Midyear 2013 Speakers

Andy Ozment

Senior Director for Cybersecurity
The White House

Dr. Andy Ozment is the Senior Director for Cybersecurity at the White House. As one of two deputies to the Cybersecurity Coordinator, Ozment leads a team of individuals who develop national policy and coordinate federal cybersecurity efforts in the areas of critical infrastructure protection, legislative proposals, executive branch security, privacy and civil liberties, information sharing, and incident response. In a prior stint at the White House, Ozment led the effort to develop the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) and established the Administration's priorities for federal agency cybersecurity.

Ozment has previously worked in operational network security, as a programmer, in government policy, and as a researcher in different government agencies, academia, and industry. He has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, an MS in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a BS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.


Ben Walker

Director, Eligibility Policy and Operations Branch

Ben Walker is Director of the Eligibility Policy and Operations Branch at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) at CMS. In this role, Walker leads the development of eligibility policy related to health insurance exchanges, and the implementation of the eligibility components of the Federally-facilitated Exchange. Prior to joining CCIIO’s precursor, the Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, in 2010, Walker spent six years with the Massachusetts Office of Medicaid, ending his time there as Director of Federal Finance.


Bryan Sivak

Chief Technology Officer

Bryan Sivak joined HHS as the Chief Technology Officer in July 2012. In this role, he is responsible for helping HHS leadership harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health and welfare of the nation.

Previously, Sivak served as the Chief Innovation Officer to Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, where he has led Maryland's efforts to embed concepts of innovation into the DNA of state government.

Prior to his time with Governor O'Malley, Sivak served as Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia, where he created a technology infrastructure that enhanced communication between the District's residents and their government, and implemented organizational reforms that improved efficiency, program controls, and customer service.


Carlos Ramos

Secretary of Technology
State of California

Carlos Ramos was appointed Secretary of Technology in 2011 by Governor Jerry Brown. As Secretary of Technology, he is a member of the Governor's Cabinet and CIO for the State of California. Prior to his appointment, Secretary 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, Secretary 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. Before that, he was CIO for California's Department of Social Services managing a large computing infrastructure and a statewide data communications network.


Chuck Riddle

Chief Information Officer
US Government Printing Office

As Chief Information Officer for the Government Printing Office (GPO), Charles Riddle manages and provides policy guidance and oversight of agency-wide IT policies and standards relating to the acquisition, implementation, and operation of telecommunications and IT systems of the agency.

Riddle has nearly two decades of experience in leading complex information technology organizations. He came to GPO from the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service where he worked for five years, most recently serving as Chief Technology Officer (CTO. Prior to becoming CTO, he served as the Associate Chief Information Officer for Business Applications and the Associate Chief Information Officer for Infrastructure Operations. Riddle also held various IT related positions at Booz Allen Hamilton, Better World Telecom, Cable and Wireless, NETtel Communications and Keystone Communications.


Claire Bailey

Claire Bailey, director of the Arkansas Department of Information Systems and Arkansas Chief Technology Officer, leads more than 250 information technology professionals responsible for the state network and telecommunications services supporting Arkansas's public services.

As CTO, Bailey is the appointed chairperson for the Arkansas State Technology Council and serves on the board of directors for the Information Network of Arkansas (INA). In that role, she provided guidance and strategic direction in the development Arkansas.gov, the state's official web site, managed by INA. In 2011, Arkansas.gov was named the nation's best state web portal in the Center for Digital Government's national Best of the Web competition. Arkansas.gov received second place honors in the 2010 competition, third place in 2009, and ranked in the top 10 among state websites the years prior to 2009. Government Technology magazine selected her as one of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers   Drivers in Public Sector Innovation for 2011.


