Jim Loter is the Interim Chief Technology Officer for the City of Seattle and Director of the Seattle Information Technology department. He serves as a member of the Mayor's Cabinet. Jim is responsible for a $280M operating budget and an organization of over 650 staff members who deliver full-stack IT services and manage IT infrastructure for over 13,000 employees working throughout the City's 40 departments.
Jim's background includes leadership in digital equity and inclusion programs, education and public library technologies, telecommunications policy and regulation, web and application development, enterprise data management and governance, and open data, privacy, and civic technology policy and initiatives. He is also an experienced university instructor and lecturer in IT governance and service management, risk assessment, and public sector technology management.
Jim hails from Dearborn, Michigan, and has a Master's degree in film studies from the University of Iowa. His academic work focused on Irish cinema, early American film, semiotics, and narrative theory. He enjoys running, playing chess and poker, and is an épée fencer.
The following are provided as examples of my writing and research work as both an academic and an IT professional. Unless otherwise noted, all works listed here were written by me, though some may have been produced as part of a collaborative process.