STATE PROFILES | New Jersey
Steven EmanuelChief Information Officer
Office of Information Technology
Year Appointed: 2011
BiographyAs Chief Information Officer (CIO) 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, Steve serves as Chief Technology Officer for the NJ Office of Information Technology and is responsible for operations.
Since taking leadership in New Jersey in 2011, Steve has established the statewide CIO Collaboration Council as a platform to increase collaboration among agency CIOs and IT directors, using events such as the annual New Jersey Digital Summit to engage with local and county government to identify best practices or areas for improvement or streamlining. Steve, working with New Jersey’s Treasurer, is leading an effort to modernize IT procurement practices. In New Jersey, he has organized an IT Procurement Reform Task Force. Nationally, he helped drive the creation of the Best Practice Guide for the Cloud – a whitepaper published by the Center for Digital Government.
Steve realigned NJOIT to create a distinct separation of its dual missions. Day-to- day oversight and management of OIT’s core systems are now managed separately from governance, strategic planning and general administration for the entire state. The goal of the realignment was to create two towers of excellence. In addition, OIT is working to develop a strategy to improve awareness and align agency continuity plans in partnership with the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the Office of Emergency Management.
Prior to joining state government, Steve served as CIO for Montgomery County, Maryland from 2007 to 2011 where he managed an annual operating and capital budget of over $100 million. There, he was responsible for the development of the first Enterprise Technology Strategic Plan, technical delivery of the County’s MC311 call center systems for non- emergency calls and the infrastructure implementation for the County’s enterprise financial and human resource system in 2010. During this period, Steve was an active member of the National Capital Region (NCR), Council of Government’s CIO Committee where he gained key insights into public safety systems modernization that he later applied to Montgomery County’s operations. In addition, Steve had a leadership role in NCR Interoperability programs.
From 2000 until 2007, Steve served as Amtrak’s CIO, overseeing an annual operating and capital budget of more than $220 million for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation. He joined Amtrak in 1998 and served as Director of Network Operations before being named CIO.
Earlier in his career, Steve 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. His assignments included serving as the Information Technology Site Support Manager for GPU’s Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Forked River.
Steve has demonstrated a long term commitment to community service and volunteerism. He has been a member of two municipal fire departments totaling 18 years of service. Most recently, Steve became a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Maryland and New Jersey and remains an active ambulance driver and medic. Additionally, Steve served as the lead for GPU’s youth outreach program, Leadership in Education, during his term at Oyster Creek, NJ. In Pennsylvania, Steve was an adviser to the Philadelphia School District’s Technology Education Initiative.
Steve earned a B.S. degree in Sociology
and Criminology from Eastern University in
St. David’s, Pennsylvania, in 1976. He
and his wife of 38 years have five
children and three grandchildren.
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.