Craig Orgeron

Dr. Orgeron has over 23 years of information technology experience in both the private sector and the federal and state level of the public sector. Dr. Orgeron began his career as a communications-computer systems officer in the United States Air Force. Currently, he serves as the as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) and Chief Information Officer for the State of Mississippi. In this role, Dr. Orgeron provides statewide leadership in the provision of services that facilitate cost-effective information processing and telecommunication solutions for agencies and institutions. He has participated in numerous government information technology task forces and committees, such as the Mississippi Broadband Task Force, the Digital Signature Committee, the Electronic Government Task Force, and the Governor's Commission on Digital Government, which led to the implementation of the enterprise electronic government in Mississippi. Dr. Orgeron holds a bachelor's degree in MIS, a master's degree and doctorate in public policy and administration from Mississippi State University. Dr. Orgeron is a certified public manager and a graduate of the Senator John C. Stennis State Executive Development Institute, as well as the Institute on International Digital Government Research, and the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Series, Leadership for a Networked World.


Daniel Chenok

Executive Director, Center for The Business of Government and Partner, Strategy & Innovation Practice
Global Business Services

Dan Chenok is Executive Director of the IBM Center for The Business of Government. He oversees all of the Center's activities in connecting research to practice to benefit government, and has a special focus on technology, regulation, budget, and acquisition issues. Chenok previously led consulting services for Public Sector Technology Strategy, working with IBM government, healthcare, and education clients. In addition, he serves as Chair of the Federal Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, Vice-Chair of the Industry Advisory Council Executive Committee, is a CIO SAGE with the Partnership for Public Service, and generally advises public sector leaders on technology policy.

Before joining IBM, Chenok was a Senior Vice President for Civilian Operations with Pragmatics, and prior to that was a Vice President for Business Solutions and Offerings with SRA International.


Daniel J. Lohrmann

Michigan Chief Security Officer
State of Michigan

Dan Lohrmann is an internationally recognized security leader, technologist and author. Lohrmann currently serves as the Michigan Chief Security Officer (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.

Over the past twenty-five years, he has served public and private sector organizations which span the globe as a senior network architect, project manager, government agency CIO, enterprise-wide CTO, CISO and CSO.

Lohrmann is the author of the book: "Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web." He has published articles and papers on security, infrastructure, customer service, cloud computing, bring your own device to work (BYOD), and social media in major technology and business magazines.

Lohrmann has received numerous professional awards including CSO of the Year, Public Official of the Year and Computerworld Top 100. Lohrmann is also a distinguished faculty member at Norwich University, and he serves as an adviser for Information Assurance (IA) programs at four universities.


David Behen

Chief Information Officer
State of Michigan

David Behen is Michigan's chief information officer and executive-level leader of the Department of Technology, Management & Budget. He is responsible for setting strategic direction for state government technology. He previously served as CIO and deputy administrator of Washtenaw County and he cofounded a software company and served as a vice president of its parent corporation.

Under Behen's leadership, Washtenaw County twice received CIO Magazine's CIO 100 Award as one of the top 100 public/private IT programs and was named six times among the nation's top 10 digital counties. Crain's Detroit Business honored Behen as the top CIO in government.


David Fletcher

Chief Technology Officer
Utah Department of Technology Services

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. David 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 has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington.


David Gustafson

Chief Information Officer
State of Nevada

David Gustafson is currently serving as Chief Information Officer for the State of Nevada. He was also appointed by the Governor to 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. He has held numerous IT leadership roles within healthcare, insurance, computer software and services industries as well as government over his career and is a certified project manager with the Project Management Institute.

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.


David McClure

Associate Administrator
Citizen Services and Innovative Technology

Dave McClure is the Associate Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OCSIT). Since taking the politically appointed position in 2009, he has transformed his office into a powerful engine for making government operations more open, transparent, and participatory.  Through the use of innovative technologies, the office connects the public to government information and services through the Internet, collaborative Web 2.0 and public dialogue tools, call centers, mobile applications and other emerging new media and citizen engagement technologies. OCSIT delivers innovative government-wide solutions that result in millions of dollars in budget savings to agencies each year. 

McClure’s career spans nearly three decades with diverse IT roles inside and outside of government, including Managing Vice President for Gartner Inc.’s government research team, Vice President for e-government and technology at the Council for Excellence in Government and Director for Information Management Studies at the Government Accountability Office.


