Mayor Gray named Aldona Valicenti as Lexington’s Chief Information Officer in 2013. She was the first appointed CIO for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and served during the Patton administration and also held the position as president of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).
Valicenti has been vice president of consulting services at CGI and vice president of business development and strategy for Oracle Corporation, two of the world’s largest enterprise software companies.
New systems have been implemented and upgrades made in network operations and cyber security. Several cloud-based systems have already been deployed. She is a co-sponsor of the Gig for Lex project, a high-speed broadband initiative, with Scott Shapiro of the Mayor’s Office. This project has resulted in awarding a franchise agreement to Metronet, Inc. to provide high-speed internet and a full complement of cable services. This will make Lexington a gigabit city.
Valicenti lives in Lexington, holds a master’s degree from Wayne State University, and has received numerous awards, including recognition as “public official of the year” by Governing magazine.
She has testified in Congress and advised states and governors on the CIO role. She is a frequent speaker and panelist and a member on the Federal GAO Executive Committee on Information Management and Technology.