Executive Director

Teri Takai

Teri Takai is the Executive Director of the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. She worked for Ford Motor Company for 30 years in global application development and information technology strategic planning. From Ford, she moved to EDS in support of General Motors.

A long-time interest in public service led her to the government sector, first as CIO of the State of Michigan, then as CIO of the State of California, and subsequently the CIO of the U.S. Department of Defense, the first woman appointed to this role. She then served as the CIO for Meridian Health Plan. She is a member of several industry advisory boards.

Teri has won numerous awards including Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year, CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame, Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers, the Women in Defense Excellence in Leadership Award, and the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

Co-Director

Phil Bertolini

Phil Bertolini is the Co-Director of the Center for Digital Government (CDG), a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. Previously, he served as deputy county executive and CIO for Oakland County, Michigan.

During his 31-year tenure, Phil built a world-class IT organization in the second-largest county in Michigan, just north of Detroit. As Oakland County CIO, he oversaw more than 150 employees serving over 1.2 million residents. In 2005, he was also promoted to deputy county executive, holding dual positions until his retirement.

Phil’s efforts earned the county national attention, winning numerous awards for technology innovation and excellence. He was named one of Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year and Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers. He was also honored by the President Obama White House as a Champion of Change for 2012.

Center for Digital Government Senior Fellows

The Center for Digital Government (CDG) Senior Fellows are experienced and respected state and local government practitioners and scholars who have demonstrated records of success in support of public service. Sharing their expertise, they write papers, speak at events, moderate webinars and advise both the public and private sector through specific CDG projects and programs.

Mark Bengel

Mark Bengel has amassed over 38 years of leadership experience in the technology sector with special focus on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of government services.

Bob Bennett

Bob Bennett is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Digital Government and the founder of B2 Civic Solutions, an international Smart Cities consultancy firm based in Parkville, MO. From 2016-2019, he served in Mayor Sly James’ administration as the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. During his tenure, he oversaw the City’s Smart City initiatives including a 54-block total digitalization pilot, strategy development for the city and P3-based expansion plans for the City.

Lucien Canton

Lucien Canton is a management consultant specializing in helping managers lead better in crisis. He has been in turn a professional soldier, a private security manager, and an emergency manager before becoming a consultant.

Paul Clanton

Paul Clanton has devoted his career to helping local governments be on the forefront of using technology to increase value delivered to the public. He has over 30 years in various Information technology roles in both the public and private sectors including 20 years successfully leading Information Technology departments. He is now turning his experience and expertise to helping government organizations get the most value from their significant investment in people, process, and technology.

Doug Couto

Doug Couto has more than 35 years in public sector executive leadership roles that includes the US Air Force, State of Iowa (CIO), and the State of Michigan (Information Officer and DOT CIO). When he moved to the private sector (Citrix and Dell), he continued working with state/local governments and education to maximize the benefits of technologies such as virtual desktops, mobility solutions and cloud computing.

Shell Culp

Shell Culp is a principal with Almirante Partners and the former agency information officer and chief deputy director of Office of Systems Integration for the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS). Shell was an early instigator for open data in CHHS and continues to work toward interoperability in state and local government. In her work at Almirante Partners and with experience in health and human services, as well as four other agencies, Shell is focused on helping organizations target strategic initiatives with innovative perspective gained from a lifetime of experience in many different areas of government, with particular emphasis on improving IT project management. Always a thought leader, Shell's passion for performance improvement in government also makes her a champion of interoperability, open data and organizational change management, and she speaks about these topics across the country.

Chris Cummiskey

Chris Cummiskey is the Chief Executive Officer of Cummiskey Strategic Solutions, LLC, a firm that specializes in cyber/IT, homeland security and management consulting. Mr. Cummiskey has 24 years of government experience in senior positions at both the Federal and state levels.

Otto Doll

As the Minneapolis CIO for seven-plus years, Mr. Doll was responsible for all City IT services. Formerly South Dakota's CIO for 15 years with responsibility for all state government computing, telecommunications, state radio, and public broadcasting.

