Every year, we seek 25 individuals (and sometimes a few teams) who cut through the public sector’s legendary barriers to innovation with transformative ideas. We call them our Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers — and we believe they set the standard for using technology to make government more effective and responsive. As usual, the composition of this year’s Top 25 is impressive and wide-ranging. It includes elected leaders who drove new technology investment and advanced the use of analytics for decision-making; local officials who used open data to strengthen government transparency and solve problems; state CIOs who shepherded complex consolidation initiatives and sophisticated cloud deployments; emergency management professionals who made communities safer; and entrepreneurs who led and financed innovative gov-tech startups. Collectively their skill and determination helped improve quality of life and community prosperity nationwide. We’re proud to introduce our 2015 Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.

Gary Bateman

CIO, Workforce Development, Iowa

Story Bellows

Director, Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

Sam Blakeslee

Founding Director, Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy

Ron Bouganim

Managing Partner, Govtech Fund

Marty Cetron

Director, Global Migration and Quarantine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Kevin Counihan

Director and CEO, HealthCare.gov

Chris Cruz

CIO, Department of Health Care Services, California

Stephen Elkins

CIO, Austin, Texas

Lori Flanery

Secretary, Finance and Administration Cabinet, Kentucky

Brian Fontes

CEO, National Emergency Number Association

Carolyn Hogg

CIO, Fresno, California

Bill Kehoe

CIO, King County, Washington

Sarah Leary

Co-founder, Nextdoor

Rob Lloyd

CIO, Avondale, Arizona

Gov. Dan Malloy


Robin Murphy

Director, Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue, Texas A&M University

Theresa Pardo

Director, Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany, State University of New York

Theresa Reno-Weber

Chief of Performance and Technology, Louisville Metro Government, Kentucky

Tim Robyn

CIO, Missouri

Bryan Sastokas

CIO, Oakland, California

Kirk Steudle

Director, Department of Transportation, Michigan

Team Indiana

Office of Management and Budget Director Chris Atkins; Gov. Mike Pence; CIO Paul Baltzell

Team Los Angeles

Eric Garcetti, Mayor; Rick Cole, Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation; Ron Galperin, Controller; Bob Blumenfield, Councilmember

Oliver Wise

Director, Office of Performance and Accountability, New Orleans

Rami Zakaria

CIO, Sacramento County, California