New York State CIO Melodie Mayberry-Stewart has resigned and plans to return to the private sector.

In a letter to colleagues sent on March 18, Mayberry-Stewart said she will be leaving the Office of Technology at the end of the fiscal year, on March 31.

Mayberry-Stewart was appointed state CIO and Office for Technology director in 2007 by then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and was the first African-American female to serve in the position.

She took an active role in raising participation of minority- and women-owned businesses (MWBE) in technology procurements. The program aims to help eligible companies compete fairly and equally in city procurement processes.

During her time as CIO, participation levels of MWBE-registered firms increased from less than 1 percent in 2007 to more than 21 percent in 2010.

“Going from less than 1 percent to 20 percent was no small undertaking and it involved the hard work and dedication of a lot of partners, and we’re very thankful to our vendor community that also assisted us in pursuing that,” Mayberry-Stewart said.

Mayberry-Stewart said her other accomplishments include implementing open government initiatives such as publishing the state’s first transparency strategy for records retention. She also drove efforts to increase broadband coverage to help close the state’s digital divide gaps.

The state still has work to do. Mayberry-Stewart said the state’s infrastructure still has antiquated facilities that need to be modernized and legacy systems that need to be replaced. Her successor as CIO will face these challenges.

Sarah Rich, Staff Writer Sarah Rich  |  Staff Writer

In 2008, Sarah Rich graduated from California State University, Chico, where she majored in news-editorial journalism and minored in sociology. Since 2010, Sarah has written for Government Technology magazine and covers a spectrum of public-sector IT topics, including cloud computing, transparency, broadband, and other innovative projects and trends. She currently lives in Sacramento, Calif.