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Washington, D.C., Appoints Lindsey Parker as Acting CTO

Parker has served as Mayor Muriel Bowser’s deputy chief of staff dating back to 2015. Parker also has previous experience leading cybersecurity work from her time in the private sector.

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has appointed Lindsey Parker as the city’s new acting chief technology officer, according to a press release.

Parker will take over the role from Barney Krucoff, who was appointed interim chief technology officer at this time last year, being elevated from his primary role as chief data officer. Parker comes from within the mayor’s office, having served as Bowser’s deputy chief of staff since 2015. Parker brings previous cybersecurity leadership experience from her work in the private sector — specifically Symantec, where she worked until 2012.

In her new role, Parker will lead tech and innovation work for the nation’s capital. Her appointment was announced Monday alongside a trio of other personnel moves, including the appointment of a new acting director of the city’s office of planning, a new state superintendent of education, and a director of the city’s office of labor relations and collective bargaining.

Krucoff took over the position early last year after the departure of former CTO Archana Vemulapalli. The other major move for tech and innovation work during 2018 involved was also internal. In November, the government appointed Suneel Cherukuri, a long-time contractor with the Washington, D.C., Office of the Chief Technology Officer, as its new chief information security officer.

Associate editor for Government Technology magazine.