Chief Information Officer
Cordell Schachter was sworn in as Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Department of Transportation on August 30, 2021. He serves as principal advisor to the Secretary of Transportation and DOT Operating Administrations on matters involving information technology (IT) and information assurance including cybersecurity, privacy, and records management; portfolio management; IT infrastructure and operations; IT innovation and emerging technologies; enterprise data management; and applications and digital solutions. He oversees the Department’s $3.5 billion annual IT portfolio.
Cordell is a certified project manager and holds an MS in Management from NYU's Wagner School of Public Service, and a BA in Economics from SUNY Buffalo.
Cordell Schachter served as the New York City Department of Transportation’s (NYC DOT) Chief Technology Officer and CIO for over 13 years and served NYC for a total of 26 years in a variety of roles. Cordell also worked in leadership positions at several IT companies and was elected to NYC’s largest community school board overseeing 50,000 K-8 students where he served as president and secretary. He created and taught the masters level course "Civic Technology for Innovation" at NYU and at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ.
Cordell led NYC DOT teams to innovate services and improve accessibility of New York City's physical infrastructure of roads, bridges, sidewalks, and transportation technologies, and to launch new mobility such as Bike Share and e-Scooter Share. The teams also improved the NYC’s virtual infrastructure of digital services for inspections, permitting, mapping, data, communications, and economic development. They responded to crises by maintaining and transforming services during the rapid restoration after Superstorm Sandy and a by making a quick transition to telework during the Covid-19 pandemic. Cordell is a certified project manager and holds an MS in Management from NYU's Wagner School of Public Service, and a BA in Economics from SUNY Buffalo. He served on the board of directors of ITS America, serves on Hunter College’s Computer Science Advisory Board, and serves on SUNY Buffalo’s College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council.