern voice and data network. Prior to that, Chief Johnson was the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Fire Chief/CEO for 15 years. Chief Johnson is very active nationally on public safety communications matters, and has served on the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Board of Directors and served as President and Chairman of the Board. He is now CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs Association and served as a representative of the SAFECOM Emergency Response Council. He also serves as Chairman of Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI), a company majority-owned by IAFC to provide emergency services consulting. Chief Johnson is a graduate of Concordia University.


Jeff Mohlenkamp

Executive Branch Auditor IV
Department of Administration

Jeff Mohlenkamp joined the Department of Administration in July of 2011, bringing more than 20 years of experience in state government. Previously Jeff held the position of Deputy Director, Support Services at the Department of Corrections (DOC). His primary responsibility at DOC was handling Budget Division and Legislative requests and preparing presentations for public testimony. Mohlenkamp also served as the Chief Fiscal Officer at the Nevada State Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services and was responsible for oversight of 13 different budget accounts totaling over $320 million annually and over 1,900 employees. From November 2003 to November 2005, Mohlenkamp was an Executive Branch Auditor IV in the Internal Audits Division of the Department of Administration. He has also worked for the Nevada Gaming Control Board as a Special Agent and Supervisor.


Jim Sills

James H. Sills, III was appointed by Governor Jack Markell as the Secretary and Chief Information Officer for the State of Delaware, Department of Technology and Information. Sills received a BA from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and MPA from the University of Pittsburgh and is also a graduate of the University Of Wisconsin School Of Banking. Sills is responsible for providing strategic direction and technology management for the Executive Branch. His achievements include: Implementing IT and data center consolidations, cloud computing, SaaS solutions, device management/BYOD, a new ERP system, cyber security initiatives, vendor management, and other technologies.


Jim Smith

Jim Smith is currently the Chief Information Officer for the State of Maine. As such, he directs and oversees all Information Technology policymaking, planning, architecture, strategy, and standardization throughout the state. He provides central leadership and vision in the use of information and telecommunications technology, and provides risk assessment on disaster and business recovery, and cyber security.

Smith has been in the Information Technology field for over 30 years, and he has held senior IT leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies such as American Express, Sun Life Financial, and Unum Corporation. Smith has significant international experience, having overseen multiple projects in India, the Philippines, and England, and he has developed two technology operations in Ireland.


Joe Deklinski

Director, Governor's Innovation Office
Governor's Office of Administration

Joe Deklinski, Director Governor’s Innovation Office

A student of change management and innovation throughout his 33 year career in state service, Joe Deklinski was appointed Director of the Governor's Innovation Office, by Governor Tom Corbett on April 9th. Joe previously spent 10 years as Director of the Research Department for the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives and as Executive Director of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

Prior to his legislative service he served as Special Assistant to Lieutenant Governor and then Governor Mark Schweiker where he helped to lead the PRIME initiative. This Commonwealth-wide change effort stimulated creative ideas to the way state government conducts business and provides customer service through employee-driven change.


John E. Nixon

Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget

John Nixon serves as the State Budget Director and Director of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB). Reporting directly to Governor Snyder, he is responsible for overseeing the state budget, government technology, and the administrative functions of state government.

Nixon heads an agency of 2,700 employees, leading the department’s mission of providing vital administrative and technology services to enable Michigan’s reinvention, with the vision of making the State of Michigan one of the most innovative and responsive governments in the world.   

Nixon is a Certified Public Accountant, having previously served as Utah’s budget director for Governors Jon Huntsman and Gary Herbert. He was named Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine in 2012. He was also one of Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in 2012. He served as President of the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) in 2010.


John Letchford

In 2010, John Letchford became Chief Information Officer and Assistant Secretary for Information Technology at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In this role Letchford serves as the chair of the state’s IT governing body, the CIO Cabinet, and also serves as a member of the State 911 Commission, Governor’s Health IT Council, and on the board of the Mass Broadband Institute.

