King County Information Technology Director Tanya Hannah recognized by national CIO agency

Seattle CIO, part of a national leadership network that recognizes chief information officers (CIO), recognized Tanya Hannah, King County CIO, with its 2020 Public Sector ORBIE Award. This award recognizes CIOs who have shown excellence in technology leadership, and honors Tanya for her work in government and with education organizations.

The CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards is the premier technology executive recognition program in the United States. Since inception in 1998, over 1,200 CIOs have been honored as finalists and over 300 CIO of the Year winners have received the prestigious ORBIE Award.

Tanya says the award reflects not just her work but that of her 460-person KCIT team. “Our team is doing amazing things each and every day so that everyone in King County can thrive,” she said. “So many people here have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership. I could not be prouder of my team.”

This year, because of the pandemic, the work of public sector CIOs like Tanya has created enormous value for their organizations, Orbie Award officials said in announcing the winners.

“This pandemic has altered how we all do business, and through tough times comes the greatest innovation,” Orbie Award officials said.

Pictured: The ORBIE Awards, recognizing CIOs who have shown excellence in technology leadership.

Expanding virtual government services is especially critical right now because of the pandemic, Tanya adds. Priorities include supporting the pandemic efforts of County departments, particularly Public Health – Seattle & King County and the Department of Community and Human Services, meeting the electronic customer service needs of agencies, and helping teleworking employees be successful. She loves her job also because of the challenging nature of technology, which changes so rapidly.

“My job is always new,” Tanya says. “As CIO, I can make a difference to the strategic capabilities of King County through technology — that’s incredibly motivating. It means a real difference in the lives of people here.”

Learn more about the Seattle CIO awards here, and about the ORBIE awards here. For information about how KCIT is leading the way visit