Marcus Thornton

State IT Leadership of the Year

As the No. 2 data official in Virginia, Marcus Thornton is helping mature the commonwealth’s use of data from within a young agency: Though the Virginia Office of Data Governance and Analytics only codified last summer, Thornton says his team began with momentum from a strong interest from other agencies. “We’re extremely encouraged, especially now,” he says. “We have a new administration here and a lot of the focus has been on cybersecurity and specifically on data. And so we have a lot of agency heads and secretaries with data backgrounds, technology backgrounds.”

Benjamin Freed

Written by Benjamin Freed

Benjamin Freed was the managing editor of StateScoop and EdScoop, covering cybersecurity issues affecting state and local governments across the country. He wrote extensively about ransomware, election security and the federal government’s role in assisting states and cities with information security.

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