Profiling the 50 Most: Sharon Cates Williams

Sharon J. Cates-Williams is the  Deputy Chief Information Officer for IT Delivery  Services for the New York State Office of Information Technology.

As Deputy Chief Information Officer for IT Delivery Services, Mrs. Cates-Williams oversees four state data center operations, voice and data telecommunications networks serving state and local government agencies, enterprise email and application and Web development business units.

Mrs. Cates-Williams also co-chairs the NYS Universal Broadband Council to bridge the digital divide for citizens and increase high speed broadband penetration rates across the state, is involved with women’s education and mentor programs, actively participates in educational events for young adults and children, and holds memberships with several prestigious community and national organizations.

Previously , she was Chief Information Officer and Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology for Suffolk County. A graduate of Baruch College, Sharon enjoyed a 16 year career in the private sector, serving as VP of the Global Technology division at Lehman Brothers, New York. In the aftermath of Sept.11th, Sharon entered the public sector by becoming the first African-American Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology for the Town of North Hempstead, orchestrating the implementation of Long Island first 311 non-emergency constituent response system. Her selection in 2005 as Chief Information Officer for Suffolk County distinguished her as the first African-American woman CIO in County history.