Rachel Haot

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Rachel Haot
Rachel Sterne.jpg
Rachel Haot speaking at a conference in 2007
Born New York, New York
Nationality American
Other names Rachel Sterne
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Entrepreneur, government
Known for GroundReport, City of New York
Spouse(s) Max Haot (married 2012–present)

Rachel Haot (née Sterne) is an American businesswoman and entrepreneur. In January 2016, she joined 1776 as Managing Director.[1] Haot was previously the Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology of New York State for two years under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.[2] Prior to this role, Rachel served as Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York for three years, from January 2011 to December 2013.[3][4] She also founded GroundReport and Upward between 2006 and 2010.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Haot was born in 1983 in Manhattan to parents Paul Sterne, a former IBM managing director, and Anna Sterne, the director of patient services at a nonprofit healthcare organization.[6][7] Haot largely grew up in Dobbs Ferry, New York[7][8] and graduated from Dobbs Ferry High School in 2001.[9] She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in history from New York University in 2005.[6][7][10]

Career[edit]

From 2006 to 2010, Haot was one of the founders of GroundReport, a global crowdsourced news startup.[11] In 2008, Haot founded digital strategy consulting firm Upward, and in 2011 taught a six-week[12] course on Social Media and Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School[13] as an adjunct professor. She has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum,[14] and Chief Digital Officer of the Year in 2014 by the CDO Summit.[15] She has been recognized as a "30 Under 30" leader by Fortune [16] and Forbes,[17] and was honored at the City and State Above & Beyond Awards in 2015.[18]

In 2011, Katherine Oliver (Commissioner of The New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting) named Haot to the post of Chief Digital Officer, the position paid between $75,000-$125,000/year.[19]

Haot's office hosted the Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge, a competition to promote the re-purposing of New York City’s public pay telephones for the digital age, which garnered over 100 submissions from design firms and universities.[20][21]

As Chief Digital Officer for New York State, Haot was responsible for digital products, programs and policy. Haot led the relaunch of State website ny.gov in November 2014, overhauling design and architecture. The well-received update was the first major change in over 15 years, and emphasizes customer service, mobile access and location-based resources.[22] Haot's team was also responsible for digital content production and social media engagement.[23]

In March 2015, Haot appeared on NY1 to highlight the Governor's $500 million universal broadband program, which was later passed by the legislature.[24] On the first anniversary of the NY.gov relaunch, New York State announced record breaking digital growth, including quadrupled pageviews and doubled users, a year after the design and technology overhaul.[25]

In January 2016, Haot announced that she was resigning from the State to join global incubator and seed fund 1776 (company) as Managing Director, applying her experience to help startups navigate government and bringing together policymakers, entrepreneurs, institutions and investors to support economic growth.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Haot was born in Manhattan, and grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn and Dobbs Ferry, New York.[27] Rachel lives in Rockaway, Queens with her husband Max Haot, a Belgian-American who is the founder of Livestream, and their children.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fastcompany.com/3055217/most-creative-people/new-yorks-chief-digital-officer-rachel-haot-joins-global-incubator-1776
  2. ^ Kaplan, Thomas (18 December 2013). "Cuomo Hires New York City's Chief Digital Officer". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "About NYC Digital". Office of Media and Entertainment, NY City. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Paybarah, Azi (January 25, 2011). "The Woman Upgrading Bloomberg's Government: Rachel Sterne". WNYC. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Pozin, Ilya (13 November 2014). "20 Entrepreneurs Shaking Up New York's Tech Scene". Forbes. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "Rachel Sterne and Maxime Haot". The New York Times. 22 July 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c "Women 3.0: Rachel Haot". Gadchick. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  8. ^ Dube, Ilene (2013). "Rachel Haot: Making a Better World with Technology". Urban Agenda Magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  9. ^ Bert, Alison (20 June 2011). "Dobbs Ferry's Class of 'Spirit and Service'". Patch. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  10. ^ "Speakers". The Guardian. 2 February 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "Rachel Haot". Open Government Partnership. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Syllabus for Social Media and Entrepreneurship, Columbia Business School". socialstartup.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  13. ^ School, Columbia Business (2013-03-18). "Social Media and Entrepreneurship". Courses at Columbia Business School. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  14. ^ "List of 2012 Young Global Leaders Honourees" (PDF). World Economic Forum. July 20, 2012. p. 11. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  15. ^ http://cdoclub.com/rachel-s-haot-chief-digital-officer-for-new-york-state-to-keynote-at-the-cdo-summit-april-22-23-at-time-warner-in-nyc/
  16. ^ Roberts, Daniel (19 September 2013). "40 under 40". Fortune. Fortune. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  17. ^ Howard, Caroline; Michael Noer (December 17, 2012). "Rachel Haot - 30 Under 30: Law & Policy- Forbes". Forbes Magazine. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  18. ^ http://www.cityandstateny.com/2/city-and-state-announces-above-and-beyond-winners.html#.VV9W20_BwXA
  19. ^ "The city gets a chief digital officer: Rachel Sterne". POLITICO Media. Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  20. ^ "Mayor Bloomberg, Chief Information & Innovation Officer Merchant and Chief Digital Officer Haot Launch Reinvent". IndyMetro. December 5, 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "MAYOR BLOOMBERG, CHIEF INFORMATION & INNOVATION OFFICER MERCHANT AND CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER HAOT LAUNCH REINVENT PAYPHONES DESIGN CHALLENGE". Office of the Mayor, New York City. December 4, 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  22. ^ https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-state-website-gets-a-reboot-1415848390
  23. ^ http://www.fastcompany.com/3038491/inside-nygovs-first-redesign-in-15-years
  24. ^ http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/inside-city-hall/2015/03/18/ny1-online--state-official-talks-governor-s-proposal-to-expand-broadband-to-underserved-areas.html
  25. ^ http://www.govtech.com/data/This-Week-in-Civic-Tech-Boston-Rethinks-City-Hall-NYgov-Redesign-Doubles-Traffic.html
  26. ^ http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20160107/TECHNOLOGY/160109918/new-york-state-digital-czar-jumps-to-venture-fund
  27. ^ Green, Adam; Sebastian Kim (October 25, 2011). "Tech Savvy: Rachel Sterne". Vogue. Retrieved 9 January 2013.