Elizabeth Kellar

Center for State and Local Govt Excellence

Elizabeth Kellar is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Center for State and Local Government Excellence. The Center carries out research on retirement, health care, compensation, and workforce issues. It promotes promising practices so that policy leaders can attract and retain the talent they need in an era of fiscal constraints and competition for talent.

Kellar speaks and writes on a variety of issues, including ethics, workforce challenges, retirement and health benefits, intergovernmental relations, international municipal development, and emergency management. She oversees ICMA's public policy program and represents the Association in national policy meetings.


Gopal Kapur

Center for Project Management

Gopal K. Kapur, founder of the Center for Project Management? , consults, writes and educates in both the public and private sector as a noted authority on project management. Kapur has been developing innovative strategies for providing management solutions to organizations of all sizes and disciplines, which not only help meet the challenges of today's business landscape, but address the changes imperative to organizational longevity.

Through consultation at every level of an organization, Kapur empowers individuals to achieve optimum performance. Kapur's unique rapport with all echelons of corporate players, from the CEO to the end user, has armed him with the insight necessary to provide practical solutions to a wide variety of management problems.

His highly acclaimed third book, "Project Management for Information, Technology, Business, and Certification," was published by Prentice Hall. Kapur's articles have appeared in publications worldwide. His white papers and research are utilized by Gartner Group, Forrester Group, CIO magazine, CIO Insight, and Computerworld. He has recorded several segments of Gartner Group's Talking Technology including the highly popular Seven Deadly Sins of Project Management.


Greg Wass

Senior Advisor
Office of the Governor, State of Illinois

Greg Wass is a senior advisor to Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois, working on outcomes-driven budgeting and innovative approaches to healthcare and social services for Illinois residents. Previously, Wass was Chief Information Officer at Cook County (IL), where he was named one of 25 top "doers, dreamers and drivers" nationally by Government Technology magazine.

As a former business leader and project manager for large technology firms and his own consulting practice, Wass is familiar with the challenges and opportunities of public service, and the transformative possibilities of multi-disciplinary teams and innovative technologies.


Haley Van Dyck

Senior Advisory
The US Chief Information Officer

Haley Van Dyck works for the US Chief Information Officer where her policy portfolio covers open data, online and mobile technologies. She is the lead for the Digital Government Strategy, a directive issued by President Obama aimed at delivering better digital services to the American people.

Van Dyck has worked at the intersection of government, technology, and online engagement in many capacities. As USAID’s Director for Digital Strategy & Engagement she launched the agency’s first public engagement campaign—the FWD campaign—focused on raising awareness to the Famine War and Drought devastating the Horn of Africa. She also served as the Director of Citizen Engagement on the first new media department at the Federal Communications Commission which hailed comments from the Washington Post to be "the most forward of the Obama Administration agencies to grasp Web 2.0”(FCC.gov).  Van Dyck was a member of Obama’s Presidential Transition Team working with the Technological Innovation and Government Reform policy group.


Jim Sills

James H. Sills, III has over 28 years of banking and technology management experience. Sills’ background includes a unique combination of executive experience within large-scale banking operations, community banks, and government organizations. In January 2009, Sills was appointed by Governor Jack Markell as the Secretary and Chief Information Officer for the State of Delaware, Department of Technology and Information. Sills is responsible for providing strategic direction and technology management for the executive branch. His achievements, during his administration, 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.


Kathy P. Conrad

Principal Deputy Administrator
Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies

Kathy Conrad was appointed as the Principal Deputy Associate Administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OCSIT) in the General Services Administration on May 9, 2011.

Conrad is the primary advisor to the OCSIT Associate Administrator on citizen services, innovative technology programs and strategic direction. She oversees OCSIT program management, policy development, oversight and implementation of OCSIT operations and stakeholder outreach.   She provides executive leadership for OCSIT’s strategic initiatives and programs.  OCSIT is facilitating use of emerging technologies such as APIs, mobile and new media and cloud computing, and accelerating adoption of secure cloud solutions across government through the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).

