Jason Gray was selected in May 2016 to serve as the US Department of Education's (ED) Chief Information Officer (CIO). As the CIO, he oversees an IT portfolio of more than $844 million in programs and is responsible for protecting more than 100 million social security numbers, distributing over $1.4 trillion in student loans, and servicing the needs of nearly 6000 users. As the CIO, he serves as a principal advisor to the Under Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Secretary with respect to the operational, tactical, and strategic use of IT to exceed the needs and expectations of the Department's customers. He serves as the day-to-day lead for managing the various functions within the Office of the CIO, providing advice to ED’s senior leadership regarding IT, information management, and information assurance, and website activities management and operations.
Prior to his selection as CIO, Jason served as the associate chief information officer for the Department of Transportation (DOT), where he provided executive leadership on IT policy and oversight for information governance, compliance, and departmental policy, as well as managed DOT’s $3.5 billion IT portfolio.
He has held several leadership roles in the information technology and healthcare administration fields. He has more than 20 years of experience in the planning, development, delivery, and monitoring of technical solutions that address the needs of his customers in support of their missions.
Jason received his M.B.A. from Colorado Technical University, completed the Key Executive Leadership Certificate at American University, and holds a variety of technical and professional certifications, including the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certifications.