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A national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government.

Senior Vice President

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Teri Takai

Teri Takai is the Senior Vice President 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.

Vice President

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Brian Cohen

Brian Cohen is the Vice President of the Center for Digital Government and Center Digital Education, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government and education.  Prior to joining the Center, Brian was Vice Chancellor and University CIO for the City University of New York (CUNY).

As the Vice-Chancellor and University CIO at CUNY, Brian directed the Office of Computing and Information Services (CIS), developed, and managed the enterprise IT vision, strategy and day-to-day technology operations of the University. His areas of focus included academic and business systems, cloud strategies, IT policies and procedures, Cybersecurity, project management, IT resiliency and disaster recovery, and network and telecommunications.

Brian also served in leadership roles with the City of New York. Among his many accomplishments, Brian developed the City of New York’s E-Government strategy, implemented the City’s award-winning nyc.gov website, and managed the City’s effort to address the Y2K technology challenge.

Lead Research Analyst

Kirstie Zehring

Kirstie Zehring is the lead research analyst for the Center for Digital Government and Center Digital Education, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government and education. Kirstie oversees CDG and CDE research projects in a leadership role and also runs survey and interview projects. 
 

Kirstie earned her Master of Arts in 2017 and taught at the university level for over 7 years. She uses her knowledge of research methodology and her teaching and leadership experience to support the research team.

Research Analyst

Jordan Trejo

Jordan Trejo is a research analyst for the Center for Digital Government and Center Digital Education, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government and education. Jordan leads survey and interview projects for the Center. 
 

Jordan has over 5 years of experience in social science research, including experience with market research, user experience research, and education research. Prior to becoming a researcher, Jordan worked as an assistant preschool teacher for 3 years. She uses her background in research methodology, user experience, and education to support other researchers and improve the research team’s survey and interview project design.

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