Vennard Wright Named WSSC’s New Chief Information Officer
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAUREL, MD – January 31, 2017: WSSC has named Vennard Wright as its new Chief Information Officer (CIO). Wright started earlier in January and is the latest addition to WSSC’s senior leadership team.
“Vennard is a dynamic leader and brings a perfect mix of experience from the private and public sectors,” said General Manager and CEO Carla A. Reid. “He’s joining us at a very exciting time as we launch IT solutions and upgrades that enhance customer service on our journey to become a world-class organization.”
“The Commission is being radically reshaped by external forces such as increased requests for transparency from customers and a rapidly changing technology landscape” said CIO Vennard Wright. “My goal is to go beyond simply asking what our customers want, to observing and responding to their needs in real time and I commit to ensuring that we have the right skills, structure, technologies and capabilities in place to be prepared for the onslaught of anticipated projects and innovation opportunities that will make us successful in the future.“
Wright served most recently as the CIO in Prince George’s County, where he provided tactical and strategic leadership. He initiated and managed a 311 Call Center, spearheaded a Tech Prince George’s initiative for the creation of a student career pipeline; and refreshed 6,000+ workstations across county agencies and branches of government.
Prior to his tenure with the county, he was a Senior Program Manager with Cherry Road Government Technologies, where he led the implementation of Montgomery County’s 311 Call Center and the deployment of a video archival system for the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
He has held several prestigious volunteer positions including the Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments CIO Committee; Chair of the Prince George’s County Tech Network; Vice President, Prince George’s Community College Joint Advisory Board for STEM; Member, NACo Telecommunications and Technology Steering Committee; and Board Member, Bowie State University School of Business.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.