ORG City of Raleigh North Carolina Title CIO BIO Gail M. Roper has over 28 years experience in the technology industry in the public and private sectors. As the first chief information and community relations officer for Raleigh - a city that Forbes magazine ranked as "America's Most Wired City" in 2010 - she strategically aligns technology solutions for one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. Ms. Roper focuses on the innovative application of technology to enhance business objectives, service delivery and economic development for the communities located in the City Raleigh. Prior to joining the City of Raleigh, she served as CIO for the city of Austin, Texas and the city of Kansas City, Missouri. Roper has received distinguished awards in the area of technology including the Distinguished Professional of the Year and The Administrator of the Year award from the American Association of Public Administrators. She has the honor of receiving the 2006 Black Family Technology Present Day Technology Leader award, The Technology Leadership Award from the Public Technology Institute, the In the Arena award from the Center for Digital Government, and the Government Technology Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers award. Public CIO magazine noted her as one of the top women CIO leaders in the nation. She has participated in national and international speaking engagements and conferences on technology strategy and innovative solutions for the government sector. Her perspective was sought for The World Summit on the Information Society and the role of Local Authorities in Bilbao, Spain and a panel discussion on the UK's first conference on government reform. She has also written and contributed to several published articles regarding the strategic application of technology in the public sector. In 2010, Forbes magazine named Raleigh as "America's Most Wired City. " Roper strives to ensure Raleigh is the most wired in all communities through the Raleigh Connected initiative. Raleigh Connected is a comprehensive strategy that aligns technology with Raleigh's vision to be a 21st century city focused on environmental, cultural and economic sustainability. Using technology as a catalyst for economic development, the program includes extensive connectivity throughout the city as well as workforce training and youth development. Ms. Roper is affiliated with various technology organizations that focus on providing technology solutions for community based initiatives including the alignment of technology to drive economic development, workforce readiness, and the promotion of digital literacy to enhance youth gaining 21st century computer literacy. She is on the board of directors for Southeast Raleigh Assembly, Inc. and is currently the Chair for the Public Technology Institute's Telecommunication Information Technology Council, whose members includes 90 public sector CIOs and IT directors and serves on the Board of Directors. She is a 2010 Public Technology Institute Fellow, recognizing her leadership and commitment to local government service. Roper is a National Certified Government Chief Information Officer certified through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Government. She attended Rockhurst University School of Graduate and Professional Studies.