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.