Prior to becoming State CIO, Letchford was Deputy Chief Information Officer, with overall responsibility for day to day service operations of the Information Technology Division and for overseeing the state’s information technology infrastructure consolidation program. Letchford received the national ITIL Public Sector Award from ITSMF-USA in 2010 for his work on improving service delivery and providing fiscal transparency for a $60M chargeback funded IT service delivery program.


Joseph W.Grubbs, Ph.D.

Enterprise Information Architect
Virginia Information Technologies Agency

Joseph W. Grubbs, Ph.D., is Vice President and Chief Information Architect at Binary Structures Corporation (BSC). Prior to joining BSC, Dr. Grubbs served as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Enterprise Information Architect and Data Governance Service Lead in the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA). Dr. Grubbs specializes in data governance, data standardization and enterprise information sharing, and he’s responsible for leading the effort to migrate the Commonwealth of Virginia toward conformance with the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) across domains of state government. He has a Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida.


Karen Robinson

Karen W. Robinson serves as the Executive Director for the Texas Department of Information Resources. As Chief Information Officer for the State of Texas, she has statewide authority over information and communications technology planning, procurement, and service delivery. She leads an agency that manages information technology (IT) for more than 4,400 publicly funded entities and operates the state’s IT Security, Communications Technology Services, Cooperative Contracts, Data Center Services, and award-winning Texas.gov—the Official Website for the State of Texas.


Kristen Miller

Kristen Miller is a Principal in our Austin office and a former State CIO for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She has 17 years of experience in State Government IT consulting, management and operations including a strong background in IT Strategic Planning, Systems Development, Cyber Security, Shared Services and Business Intelligence. Miller is the Technology Leader for the Public Sector, and is currently representing the firm on the Corporate Board of the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO), actively positioning Deloitte with CIOs around the country.


Larry Quinlan

Larry Quinlan is a principal at Deloitte—one of the world’s largest professional services organizations, with over 200,000 people in more than 150 countries around the world. He serves as the Global Chief Information Officer and chairs the Global CIO Council.

As CIO, Quinlan has responsibility for all facets of technology including strategy, applications, infrastructure, support, and execution. In this role, he also leads the worldwide technology organization.

Quinlan has been with Deloitte since 1988 and has served in a variety of leadership roles. Quinlan holds an MBA from Baruch College, City University of New York and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the West Indies.


Lee Congdon

Lee Congdon is responsible for Red Hat's global information systems, including information technology strategy and governance, enterprise architecture, solutions delivery, and systems operations. His role includes enabling Red Hat's business through technology innovation, technology-enabled collaboration, and process improvement.

Congdon has more than 25 years of experience as an IT leader. Before joining Red Hat® he was managing vice president, Information Technology, at Capital One where he developed and delivered IT solutions for the firm's corporate functions and Global Financial Services group. He has held senior leadership positions at Nasdaq, Citicorp and IBM.


Mark VanOrden

Mark VanOrden is the Chief Information Officer for the State of Utah and serves in the cabinet for Governor Gary Herbert. He was appointed to this position in May 2012. Prior to being appointed the CIO he was the IT Director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services for 6 years. VanOrden has been an employee for the State of Utah for 30 years and has worked in Information Technology for 35 years. He has spent most of his career in application development as a programmer, project manager, development manager and IT Director.


Michael A. Nutter

City of Philadelphia

Sworn in for a second term on January 2, 2012 as Mayor of his hometown, Michael A. Nutter has set an aggressive agenda for America’s fifth largest city – improving high school graduation and college attainment rates, vowing to strengthen community policing through Philly Rising, a unique partnership between vulnerable neighborhoods and the City, and continuing to implement the nationally recognized GreenWorks Philadelphia initiative that is helping to make the City of Philadelphia become the greenest city in America. Since 2008, municipal government has reduced energy usage by seven percent and increased alternative energy usage citywide from 2.5 to 14 percent.

Since taking office in January 2008, Mayor Nutter has vigorously managed city government through the worst recession since the Great Depression by maintaining core services and reducing the City’s spending – most notably closing a $2.4 billion gap in Philadelphia’s five year plan without compromising a single police officer, fire fighter, sanitation, or health center worker. In June 2013, City Council passed the Mayor Nutter’s Actual Value Initiative, the City’s first property assessment system overhaul, transforming it into a more fair, accurate and understandable system.


