June 22

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Governments are at a critical moment in history. The pandemic showed the important role technology plays in mobility, connectivity and access to digital services. And with unprecedented stimulus funds flowing from Washington, states and cities have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in the technology infrastructure that will power the American economy for decades to come.

Government Technology has invited three high-profile veteran public leaders to share their thoughts and insights on how states and cities can make the best use of technology investments:

• Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley
• Former Dallas, Texas, CIO Bill Finch
• Former Los Angeles County Department of Human Resources CIO and Assistant Director Murtaza Masood

Join us June 22 at 11 PT/2 ET to hear insights and ideas from these three speakers. They’ll discuss smart strategies and solutions for how governments can improve the oversight, accuracy, equity and transparency of their spending on technology.


Martin O'Malley

Martin O'Malley

Former Governor of Maryland

As Mayor, O’Malley set Baltimore on course for the largest ten year reduction of crime of any major city in America. As Governor, O’Malley’s leadership made Maryland’s public schools #1 in America for an unprecedented five years in a row. And with a new performance management regimen called, “Baystat”, O’Malley turned around a 300 year decline in the health of the Chesapeake Bay — the largest estuary in North America.

He lectures widely on topics ranging from Climate Change, Healthcare, the Environment, Education, and Smart Cities.

William (Bill) Finch

William (Bill) Finch

Former CIO for the city of Dallas

William (Bill) Finch is the former CIO for the City of Dallas, Texas. Bill has 35+ years of progressive and innovative IT leadership experience in bringing together Information Systems and Operations with Business Strategies. Serving in various industries, including Retail, Legal, Banking, Financial Services, and Government. Proven visionary and pragmatic experience to achieve transformative and aggressive business goals with technology solutions.

Murtaza Masood

Murtaza Masood

Former Department CIO of LA County

Murtaza Masood is an innovative business leader with business transformation and technology enablement experience in public and private sector organizations. Named GovTech's 2019 Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers, Mr. Masood is an enterprising visionary delivering innovation and driving change to make a positive impact on people and organizations alike. Most recently, Mr. Masood served as Assistant Director of HR in the County of Los Angeles, the most populous county in the U.S.

Dilshad Albert

Dilshad Albert

Regional Vice President of State and Local Government at Incapsulate

Dilshad Albert is Regional Vice President of State and Local Government at Incapsulate. Dilshad has 20 years of IT experience including programming, Telecommunications, and Consulting. His broad background in reengineering legacy systems and process improvement has gotten him recognized for his program management skills, hands-on technical acumen, and business analysis abilities. In his role, Dilshad is responsible for developing and executing programs to improve efficiency and drive growth. Prior to joining Incapsulate, Dilshad served as Director of IT Services for the District of Columbia Government.

Teri Takai

Teri Takai — Moderator

Vice President of the Center for Digital Government

Teri Takai is the Vice President of the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. She worked for Ford Motor Company for 30 years in global application development and information technology strategic planning. From Ford, she moved to EDS in support of General Motors.

A long-time interest in public service led her to the government sector, first as CIO of the State of Michigan, then as CIO of the State of California, and subsequently the CIO of the U.S. Department of Defense, the first woman appointed to this role. She then served as the CIO for Meridian Health Plan. She is a member of several industry advisory boards.