Meet the Executive Team

Angelo "Tony" Riddick

Chief Information Officer

Angelo "Tony" Riddick was named the state's Chief Information Officer (CIO) in December 2020, and now leads the office of Information Technology Services (ITS). He comes to ITS with extraordinary credentials.

Most recently, Tony served as the Chief Information Officer and Director of the Bureau of Information Technology for the U.S. Virgin Islands. He has an extensive and diverse background in information technology in both the public and private sectors. Tony is also a retired US Army Colonel with more than 30 years of active military service.

COL(R) Riddick (Tony) received numerous military and civilian awards including the Army Legion of Merit, numerous joint and army meritorious, commendation and achievement medals. He was awarded the coveted Army Ranger Tab, Airborne Wings and Combat Action Badge for combat service in Iraq. In addition, Tony was awarded the StateScoop State Employee of the Year award for his efforts in disaster recovery when he spearheaded the effort to standup communications resources after the devastating category 5 storms that ravaged the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

He holds an associate degree in business from Marion Military Institute, a Bachelor of Business Administration from Albany State University and a Master of Quality Systems Management with the National Graduate School of Falmouth, Massachusetts.


Jennifer Lorenz

Deputy Chief Information Officer for Operations

Jennifer Lorenz has more than 20 years of experience as a leader and operational manager of information technology systems. She now serves as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Operations at NYS ITS. In this role, Jenn oversees day-to-day operations and is responsible for governing the framework for introducing new systems, programs and technologies to New York State agencies, as well as ensuring alignment between IT, client business strategies and financial objectives. 

Before assuming the Deputy CIO role, Jenn led the NYS ITS Chief Portfolio Office. Her technical expertise has led to numerous service improvements and statewide technology transformation efforts. She is a results-oriented leader who advocates for leveraging technology to solve business problems and create process efficiencies.

Jenn has been with ITS since the agency's inception in 2012. She previously served in the United States Air Force. Jenn holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Empire State College and an ITIL Foundations certification.


Rajiv Rao

Deputy Chief Information Officer for Technology/Chief Technology Officer

 

 

 


Marcy Stevens

Chief General Counsel

 

 

 


Scott Reif

Chief Communications Officer

Scott Reif has served as Chief Communications Officer for NYS ITS since February 2020. In this role, he is responsible for all internal and external communications for the agency, as well as providing critical support to more than 50 client agencies. As a member of the Executive Team, he works directly with the agency's Chief Information Officer (CIO), Deputy CIO, General Counsel and others to operate an agency with more than 3000 employees.

Prior to arriving at ITS, Scott served as Press Secretary and Chief Spokesperson for the New York State Senate Majority, before assuming the duties of Communications Director. For more than 12 years, Scott played a key role in the Senate in the development and execution of the chamber's legislative agenda, budget priorities and overall messaging. He handled media inquiries from local, state and national reporters, and he advised Senate members preparing for television interviews and floor debates.

From 2002-07, Scott served as the Public Information Officer for the New York State Division of the Budget for five full budget cycles, overseeing open public leaders' meetings to enhance transparency and promote on-time budgets.

Scott is a Central New York native and graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego, where he received a bachelor's degree in communications. He lives just outside of Albany.


Stuart Poole

Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 


Stacy Panis

Chief Portfolio Officer

Stacy Panis has served as the Chief Portfolio Officer for NYS ITS since May of 2021. In this role, she is responsible for managing all the Chief Portfolio Office (CPO) teams that work directly with New York State agencies on their IT needs, as well as the Project Management Office and the Portfolio Governance and Strategy Unit.  

Stacy has nearly three decades of experience across a number of important NYS agencies, including the Department of Taxation and Finance, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, and the Office of Mental Health. She joined ITS when it was created in 2012. 

Stacy received a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University, where she completed a dual major in accounting and public relations. She was raised in Clifton Park and now resides in the town of Knox.


Chris DeSain

Chief Information Security Officer

 

 

 


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