Richard McKinney

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

Richard McKinney most recently served as Chief Information Officer for the US Department of Transportation, appointed by President Obama in May 2013 and serving until the end of the Obama administration. Prior to serving at DOT Richard was Government Technology Advisor for Microsoft State and Local Government. Richard joined the State and Local Government team in November of 2005. Prior to that, Richard served from 1999 to 2005 as Chief Information Officer for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, a consolidated city/county government. In that role Richard led the Department of Information Technology Services from a “last place” ranking in the 1999 Governing Magazine “Grading the Cities” survey to a top ten finish in the Center for Digital Government annual “Digital Cities” survey in each of the past three years, a top ten ranking that has continued through 2009. Prior to working for Nashville city government, Richard was the Director of Information Services for the Tennessee General Assembly from 1995 to 1999. He served as Assistant Commissioner of Administration for the State of Tennessee Department of General Services from 1987 to 1995. Richard holds both a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee State University.
Richard is married and the proud father of five children and four grand-children. In his spare time, he is an avid landscape photographer.