Paul Clanton

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government


Areas of Expertise:

  • Strategic IT leadership, organization & management
  • IT transformation & organizational change
  • Process assessment, development & improvement
  • Strategic planning & implementation
  • Lean & Agile program and project management
  • IT governance and IT service management

Paul Clanton has over 30 years in various Information technology roles in both the public and private sectors including 20 years successfully leading Information Technology departments. He has also had roles in software development, program and project management, systems administration, and database administration. He is now turning his experience and expertise to helping government organizations get the most value from their significant investment in people, process, and technology. 

Paul’s leadership experience and a quest for continuous improvement has lead him to develop proven methodologies to quickly assess the people and culture of an IT organization and to implement a process to develop a unified team with a clear vision and strategy and a process to continuously improve and achieve meaningful results. 

Paul has considerable expertise and experience in developing processes to achieving valuable results quickly. He was one of the first to adopt agile project management methodologies, introducing Scrum to a software development organization in 2001. He also championed the adoption of a Lean program in a county organization that helped eliminate waste, increase productivity and enhance overall value delivered to constituents.

Paul believes that local governments should be on the forefront of using technology to increase value delivered. To that end, he has developed a partner-centric approach that helps Information Technology align with internal and external business partners.  In this way, technology becomes an enabler of solutions that constituents value.

Some of Paul’s accomplishments include leading two different IT organizations that earned Top-10 Digital Counties Survey awards for a combined 10 times in 12 years. An organization he led also earned an InformationWeek 500 Government Innovators award in 2010.

Paul is a current member of Colorado IT Symposium Planning Committee. He has also recently been a member of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Information Technology Standing Committee, the NACo Cyber Security Task Force, the Colorado Digital Government Summit Advisory Board and the Denver CIO Executive Summit Governing Board.

Paul holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Science in Information Systems from the University of Colorado, Denver, as well as undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Psychology.

Paul is a member of Toastmasters International and regularly volunteers his time with IT and entrepreneurial advisory groups.