Michael Cockrill

Michael Cockrill is the Washington State Chief Information Officer (CIO), appointed by Governor Jay Inslee on January 23, 2013. His responsibilities include overseeing the state’s strategic vision for information technology (IT), evaluating state agencies’ IT spending and major technology projects, and establishing IT policies and standards across state government.

Cockirll brings to the state more than 20 years of operational experience building both software and software companies in the private sector including PhotoRocket, Atlas Accelerator, Mixxer, and Qpass. He is also a nine-year veteran of Microsoft, where he led Product Management on MSN’s original e-commerce efforts and the client strategy for Microsoft Merchant Server and Commerce Server, as well as design and development of the Microsoft Wallet and the Commerce division’s overall payment strategy.


Michael Powell

Chief Innovation Officer
State of Maryland

Mike Powell is the Chief Innovation Officer for the State of Maryland. His responsibilities include the Department of Information Technology, the Major IT Development Project Fund, and innovation initiatives throughout the state.

Prior to joining the O'Malley administration, Powell was a Managing Consultant and Client Executive for IBM. He previously worked for then-Mayor O'Malley in Baltimore's CitiStat program, which won the Kennedy School award for Innovations in Government


Micheline Casey

Chief Data Officer
Federal Reserve Board

Micheline Casey is the Chief Data Officer of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and heads the Office of the Chief Data Officer. The newly created Office of the Chief Data Officer (OCDO) emphasizes the importance of the management of data and information as a major strategic priority for the Board. As CDO, Casey leads the OCDO and has responsibility for creating and implementing the Board’s enterprise data strategy, data governance, and data management frameworks.

Prior to joining the Board, Casey was Principal at CDO, LLC, a boutique consultancy supporting the development of large-scale enterprise information management, data governance, and data security strategic plans and implementation efforts. Casey was the first state Chief Data Officer in the country, and part of the Governor’s Office in the State of Colorado. Casey was responsible for developing and executing the State of Colorado’s enterprise data strategy and data governance and data management frameworks across the State’s Executive Branch agencies.


Paul Baltzell

Paul Baltzell has over 18 years experience working in various areas of IT consulting and management. After serving in the US Navy, Baltzell began his career with EDS as a systems engineer later moving on to work with various consulting firms. In 2005, Baltzell led the State of Indiana IT consolidation efforts. This effort achieved a 14 million dollar yearly savings for the State through shared systems. For his cost savings efforts, Baltzell was awarded a Governor’s Meritorious Service Award. In 2013 Baltzell was appointed CIO for the state of Indiana by Governor Mike Pence.


Richard F. Sliwoski PE

Virginia Department of General Services

Richard F. Sliwoski, P.E. is currently the Director of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of General Services (DGS).   Originally appointed as Director in January 2006 by Governor Kaine, he was reappointed by Governor McDonnell in April 2010.   Sliwoski manages the agency’s more than 600 employees, four divisions, and eight business units.   The agency is responsible for the renovation and construction of state owned facilities, the operation of a statewide electronic procurement system, analytical laboratory testing, the buying, selling and leasing of real estate properties, the management of a statewide fleet, and the selling of surplus property.   Sliwoski oversees the agency with an annual operating budget of approximately $238 million.

     A professional engineer, Sliwoski’s career in public service spans almost four decades.  He has extensive leadership experience in managing major projects and helped spearhead the construction, renovation, and underground expansion of the historic Virginia State Capitol.  Prior to his appointment, Sliwoski served for more than five years as the Director of the Division of Engineering and Buildings overseeing two bureaus, the Bureau of Capital Outlay Management and the Bureau of Facilities Management.


Robert Schmidt

Agency, Chief Information Officer
California Department of Food and Agriculture

Robert Schmidt is the agency chief information officer (AIO) for the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). As the Agency’s CIO, he is responsible for coordinating technology activities at his agency both internally and with statewide stakeholders.  He is also responsible for leading chief information officers of 31 unaffiliated departments, boards and commissions including the California Arts Council, California State Library, and California State Lottery, among others.

