In recent weeks, top leaders in state and local government have discussed their roles as technologists and managers as they helped steer their organizations through the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, StateScoop publishes the interviews of a younger cohort of technology officials — winners of the 2021 StateScoop 50 Up and Comer of the Year awards. Here, officials discuss their roles, what they love about working in the public sector and what they learned from the health crisis.
Reporting by Emily Bamforth, Benjamin Freed, Ryan Johnston, Jake Williams and Colin Wood. These interviews were edited and condensed.