Karen Jackson, who has served as Virginia's deputy secretary of technology since 2009 under Govs. Tim Kaine and Robert F. McDonnell, was today appointed secretary of technology by Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe. Jackson has had a successful career in both business and government, and in 2010 was named one of Government Technology's 25 "Doers Dreamers and Drivers."

Jackson is the former vice president for broadband programs at the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology -- a quasi-state agency that provides business consulting to entrepreneurs. She also served as the director of the Virginia Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance.

Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg released a statement congratulating Jackson on her appointment, saying she has been a great partner with the technology community with a strong record of success.

Jackson will assume her new role in January, following the departure of current Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey, appointed in 2010.