Executive Director and Chief Information Officer, Department of Information Resources, State of Texas
Karen W. Robinson is the Executive Director for the Texas Department of Information Resources. As Texas' Chief Information Officer, she has statewide authority over information and communications technology planning, procurement, and service delivery. The agency 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 the award-winning Texas.gov - the official website for the State of Texas.
Previously, Robinson served as the Director of Administration and Technology to Governor Rick Perry. She also served as a Technical Advisor to former Texas Governor George W. Bush, the Lt. Governor's Office and the Texas State Senate, coordinating the state's technology needs during crisis relief efforts and launching the state's official business web portal.
Karen serves as the Chair of the Texas CIO Academy and the Government Technology Southwest Conference, and as 2012 governing body co-chair of the Dallas CIO Executive Summit. IDG's Computerworld recently selected her as a 2012 Premier 100 IT Leader, for her exceptional technology leadership and innovative approach to business challenges.