Virtual Digital NY Summit

May 18, 2021  
1:00PM - 4:20PM
Technology and Information Toolkit for NY's Government
Event Description

City & State's 2021 2nd annual Virtual Digital New York event will take what we have done for years with our in-person event and transform the program with new situations that have come out of COVID 19.  It will continue to gather New York's information leaders from government and industry, for a dynamic program of candid discussion and thought-provoking presentations on the innovative ideas being used to improve the delivery of services to both citizens and government agencies.

Leena Panchwagh
Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department Of Buildings
Jessica Tisch
Commissioner, Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and Citywide Chief Information Officer
Jessica Tisch was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) by Mayor Bill de Blasio in December 2019. As Commissioner, she oversees the largest municipal IT organization in the country, with a wide portfolio ranging from public safety to human services to economic development. Commissioner Tisch previously served as Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology at the New York City Police Department, where she spearheaded efforts to use technology to transform the NYPD's fundamental business processes, including how officers are dispatched and respond to 911 calls, take crime reports, investigate, and search for wanted or missing persons. She managed the development and implementation of the flagship Domain Awareness System, which is at the heart of the NYPD's crime fighting and counterterrorism operations. Under her leadership, every officer was equipped with a smartphone, giving them access to real-time information in the field, as well as improving their accessibility to the public. Commissioner Tisch also managed the implementation of the NYPD's body-worn camera program and drove additional efforts to improve transparency and public access, including creating online platforms to deliver timely crime and traffic statistics, and implementing secure systems to allow people to access vehicle accident reports, pistol permits, and Crime Stoppers information. In addition to driving the wholesale replacement of the NYPD's technology infrastructure, Commissioner Tisch oversaw the NYPD's efforts to open a new 911 Call Center in the Bronx. She was also responsible for a pioneering interagency effort with the MTA to make NYPD's radios work in the subways. Commissioner Tisch began her public service career in 2008, when she joined the NYPD. She is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Business School, and other than that brief stint in Boston, a lifelong New Yorker!
Clyde Vanel
Assembly Member, Chair, Internet and Technology Committee
Assembly member Clyde Vanel was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 8, 2016. He serves the 33rd Assembly district of Queens, New York, encompassing the neighborhoods of Cambria Heights, St. Albans, Hollis, Queens Village, Bellerose and parts of Floral Park. Clyde Vanel is an attorney, entrepreneur, private pilot and community advocate from Cambria Heights, New York. He previously served as the Chief of Staff for New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. Clyde Vanel is the owner and operator of Vanel Law Firm, P.C. where he focuses on intellectual property law, business law and wills and estate planning. Clyde is also an Internet entrepreneur. He is the owner and operator of which provides trademark filing and protection services. Additionally, Clyde was the owner and operator of Vanel on First; a restaurant, bar and lounge in lower Manhattan for five years. Clyde is the founder of the New York Metro chapter of the Black Pilots of America, Inc. The organization trains and exposes the community and youth to the field of aviation. Through the organization, many youth and community members have been trained in pre-flight of an aircraft and aviation-related trainings. Assembly member Vanel has worked extensively in political community empowerment. He has helped many community members become involved with and informed the community regarding elections and political matters. Clyde has mentored young men with Eagle Academy in the Bronx and in Queens and the Young Men's Rites of Passage with the Allen A.M.E Church in Jamaica, Queens. He holds a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science & Technology Law. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Administration and an Associate of Applied Science in Aerospace Technology from Farmingdale State College, where he served as the Student Government President. Clyde Vanel was raised in Cambria Heights, New York, with nine siblings. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Tariq Habib
Chief Information Security Officer, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Tariq Habib is the Chief Information Security Officer at New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) where he's responsible for all aspects of MTA Information Security strategy and Operation. He brings a unique perspective of someone who is experienced in Intelligent Transportation Systems programs as well as has broad experience in the Security strategy and operations. With many years of Information Security experience, he's promoting an evolution of the security and risk management models. He has strong understanding of threat landscape, public policy and critical infrastructure systems security. Prior to his role as the CISO of MTA, he worked as the Chief Technology Officer for MTA Bridges & Tunnels.
Cordell Schachter
Chief Technology Officer, NYC Department of Transportation
