Anthony (Tony) Neal-Graves is the Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Information Technology. He leads an organization of 1,000 technology professionals responsible for the secure operation, delivery and innovation of information and communications technology services for over 31,000 state agency employees across 1,300 locations. He oversees major initiatives such as the myColorado mobile app, the state’s multi-year IT Transformation Program, and Colorado’s rural broadband expansion efforts.
Mr. Neal-Graves was Vice President and General Manager of Industrial and Energy Solutions at Intel Corporation from 2014 until his retirement in 2017. He defined the company’s strategy for entering the Industrial Internet of Things market. Neal-Graves created a new division with industry specific expertise through recruitment from fortune 100 companies in the manufacturing and energy sectors. Mr. Neal-Graves has a proven ability to define new strategies and more importantly, develop executable plans for sustainable business growth.
Prior to this role, Neal-Graves lived in Shanghai and Shenzhen China for three years as Vice President and General Manager of Intel China and Vice President and General Manager of the PC Client Group, respectively. As the Intel China leader, he developed and grew a 2000 employee systems development organization across three cities. Mr. Neal-Graves led the recruitment and leadership development across all of Intel’s major product lines and business groups. As the head of the PC Client Group, Neal-Graves recruited an entrepreneurial team in Shenzhen to develop innovative, low-cost personal computers for global consumption, delivering the first products to market in less than six months. He established a new development center in Shenzhen for smart devices.
During his tenure at Intel, Mr. Neal-Graves has held numerous global positions leading multi-million dollar revenue streams, developing new products and markets, and creating innovative business strategies. A highlight for Mr. Neal-Graves was leading the definition, development, and launch of a new product for high performance computing, the Xeon Phi™ processor. In recognition of the impact of this product, it was awarded the highest corporate honor, the Intel Achievement Award. Prior to his tenure at Intel, Mr. Neal-Graves held numerous leadership positions in the communications industry at AT&T Bell Laboratories, AT&T Corporation, and Lucent Technologies Corporation.
Throughout his career, Mr. Neal-Graves has been a leader in diversity and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) volunteer efforts. He has served on the board for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. Mr. Neal-Graves is a founding financial sponsor and a current board member of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) with the mission to increase the participation of girls and women in computing. He was a co-founder of the Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists (CABPES) Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) that has resulted in 1000s of students achieving undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and science disciplines. Neal-Graves received the STEM Global Competitiveness Award at the 25th Black Engineer of the Year Award Ceremony. He currently teaches computer science at Colorado State University Global.
Mr. Neal-Graves is a summa cum laude graduate of Polytechnic Institute of New York in Electrical Engineering. He obtained his Master of Science from the University of Southern California in Computer Science. Neal-Graves is a graduate of the Congressional Fellow Program at the Brookings Institute and participated in the executive leadership development program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Parker, Colorado.