Shawnzia Thomas Appoints Georgia CIO
Prior to her current position, she served as deputy commissioner at the Georgia Department of Revenue, overseeing legal affairs and tax policy divisions, law enforcement units and communications/legislative programs of the department. Additionally, she has expertise in broadband development.
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Early Life and Education
Shawnzia Thomas has worked for Georgia state government for over thirteen years with an emphasis on using technology in various sectors to enhance constituent services. Currently serving as assistant deputy commissioner in human services department; prior roles included executive director of Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity and Director of Secretary of State Corporations Division. A graduate from Middle Tennessee State University, she currently resides in Lithonia with her two children and also volunteers with Chapelhill Church’s Hospitality Ministry in Atlanta.
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Shawnzia Thomas has spent 13 years serving Georgia state government, most recently as assistant deputy commissioner with the Georgia Department of Human Services. Governor Brian Kemp recently selected Thomas to replace longtime CIO Calvin Rhodes, who recently announced his intention of retiring this month.
Thomas serves as executive director of Georgia Technology Authority and oversees IT operations for all state agencies. She recently noted that focus for this agency includes modernizing IT tools and creating an enterprise resource management system (ERMS).
She told GovTech that her goal is to bring a worker-first approach to her agency’s operations, making sure staff has access to technology they require and understanding how it can aid their job tasks. Additionally, she hopes to establish a tech talent pipeline within state government.
Achievement and Honors
Governor Brian Kemp appointed Thomas to serve as Executive Director of the Georgia Technology Authority Board and State Chief Information Officer beginning July 1. She succeeds Calvin Rhodes who will step down after 10 years as she was approved by GTA board on June 17 and Thomas will start transitioning into her position shortly thereafter.
In 2021, she was honored by being recognized as one of the Atlanta Business League’s 100 Women of Influence – this honor recognizes women who have attained senior-level positions within their field and who serve as leaders within them. Additionally, she serves on Georgia Department of Human Services Advisory Board as well as Chapelhill Church’s Hospitality Ministry; for her efforts she won StateScoop 2022 Golden Governor: State Executive of the Year award.
Thomas hails from Macon, Georgia and holds both an undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University and master’s in public administration from University of West Georgia. She serves on Chapelhill Church Atlanta Hospitality Ministry while also working for State of Georgia to integrate technology across sectors to enhance constituent services and better meet citizens needs.
Georgia’s Technology Authority and Chief Information Officer provides her with an in-depth view of Georgia’s IT needs, and assists agencies with the removal of antiquated processes and tools while offering guidance on how to best achieve their goals.
Before becoming the state CIO, she served as Assistant Deputy Commissioner in the Department of Human Services and director of Georgia Secretary of State Corporations Division. Appointed to her current role by Gov. Brian Kemp on July 1, 2021.
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Governor Brian Kemp recently appointed her Georgia’s first black state CIO. Additionally, she serves as executive director of Georgia Technology Authority and previously spent 13 years working various roles at state government.
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