Theresa Pardo

Director, Center for Technology in Government

Theresa A. Pardo serves as Director of the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany, State University of New York, where she also holds research professor appointments in Public Administration and Policy and Informatics. Under her leadership, the Center works closely with multi-sector and multi-disciplinary teams from the U.S. and around the world to carry out applied research and problem solving projects focused on the intersections of policy, management, and technology in the governmental context. Center work has broken ground in information and knowledge sharing, smart cities, open government and open data, e-government, social media policy, and mobile technologies and human services delivery.

Dr. Pardo serves as Open NY Adviser to New York State’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Committee, and New York State Department of Health’s Transparency, Evaluation and HIT Workgroup. As President of the Digital Government Society, she leads a global multi-disciplinary organization of scholars and practitioners interested in the development and impacts of digital government. Additionally, she is an International Advisor to the E-Government Committee for the China Information Association and serves as an Expert Advisor to the Open Data 500 Project.

Dr. Pardo is a member of a number of editorial, and national and international advisory boards, including Government Information Quarterly, the leading journal in the field of digital government; Information Polity, an international journal of government and democracy in the information age; the U.S. Government Accountability Office Executive Council on Information, Management, and Technology; the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) conference series Advisory Committee; and the Data Center for Applied Research in Social Sciences at Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas (CIDE) in Mexico City. She is also a Senior Adviser to the Informatization Research Institution, State Information Center in China and is a member of the Board of Champions for the New York State Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Girls Collaborative. Dr. Pardo recently began a 4-year term as a member of the User Working Group of the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), a data center in NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) operated by CIESIN, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University.

Dr. Pardo has published over 130 articles, research reports, practice guides, book chapters and case studies and is ranked among the top five scholars in her field in terms of productivity and citations to her published work. She has received numerous awards including best journal and conference paper awards for her published work, the University at Albany’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the Rockefeller College Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Pardo is also co-developer of the top ranked academic program in Government Information Strategy and Management offered by the Public Administration and Policy Department of Rockefeller College, University at Albany.

Theresa Pardo
Smart City Commission