CIO & Executive Director, Chief Operations Officer, Colorado Broadband Office Executive Director
Anthony Neal-Graves

Anthony (Tony) Tony was appointed Interim Chief Information Officer and Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) in September 2020. Concurrently, he is also OIT’s Chief Operations Officer overseeing the finance, human resources, and legislative affairs for our organization of ~1,000 employees with an annual budget of $380 million as well as the Executive Director of the Colorado Broadband Office, which is responsible for ensuring all households have access to affordable internet. Tony established key partnerships in the Colorado General Assembly that enabled the successful bipartisan legislation in 2018 to fund the Broadband Grant Program with over $115 million. 

Tony began his public sector career after retiring from Intel Corporation with more than 16 years of service. Starting as the Director of Strategy, Communications & Infrastructure Group, Tony rapidly moved up the ranks, holding numerous global positions leading multi-million dollar revenue streams, developing new products and markets, and creating new business strategies. One highlight of his distinguished work was leading the definition, development, and launch of a new product for high performance computing, the Xeon Phi™ processor. In recognition of the impact of this product, it was awarded the Intel Achievement Award, the highest corporate honor. 

Tony served as Vice President and General Manager of Industrial and Energy Solutions at Intel Corporation from 2014 until his retirement in 2017. He defined the company’s strategy for entering the Industrial Internet of Things market. With his proven ability to define new strategies and more importantly, develop executable plans for sustainable business growth, Tony also created a new division with industry specific expertise through recruitment from Fortune 100 companies in the manufacturing and energy sectors. 

Previously, Tony lived in Shanghai and Shenzhen China for three years as Vice President and General Manager of Intel China and Vice President and General Manager of the PC Client Group, respectively. As the Intel China leader, he developed and grew a 2,000+ employee systems development organization across three cities, and led the recruitment and leadership development across all of Intel’s major product lines and business groups. As the head of the PC Client Group, Tony recruited an entrepreneurial team in Shenzhen to develop innovative, low-cost personal computers for global consumption, delivering the first products to market in less than six months, and established a new development center in Shenzhen for smart devices. 

Prior to his tenure at Intel, Tony held numerous leadership positions in the communications industry having worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories, AT&T Corporation, and Lucent Technologies Corporation. Throughout his career, Tony has been a leader in diversity and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) volunteer efforts. He has served on the board for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. Tony is a founding financial sponsor and a current board member of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) whose mission is to increase the participation of girls and women in computing. He was a co-founder of the Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists (CABPES) Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) that has resulted in thousands of students achieving undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and science disciplines. Tony was named Black Engineer of the Year at the 25th BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference. He currently teaches computer science at CSU Global. 

Tony is a summa cum laude graduate of Polytechnic Institute of New York in Electrical Engineering. He obtained his Master of Science from the University of Southern California in Computer Science. Tony is a graduate of the Congressional Fellow Program at the Brookings Institute and participated in the executive leadership program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Parker, Colorado.