State Chief Privacy Officer Katy Ruckle honored as a Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers of 2024

State Chief Privacy Officer Katy Ruckle was recognized as one of Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers for 2024. The award highlights public servants who are significantly advancing government through innovative technology.

Since her appointment in 2020, Katy has spearheaded numerous initiatives to enhance privacy protections and data governance across Washington state. Her efforts include the development of comprehensive privacy training for state employees and the establishment of foundational privacy principles that guide state agency operations.

Katy's leadership has also been instrumental in integrating privacy with state cybersecurity measures, ensuring that privacy and security are inseparable in protecting Washingtonians’ personal information. Her work on privacy impact assessments and collaboration with cybersecurity teams exemplifies her commitment to upholding the highest standards of privacy and data protection.

Under Katy's guidance, Washington state has made significant strides in addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, emphasizing the importance of ethical considerations, community engagement, and cross-sector collaboration.

The Government Technology recognition not only celebrates Katy’s accomplishments but also underscores Washington state’s position as a leader in responsible and innovative government technology practices.

“We are incredibly proud of Katy’s achievements and her dedication to privacy and data protection,” said WaTech Director and State CIO Bill Kehoe. “This honor reflects our collective commitment to serving the people of Washington with integrity, transparency, and innovation.”

Please see GovTech's website for more information.