Conrad is a proven leader, problem-solver and strategic advisor with over thirty years of experience in government technology programs and policies. Prior to joining GSA, she was Senior Vice President with Jefferson Consulting Group. Previously, she managed federal marketing and assistive technology consulting for Praxis, Inc, and served as an issues analyst and speechwriter for the National Science Foundation.


Kirk Grothe

Acting Deputy Director, Consumer Information and Insurance Systems Group
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Kirk Grothe is the Acting Deputy Group Director of the Consumer Information and Insurance Systems Group, Office of Information Services, within CMS. The Consumer Information & Insurance Systems Group (CIISG) is responsible for delivering information technology solutions in support of the implementation and enforcement of the provisions outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act. He holds graduate degrees in Public Administration and Applied Information Technology, and is a certified Project Management Professional.


Lisa Feldner

Chief Information Officer
State of North Dakota

Lisa Feldner was appointed as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of North Dakota in April 2006. Dr. Feldner is a member of the Governor's cabinet and oversees the Information Technology Department which provides a consolidated infrastructure for state government and education. In addition to providing statewide network and hosting services, the department provides software development, security, customer support, and K-12 education technology services. The department also has responsibilities for broadband mapping, the health information exchange, criminal justice information system, the education longitudinal data system, and was recently designated as the State's point of contact for FirstNet.


Manu Tandon

Secretariat Chief Information Officer
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

As the Secretariat Chief Information Officer for Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Manu Tandon is responsible for IT for 17 state agencies including Medicaid, public health, disability services, means based programs and children and youth services. Tandon also serves as the Massachusetts State HIT Coordinator and is currently overseeing the development of a statewide Medicaid funded open access HIE infrastructure for the state. Tandon is also the principal technology lead on the six state New England Health Insurance Exchange innovator program. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from India, a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University.


Margie Graves

Acting CIO

Margaret H. Graves was selected in September, 2008, to serve as the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO). As the Deputy CIO, she oversees an IT portfolio of $5.4 billion in programs.

Prior to her selection as Deputy Chief Information Officer, Graves served as the Executive Director of the Enterprise Business Management Office within the DHS Office of the CIO. She also served as the Deputy Program manager for the Border and Transportation Security IT Integration Program.

Graves has 20 years of experience in the management consulting industry where she held executive positions and also performed consulting engagements for clients. She has experience in the areas of systems engineering, business process reengineering, strategic planning, financial management, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital planning. She worked for several firms in the National Capital Region such as Technology Applications, Inc., Advanced Technology, Inc., and Planning and Research Corporation.


Mark Bengel

Chief Information Officer
State of Tennessee

Mark Bengel assumed the role of Chief Information Officer for the State of Tennessee in August 2007. Prior to that Mr. Bengel served as Chief Technology Officer for the state for three years. As CIO, he provides vision, leadership and technical support for the state's information technology community. He sets the overall technical direction of the state's IT infrastructure and is responsible for the operations of the state's Office for Information Resources.

Before his appointment in Tennessee, Mr. Bengel served as CIO for the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and also in the Cabinet for Families and Children.

Mr. Bengel has worked in the information technology field for more than 27 years with experience in both the public and private sectors. Throughout his career, he has managed multi-million dollar projects, specialized in successfully reorganizing organizations for cost savings and improved performance, and focused on improving customer relations. Mr. Bengel holds a Bachelors of Science from Cleveland College.


Mark Reardon

Georgia Technology Authority

Mark Reardon is the Chief Information Security Officer of Georgia. He oversees the state’s information and cyber security program and the cyber functions of the state’s fusion center. In prior positions Reardon was the Director of Information Security for Security First Network Bank and S1, and he was the Director of Security Engineering for TruSecure and CyberTrust, now Verizon Business Security. Reardon has 35 years of experience in the computer industry, mostly in the areas of data communications and information security product development and information security management.


Michael Byrne

Federal Communications Commission

Mike Byrne is the Geographic Information Officer (GIO) for the Federal Communications Commission. He is the technical lead for the National Broadband Map. He has been instrumental in ushering in the open government functions at FCC for geospatial activities in particular with the development of www.fcc.gov/developer and www.fcc.gov/maps.

