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Author - Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, Ph.D.
Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, Ph.D.
New York State Chief Information Officer, Director of the Office For Technology
Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart serves as New York State Chief Information Officer and Director of the Office for Technology. As the Governor's top information technology advisor and a member of the Governor's cabinet, Melodie develops, implements and oversees IT investments for the State of New York, a $130 billion enterprise with over 190,000 employees serving a statewide population of 19 million. The State has approximately 5,600 IT professionals, and spends approximately $2 billion in information technology annually.
Melodie, a veteran of IT, started her career in Information Technology 30 years ago as a Systems Engineer for the IBM Corporation. Subsequently, she worked as an IT executive in two Fortune 20 companies, the largest healthcare hospital in the country, and in the public and private non-profit sectors. During her 13 years with IBM, she quickly rose through the ranks and served as an Instructor in Database and Data Communications at the IBM Advanced Technical Education Center in Los Angeles and authored several courses published by Science Research Associates.
After leaving a successful career at IBM, Dr. Mayberry-Stewart became a Chief Information Officer in the health care industry as the first CIO at Community Health Corporation, (California), St. Thomas Hospital (Tennessee) and Beth Israel Medical Center (New York). After 14 years in healthcare IT, she turned her interest to the energy industry where she became a Vice President and General Manager of Shared IT Services and Global IT Delivery for the Amoco Corporation, with global headquarters in Chicago, and was acquired by BP Oil in the UK. Melodie has worked extensively with non-profit companies to help their organizations better serve their constituents.
Her work brought her to the attention of the newly elected Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. In 2002 he appointed her as the City's first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and CIO. In May 2007, Dr. Mayberry-Stewart was appointed NYS CIO and Director of the NYS Office for Technology. Melodie has been nationally recognized in InformationWeek's 2009 Government CIO 50 list. In addition, she received numerous honors including, Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2009, Year Up 2009 Urban Empowerment Award, ITT Technical Institute 2009 Woman of Inspiration Award, 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Black MBA Association and the National Technical Association Lifetime Achievement Award, US Engineering and Technology Women of Color Technology Award for Managerial Leadership and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Melodie serves on the boards of the Harriman Research and Technology Development Corporation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Center for Computational Nanotechnology Innovation, and is a member of the Advisory Council of Center for CIO Leadership where she provides strategic advice and counsel to Center leadership and assures the Center's research, education and content are directly relevant to the professional growth and challenges facing CIOs.
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