Rachel Haot is a Managing Director on the 1776 senior executive team. Prior to this role, Rachel served as Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology of New York State as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Executive Chamber for two years, from January 2014 to December 2015. During her time in this role, landmark technology initiatives included Governor Cuomo’s historic $1 billion universal broadband plan, the $2 billion Smart School bond act to modernize education and the relaunch of official website NY.gov, the first update in 15 years.
Previously, Rachel served under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York for three years, from 2011 through the end of Mayor Bloomberg’s administration in 2013. There she she led initiatives including the redesign and rearchitecture of official website NYC.gov, .NYC top-level domain program, tech sector campaign We Are Made in NY, the Digital Ready tech curriculum for public school students, and the Reinvent hackathon series.
Earlier in her career, Rachel was founder and CEO of GroundReport, an early global citizen journalism platforms, from 2006 to 2010. She previously worked in business development for LimeWire and taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School. Rachel is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business and Chief Digital Officer of the Year by the CDO Summit. She lives with her husband Max and son Jack in Rockaway Beach, NY.