Sherri Hammons

Chief Technology Officer State of Colorado
Governor's Office of Information Technology

Sherri Hammons joined the Governor’s Office of Information Technology in August 2011. In her role as the Chief Technology Officer, Sherri is responsible for architecting enterprise solutions that align with the State's business goals, developing enterprise-wide standards, formulating a sustainable and agile technology strategy, and creating a roadmap for adoption of the strategy. Sherri also drives innovation and explore emerging technologies to further OIT and the State's efficiency and effectiveness. She is responsible for more than 400 employees who create the applications that run state services. Her leadership oversees the Enterprise Architecture Team, Chief Information Security Office and the Enterprise Applications Team. Her innovations won her and her teams more than five national awards during her first year including the CIO 100 Award. She was named a Technology Innovator for Education in 2012 and she is on the Customer Experience Board for Cisco, as well as the Customer Advisory Board for CenturyLink.

Sherri has over 18 years of experience developing and executing IT strategies and is an established leader who thrives on collaborating with others to use technology for transforming and simplifying business operations. Prior to coming to OIT, Sherri spent more than three years as CTO for PaySimple, a credit card and online payment processing company, overseeing technology software engineering, networking/IT, and technology support teams. She joined PaySimple after more than 12 years at Abacus, a cooperative database company for the direct marketing industry, where she was Vice President of Data and Model Performance and oversaw the company's software development for international markets including Japan, Germany, and the UK. She also served as Senior Technical Architect in charge of the company's highly scalable, proprietary software, which was the largest cooperative database in the country. During her tenure, the company sold to DoubleClick where she chaired the DoubleClick Architecture Review Board for two years. The company eventually split and her division became a part of Epsilon.

Sherri has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a Computer Science degree from Rogers State University. She blogs and twitters her experiences and you can find her at and @SherriHammons.