He is the former GIO for the State of California and an expert in the design, development, implementation, and use of GIS for research and policy. He has served as chair of the California GIS Council, a member of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee, and on the board of directors for both GreenInfo Networks and the National States GIS Council.


Michael Powell

Chief Innovation Officer
Governor's Office, State of Maryland

Mike Powell is the Chief Innovation Officer for the State of Maryland. He is responsible for identifying and implementing innovative solutions for the Governor's Strategic Goals. He also has responsibility for StateStat, the Governor's Delivery Unit, the Department of Information Technology, and the Major IT Development Project Fund.

Prior to joining the O'Malley administration, Powell was a Client Executive for IBM Corporation. He played a critical role in the development of the Health Benefit Exchange solution. Earlier in Powell's career at IBM he was a Managing Consultant in the Global Business Services Strategy & Change practice, where he worked on financial transformations in the healthcare and education industries.

Powell previously worked for then-Mayor O'Malley in the City of Baltimore's CitiStat program, which won the Kennedy School award for Innovations in Government. His main responsibilities included the Police and Information Technology departments.


Michael Wash

Chief Information Officer
National Archives and Records Administration

Michael Wash is currently the Chief Information Officer at National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).  Prior to joining NARA in early 2011, he served as the Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Government Printing and prior to that as the Worldwide General Manager, Digital Photo Finishing Systems at Eastman Kodak. 

With roots in engineering and technology, and a passion for applying technology to grow businesses in innovative ways, Wash has led businesses from small, venture and private-equity-backed enterprises, to large commercial companies, to government organizations, in transforming their solutions to best suit the needs of their markets.


Paul Vitale

Vital Communications

Paul Vitale has become one of America's most sought-out speakers and trainers by using his unique combination of excitement, energy and experience to encourage and motivate others.

Vitale speaks worldwide about the significance of optimism, a strong work ethic, and concepts vital to personal and professional growth, while reaching hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life. His diverse client list includes ESPN, Walmart, the United Way, the St. Louis Rams, Southwest Airlines, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Baptist Health Systems and the Arizona Cardinals. Vitale has been featured on NBC, ABC, FOX, and the Minnesota Vikings Entertainment Network, and is a regular guest on talk shows sharing his insight and life strategies. His expertise, enthusiasm and ability to encourage people to exceed their potential have been described by his audiences as extraordinary.


Rob C. Thomas, II

Deputy Chief Information Officer

Rob C. Thomas II, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Chief Information Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, D.C. He, in conjunction with the CIO, has oversight responsibilities for all FEMA information systems.

Thomas has a diverse background of federal service and Industry executive level leadership. Most recently, he was Vice President of Enterprise Transformation for Accenture LLC, Arlington, VA.

At the Pentagon, Mr. Thomas served in dual roles as Deputy Chief of Staff for Warfighting Integration and Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C

Previously he served as Executive Director, Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. Thomas was responsible for orchestrating transformation of enterprise-wide information technology systems focusing on personnel service delivery and its subsequent integration with the Department of Defense-wide personnel systems under development.


Robert (Bob) Butler

Texas Cybersecurity, Education and Economic Development Council

Bob Butler is the Chief Security Officer/Senior Vice President for IO, a privately held data center "builder" and provider, and has consulted as a Special Government Expert to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and other organizations on cyber security. He also serves as a fellow at the Center for New American Security (CNAS) and is the chairman of the Texas State Cyber Security, Education and Economic Development Council. Prior to assuming his current roles, Butler served as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy (August 2009-August 2011.)

Butler has a distinguished career in information technology, intelligence and national security which spans 32 years of both public and private sector experiences. He is a retired US Air Force colonel and a former member of the Defense Department's senior executive service.


Ronald Baldwin

Chief Information Officer
State of Montana

Ronald P. Baldwin, was appointed State Chief Information Officer by Montana Governor Steve Bullock on January 17, 2013. Baldwin is responsible for establishing, approving, and enforcing statewide information technology architecture, policies, and standards for the executive branch. He is a member of the Governor's cabinet and testifies regularly before Legislative committees on Information Technology.

