50 Most Influential Government CIOs
June 07, 2011 07:00 AM Check out InformationWeek's Government CIO 50, our power list of top government CIOs--ranging from the NSA's technology chief to innovators at the state and city government level. They've got vision, clout, and sometimes, billion-dollar IT budgets. But most of all, these CIOs are known for delivering tangible, measurable results. Here's an inside look at the government technology leaders and their approaches to unique IT leadership challenges.
Kristin Russell, CIO, Colorado
Colorado's new tech exec, Kristin Russell, appears to have taken on two jobs. As CIO, she oversees a long list of IT projects, while, as secretary of technology, she's drives economic development of IT industry within the state.
Russell was appointed to the job, or jobs, in February. She was previously VP of global IT service operations at Oracle, with responsibility for data center operations and infrastructure services. Before that, she served in a similar capacity for Sun Microsystems, which was acquired by Oracle.
As state CIO, Russell's projects include healthcare IT, broadband deployment, and IT consolidation. In addition, she's promoting Colorado as a high-tech hub and looking to attract IT investment.