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Washington, D.C., Finds Permanent CTO in Lindsey Parker

The Council of the District of Columbia has made acting CTO Lindsey Parker into the permanent CTO. Parker has led the technology office since January, and before that served as the mayor's deputy chief of staff.

Lindsey Parker will officially assume the role as chief technology officer in Washington, D.C., following her confirmation by the Council of the District of Columbia.

Parker was serving as acting CTO since January, and took the place of Barney Krucoff, who has returned to his role as chief data officer.

“Lindsey Parker is an exceptional leader — someone who thoroughly understands the successes and challenges of our community and the agency, is well-equipped to develop and secure the District’s IT infrastructure, and knows and is passionate about the role technology can and will play in building a stronger and more equitable city,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement. “Under Lindsey’s leadership, there is no doubt that (the Office of the Chief Technology Officer) will lead the way in solidifying Washington, D.C.’s status as the capital of inclusive innovation. When little girls are in coding camp and they wonder how far it can take them, they can look to Lindsey to see the sky is the limit.”

Parker is no stranger to the Bowser administration. Before being appointed acting CTO, she was Bowser’s deputy chief of staff since 2015.

Parker will continue to head up tech and innovation in the nation’s capital, a city of about 700,000 residents. Prior to working for D.C. city government, Parker served as director for policy and governmental affairs for Americans for Responsible Solutions, a gun-violence prevention organization founded by former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The group is now known as the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Parker has also worked with the private sector. She served in several cybersecurity roles, which included director of internal communications at Symantec.

Skip Descant writes about smart cities, the Internet of Things, transportation and other areas. He spent more than 12 years reporting for daily newspapers in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and California. He lives in downtown Yreka, Calif.