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Longtime State Employee Becomes Wisconsin's Next CIO

David Cagigal ended his nearly eight-year stint as Wisconsin's IT chief last Friday. Trina Zanow, who has roughly 25 years of experience working with the state, has stepped in as its next CIO.

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Wisconsin has appointed Trina Zanow as its new chief information officer. 


As administrator of the Division of Enterprise Technology (DET) within the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA), Zanow replaces David Cagigal, whose last day was Friday. 

According to an email to Government Technology, Zanow was most recently DET's deputy administrator.

Over the last 25 years, she has held a wide variety of roles in state government. In addition to serving as DOA's bureau of infrastructure support director, database section chief and application hosting section chief, she has worked for the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. 

Zanow has also provided leadership for Wisconsin's State Emergency Operations Center throughout the state's response to the COVID-19 crisis. She was head of the team that created Wisconsin's only alternative care facility as part of a collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

Jed Pressgrove has been a writer and editor for about 15 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in sociology from Mississippi State University.