Secretary of Technology &
State Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Sumana (Suma) Nallapati is an accomplished technology leader and consultant with more than eighteen years progressive experience in establishing and executing value driven global IT service strategy and delivery. She has extensive experience with leading technology-driven innovation for business transformation, health care infrastructure operations, and global enterprise business applications. She is a people leader who builds high performance teams within multi-cultural, globally distributed workforce through mentoring, coaching and inspiration.

As Colorado’s Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer, she is committed to positioning the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) as a leader in IT innovation for state government. A champion of collaboration, she is passionately committed to providing everyday solutions for our customers and end users while breaking silos and achieving organizational excellence. Under Suma’s leadership, OIT has received numerous awards, including NASCIO’s 2017 State CIO Office Special Recognition Award for Strategy of Success: Playbook & Five-Year IT Plan, as well as Finalist awards in the Emerging & Innovative Technologies and Cybersecurity categories; two 2015 NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards for the state’s Secure Colorado initiative and Universal Application; a finalist 2015 NASCIO State IT Recognition Award for the state’s Program Eligibility and Application Kit (PEAK) mobile app; and two 2015 StateScoop 50 awards for PEAK enhancements and the Department of Revenue’s Infrastructure Modernization Initiative. Additionally, Suma’s information security team received a 2015 Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Award from the Center for Digital Government and a 2015 CSO50 Award from IDG for the State of Colorado’s multi-year, strategic security plan — Secure Colorado. Suma has also been the recipient of multiple awards including the 2017 Top 25 Most Powerful Women by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, one of StateScoop’s 2016 Golden Gov: State Executive of the Year; and one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2015.

Suma came to the public sector from Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest healthcare networks, where she led service delivery operations for a complex multi-state rapidly growing healthcare IT footprint leading distributed teams that included data center and network operations, service desk and end user computing. Previously, Suma worked at TeleTech where she served as the Global Director of Enterprise applications. Suma worked to deploy complex ERP, self-service business applications and related systems in a governed, best practices framework across 19 countries and helped with the transformation of the technology organization to a true service provider model.

Suma co-founded a highly successful IT consulting firm that translates proven CRM, ERP, e-business and Business Intelligence technologies business solutions for its clients across the United States. This has helped her cultivate a “think like an owner” attitude which helps her align a company's vision, mission, value, and culture with the daily activities of the business.

She earned a master’s degree in nuclear physics from the Andhra University India, a Professional Management certification from Mountain States Employers Council and a Project Management certificate from the Project Management Institute. She has made Colorado her home for the past 17 years along with her husband Srinivas and two children. She is actively involved with several charities around health and education.