Karen Jackson

Karen Jackson is the president of Apogee Strategic Partners, a Virginia consultancy helping companies and organizations address their most daunting challenges in cyber security, autonomous systems and smart communities and cities. Ms. Jackson formerly served as the Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth. She also served as the Commonwealth’s Deputy Secretary of Technology and Vice President of Broadband Programs for the Center for Innovative Technology.

Patrick Moore

Patrick Moore has spent his career working to improve government and its responsiveness to citizens. Patrick spent 8 years working for Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, serving as state CIO from 2006-2010. During that time Patrick led a transformational restructuring of the state's technology function, establishing a new model for Georgia’s IT strategy. Upon leaving Georgia’s government Patrick served in client facing and sales executive roles with HP Enterprise Services where he focused on building and delivering solutions for state and local governments. Patrick now serves as managing partner for Integris Applied, a management consulting firm focused on CIOs and their organizations. Patrick is a noted expert in the state and local government technology space and a Government Technology “Top 25 Doer, Dreamer and Driver.” He is a frequent contributor to industry organizations including the Center for Digital Government and NASCIO.

Joe Panora

Joe Panora has over 34 years of state public service with fourteen (14) years serving in the Correctional Safety/Public Safety Law Enforcement as IT Director/Chief Information Officer (CIO). Joe Panora was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger and Governor Brown to serve as Director of the Enterprise Information Services (EIS) for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), since January 2008. During his career, Joe has also served for the following departments: Caltrans, Franchise Tax Board, Employment Development Department, State Controller’s Office and California Youth Authority. Joe retired from state service as the Director of EIS for CDCR in December 2014. In January 2015, Joe formed Panora Associates INC.

Dugan Petty

For fifteen years, Dugan Petty served in Oregon State Government. His goal was to improve its effectiveness at the enterprise level. He served as the State’s Chief Information Officer for six years. His collaborative leadership led to a new e-government delivery system, open government applications, strengthening security, and improvements in IT governance.

Bill Ryan

With over 40 years of a wide variety of experience in Technology and Management, Bill Ryan has dedicated his career to the Anne Arundel County, MD. Most recently, as Chief Information Officer, Bill was responsible for all operational and strategic Information Technology functions for the County, providing services to County, Library, School Board and Community College employees at over 300 facilities. One of Bill’s primary, and highly visible tasks was ensuring that all County government entities and its citizens received the full benefits of a multi-year, robust fiber optic network - owned and operated by the County.

Harold Tuck

For more than 25 years, Harold Tuck has dedicated his career to the County of San Diego. Most recently, as Chief Information Officer, Tuck was responsible for all operational and strategic Information Technology functions for the County, providing services to 17,000 County employees at over 200 facilities. One of Tuck’s primary, and highly visible tasks was ensuring that County government and its citizens received the full benefits of a multi-year, $700 million IT Outsourcing Contract, making the County the first Municipal Government to outsource all IT functions to the private sector.

Bob Woolley

Bob was the Chief Technical Architect for the state of Utah’s Department of Technology Services, including the development of the state’s Utah.gov portal. Utah has been widely recognized in these areas with numerous national awards. He has also been a technical lead and RFP writer for the WSCA/NASPO Cloud and Data Communication Procurements. He has experience with state, county and higher education employee skill assessments, technology upgrade implementations, including large scale data base migrations from RDMS to NoSQL platforms. He has extensive private sector experience with Microservices Architecture implementation and DevOps using hybrid cloud deployment patterns.

Morgan Wright

Morgan is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity strategy, cyberterrorism, identity theft and privacy. Morgan's landmark testimony before Congress on Healthcare.gov changed how the government collected personally identifiable information. He currently is an advisor to the US Congress House Science, Space and Technology Committee. He’s made hundreds of appearances on national news, radio, print and web, and has spoken to audiences around the world. Previously Morgan was a Senior Advisor in the US State Department Antiterrorism Assistance Program and Senior Law Enforcement Advisor for the 2012 Republican National Convention. In addition to 18 years in state and local law enforcement as a highly decorated state trooper and detective, Morgan has developed solutions in defense, justice and intelligence for the largest technology companies in the world including Cisco, Unisys and SAIC. He’s a contributing author for the 4th Edition Computer Security Handbook, and has been quoted in 2 New York Times best sellers (Sharyl Attkisson: Stonewalled and Carmine Gallow: Talk Like TED).
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