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Greg Zickau

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

Greg has extensive experience as a technology executive with state government and the US military. Serving in the US Air Force (USAF) for 25 years and in Idaho government for nearly 20 years, Greg focused his career on building organizations and developing individual leaders to effect positive change. 


Recently retired from Idaho state government in February 2024, Greg served as Chief Technology Officer and as Chief Information Officer for most of his tenure and briefly as Chief Financial Officer. He was a leading catalyst for consolidating common technology functions and successfully converted increased efficiency into critical new functions. 


While in the USAF, Greg was part of a select team that traveled with the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. He wrote communications maintenance policy for Air Combat Command and had a lead role in building and managing complete communications systems for two desert air bases, including one as part of America’s initial military response to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. 


Greg’s other professional experiences are varied. He has served on several governing boards, including the National Association of Chief Information Officers, the Idaho Regional Optical Network, and the Idaho Technology Authority. He is an adjunct professor for Boise State University, where he teaches HON 392 Character and Leadership for the Honors College. 


Greg holds a master’s degree in business administration from George Fox University. He was recognized as one of GovTech’s “Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers” for 2021. His military decorations include the Bronze Star, four Meritorious Service Medals, three Air Force Commendation Medals, and three Air Force Achievement Medals.


Away from work, Greg pursues a variety of interests centered on his family and church. He works daily to improve himself mentally, physically, and spiritually. A favorite indulgence is a 50-mile bicycle ride in the beautiful Boise area.