Rachel Sterne Haot is the Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology for New York State in Governor Cuomo’s Executive Chamber. Her focus is to realize the Governor’s vision for the State by improving the way that government and public engage online, and supporting collaborative innovation with the technology community.
Prior to this role, Rachel served as Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York for three years under Mayor Bloomberg, from January 2011 to December 2013. At the City, she established the first urban digital roadmap in the country, achieving all initiatives by October 2013. Major milestones included the relaunch of official City website nyc.gov; tripling the City’s social media audience to over four million; hosting the first hackathons in municipal government and launching tech sector initiative and campaign We Are Made in NY to support the digital industry.
Before her role with the City, Rachel served as founder and CEO of GroundReport, a pioneering global citizen journalism platform, from 2006 to 2010. She also launched and ran Upward, a digital strategy consultancy, taught as a Columbia Business School adjunct professor and worked in business development for the consumer web industry. Rachel is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and was named Chief Digital Officer of the Year in 2014 by the CDO Summit. She has been recognized as a ‘40 Under 40’ leader by Crain’s, Forbes and Fortune. Rachel is a native New Yorker, and graduated from New York University magna cum laude. Rachel lives in Brooklyn with her husband Max and son Jack.