Prior to becoming the AIO for CDFA, Schmidt served as the principal manager responsible for the statewide IT consolidation program, for the California Technology Agency, an assignment he began in 2009.


Robert Sievert

Director, eProcurement Bureau
Department of General Services, Commonwealth of Virginia

Bob Sievert joined state government in 1993 as an IT Project Manager to lead key reengineering projects. After completing assessments for Statewide Procurement, Agency Accounting, Facilities Management, and Risk Management business areas, Sievert became the visionary for the Commonwealths’ electronic commerce initiative for Procurement called eVA.

Sievert has over 32 years of systems, e-commerce and reengineering experience in a variety of industries including Power Utilities, Construction, Aerospace and Manufacturing.


Sandra McGill

Director, Enterprise IT Portfolio Office
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sandra McGill is the Director of the Enterprise IT Portfolio Office (EITPO) for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the office of the Chief Information Officer. EITPO is responsible for CDC’s Enterprise Architecture, Capital Planning & Investment Control, IT Investment Management, IT Policy & Strategy, and Enterprise Statistical Licensing. She is responsible for managing CDC’s $500 million IT Portfolio which consist of 700+ IT projects, systems and activities. Sandra has 33 years of federal service, working with several Department of Defense agencies as well as Federal Independent Agencies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administrations from Chapman University in Orange, CA, a Master in Public Administration from Troy University and is a Federal Executive Institute Alumni. Sandra obtained her PMP certification in March 2009 and became a Certified Enterprise Architecture in August 2010.


Sanjeev " Sonny" Bhagowalia

Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia is the State of Hawaii’s first full-time Chief Information Officer (CIO) and reports directly to the Governor.  Bhagowalia leads the Office of Information Management and Technology (OIMT), which is responsible for leading the business and technology transformation for the State of Hawaii.  Bhagowalia and his team successfully developed and are implementing the state’s first Business and IT/IRM Transformation Plan that provides the comprehensive roadmap for the state’s modernization initiative.

Bhagowalia has 28 years of experience in Industry and Government in transforming organizations to achieve mission success.  He has served in technical, management and senior executive leadership capacity in world-class organizations such as Boeing, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and the State of Hawaii.  At Boeing, he supported key U.S. Government customers in Defense, Civilian and Intelligence Community sectors including nine years at NASA.


Scott Pattison

Executive Director
National Association of State Budget Officers

Scott D. Pattison has served as the Executive Director of the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) in Washington, D.C. since 2001.

Founded in 1945, NASBO serves as the professional organization for all state budget officers of the fifty states and U.S. territories. NASBO collects data and publishes numerous reports on state fiscal conditions and organizes meetings and training for budget and finance officials. The organization also provides public officials, the media and citizens detailed information on state financial management and budgeting.

Prior to coming to NASBO, Pattison served for four years as Virginia’s state budget director and also headed the Regulatory and Economic Analysis section of the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget. He previously served in a variety of capacities in the office of the Virginia Attorney General, including as Counsel on finance issues.


Sean Vinck

As Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Illinois, Sean Vinck is responsible for the development and management of the State’s overall Information Technology policy and strategy. His duties include managing enterprise-wide IT governance, overseeing IT strategy budget and purchasing, and directing a number of major enterprise-wide technology initiatives. These include: implementing the Affordable Care Act, modernizing the State’s financial accounting systems, and the overhaul of the State’s antiquated Offender Tracking System.

During his tenure, the State of Illinois has made fundamental changes in the way it finances and manages its technology resources. In mid-2012, the State issued $50 Million in bonds targeted exclusively at IT projects, despite the State’s significant financial challenges; this represented the first technology-specific bond issuance in recent memory. In September 2012, Governor Pat Quinn signed Executive Order 3 (2012) that announced the establishment of an enterprise-wide Open Operating Standard to enhance the State’s commitment to participating in the open data movement. The Governor’s Executive Order also took the bold step of requiring agencies to consider—and adopt where feasible—cloud computing solutions when making new IT purchases. In addition, the CIO and agencies must re-evaluate State’s application portfolio to identify opportunities for savings, efficiency, and transparency through the adoption of cloud computing and deployment of open data.


