For five years, we've dedicated Government Technology's March issue to 25 individuals who are pushing the boundaries of government-as-usual. This year's group, profiled in no particular order on the following pages, may be our most diverse yet.
Our Top 25 for 2006 includes state and local CIOs; governors, mayors and other elected officials; agency directors; and representatives from influential nonprofits and private companies.
What do they have in common? A willingness to challenge convention, confront entrenched bureaucracy and promote innovation. Welcome to Government Technology's annual tribute to the Doers, Dreamers and Drivers who are shaping the future of government.
Brenda Owens, CIO, Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Rafael Mena, CIO, Orange County, Fla.
Betty Ireland, Secretary of State, West Virginia
L. Brooks Patterson, County Executive, Oakland County, Mich. and Phil Bertolini, Deputy County Executive and CIO, Oakland County, Mich.
Bill Richardson, Governor, New Mexico
Eric Holdeman, Director, King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management
Michael Griffin, Administrator, NASA
Mary Carroll, CIO, Ohio
Agnes Kirk, Chief Security Officer, Washington state Department of Information Services
Doug Robinson, Executive Director, National Association of State Chief Information Officers
Bill Ezell, CIO, Tennessee
Hardik Bhatt, CIO, Chicago
Richard Barton, Co-founder, Zillow.com
Paul Morris, Executive Director, UTOPIA
Stephen Ryan, General Counsel, Free File Alliance
Doug Elkins, former Executive CIO, Arkansas
Thomas Menino, Mayor, Boston
Ogilvie Gericke, Director of Municipal Information Systems, Corpus Christi, Texas; Skip Noe, City Manager, Corpus Christi
Janet Napolitano, Governor, Arizona; Chris Cummiskey, CIO, Arizona
Eric Garcetti, President, Los Angeles City Council
Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota; Scott Brener, commissioner, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry