Massachusetts Incoming Gov. Maura Healey Taps Jason Snyder as CIO
Jason Snyder is no newcomer to government, having served previously as the chief technology officer under former Gov. Deval Patrick. The appointment comes a day before the retirement of current Secretary Curtis Wood.
Incoming Gov. Maura Healey selected Harvard University’s Chief Technology Officer Jason Snyder, according to MassLive. With Snyder, the state welcomes back a familiar face: he previously served as the state’s chief technology officer under former Gov. Deval Patrick.
The announcement comes just days before current Secretary of the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security Curtis Wood’s Jan. 5 retirement.
We will also be appointing Jason Snyder as Technology Services and Security Secretary. We’re confident that he will make sure our digital information is high quality and secure, and that the people of Massachusetts have access to the services they need.— Maura Healey (@maura_healey) January 4, 2023
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve in the Healey-Driscoll administration and look forward to the work ahead to make sure that our technology is resilient, secure and accessible to all,” Snyder reportedly said in a statement.
According to his LinkedIn, Snyder counts over 30 years of experience in IT, including seven years as Harvard’s CTO as well as another seven years as CTO for the state. Earlier work includes serving as a partner and consultant for CSC Consulting Group. Snyder holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and a Bachelor of Science in economics, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Update: Snyder will likely officially assume office during the week of Jan. 23. Until then, EOTSS Assistant Secretary Matthew Moran will hold the post in an interim capacity, EOTSS Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs Scott Ahern told Government Technology.