Chief Technology Officer/Director
Wanda Gibson has enjoyed an accomplished career as a technology executive in both private and public sector organizations. She joined Fairfax County Government in May 1999 serving as the county’s Chief Technology Officer/Chief Information Officer and the Director of the Department of Information Technology responsible for technology policy, innovation and management of a comprehensive portfolio of IT investments, programs, systems, and services in all disciplines across the county’s enterprise for all agencies and on-line services for constituents. She also developed and supervises the County’s e-Government program, IT Security Office, and Court Technology Office, and manages the county-wide IT governance process and agendas, to include the citizen committee appointed by the Board of Supervisors, and the executive IT steering committee chaired by the County Executive.
Wanda has also been a leader and advocate in regional collaboration, serves on a number of IT committees and professional groups including the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments CIO Committee (Chair 2006, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), National Capital Region Homeland Security Advisory Committee, National Capital Region Interoperability Working Group, the Commonwealth of Virginia Interoperability Advisory Group, Virginia IT Leaders, Metropolitan Information Exchange, Government Management Information Society, and a member of boards for the Commonwealth of Virginia IT Symposium (COVITS), Federal Office Systems Expo (FOSE), and is a Public Technology, Inc. (PTI) Fellow.
She 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, Ms. Gibson was named as one of the Top Five Women CIOs nationally by Government Technology Magazine covering Federal, State and Municipal CIOs across the US, 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 on innovation and governance.
Under Wanda’s leadership, Fairfax County has enjoyed numerous state and national awards and recognition for its IT and e-government programs, including one of only two governmental entities to be named in the 2006 Top Best IT Places to Work, and over the past twelve years was awarded for Best of the WEB by Digital Counties, and top five Digital Counties award by the Center for Digital Government for twelve consecutive years including ranked number 1 three of those years including 2012; National Association of Counties (NACo) 2010 for WEB and Public Safety Interoperability, Public Technology (PTI) Solutions Awards including 2011 PTI Award for Mobil Applications; Fairfax Bar Association for Courtroom Technology; the Virginia Coalition for Open Government; and Commonwealth of Virginia Technology Awards for interoperability, ‘Government in the Palm of Your Hands’, Regional Identity and Access Management, EDGR, Tax System modernization, and Private Cloud; 2011 Green IT Award by InfoTech magazine, 2012 NACo Award for ‘Government in the Palm of Your Hands’, and 2014, Awards from NACO and Center for Digital Government # 1 Digital County, Virginia Governor IT Symposium multiple years, Federal IT Security conference several years for Cyber Security program, specialize awards for several public and private sector organizations for Next Generation Security. Federated Identity Access Management, Data Analytics, and others. She continues to be sought after by peers and industry for speaking at business and technology conferences, articles and to collaborate on public sector IT practices and innovation strategy.