Haot to serve as Deputy Secretary for Technology
Albany, NY (December 18, 2013)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointment of Rachel S. Haot as the Administration’s new Deputy Secretary for Technology.
“I am pleased to welcome Rachel Haot to our team as the new Deputy Secretary for Technology,” Governor Cuomo said. “Rachel brings a proven track record of success from her work in both the public and private sectors, and I am confident that she will help take New York State’s digital presence to the next level. In today’s technology-driven world, it is critical for state government to reach and connect with New Yorkers on a variety of constantly evolving digital and social media platforms. Rachel will bring her expertise and ideas to the Empire State to do just that.”
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said, “Rachel helped us set the standard for how a municipal government can engage the people it serves through digital platforms and her work has made New York City the digital model for cities across the country and around the world. The incredible boom in our tech sector has been in no small part due of her efforts to help grow and promote the industry and ensure New York is at the top location for any entrepreneur looking to start a business. She has been a tremendous asset to the City of New York and I have no doubt she will be the same in her next role. The Governor made a very smart hire here and I look forward to seeing her continue her outstanding work, now for our state.”
As Deputy Secretary for Technology, Haot will lead the State’s digital experience across web, mobile and social media with a focus on streamlining services and supporting public engagement online. She will also work with the technology community to implement strategic partnerships that serve the needs of New Yorkers and help to realize the State's innovative potential.
Until recently, Haot has served as Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York. As the first Chief Digital Officer in New York City government, she developed and executed a cross-agency digital roadmap, was a lead for the redesign and relaunch of the city’s NYC.gov website and played an integral role in the city’s social media presence, technology events and strategic digital partnerships.
Ms. Haot said, "New York has a rich history of innovation, and I look forward to building on this legacy to support digital engagement and growth across the state. I am honored by the opportunity to serve the people of New York as part of Governor Cuomo's administration, and excited by the potential of technology to further enhance how government and public connect."
Haot is the founder and former CEO of GroundReport, a citizen journalism platform where she recruited 10,000 independent reporters across six continents. She also launched and managed the boutique digital strategy consultancy Upward and served as a business developer for the peer-to-peer file sharing platform LimeWire. Haot holds a B.A. in history from New York University.