Teri Takai, former CIO for the U.S. Department of Defense and two of the nation’s largest states, is Executive Director of the Center for Digital Government (CDG), e.Republic’s national research and advisory institute on IT policy and best practices for state and local governments.
As the first female CIO for the DoD, she spearheaded efforts to consolidate technology infrastructure and create a cybersecurity workforce strategy at the federal government’s largest agency. Prior to her federal service, Takai led state government technology offices in California and Michigan.
CDG is best known for its Digital States Survey, which has graded state governments on their use of technology to increase efficiency and improve services since 1998. CDG also conducts annual Digital Cities and Digital Counties surveys — which benchmark technological progress in local government — and advises governments and private companies on effective use of technology in the public sector.
In addition to her government service, Takai was CIO of Meridian Health Plan, a Detroit-based health insurer, and spent 30 years at Ford Motor Company in strategic planning and global application development. She will continue to serve on the board of FirstNet, the national public safety broadband effort, in addition to her role with CDG.