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Rob Brown – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Est. reading time: 4 mins

There’s a level of excitement and satisfaction to Rob Brown’s work with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that other technology professionals may rarely enjoy. “We’re helping people achieve the American dream,” he says. “We’re helping refugees and asylees looking to start their new life in the United States.” And there are many desperate and deserving […]

Sujit Jagdev – MPAC

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020, employees at Municipal Property Assessment Corporation were able to transition to remote work in only a few hours. While other companies using the cloud had similar experiences, this wouldn’t have been possible for MPAC five years ago, says Sujit Jagdev. The organization’s chief information and technology officer, […]

Devin Townsend – Nebraska Department of Transportation

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Devin Townsend joined the Nebraska Department of Transportation as a highway project construction inspector in May 2008, he didn’t envision eventually managing the department’s IT. Townsend was a civil engineer fresh out of the University of Nebraska where he’d earned his bachelor’s degree in transportation and highway engineering. He’d also served as a graduate […]

Brandie Reynolds – Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Brandie Reynolds has learned a couple of things about the judicial system as deputy chief information officer for the Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County. First, court proceedings take much more coordination than what anyone sees. Second, connecting all the participants is complex work. Reynolds, whose 20-year career in tech includes working in health […]

Nicollette Wands

Est. reading time: 5 mins

After more than 20 years in IT, Nicollette Wands knows where her skills lie and where she’s eager to apply them with new opportunities in 2022. Most recently a CIO for the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology, or DoIT (she left in November 2021), Wands says the curiosity, creativity, resourcefulness and agility she’s applied […]

Niel Smith – State of Alaska

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s Dec. 31 and the clock just struck midnight, ringing in the new year—and the opening of State of Alaska’s online form to purchase a state fish and game license. Since 2011, except for 2019 and the pandemic, Alaska has annually issued well over 800,000 licenses to residents, non-residents, professionals and commercial crews. The thousands […]

Kenyatta Powers Rucker – Maryland Department of Human Services

Est. reading time: 4 mins

This was no ordinary day in the classes at a Baltimore County family life center. Not with 100 students and their parents learning how to build a PC and writing code. Not with IT professionals from the public and private sector volunteering to teach and share their experiences about careers in IT. The event was […]

Craig Buesing – Colorado Secretary of State’s Office

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Leading up to the 2020 election, IT staff from each of Colorado’s 64 counties had weekly calls to ensure they had strong technology to support processes such as voter registration, vote tallying and the dissemination of results. The calls allowed everyone to share best practices and current threats, and they allowed staff to talk through […]

Robert McQueen – Township of Franklin, New Jersey

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in work from home mandates, for some employees, it was a blessing in disguise allowing them to spend more time with family and less money on gas. For the five people working in the information technology department for the Township of Franklin, New Jersey, it was a challenge they’d never […]

Shannon Lawson – City of Phoenix, Arizona

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Shannon Lawson can chat at length about ways cybercriminals breach systems and networks. Chief information security officer and chief privacy officer for the city of Phoenix, he was trained in information warfare and cybersecurity by the U.S. Navy and National Security Agency and understands network breaches can result from simple mistakes. He also knows how […]

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