Cordell Schachter serves as the Chief Technology Officer/CIO for the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT). He leads IT & Telecom and agency innovations that match cutting edge information technology to 21st century urban design principles for safer and more livable streets. Under Cordell’s leadership teams create, enhance, and maintain systems that increase safety and mobility; create smart, accessible, and sustainable infrastructure; create and follow best practices in software development, mapping, communications, public data, and customer service. Cordell tames high-risk, high-value projects and leads service management to deliver high customer satisfaction. He was named among the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers for 2018 by Government Technology magazine. He received the 2017 Transportation Advancement Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers, Metropolitan Section of New York and New Jersey. IT & Telecom has been recognized for outstanding performance over many years by the Center for Digital Government, ACT-IAC American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council, Amazon Web Services, and InformationWeek Magazine. He is a certified project manager by the Project Management Institute and IBM. He serves on the board of directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America and is a member of its autonomous vehicle and cybersecurity task forces. Cordell speaks and writes about the need for regulation to protect personal information, data security for digital systems, and the need for more transparent risk management of autonomous vehicle use on public streets. He teaches "Technology for Civic Innovation" as an adjunct Associate Professor at NYU’s Center for Urban Science + Progress and Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and was a lecturer at Saint Peter’s University Master of Public Administration program in Jersey City, NJ.
Deshard Stevens
Chief Information Officer, NYC Commission on Human Rights
Deshard Stevens serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the New York City Commission on Human Rights, an agency charged with enforcing some of most progressive civil rights laws in the nation. As CIO, he supports the agency mission by providing information and technology solutions that foster innovative and operational excellence while ensuring agency compliance with industry best practices and guidelines. Deshard is a transformational leader with over 10 years of experience managing, developing, and implementing business strategies and technical solutions. He was a recipient of the 2018 Rising Star Award from the New York City Public Sector CIO Academy. He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified in Risk and Information System Control (CRISC), and holds a Master of Business Administration.
Kristin Malek
Director of Business Diversity, CDW
Kristin Malek serves as the Director of Business Diversity at CDW. In this capacity, she drives CDW’s strategies to achieve business diversity objectives. She is responsible for CDW’s $2+ Billion Dollar annual Supplier Diversity spend initiatives. Kristin is the architect of the CDW’s diverse supply chain which today is defined as more than 1100+ suppliers that serve the needs and offers solutions to CDW and their customers. CDW has facilitated more than $14 billion of direct and indirect spending with small, minority-owned firms. She is a member of the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council ( NMSDC) , Board Member of the Chicago Minority Supplier Diversity Council, Women's Business Enterprise National Council, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) and Tech Scale ( Technology Industry Group ), sharing her voice and best practices on inclusive business strategies. Kristin serves as an executive board member to a non for profit SHE TEK in NYC focusing on women and young girls participating in STEM. Earlier this year, Kristin was named one of Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity. Under Kristin’s leadership, in 2020,, CDW was inducted into the prestigious Billion Dollar Roundtable. And finally is named Kristin as One of NYC Most Responsible 100 for her work in diversity and inclusion in New York City.
Ray LaChance
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, ZenFi Networks
As Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ZenFi Networks, LaChance applies his leadership and proven industry expertise to build and deliver innovative communication infrastructure solutions to enterprise, carrier and wireless mobility providers in the New York and New Jersey metro markets. In this role, LaChance oversees all aspects of business operations for the company that recently merged with Cross River Fiber, and effectively leads a team of nimble, forward thinking experts to solve clients’ network challenges created by the proliferation of mobile data. In addition to his role at ZenFi, LaChance is also a founding member of Conexcity, a network integrator focused on fiber optic and mobile network planning, engineering, and deployment solutions for mobile network operators, tower owners and telecommunications service providers throughout the New York metro market. LaChance is a Network Technology industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience managing teams that design, build and operate complex, high-capacity communication networks for large enterprises, carriers and wireless mobility providers. Prior to ZenFi and Conexcity, he served as President and CEO of Lexent Metro Connect, LLC from 2004 to its successful sale in December 2010 to Lightower Fiber Networks. LaChance was also the Co-Founder of Realtech Systems Corp., an enterprise network integration and professional services firm, where he served as President and CEO. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Albany.
Michael Zeto
Michael J. Zeto III
Senior Vice President, Global Strategy and Emerging Businesses, Boingo Wireless
Michael J. Zeto III is a seasoned corporate executive and operator with a successful track record of leading high growth initiatives for emerging businesses. He currently serves as Senior Vice President, Global Strategy and Emerging Businesses at Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ: WIFI), where he is responsible for creating new revenue streams and business models that contribute to profitable growth. Integral to Boingo’s leadership team, Zeto is focused on capitalizing on the company’s unique position in the wireless industry and driving innovation across 5G, CBRS, Wi-Fi 6, IoT and smart cities. Prior to Boingo, Zeto was Vice President, Internet of Things Solutions, and Founder and General Manager for AT&T’s Smart Cities and emerging IoT solutions. In this role he was responsible for IoT-related smart cities, drones, FirstNet and Public-Private partnerships. Zeto previously served as AT&T’s Director of Strategy in the Mobile & Business Solutions organization, focused on organic and inorganic emerging growth opportunities across IoT, Big Data, Consumer Engagement and Cloud technologies.
Brittany Graunke
Director, General Manager of Government and Nonprofit, DoorDash
