Nikhil J. Deshpande was named Chief Digital Officer for the state of Georgia in 2017. He conceptualized and now heads the Office of Digital Services (DSGa) under the Georgia Technology Authority.
Nikhil envisioned and led Georgia’s user centric digital transition to an enterprise open source web-publishing platform. Under his direction, Georgia became the first state in the United States to use open source at an enterprise scale and meet special needs of constituents with a range of disabilities affecting vision, hearing, motion and cognition making the platform Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 AA compliant.
Nikhil advocated and set the framework for the use of social media for Georgia, back when using social media for government was not common. He established a presence for the state on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to quickly address citizens’ questions and concerns.
Prior to his career in digital government, Nikhil worked in advertising and digital media.