Robyn East

Robyn East
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Systems & CIO, Department of the Treasury

Robyn East was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Systems and Chief Information Officer at the Department of the Treasury from March 2011 until her retirement in June 2014. In this capacity, she served as Treasury's principal advisor on information technology issues. Ms East was responsible for acquiring and managing information resources and provided broad leadership in planning, implementing, and managing Departmental and bureau technology resources. Ms East was also responsible for formulating policies and programs to maximize the value of Treasury's $3B technology portfolio and manage investment risks across the Department.

During her tenure as Treasury CIO, Ms. East implemented a number of improvements to the use and management of technology at Treasury. She authored and implemented a plan to consolidate Treasury data centers into existing IRS data center space, creating opportunities for significant operational savings and providing the environment to address unmet needs for expanded mobile computing and the ever-increasing use of shared data. She also reorganized Treasury’s central IT department to allow enhanced responsiveness both to its headquarters and bureaus using shared services and established an IT investment governance framework. She also increased shared services offerings and expanded Treasury’s ability to serve the federal government as a shared services provider. Upon her retirement in June 2014, she was presented the Secretary’s Exceptional Service Award for her accomplishments.

Prior to joining the Department of the Treasury, Ms. East served as the Deputy CIO at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where she managed the daily operations of the central information technology organization. Her responsibilities included development and implementation of IT policy, negotiation of all major IT contracts, oversight of the information security program, and oversight of central IT business services. Accomplishments included establishment of a multi-year Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project to replace the University's aging administrative systems, creation of enterprise data management policy and process, initiation of a University-wide information security program and the implementation of Information Technology Service Management, a set of best practices for management of technology organizations.

Before joining the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Ms. East served as the executive director of the administrative applications department in Information Systems and Services at The George Washington University (GW). While at GW, she managed enterprise applications, data administration, the University's web presence, the budget of the central information technology organization, the strategic IT plan, development of IT policy and procedures, and IT communications. Accomplishments included establishment of an enterprise portal, completion of ERP projects to replace or upgrade the University's financial, human resource/payroll and student information systems, and multiple awards for excellence in administrative systems. 

Ms. East received her bachelor's degree from the Mississippi University for Women and completed her graduate work at North Texas State University.