Theresa A. Pardo, Ph.D.

Theresa A. PardoDirector, Center for Technology in Government University at Albany

Theresa A. Pardo serves as Director of the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany where she also holds research professor appointments in Public Administration and Policy and Informatics. Under her leadership, the Center works closely with multi-sector, multi-disciplinary teams from the U.S. and around the world to carry out applied research and strategic consulting projects focused on the intersections of policy, management, and technology in the public sector.

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. She has served on numerous United Nations Expert Groups on a range of digital government and sustainable development related topics and is an International Advisor to the E-Government Committee of the China Information Association. Dr. Pardo is a member of the steering committee of the NorthEast Big Data Hub funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Government Accountability Office Executive Council on Information, Management, and Technology; 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 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 the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University. She was recently appointed to the City of Schenectady’s Smart Cities Advisory Commission. Dr. Pardo is the Founder of the Global Smart Cities Smart Government Research Practice Consortium and a co-developer of the top ranked academic program in Government Information Strategy and Management Program offered by Rockefeller College. She has served on international award juries for the Dubai Model Center Sheik Hamdan Bin Mohammed Award for Smart Government Jury and Oman’s Sultan Qaboos E-government Award Jury. In 2016, she will serve as the first female chair of the Oman E-Government Award Jury.

Dr. Pardo is ranked among the top five digital government scholars in terms of citations to her published work. Her work has been recognized through numerous best paper awards as well as with the University at Albany’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Rockefeller College Distinguished Service Award and Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Drivers, and Dreamers Award which recognizes individuals who exemplify transformative use of technology that’s improving the way government does business and serves its citizens