Carolyn Lawson

Carolyn Lawson

Carolyn Lawson is the Chief Information Officer for the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA). Her role as CIO is to bring innovation and vision to continually improve the health and human service needs of Oregonians. The DHS/OHA technology services division delivers and supports technology for 11,000 agency staff and 20,000 partner staff at 350 locations around Oregon. Recently she has been appointed by the Governor to the Health IT Oversight Council.

Lawson came to Oregon in July from the state of California where she most recently served as director of the California eServices office and deputy director of the Technology Services and Government Division. She was previously CIO for the California Public Utilities Commission and held leadership positions with the California State and Consumer Services Agency and the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. 

Lawson's background is in using technology to support open government and creating innovative partnerships that leverage technology to increase public access at lower costs. She’s considered a national thought leader and innovator with several awards to her credit, including being named one of the Top Innovators in Government by Information Week in 2009 and 2010, and one of the Top 100+ Women in Government Technology by GovFresh in 2010.

She holds several national leadership positions, including service on the advisory boards of Information Week and Code for America.