Theresa A. Pardo, Ph.D. serves as Associate Vice President for Research and Special Assistant to the President at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Technology in Government (CTG UAlbany), a Full Research Professor in Public Administration and Policy, Rockefeller College, and an Affiliate Faculty the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. As Associate Vice President for Research, Dr. Pardo is responsible for the University’s research institutes, centers and laboratories and research data governance, among other strategic priorities of the University. As Special Assistant to the President, Dr. Pardo is leading the creation and operation of a novel, multi-sector, multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research and collaboration network focused on the differential impacts of COVID-19 on minority communities in NYS and the formation of a new university-wide Institute for the Achievement of Social and Health Equity.
Dr. Pardo is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration where she is Vice-Chair of the Technology Leadership Panel and a past president of the Digital Government Society. She is a founding member of the Global Smart Cities, Smart Government Research Practice Consortium, served as the Chair of Oman’s Excellence in E-Government Award Jury in 2015 (first female chair) and 2020, and is an advisor to the E-Government Committee for the China Information Association. Dr. Pardo served as Chair of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Committee and is a member of the Business and Operations Advisory Committee of the U. S. National Science Foundation.
Dr. Pardo served as OpenNY Adviser to New York State’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, a member of the User Working Group of the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), the Steering Committee of the U.S. National Science Foundation funded North East Big Data Innovation Hub and on numerous UN Expert Groups on a range of digital government and sustainable development related topics. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) organized by the United Nations University – Portugal, and serves on a number of editorial boards for journals in the fields of digital government and public administration including Government Information Quarterly and Public Management Review. Dr. Pardo is co-developer of the top ranked academic program in Information Technology Management offered by the University at Albany and is ranked among the top scholars in her field in terms citations to her published work.
In 2018 and 2019, Dr. Pardo was named a Top 100 Influencer in Digital Government globally. She is a 2015 recipient of Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Drivers, and Dreamers Award which recognizes individuals throughout the U.S. who exemplify transformative use of technology to improve the way government does business and serves its citizens. Dr Pardo is a recipient of the Digital Government Society’s Distinguished Service Award, the University at Albany’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the University at Albany’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Rockefeller College Distinguished Service Award. She holds a doctorate in Information Science from the University at Albany, SUNY.