Wanda M. Gibson
Wanda Gibson has enjoyed an accomplished career as a technology executive in both private and public sector organizations, joining Prince George’s County as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director for the Office of Information Technology on July 8, 2019. In her role, Wanda is responsible for technology policy, governance, strategy and innovation, and the enterprise-wide technology environment and infrastructure, applications, data, web, and cyber security. Prior to joining Prince George’s County, Wanda served Fairfax County, Virginia as the Chief Technology Officer/Chief Information Officer and the Director of the Department of Information Technology for twenty years, responsible for technology policy, innovation, and management of a comprehensive portfolio of IT investments, systems, and services in all IT disciplines for all agencies and on-line services for constituents. She developed a nationally recognized IT Security Office and Court Technology Office and managed IT governance that included the citizen committee appointed by the Board of Supervisors, and the executive IT steering committee.
Wanda is a leader and advocate in regional collaboration, having served on many IT committees and professional groups including the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments CIO Committee (Chair 2006-present), National Capital Region Homeland Security Advisory Council, National Capital Region Interoperability Working Group, Virginia IT Leaders, Government Management Information Society, and National Association of Counties (NaCO) Tech Collaborative, and also served as a member of boards for the Commonwealth of Virginia IT Symposium (COVITS), Federal Office Systems Expo (FOSE), annual Federal Cyber Security Conference, and CIO Council. Wanda is a Public Technology, Inc. (PTI) Fellow.
Notably, Wanda was honored as 2003 Public Official of the Year, a prestigious award given annually to governors, mayors, legislators, and other elected officials and government officials by Governing Magazine (an e-Republic publication). In 2007, she was named one of the Top Five Women CIOs nationally by Government Technology magazine covering Federal, State, and Municipal CIOs across the U.S., and in 2010, Wanda was named Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers by Government Technology magazine. Her work has also been featured in Public CIO, Government Technology, State Tech, and Federal Computer Week Daily magazines. She is a sought-after speaker and participant in both public and private sector venues and innovation and governance.
During her career, Wanda brought numerous state and national awards and recognition for IT and digital government programs, including one of only two governmental entities to be named in the 2006 Top Best IT Places to Work. In her inaugural year at Prince George's County, the County was ranked #2 in the national Digital Counties Survey followed by #1 in 2021, 2022, am 2023, named 2020 IT Executive of the Year, and honored with an Executive Choice Award by the Prince George's County Executive. Over her career she was awarded for Best of the WEB by Digital Counties; ranked in the top five Digital Counties award by the Center for Digital Government for 23 years including ranked #1 three of those years in Fairfax, and again #1 consecutively at Prince George's County, Maryland; National Association of Counties (NACo) 2010 for WEB and Public Safety Interoperability, and, Public Technology (PTI) Solutions Awards including 2011 a pioneer in Mobil Applications, 2018 for WEB-site, GIS and Cyber Security; Fairfax Bar Association for Courtroom Technology; the Virginia Coalition for Open Government, and Commonwealth of Virginia Technology Awards for Interoperability, Regional Identity and Access Management, Tax System modernization, and Private Cloud, 2011 Green IT Awards by InfoTech magazine; 2012 NACo Award for ‘Government in the Palm of Your Hands’; Federal IT Security conference, several years recognition for her Cyber Security programs - Next Generation Security, Federated Identity Access Management, Data Analytics, Courtroom technology conferences. She is featured in industry articles, notably Public Technology Magazine's ‘Cutting the Jargon’, and is sought after regularly about public sector IT practices and innovation strategy.