Posted: Jul 19, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (July 19, 2018) – North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today announced Julie Cabinaw as chief reinvention officer (CRO) and Duane Schell as chief technology officer (CTO), two of three new leadership positions in the Information Technology Department (ITD) responsible for helping reinvent government through technology and enhanced user experience for citizens and stakeholders.  

Cabinaw, born in Fargo, brings nearly 24 years as an experience strategist to the CRO role, including leading teams to uncover and design new experiences at the intersection of technology, innovation and business in several industries. Her extensive background in product management, user experience, social media and digital marketing includes her most recent role as vice president for innovation and business technology for Scentsy in Boise, Idaho. She also served as the senior manager for Kindle content at Amazon and in similar leadership roles for Hewlett-Packard and Healthwise, Inc. Her industry experience includes direct selling, health care, e-commerce, media and technology. She returns to her home state where she got her start in the technology sector at Great Plains and Microsoft. Cabinaw holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Minnesota State University Moorhead and was a member of the Fargo-Moorhead Leadership Class of 2000-2001. She is currently pursuing a master of business administration (MBA) degree from Western Governors University and begins her new role on Aug. 20, 2018.

Schell has served in state government since 1991 and has been the director of network services for ITD since 2009. He holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Mary in Bismarck. As CTO, Schell is responsible for setting the long-range vision and direction of the state’s technology backbone, including statewide cloud, computing and network services and providing world-class service management to help empower and enable stakeholders. This includes providing strategic design, acquisition, management and implementation of enterprise-wide technology infrastructure while working collaboratively with state leaders to identify technologies to transform service delivery. North Dakota is also unique in its support of state government as well as all K-12 school districts and higher education, providing daily connectivity and network support for 250,000 users.

“Technology is key to empowering people, improving lives and inspiring success,” Riley said. “Our goal is to lead the nation in innovation and a citizen-centric approach to government. Duane’s and Julie’s leadership skills, collaborative approach and understanding of the power of digital and emerging technologies to transform how we do business make them superb fits for these roles.”

“I’m thrilled to join a team that is so focused on enhancing the user experience and finding innovative ways to serve our citizens, and I look forward to finding new ways to make a positive impact,” Cabinaw said.

“Technology enables so many critical functions for state government, our citizens and our educational system, and I look forward to helping lead efforts to find innovative solutions to help us fulfill our potential as a state,” Schell said.

The positions, along with a new chief data officer, will be integral to implementing strategic priorities for the state, including reinventing government and harnessing technology to serve citizens. All three positions were created using existing unfilled FTE positions. ITD is currently accepting applications for the CDO position.