Rachel Haot, who set a new standard for civic engagement in the digital age as the first Chief Digital Officer in New York City government, was recently appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo as Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology for New York State.

She will join the NationSwell Council on Wednesday, July 30 to discuss her career path and how members and guests might mobilize support behind her mission to help state government reach the people it serves through expanding and evolving new media tools.

Haot established the first urban digital roadmap in the United States, going on to achieve each of those initiatives, from overhauling nyc.gov to hosting the first municipal government hackathons. Read on for more about our NationSwell Council featured innovator and her work to merge government efficiency and technological innovation.

“New York City Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot says we’re in a ‘golden age of technology in NYC,” Engadget, December 2013: A glimpse at what makes the future of technology in New York City so bright.

“Open Government Initiatives Helped New Yorkers Stay Connected During Hurricane Sandy,” TechCrunch, January 2013: New York City’s Chief Digital Officer looks at one powerful example of how open government can keep New Yorkers connected.

“From Stoop Sales to Chief Digital Officer of NYC,” The Atlantic’s Advice to a Younger Me video series, October 2013:  Haot considers what advice she would give to her younger self, including the notion that “if you take too long to make a decision, someone will make it for you.”


We hope you will join us for:
Lunch with Rachel Haot
Wednesday, July 30
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Princeton Club, 15 West 43rd Street, New York, N.Y.
RSVP by responding to the invitation in your inbox at your convenience.