Wanda Gibson has enjoyed an accomplished, twenty-nine year career as a technology executive in both private and public sector organizations. She joined Fairfax County Government in May 1999 serving as the county’s Chief Technology Officer and the Director of the Department of Information Technology responsible for technology policy, innovation and management of a comprehensive portfolio of IT investments, programs, systems, and services in all disciplines across the county’s enterprise for all agencies and on-line services for constituents. She has been a leader and advocate in regional collaboration, serves on a number of IT committees and professional groups including the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments CIO Committee (Chair 2006, 2007), National Capital Region Interoperability Working Group, the Commonwealth of Virginia Interoperability Advisory Group, Virginia IT Leaders, Metropolitan Information Exchange, Government Management Information Society, Commonwealth of Virginia CIO Council, and a member of boards for the Commonwealth of Virginia IT Symposium (COVITS) and Federal Office Systems Expo (FOSE).
Wanda was honored as 2003 Public Official of the Year, a prestigious award given annually to governors, mayors, legislators and other elected officials and government executives by Governing Magazine. In 2007, Ms. Gibson was named as one of the Top Five Women CIOs nationally by Government Technology Magazine covering Federal, State and Municipal CIOs across the US, and in 2010, Wanda was named Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers by Government Technology magazine. Her work has also been featured in Public CIO, Government Technology, State Tech, and Federal Computer Week Daily magazines. She is a sought after speaker and participant in both public and private sector venues on innovation and governance.
Under Wanda’s leadership, Fairfax County has enjoyed numerous state and national awards and recognition for its IT and e-government programs, including one of only two governmental entities to be named in the 2006 Top Best IT Places to Work, and over the past eleven years was awarded for Best of the WEB by Digital Counties, and Top Ten Digital Counties, National Association of Counties 2010 for WEB and Public Safety Interoperability, Public Technology Solutions Awards including 2011 PTI for Mobil Applications, Fairfax Bar Association for Courtroom Technology, the Virginia Coalition for Open Government, and Commonwealth of Virginia Technology Awards for interoperability and ‘Government in the palm of your hand,’ and 2011 Green IT Award by InfoTech magazine.