Profiling the 50 Most: Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart

Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, New York State Chief Information Officer

Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart serves as New York State Chief Information Officer and Director of the Office for Technology. As the Governor’s top information technology advisor, Dr. Mayberry-Stewart, a member of the Governor’s cabinet, develops, implements and oversees IT investments for the State of New York, a $130 billion enterprise with over 190,000 employees serving a statewide population of 19 million. The State has approximately 5,600 IT professionals, and spends approximately $2 billion in information technology annually. Her position requires her to work with local and federal government agencies to deliver innovative state government services to citizens, businesses and state visitors by leveraging technology.

In addition, as the NYS CIO, her responsibilities include promoting the use of technology to drive economic development to help build stronger economies, and ensuring information technology programs align with the objectives of the NYS Information Technology Enterprise Strategic Plan.

Dr. Mayberry-Stewart, a veteran of IT, started her career in Information Technology 30 years ago as a Systems Engineer for the IBM Corporation. Subsequently, she worked as an IT executive in two Fortune 20 companies, the largest healthcare hospital in the country, and in the public and private non-profit sectors.

During her 13 years with IBM, she quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to Systems Engineering Manager, Marketing Support and Operations Manager, and Regional Market Support Manager. Her last position at IBM was the Regional Telecommunications Marketing Manager serving California, Arizona, Hawaii and Guam. Also, Melodie served as an Instructor in Database and Data Communications at the IBM Advanced Technical Education Center in Los Angeles and authored several courses published by Science Research Associates.

After leaving a successful career at IBM, Dr. Mayberry-Stewart became a Chief Information Officer in the health care industry as the first CIO at Community Health Corporation, (California), St. Thomas Hospital (Tennessee) and Beth Israel Medical Center (New York). After 14 years in healthcare IT, she turned her interest to the energy industry where she became a Vice President and General Manager of Shared IT Services and Global IT Delivery for the Amoco Corporation, with global headquarters in Chicago, and was acquired by BP Oil in the UK.

Dr. Mayberry-Stewart had the opportunity to fulfill one of her personal passions when she founded an IT consulting company to provide consulting services strictly to non-profit companies, who often are unable to develop strategic technology plans to advance their missions by leveraging technology. She believes these mission-driven organizations oftentimes do not have technology expertise and resources to maximize their organization’s performance to make better communities. This opportunity enabled her to work with Boards, CEOs, CFOs and CIOs to help their organizations better serve their constituents. It was during one of her consulting assignments Dr. Mayberry-Stewart was introduced to the newly elected Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. In 2002 the Mayor appointed her as the City’s first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and CIO. In this position she was responsible for creating and implementing the citywide IT and telecommunications strategy. In May 2007, Dr. Mayberry-Stewart was appointed NYS CIO and Director of the NYS Office for Technology.

Dr. Mayberry-Stewart received her B.S. in Sociology and Business Administration from Union College. She has a M.A. in Sociological Research and All But Dissertation (ABD) in Sociological Research from the University of Nebraska, a MBA in Finance from Pepperdine University, an M.A. in Executive Management and a Ph.D. with a specialty in Information Systems Management from Claremont Graduate University in California, where she was the first Black female to receive a doctorate from the Peter F. Drucker School of Executive Management.