On March 11, 2013, the City Council confirmed Erin Devoto as Seattle’s new Chief Technology Officer, following her January appointment by Mayor Mike McGinn. Devoto has served as the acting chief technology officer and the acting director of the Department of Information Technology since May 2012, where she previously served as the deputy director since 2007. “Erin has successfully advanced our broadband initiative by thinking creatively and forging new partnerships in both the public and private sectors,” said Mayor McGinn.
Devoto most recently has worked as the Mayor’s lead advisor on the City’s efforts to build next-generation fiber-optic broadband in Seattle. She sees an important link between the City’s work to encourage enhanced Internet services and digital inclusion. “As over half of the American public own and use smart phones for Internet access, we want to continue to create opportunities for providers to increase the choices available to residents throughout Seattle,” said Devoto. “More choices at a variety of cost points can make technology relevant and useful for marginalized populations.”