Meet Our Team
Chief Information Officer
Cordell Schachter serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Transportation on matters involving information technology. He oversees the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) annual $3.5 billion information technology (IT) portfolio and ensures all IT projects and investments are planned, implemented, and delivered according to government best practices. Mr. Schachter leads the department’s efforts to transform DOT by creating smart technology solutions, promoting innovation, and strengthening DOT’s cybersecurity.
Deputy Chief Information Officer and Associate Chief Information Officer for IT Shared Services
Jack Albright is responsible for providing the full range of core departmental commodity IT business enabling capabilities including data center, network, help desk, Internet, email, desktop, mobile, server, storage, telecommunications, wireless, security, and cloud services through Infrastructure, Platform, and Software as a Service offerings.
Associate Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer
Andrew Orndorff is the Associate Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, and is Chief Information Security Officer, responsible for anticipating and responding to cyber threats and improving the cybersecurity posture and capabilities of the DOT framework.
Chief Data Officer
Daniel Morgan is the first Chief Data Officer of the United States Department of Transportation, having served in this capacity for five years. As the CDO, he has overall responsibility for the Departmental data program and data compliance across the Department. He is responsible for establishing a clear vision of the data managed in DOT and the application of DOT data for decision-making. He serves as data strategist and adviser, steward for improving data quality, liaison for data sharing and developer of new data products.
Associate Chief Information Officer for Applications and Digital Solutions
Kristin Ruiz is the first Associate Chief Information officer (ACIO) for the Office of Applications and Digital Solutions at the United States Department of Transportation. Ms. Ruiz’s focus includes Information Technology (IT) program management, leading the Department's information technology Section 508 accessibility program, providing enterprise platform delivery and mission system support services, and the design and development of new user-centered solutions.
Associate Chief Information Officer for Resource Management
Cynthia is the Associate Chief Information Officer for Resource Management and serves as the IT Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and oversees all resource management functions within the Office of Resource Management in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Office of the Secretary (OST). This includes oversight of the OCIO financial portfolio of the $190 million OCIO administrative working capital fund IT services, $39 million salaries & expense and cyber initiative funding.
Mini Hwang joined the Department of Transportation (DOT) in 2019 as the Senior Advisor to the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) providing support to senior leadership in all areas of Information Technology.
Chief Innovation Officer
Laila Alequresh is the Chief Innovation Officer at the United States Department of Transportation. She is responsible for the development and deployment of the department wide innovation strategy, establishing a culture of innovation, and partnering with innovation and thought leaders across the department.