Rachel Haot

Benjamin Wachenje

Title: Chief digital officer, New York State; formerly CDO for New York City in the Bloomberg administration

Born: August 15, 1983, New York City

Education: BA in history, New York University

Early Marker: Founded GroundReport, an early global crowdsourced news start-up.

Big Idea: Working toward making code the architecture of the future if New York—city or state—are to be tech hubs to rival Silicon Valley.

Wave of the Future: Tech/reinventing government

Latest Special Reports

  • Between new federal tax bill changes and underutilized deductions, CNBC finds ways to save money while filing taxes.

  • Coverage of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

  • To turn the page on structural racism, communities are Changing The Narrative. In this series, CNBC explores the central themes of racial healing through stories addressing implicit bias in economic data, the major obstacles to racial equity at work, how fiscal investment can change the narrative on minority entrepreneurship and the ramifications of the great resignation in the Black community.

CNBC25: Rebels, Icons and Leaders