Brittany Graunke is Director, General Manager of Government and Nonprofit at DoorDash. At DoorDash, Brittany leads all efforts around bringing online tools and last-mile fulfillment to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. By leveraging the DoorDash platform, her team works to bring access, convenience and dignity to underserved communities. She joined DoorDash in the fall of 2020 after spending 10+ years working in early stage startups in operations, finance, and strategy roles. Prior to that experience, Brittany worked at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and started her career as a management consultant at Bain & Company. Brittany earned her degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.
John S. Shegerian
Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, ERI
As co-founder and Executive Chairman of ERI, John Shegerian has played a significant role in paving the way for the electronic recycling, data protection and ITAD industries as a whole. Building ERI from the ground up, Shegerian has helped lead the company to its current standing as the largest fully integrated IT and electronics asset disposition provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company in the United States. Under his stewardship, ERI now has the capacity to process more than a billion pounds of electronic waste annually at its eight certified locations, serving every ZIP Code in the United States. Shegerian earned a certification in Cybersecurity from Harvard University and has completed the MIT Sloan Cybersecurity program.
Anna Mercado Clark, CIPP/E, CIPP/US
Partner, Phillips Lytle LLP
As leader of Phillips Lytle’s Data Security & Privacy and E-Discovery & Digital Forensics Practice Teams, Ms. Clark focuses on complex e-discovery and digital forensics, cybersecurity and data privacy, and complex commercial litigation. As a former Assistant District Attorney, she also handles white collar criminal matters and investigations. Additionally, Ms. Clark has been awarded the following ANSI-accredited credentials by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP): Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) and Certified Information Privacy Professional for the U.S. Private Sector (CIPP/US), preeminent certifications for advanced concentration in European data protection laws and U.S. private-sector laws, standards and practices, respectively. Ms. Clark routinely counsels sophisticated clients on data governance issues to address business needs while minimizing risks and complying with a rapidly evolving regulatory landscape and other legal obligations. She has extensive experience advising businesses in the technology, consumer, health care and financial industries regarding information management and disposition policies, litigation readiness, data transfers, third-party/vendor negotiation and management relative to data administration, and disaster recovery and avoidance. Ms. Clark has successfully leveraged the latest technology, including artificial intelligence and technology assisted review (“TAR”), to streamline high-volume discovery, establish defensible document review workflows and minimize litigation costs. She is a member of EDRM at Duke Law, a community of e-Discovery and legal professionals who create practical resources to improve e-Discovery and information governance, including cross-border discovery in light of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). She regularly speaks at national and international conferences as a subject matter expert on these issues. As an experienced litigator, Ms. Clark is well positioned to identify and minimize litigation risks and assist with internal investigations, including managing digital forensic investigations. She is also able to seamlessly serve as litigation counsel in the event of a dispute or government investigation, having represented individuals, small businesses, multinational corporations and government entities in contract disputes, franchisor-franchisee litigation, trade secret disputes, antitrust litigation, securities litigation, labor and employment matters, and government investigations. Ms. Clark is a member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. PRACTICE AREAS Commercial Litigation Breach of Contract Business Torts E-Discovery & Digital Forensics Franchise and Distributorship Relations Lender Liability Litigation Technology & Internet Law Trade Practices/Antitrust Data Security & Data Privacy Law Insurance Coverage Intellectual Property International Business Law Litigation Real Estate Real Estate Litigation and Workouts Telecommunications Law White Collar Criminal Defense & Government Investigations ADMITTED TO PRACTICE New York U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York U.S. District Court, Western District of New York U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit HONORS & AWARDS Named to Lawyers of Color’s Inaugural Nation’s Best List, 2019 Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 17th Annual Women Worth Watching® Award Recipient Fordham University School of Law, Honorable Denny Chin ’78 Alumni Award for Excellence in the Legal Profession Selected to New York – Metro Rising Stars, 2014-2019 Pan American Concerned Citizens Action League, 2010 Woman Achiever Award Recipient Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition Best Brief, Best Team, Finalist, Regional 2003 and Regional 2004 Best Oral Advocate, Regional 2003 and National 2004 Semi-Finalist, National 2003 Cardozo/BMI Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition, Best Brief, Best Team, 2004 Archibald R. Murray Student Award for Excellence in Public Service, cum laude EDUCATION Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2005 Rutgers University, B.A., 2002 LANGUAGES Tagalog PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS American Bar Association Fellow of the American Bar Foundation Asian American Bar Association of New York Litigation Committee Federal Bar Council Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York Board Member Founding Member Vice-President, 2015 Steering Committee International Association of Privacy Professionals National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Regional Governor for the Northeast Region National Filipino American Lawyers Association, At-Large Trustee New York State Bar Association PRESENT ACTIVITIES Fordham University School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law New York City Bar Association, Diversity Champion Award Selection Committee, Member Duke University School of Law, EDRM, Member GDPR Project, Member PAST ACTIVITIES DuPont Minority Counsel Network 2014 Annual Conference Planning Committee, Member Newsletter and Communications Committee, Co-Chair, 2013-2014 Judicial Intern, Honorable Denny Chin, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2004 Fordham University School of Law, Moot Court Board, Member, 2003-2004

