Shawnzia Thomas

GoldenGov: State Executive of the Year

Shawnzia Thomas says she’s been impressed and embraced by the team at the Georgia Technology Authority since last June, when Gov. Brian Kemp named her as state CIO, after the retirement of Calvin Rhodes, who’d held the job for a decade. Thomas, previously a deputy commissioner of the state’s human services agency, has expanded on GTA’s cloud-first strategy and served on the commission that selected the 49 broadband projects around the state that received more than $400 million from the American Rescue Plan. “We have a great group of people here who will do whatever it takes to move the needle in Georgia,” she says. “I’m most excited about the excitement we have here in Georgia.”

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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