Chief Technology and Innovation Officer
New York State
Kristen is the Chief Technology & Innovation Officer of New York, leading the State's digital and tech policy portfolios. She is the former Founding Executive Director of the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline and Girls Who Code. In NYC, Kristen led the Mayor’s $10 million commitment to support the growth of the tech sector. Her work in the administration mobilized 150 industry executives and thought leaders alike in support of first-of-its-kind policy and programming, including a new, multi-million dollar training and education portfolio, investments to realign 15 of the city’s top colleges, and the historic launch of Computer Science for All, serving 1.1 million New Yorkers. Her work has served as model for President Obama’s recently launched TechHire initiative and is now replicated in 50+ cities, from Rochester to London. Previously, Kristen was the founding Executive Director of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology and engineering. Recognizing her work in the field, Kristen was named one of TIME Magazine's "30 People Under 30 Changing the World," one of Business Insider’s 2014 “Most Influential Young People in Tech,” one of Forbes’ “Women Changing the World,” and Elle Magazine’s "11 Women Who Might Just Change the World." Her work in the New York tech community has been widely recognized; she was one of Business Insider’s “Silicon Alley 100,” and noted as one of its “30 Most Important Women Under 30 in Tech.” Kristen was named an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar in 2013.