Ann Dunkin, who has been Dell Technologies’ chief technology officer for state and local government for over a year, will join the Department of Energy as chief information officer. Dunkin joined Environment Protection Agency(EPA) in 2014 as a political representative and also served as senior adviser to its administrator, Gina McCarthy. She’s regarded as a leader of the fed’s digital services movement, which ramped up after an unfortunate start to the government’s health insurance platform- Healthcare.gov- in the fall of 2013.
- Dunkin, formerly the EPA CIO, will succeed Rocky Campione, who stepped down from government service in early April 2021. The incoming DOE CIO held the same role for Santa Clara County in California, and for EPA during the Obama administration.
- She held charge of EPA’s information technology systems and operations for the 15,000-personnel agency, which had an annual IT budget worth more than $400 million. Dunkin also helped the Biden-Harris transition team review how its corresponding administration would handle EPA.
- She will move from being CIO of a federal agency with 15,000 employees to leading nearly 800 IT professionals and coordinating tech services for county departments that accomplish their own software applications. Dunkin’s department is responsible for IT support to 18,000 Santa Clara County employees.
- Santa Clara County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith honored Dunkin’s experience in a statement as “Ann is a proven leader of change and transformation and the kind of leader the county needs, to maximize the use of technology on behalf of our customers, clients, employees, and community partners.”