State IT Leadership of the Year
When the American Rescue Plan passed last year, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis tapped Natriece Bryant, the deputy chief customer officer in the state Office of Information Technology, as his point person to distribute $1.3 billion to Colorado’s counties. “We have 64 counties in the state, so I have 64 opinions on where that money should go,” she says. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to figure out how you distribute a billion dollars effectively.” She also oversaw the use of another $600 million in ARP funds for state IT improvements, including programs tackling homelessness and the housing shortage.