David Behen

Chief Information Officer, State of Michigan

David Behen

Chief Information Officer, State of Michigan


David B. Behen holds dual roles as director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget and as Michigan’s chief information officer. In these capacities, he is responsible for setting strategic direction and ensuring timely delivery of state services.

As director of DTMB, Behen leads efforts to provide the full range of information technology and communications, facility management, financial, procurement, fleet and retirement services, among others. As state CIO, he directs development of IT resources to meet the growing needs of Michigan’s citizens.

“Today’s technology provides us with tools to reinvent government,” Behen said. “The growth of online resources provides our citizens and businesses with the 24/7 service they have come to expect.”

Behen holds a seat on Governor Rick Snyder’s Cabinet, advising the governor on technology investments and implementing innovative IT programs.

Michigan offers a full range of technology resources – from traditional desktop computers used by the state’s workers to a law enforcement communications network that criss-crosses both peninsulas to mobile applications that allow tourists to reserve campground spots or purchase fishing licenses. Behen is leading a multiyear IT assessment and alignment process that will develop Michigan’s portfolio of high-impact, innovative, market-competitive IT services.

In 2014, ComputerWorld recognized Behen as one of its 100 Premier IT Leaders. In 2013, he received the Merit Network Award for innovation in networking and information technology, and Government Technology magazine named Behen and the governor to its top-25 list of IT doers, dreamers and drivers. In 2012, he was chosen as the first winner of Crain’s Detroit Business CIO Awards in the government category.

Behen holds a number of board and committee positions in professional and technology organizations. He is a chair of the governing body for the Detroit CIO Executive Summit and a member of the advisory board for the Lawrence Technological University College of Management. He also chairs the advisory board for the Michigan Digital Summit and is a member of the Michigan Homeland Protection Board. His commitment to public service extends beyond his job. He serves on the advisory board of the We Build Character workforce mentoring organization.

Before joining the State of Michigan, Behen cofounded a software company and served as a vice president and CIO of its parent corporation. He previously worked as CIO and deputy administrator of Washtenaw County.

Behen earned a bachelor of science degree and a master of science in public administration degree from Eastern Michigan University. He and his wife, Rosalie, have three children.