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.

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.

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.

Harry E. Black

During his twenty-five plus years of work in local government, Harry has dedicated himself to helping public sector organizations work smarter by leveraging performance management, data analytics, lean techniques and laser focused strategy.  He has served as Deputy Chief Procurement Officer for the District of Columbia government; Chief Financial Officer for the city of Baltimore, Maryland; city manager of Cincinnati, Ohio and currently serves as city manager for the city of Stockton, California. He is published in areas including local economic development, performance management, data governance and master data management.

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.

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.

Michael W. Goetz

Mike has 40 years of experience in the field of information technology. For 19 years he worked in the private sector in the telecommunications and banking industries, holding management responsibilities in all aspects of information technology – including operations, business process reengineering, IT service management, disaster recovery, and financial management. He then moved to public service, serving for 21 years as the Chief Information Officer and Director of Information Technology for the City of Lynchburg, Virginia. In this position, Mike was responsible for all aspects of information technology support to the City. He is also a past president of the Virginia Local Government Information Technology Executives (VaLGITE). Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Virginia Tech. He also has a Master of Administrative Science degree from Johns Hopkins University, with a concentration in business information systems.

William H. "Bill" Leighty

Until September of 2007 Bill served as Chief of Staff to Governors Kaine and Warner of Virginia. As Chief of Staff, Bill served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Commonwealth. In 2005, Governing Magazine named Virginia the “Best Managed State in the Nation” and in 2007, Governing Magazine named him one of the nine “Public Officials of the Year.”

Ron Littlefield

Ron Littlefield, a former mayor of Chattanooga, Tenn., is a senior fellow with the Governing Institute and its lead analyst on the City Accelerator initiative. A city planner by career, he also consults to government through Littlefield Associates.

Justin Marlowe

Justin Marlowe is a Research Professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. His research and teaching are focused on public finance, and he has published five books – including the first open-access textbook on public financial management – and more than 100 articles on public capital markets, infrastructure finance, financial disclosure, public financial technology, and public-private private partnerships. He is an admitted expert witness in federal and state courts, and has served on technical advisory bodies for the State of Washington, the California State Auditor, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, the National Academy of Sciences, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and many other public, private, and non-profit organizations. Prior to academia he worked in local government in Michigan. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager and an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and he holds a Ph.D. in political science and public administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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.

Dewand Neely

Dewand is the Chief Operating Officer for Eleven Fifty Academy. He spends every day helping the Academy to realize its mission which is to transform the lives of individuals and communities through the discovery of purpose, development of values, immersive relevant 21st century skill training and thoughtful community programs. Previously, Neely spent 15 years serving in State Government, with the last 4 years of his state tenure as Director of the Indiana Office of Technology and the State Chief Information Officer. A role he was appointed to by both Governor Mike Pence and Governor Eric Holcomb. He has held executive committee and director roles on the board for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and served as an external advisory board member for the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security. He is currently a foundation board member for Goodwill. Neely received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University’s School of Technology and his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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.

Harash (Sonny) Segal

Sonny recently retired from the position of CIO of Montgomery County Maryland where he led digital transformation efforts for almost eight years. He leveraged the County’s 300 technology staff and annual technology budgets of over $200 million to successfully develop and implement strategies that enabled the digitalization of many of the County’s 350 services in almost every functional area from public health, transportation, telecommunications, to public safety. He was also responsible for justifying capital budgets for large modernization efforts in key constituent service areas. During his tenure as CIO, many of Montgomery County’s technology programs were consistently nationally recognized.

Jabari Simama

JABARI SIMAMA, Ph.D. is a seasoned educator, executive, and former elected leader, having served for decades in Georgia and as its liaison in Washington, DC, and demonstrating a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and cultural competence. Educated at Harvard, Emory and Atlanta universities, Dr. Simama is the former president and CEO of Georgia Piedmont Technical College and Chief of Staff and Deputy COO of DeKalb County, GA. Earlier in his career, Simama was elected to the Atlanta city council where he served as a councilman from 1987 to 1994. He also worked as a professor, instructor, educator, and producer in academic and industry settings during those years. A prolific writer, he produced and presented a steady catalog of books, journal articles, conference presentations, sponsored publications, and magazine articles. Simami is currently a. columnist for Governing.

Deborah A. Snyder

Deborah is accomplished C-level executive, influencer and educator who has dedicated her career to improving state and local government services for the citizens of New York State, through policy and technology innovation. She has a broad range of experience in government, policy, cyber security, privacy and information technology. She recently retired from the position as of New York State’s Chief Information Security Officer, where she led the state’s cyber security programs and directed the NYS Cyber Command Center. She works with organizations and universities to strengthen cybersecurity defenses and preparedness, and to create and inspire the next generation of cyber leaders.

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.

Mark Weatherford

Mark Weatherford is a globally recognized information security professional with experience at some of the world’s largest public and private sector organizations. He was appointed as the first Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity at DHS in the Obama Administration and was Chief Information Security Officer for both the state of Colorado, and in California under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Alan B. Williams

Alan Williams graduated from Rickards High School in 1993 and earned his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees in Business Administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).

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).

Steven Zink

Steven Zink is an emeritus faculty member at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he served as the University’s first Vice President of Information Technology. From 2011-2016, he served as Vice Chancellor for the Nevada System of Higher Education, the coordinating body for all public institutions of higher education in Nevada.
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