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Dessa Gypalo

Leaders USA 2023


Chief Data Officer, State of Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology





Dessa Gypalo is the chief data officer for the State of Illinois and works within the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT). DoIT focuses on providing technology service delivery for agencies and residents of the State of Illinois. Dessa leads the data analytics vertical for the state, where she’s focused on implementing the state’s data analytics strategy by increasing data literacy and creating a culture of collaboration and iteration. Dessa is passionate about implementing human-centered solutions for public sector challenges and breaking down barriers across levels of government.