Information technology jobs with the city of Los Angeles are in high demand, and for good reason. According to CIO Ted Ross, 9 percent of city jobs are in IT, yet they account for 17 percent of wages. As far as the people who hold those jobs, however, they are four times more likely to be men than women. It's a stat likely repeated in many IT shops across the country.
In Los Angeles, officials have taken a number of steps to encourage more diversity in tech. Internal development efforts include a training program centered around key leadership skills like communication and negotiation. We caught up with Ross at the Los Angeles Digital Government Summit, where he outlined some of the other elements of the city's strategy.
Government Technology editor Noelle Knell has more than 15 years of writing and editing experience, covering public projects, transportation, business and technology. A California native, she has worked in both state and local government, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and American history. She can be reached via email and on Twitter.