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Reimagining the Gov Tech Talent Pool — ICYMI

Zach Nandapurkar, a senior government solutions engineer at Axonius, talks about his journey into gov tech, lessons learned and thoughts on how the industry can incubate the next generation of talent at an earlier stage.

In the 2022 Digital States Survey (conducted by the Center for Digital Government*) state CIOs ranked IT staffing concerns as their third top priority. Fears of a retirement wave meant more vacant IT positions than they could easily fill, especially given competition from the private sector.

But what about the private sector itself? Even though salaries for computer scientists and technologists are generally higher, new grads might not necessarily be drawn to tech companies focused specifically on the gov tech market. So, how can companies go about recruiting Gen Z?

We asked Zach Nandapurkar, a senior government solutions engineer at Axonius (and a member of Gen Z) to share his perspective with us.

From an early interest in gov tech while still in college to stepping into a significant role and earning an award from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, he discusses his career journey and shares his opinions on the key attributes that his generation can bring to the sector, steps to attract and retain younger talent, and effective ways for vendors and government to partner in empowering Gen Z employees to make a real impact.


  • Connect with Zach on LinkedIn
  • Learn more about the work being done by Axonius


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Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer of Government Technology's parent company e.Republic. Previously the finance director and later CIO for Manor, Texas, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. As President, Haisler drives exponential growth, implements new ideas and promotes a corporate culture that rewards creativity. Read his full bio.