Mr. Sharma joined the OCIO office as the new OITPP (now OPG) Director in June 2016. Raj is an experienced IT leader and change agent with over 22 years of experience serving commercial and government employers. He comes to us from the Department of Housing and Urban Development where he served as a Director and Chief Architect. As the primary advisor to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) on digital services strategy, architecture, policy and procedures, Raj was responsible for aligning business strategies and IT best practices to deliver application software and infrastructure engineering solutions for the Department.
Raj is a proven executive advisor and employs a proactive and entrepreneurial style to engage his customers and peers and to attract and motivate high-caliber staff. Raj, employs “actionable architecture” to identify and launch key initiatives. His record of innovation delivers high value solutions into operations and includes mentoring teams; developing credibility with business stakeholders; illuminating gaps in policy, processes and procedures; and applying breakthrough technologies to realize dramatic improvements in mission performance.
Raj is experienced at turning around poorly performing IT projects, troubleshooting technology, unwinding bureaucratic entanglements, funding projects and acquiring high-impact contractors. Raj’s core competencies as a skilled technologist have enabled him to guide operational strategy, deliver solution architectures, advance enterprise roadmaps and modernization plans to the benefit of his employers and the citizens he serves.
He will focus on improving visibility in the management and oversight of over $2.4 Billion in annual IT portfolio across the Department, re-vitalize the enterprise architecture program and support the successful implementation of IT governance, policy, and compliance management.
Raj holds an MBA in finance from UDC. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certified, Project Management Professional (PMP®), DoD certified CISO and a Certified Scrum Master.