Baldwin is responsible for the implementation of the Montana Information Technology Act, which includes coordinating public safety communications on behalf of all state agencies and for maintaining the infrastructure used to store or transmit information in any form. His responsibilities include the management of the State's Public Safety Services Bureau (PSSB).

Baldwin was previously, the Chief Information Officer for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.


Sean McSpaden

Deputy State CIO
State of Oregon

Sean McSpaden serves as Oregon's Deputy State Chief Information Officer. In addition to his state technology leadership role, McSpaden oversees the administrative operations for Oregon's Chief Information Office.

McSpaden's experience is wide range. Since 2002, McSpaden has contributed to or led the biennial update of Oregon's Enterprise Information Resource Management Strategy and the IT-related agency budget instructions. Since 2005, he also led the review and oversight of the state's largest IT projects.

In 2010, McSpaden co-led a multi-agency team that established Oregon's state price agreement for Software as a Service (SaaS) e-mail and related services. Then in 2011, McSpaden co-led the deployment of data.oregon.gov.

McSpaden has also been actively involved in the US Department of Homeland Security's Virtual USA initiative.

Since October 2011, McSpaden has led Oregon's development and deployment team for RAPTOR – Real Time Assessment and Planning Tool.


Steven Emanuel

Chief Information Officer
State of New Jersey

As Chief Information Officer for the State of New Jersey, Steve Emanuel is responsible for information technology (IT) governance and strategy for the Executive Branch of state government.  Additionally, Emanuel serves as Chief Technology Officer for the NJ Office of Information Technology and is responsible for operations.

Prior to joining state government, Steve served as CIO for Montgomery County, Maryland from 2007 to 2011. During this period, Emanuel was an active member of the National Capital Region (NCR), Council of Government’s CIO Committee.

From 2004 until 2007, Emanuel served as Amtrak's Corporate CIO. He joined Amtrak in 1998 and served as Director of Network Operations before being named CIO for the Northeast Corridor in 2000. In 2004, he was promoted to CIO for the entire railroad.

Earlier in his career, Emanuel held a series of information technology positions with GPU Service Company, the then-operational support organization for Jersey Central Power & Light, Metropolitan Edison, Penelec and GPU Nuclear Corporation.


Stu Davis

Chief Information Officer
State of Ohio

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). 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.

Davis serves as chair of the Multi-Agency Radio Communications System (MARCS) and the Emergency Services Internet Protocol Network (ESINet) Steering Committees that support voice and data communications for statewide public safety and emergency management and Next Generation 911. He also chairs the Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program (OGRIP) Council that provides geographic information systems (GIS) coordination across the state between all levels of government. He is a 16 year member and past president of the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) and currently serves on the National Association of State Chief Information Officers Board of Directors.


Thomas Fruman

Senior Officer, Enterprise Governance and Planning
Georgia Technology Authority

Tom Fruman is a Senior Officer for the Georgia Technology Authority and responsible for Enterprise Governance and Planning (EGAP) for Georgia state government.

EGAP promotes an enterprise approach to technology by establishing statewide policies, standards and guidelines based on industry best practices and federal requirements.

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.


Tom Baden

Chief Information Officer
Office of Enterprise Technology

Thomas A. Baden Jr. serves as Chief Information Officer  for the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). He oversees IT infrastructure and staff supporting the state's largest agency, which has an annual budget of more than $11 billion and more than 6,000 employees.

Baden's staff  provide significant support for major DHS systems, including: MAXIS, which determines eligibility for economic assistance programs; PRISM, the child support enforcement system; the Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS), which pays medical claims for publicly funded health care programs; the Social Service Information System (SSIS), an automated child welfare case management system; and MEC2, the Minnesota Electronic Child Care system.

Baden is also CIO for the state Health Insurance Exchange, a one-stop health insurance marketplace debuting Oct. 1, 2013.

For two years prior to his current position, Baden served as DHS' director of Enterprise Architecture. He served from 2007 to 2009 as chief architect at the Minnesota Office of Enterprise Technology. From 2000 to 2007 he worked as a systems architect for Health Care Operations at DHS.