Welcome & Introduction


Keynote Remarks: Jessica Tisch, Commissioner, Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and Citywide Chief Information Officer


How Technology Responds to Crisis
Innovation and adaptability help describe New York’s tech leaders respond to the pandemic. Our abilities in these areas inspired a rapid call to action from government leaders, advocacy groups, healthcare workers, entrepreneurs, engineers, and creatives alike, when they saw New Yorkers so damaged during the coronavirus pandemic. Whether by helping our hospitals, schools, small businesses, or our most vulnerable communities, New York’s tech sector has been at the forefront of the city’s response. This panel describes how leadership has supported New York over these difficult months.

Assembly Member Clyde Vanel, Chair, Internet and Technology Committee

Cordell Schachter, Chief Technology Officer, NYC Department of Transportation

Morgan Hitzig, Senior Director of Global Operations, Dataminr



Special Presentation by Michale J. Zeto III, Senior Vice President, Global Strategy and Emerging Businesses, Boingo Wireless 


Using Technology to Secure our Cyber and Physical Infrastructure

Even with the latest innovations in place, the infrastructure and technology used to keep New Yorkers safe, healthy, moving and connected are never invincible as we have seen in this pandemic. Our panelists will discuss how government agencies are handling cybersecurity and data incidents, implementing 5G networks safely, protecting net neutrality, data preservation and protection and how the public and private sector can work together to build resilient infrastructure in the face of a second wave, data breach, cyber attacks and other emergency situations.

Tariq Habib, Chief Information Security Officer, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority

John Dolan, Assistant Special Agent, FBI

John S. Shegerian, Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, ERI

Anna Mercado Clark, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, Partner, Phillips Lytle LLP


Using Technology to Impact our Communities

Amid the awful public health and economic fallout from the pandemic, COVID-19 has provided opportunities to businesses, universities, and communities to become hubs of innovation.  Throughout New York, digital technologies are driving high-impact interventions focusing on economic re-development. Community and public health leaders are handling time-sensitive tasks and meeting pressing needs with technologies that are affordable and inclusive.  At this round table we discuss ways we can use technology to impact our communities and help re-develop our economy  by working hand in e-hand.

Deshard Stevens, Chief Information Officer, NYC Commission on Human Rights

Leena Panchwagh, Deputy Commissioner, Operations, NYC Department of Buildings

Patti Bayross, Executive Vice‑President & Chief Information Officer, NYC Housing Authority

Kristin Malek, Director of Business Diversity, CDW

Ray LaChance, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, ZenFi Networks

Brittany Graunke, Director, Government and Nonprofit, DoorDash


Session Concludes

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