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As imagined by AT&T and with Government Technology, the Special Districts Program is the first program designed for special district leaders across the United States. Special districts, such as port authorities, water, transit and park districts, make up the largest portion of government agencies. Through media, custom regional and national events, and an awards program, special districts leaders nationwide will now be able to connect, share and learn from one another like never before.

Meet the National Advisory Board


The Special Districts Program is advised by a board that represents special districts across the country.

Peter Anderson

CIO, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Brian Benn

Brian Benn

Chief Information Officer, Atlanta Housing

Brian Benn

Paula Brehm-Heeger

Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

Clay Campbell

Administrative Supervisor, Downers Grove Sanitary District

Stephen Clemons

Chief Information Officer, SMUD

John Daane, MBA

Director of Information Technology, Emerald Coast Utilities Authority

Robert Hicks

COO, Delaware River Port Authority

Randell Iwasaki, P.E.

Executive Director, Contra Costa Transportation Authority

Brian D. Kelley

Chief Technology Officer, Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission

Todd Sander

Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA)

Sree Pulapaka

VP and CIO, San Antonio Water System

Dan Rainey

Chief Information Officer, Detroit Water and Sewer

Robert Rudolph, Jr.

Chief Information Officer, Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Omar Sandoval

Director of Information Technology, Naperville Park District

Bryan Sastokas

CIO, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Emily Schapira

Executive Director, Philadelphia Energy Authority

Kingman D. Schuldt

Fire Chief, Greater Naples Fire Rescue District

Jeff Small

CIO, Great Lakes Water Authority

Meet the Leaders


The Special Districts Program is led by key leaders from Government Technology magazine as well as AT&T innovators that specialize in the public sector.

Shelley Ballard

Senior Vice President, Government Technology

Christopher Congo

AVP, AT&T Public Sector

Chris Gray


Dustin Haisler

Chief Innovation Officer, Government Technology

Erik Lindborg

AVP, AT&T Public Sector

George Spencer III

AVP, AT&T Public Sector

Samantha Thibault

Technical Sales Director, AT&T Public Sector


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