Nelson P. Moe is a high energy, results-driven executive with proven track record of success and superior leadership in enterprise IT. Nelson recently served as the chief information officer (CIO) of the Commonwealth and led the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA). He was appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe effective June 8, 2015 and reappointed by Gov. Ralph Northam on March 28, 2018. As CIO, he led a 220-person organization responsible for oversight on the IT infrastructure services as well as governance of the Commonwealth’s IT procurements, cyber security and enterprise architecture.
Nelson recently led the multi-year transformation of the Commonwealth’s IT infrastructure services from a single supplier model to its current multi-supplier model of seven suppliers and an integrator. This transformation has fundamentally improved the Commonwealth’s visibly into IT services and its ability to add new technology services at speed and scale. It is approximately 10% more cost effective from the single suppler contract (~$30M/yr) and allows for much more contract leverage, cost visibility and service flexibility for the Commonwealth.
Nelson’s experience prior to coming to the Commonwealth includes serving 3 years as CIO for the U.S. House of Representatives. In that position, he was responsible for the IT vision, enterprise strategic planning, budget implementation, cybersecurity operations and risk posture, business continuity management, IT services and project management for the members, leadership, committees and staff of the House of Representatives.
Nelson also supported the national level efforts for continuity of government in the wake of 9/11/2001 and the 10/17/2001 anthrax attack on Congress.
Prior to his time at the House of Representatives, Nelson finished a career in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine officer. Nelson spent his time in SSNs deployed in the Pacific theater and qualified as Nuclear Engineer and for Command in Submarines. He is most proud of qualifying as a submerged OOD for Arctic under-ice operations on the USS ASPRO (SSN 648). After the Navy he worked in the private sector for several small companies and an IT startup before shifting to the U.S. House of Representatives.