Stephen Fletcher

Associate Administator
Office of Public Safety Communications, NTIA, Department of Commerce

Stephen Fletcher joined the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in November 2012 as Associate Administrator for the agency’s Office of Public Safety Communications. As head of the newly created office,Fletcher will oversee the implementation of NTIA’s responsibilities under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 and will also support FirstNet, as it requests, with its efforts to deploy and operate a nationwide public safety broadband network.

Having served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for both the state of Utah and the U.S. Department of Education, Fletcher has extensive public safety communications experience and government procurement and grants expertise.

Fletcher chaired the Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, where he helped evaluate Utah’s first responder network. He also served on the Global Justice Information Sharing Committee, a law enforcement technical standards committee, as well as on the advisory board for the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) program office run by the Department of Homeland Security.


Steve Nichols

State of Georgia

As CTO for the state of Georgia, Dr. Steve Nichols advises the leadership of the Georgia Technology Authority and state agencies on technology issues. He has played a key role in important initiatives to modernize state government IT, including the privatization of IT infrastructure services and managed network services in 2009. He oversees Georgia’s state portal and led its award-winning redesign. Government Technology named Nichols as one of the nation’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for 2012. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Stu Davis

Stu Davis currently serves as the State Chief Information Officer and Assistant Director for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS), Office of Information Technology (OIT). Davis has a varied background in IT leadership and management, including infrastructure, enterprise shared services, and spatial technologies. Prior to his appointment as State CIO, Davis served as the State Chief Operating Officer and deputy director of the Infrastructure Services Division within DAS/OIT.

As the State Chief Information Officer, Davis leads, oversees and directs state agency activities related to information technology development and use. As Assistant Director of DAS, Davis oversees the Office of Information Technology (OIT) which delivers statewide information technology and telecommunication services to state government agencies, boards and commissions as well as manages IT procurement, policy and standards development, lifecycle investment planning and privacy and security management.


Teresa Luna

In 2011, Teresa Luna was appointed by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter as Director of the Department Administration and Chief Information Officer for the State of Idaho. Prior to being Director, Luna held positions of Chief of Staff and Interim Director for the Department. In her current capacity, Luna serves as the chair of the Group Insurance Advisory Committee and Risk Management Advisory Committee, vice chair of the Idaho Education Network (IEN) Program Resource Management Council, and Secretary to the Idaho Capitol Commission. Prior to heading the Department of Administration, Luna worked with the Idaho State Controller’s Office for 4 years.


Thomas Fruman

Director, Enterprise Governance and Planning
Georgia Technology Authority

Tom Fruman is Director of Enterprise Governance and Planning (EGAP) for the Georgia Technology Authority.EGAP promotes an enterprise approach to technology by establishing statewide policies, standards and guidelines based on industry best practices and federal requirements. It works closely with the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget and state agencies to ensure an individual agency's IT strategy aligns with its overall business strategy and business continuity planning.

Prior to his current position, Fruman was the Director of Enterprise Portfolio Management, an office in EGAP that oversees technology investments for Georgia state government. In his almost 30-year career in technology management, he has worked in multiple capacities, including as a project executive, business development executive, consultant, researcher, worldwide deployment leader, project manager and programmer.


Tony Encinias

Tony Encinias was appointed Deputy Secretary for Information Technology/Chief Information Officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on December 29, 2012. Prior to his appointment, Encinias served as the Chief Technology Officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Encinias is a retired United States Naval Officer, with over 20 years experience in Information Technology management with the Department of Defense (DoD) and state government. During Encinias’ distinguished military caree,r he served as the Relational Supply Application Program manager for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) and as the Deputy Director for Innovation in the eBusiness Operations Office for the Department of the Navy, Chief Information Officer. In his final military assignment he served dual roles as the SAS 70 Program Director with the Defense Information Systems Agency and as the Executive Officer of the Defense Enterprise Computing Center, Mechanicsburg.