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Top 25 Doers,
Dreamers & Drivers

Government Technology's Top 25 honors innovators in the public sector.

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Every year we highlight the exceptional work of people who tirelessly leverage technology to make government better. This, our 20th cohort of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers, is no exception. Among their ranks are IT chiefs who brought their years of public service to face the challenges of 2020 head on. There are officials who have worked to uphold the integrity and security of American elections in a time when the vote was perhaps never more contentious. And there are those who work alongside government to make it a safer, more ethical guiding force for communities. Read their stories here, and help us honor this deserving group.

Portland, Oregon, CTO Jeff Baer

Jeff Baer

Chief Technology Officer, Portland, Ore.
San Diego CIO Jonathan Behnke

Jonathan Behnke

CIO, San Diego
Arlington County, Virginia, CIO Jack Belcher

Jack Belcher

CIO, Arlington County, Va.
Atlanta Housing Authority CIO Brian Benn

Brian Benn

CIO, Atlanta Housing Authority
Colorado Chief Information Security Officer Deborah Blyth

Deborah Blyth

Chief Information Security Officer, Colorado
Iowa CIO Annette Dunn

Annette Dunn

CIO, Iowa
Detroit Director of Digital Inclusion Joshua Edmonds

Joshua Edmonds

Director of Digital Inclusion, Detroit
New Jersey Transit CIO Lookman Fazal

Lookman Fazal

Chief Information and Digital Officer, NJ TRANSIT
North Dakota CISO Kevin Ford

Kevin Ford

Chief Information Security Officer, North Dakota
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold

Jena Griswold

Secretary of State, Colorado
Maricopa County, Arizona, CISO Lester Godsey

Lester Godsey

Chief Information Security Officer, Maricopa County, Ariz.
King County, Washington, CIO Tanya Hannah

Tanya Hannah

CIO, King County, Wash.
Farhang Heydari, Executive Director of The Policing Project at New York University

Farhang Heydari

Executive Director, The Policing Project at New York University
Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Jeanne Holm

Jeanne Holm

Deputy Mayor, Los Angeles
Kevin Jones, CIO of the Indiana Department of Child Serivces

Kevin Jones

CIO, Indiana Department of Child Services
Arkansas Deputy State Chief Data Officer Adita Karkera

Adita Karkera

Former Deputy State CDO, Arkansas
Chris Krebs

Christopher Krebs

Former Director, Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency
Michael Leahy, Secretary, Maryland Department of Information Technology

Michael Leahy

Secretary, Maryland Department of Information Technology
Virginia CIO Nelson Moe

Nelson Moe

CIO, Virginia
U.S. Digital Response team on a Zoom call

U.S. Digital Response

Volunteer Civic tech Organization
Former Washington CIO James Weaver

James Weaver

Former CIO, Washington
Idaho CIO Greg Zickau

Greg Zickau

CIO, Idaho
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Jon Husted and Ervan Rodgers, Team Ohio

Team Ohio

Jon Husted, Lieutenant Governor, and Ervan Rodgers, CIO
Andy Bozzo and Will Pigeon, founders of Tablet Command

Team Tablet Command

Andy Bozzo, founder and CDO, and Will Pigeon, founder and CTO
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