Commissioner's Bio

Samir Saini, Commissioner & CIO

Samir Saini was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) and Citywide Chief Information Officer (CIO) by Mayor Bill de Blasio in January 2018. As Commissioner of the largest municipal IT organization in the country, Saini is responsible for delivering tailored technology solutions to more than 100 City agencies and entities, enabling them to serve and empower millions of New Yorkers.

Saini has broad experience across the public and private sectors building, streamlining, and strengthening complex and customer-centric IT systems.

He most recently served as Chief Information Officer and IT Commissioner for the City of Atlanta, transforming the Information Management department by improving and expanding its service portfolio while strengthening partnerships across all City agencies to ultimately deliver more than 500 IT projects across 20 agencies. During his tenure, Saini improved reliability, efficiency, and security of the city's technology systems and core infrastructure, established a centralized Project Management Office, and spearheaded the development of the city's first-ever Smart Cities initiative in partnership with City Leadership, academia, and external partners. The SmartATL program brought several influential projects to life on Atlanta's streets, using IoT sensors, big data analytics, and other civic innovations to significantly improve public safety, mobility, and overall City operational efficiency.

Previously, Saini served as CIO of the Atlanta Housing Authority, where he modernized the agency's IT operations to significantly reduce operating costs, enhance regulatory reporting, and improve overall service delivery and business productivity.

Saini held a number of leadership positions in the private sector prior to his service to the City of Atlanta, including Vice President for Corporate Systems for MGM Resorts, where he successfully implemented the largest back-office technology standardization initiative in the gaming sector across 17 casino resorts, and the General Electric Company (GE), where he stood up technology for the $250 million GE Energy Rentals initiative.

Saini's service to the City of New York began over two decades ago as an aide to the Bridge Design Bureau while a student at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he received a B.S. with honors in Civil Engineering. He lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.