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Ervan Rodgers

GoldenGov: State Executive of the Year

As State CIO, Ervan Rodgers has helped to create a culture of collaboration within private and public. As he lead the state’s technology operation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Rodgers’ energy and positive attitude was contagious. The foundational work he began at the beginning of his tenure as state CIO, like the establishment of a CloudSmart initiative, proved essential during the move to remote work. Rodgers consistently sets Ohio as a standard and a model for other states to follow.

Rodgers announced May 24, 2021 — after the nomination and voting period for the StateScoop 50 Awards had concluded — that he would depart state service June 2. He accepted a position with Designer Brands, best known for its large chain of DSW stores.