Shawnzia Thomas appointed Executive Director of Georgia Technology Authority

Governor Brian Kemp announced the appointment of Shawnzia Thomas as the Executive Director of the Georgia Technology Authority Board (GTA) and the state’s Chief Information Officer. The Georgia Technology Authority Board voted June 17th to appoint Shawnzia Thomas as its new Executive Director, making her the state’s new Chief Information Officer. Thomas officially began serving on July 1, 2021, filling the role vacated by Calvin Rhodes, who retired after 10 years as Executive Director and CIO. Thomas is the first African-American woman to hold the position of CIO. She has worked for the State of Georgia for over thirteen years, integrating technology in all sectors of state government to improve constituent services and better serve Georgians. Most recently, Thomas served as Assistant Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services. She previously served as Executive Director of the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity and Director of the Georgia Secretary of State’s Corporations Division. Thomas, a native of Macon, Georgia, received her undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University and Master’s in Public Administration from the University of West Georgia. She is a Commissioner on the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity’s Advisory Board and member of the Hospitality Ministry at Chapelhill Church in Atlanta.

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