Tamara Jones-Short

 

Chief Information Officer
General Services Administration, State of Maryland

As Director and CIO for the Maryland Department of General Services, she is charged with responsibility for ensuring that technology is fully leveraged to tactically execute the agency’s business strategy. She understands the business strategy and the department’s current technical capabilities. She communicates business intelligence strategies to both sides of the house, business and technical. She also identifies opportunities for improvement in the way in which the agency does business through the application of technology, and takes a leadership role in strategic planning and thinking for the department. She also serves as director of information technology where she is responsible for design, implementation, management, and maintenance of the technology infrastructure.

During her tenure with DGS Mrs. Jones-Short has leveraged innovative solutions and cost avoidance strategies in an effort to bring cutting edge technologies to a department plagued with legacy systems and infrastructure. Through smart, agile, and aligned business stratagem, project planning, design and management, she has saved the department, and the state, millions of dollars in tax dollars and revenue.

Prior to joining state service Mrs. Jones-Short worked in a number of senior level positions, including the Baltimore Education Network, and YouthBuild AmeriCorps Sandtown (YBAS), as well as technical consulting and technical writing. Notable is her seven years as Director of YouthBuild, a youth and community development program, and alternative school. During her tenure YBAS, she and her staff of caring, committed adults led hundreds of young people in the rehabilitation of over 40 units of affordable housing in the Sandtown Winchester community. They gave tens of thousands of hours of service to the citizens of Baltimore and the State of Maryland. Most notably, under Mrs. Jones-Short’s leadership, scores of young people earned their Maryland State high school diplomas, changed their lives, and have gone on to become contributing members of society.

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