Chief Technical Officer
District of ColumbiaChief Technology Officer Archana Vemulapalli was nominated to serve as the District's Chief Technology Officer (CTO) by Mayor Muriel Bowser on January 12, 2016 and confirmed by DC Council on April 5, 2016.
During her first year as Chief Technology Officer, Ms. Vemulapalli has positioned the Washington, DC to become a world class technology hub. DC has quickly moved up the ranks in smart city technology, data utilization and digital inclusion. This has led to DC becoming the first CISCO-designated “Lighthouse City” in the United States, an honor granted to cities with exemplary commitments to smart city technology.
Ms. Vemulapalli completed the pilot project of the Pennsylvania Avenue 2040 (PA2040). This project enhances visitor experience all the while providing resulting real-time data to improve District operations with reduced costs through publicly accessible DC-Net Wi-Fi and remotely managed, sensor-based LED streetlights.
Ms. Vemulapalli’s dedication to bridge the digital divide is fueled by a passion to ensure that IT access is not a privilege but a right for every District resident. As co-chair and creator of the Council of Global City CIOs (CGCC), Ms. Vemulapalli role is to centralize city tech leaders from cities across the globe to share data and harness technology to transform cities.
Prior to her role as Washington, DC CTO, Ms. Vemulapalli was Chief Technology Officer for Pristine Environments where she was responsible for developing the company’s IT strategy and transforming the company’s technology solutions offering in the market. Her industry contributions also include technology strategy consulting at global consulting firms such as Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte Consulting, and Lucent Technologies.
Ms. Vemulapalli earned a master’s degree in Leadership from McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, a master’s degree in Telecommunications from the University of Pennsylvania, and an undergraduate degree in Engineering from the University of Madras.
Ms. Vemulapalli is the recipient of Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business 2015 award. Her credits also include participation in the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2015 and Women in Technology’s Leadership Foundry Class of 2014. Ms. Vemulapalli serves on the Trustees Council of Penn Women at the University of Pennsylvania.
She resides in Washington, DC with her husband, son, and a new family puppy