Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers of 2016

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Top 25 Doers,
Dreamers & Drivers

Government Technology's Top 25 honors innovators in the public sector.

2016 marks the 15th year of Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers awards. During that time, we’ve honored nearly 400 people for their accomplishments using technology to improve internal government operations and help the public sector serve citizens more effectively. Historically, many of our honorees are largely unsung, faithfully dedicated to public service behind the scenes. Several of this year’s honorees match that description. Others represent the increasingly visible role technology leaders now play at the policymaking table. Survey data abounds to support the fact that effective technologists aren’t solely the technical brains of their respective organizations. Equally important is the business acumen that helps match programmatic needs with the best technology solution available. A little political savvy goes a long way too. If the value of a flashy new system isn’t easily understood by an agency chief executive or the top elected official, it likely won’t see the light of day. You’ll see evidence of all of these qualities on the pages that follow. These are the Doers that are writing government’s next digital chapter, the Dreamers that imagine (and execute on) doing government better, and the Drivers that create value and improve citizens’ lives. Meet our 2016 Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.  — Noelle Knell, Editor

Harry Black

City Manager, Cincinnati

Maury Blackman

CEO, Accela

Michael Bott

CIO, New York City Office of the Comptroller

Charlie Catlett

Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago

Barbara Cohn

Chief Data Officer, New York

David Couch

K-12 CIO and Associate Commissioner, Office of KIDS, Kentucky

Richard Culatta

Chief Innovation Officer, Rhode Island; Former Director, Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education

Jack Dangermond

President, Esri

Mikey Dickerson

Administrator, U.S. Digital Service

Dickie Howze

CIO, Louisiana

Waldo Jaquith

Director, U.S. Open Data

Jessica Kahn

Director, Data and Systems Group, U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

William Kosinetz

CIO, Sussex County, N.J.

Thom Little

Director of Curriculum Development and Research, State Legislative Leaders Foundation

Craig Orgeron

CIO, Mississippi

Chris Osgood

Chief of Streets, Boston

Sachin Pavithran

Chairman, United States Access Board

Richard Price

President, PulsePoint Foundation

Calvin Rhodes

CIO, Georgia

Jorge Salinas

CIO and Assistant City Manager, Albany, Ore.

Team California

Ronald Ralph, Tom Lupo, John Laird, Rita Gass, Tim Garza, Phil Minas

Team Obama


Team San Francisco

Miguel GamiƱo, CIO
Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer
Joy Bonaguro, Chief Data Officer

Ed Winfield

CIO, Wayne County, Mich.

Steven Zink

Vice Chancellor for IT, Nevada System of Higher Education