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Donna Canestraro
Donna Canestraro, PMP
Program Director
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Specialty
  • Interagency and Intergovernmental Information Sharing and Integration
  • Business Process Analysis and Process Improvement
  • Electronic Records Management
  • Governance Process and Structures
  • Critical Decisions Making Processes
  • Strategic Planning
 

May 18, 2017, Canestraro presenting session on social media to Associate of Clerks  ▼  

CTG Program Director Donna Canestraro will present "Social media: Like it or not, it's here to stay!" to the New York State Association of Clerks of Legislative Boards at their annual training school and conference this May. Participants will gain an understanding of the different social media channels, gain an overview of successful local government social media efforts, understand benefits stemming from social media use at the local level, and will be able to create an action list for when they return to their individual municipalities.

April 4, 2017, Canestraro moderating technology panel at Capital Region Food Summit  ▼  

Program Director Donna Canestraro was asked to moderate a panel on Innovation & Technology for Hunger Relief at the Capital District Food Summit, a collaborative effort between the Food Pantries for the Capital District, Siena College, UAlbany's School of Public Health, and sponsored by SEFCU. The summit aims to bring together food assistance providers in order to share best practices and innovations in hunger relief efforts.

January 30, 2017, Canestraro to present at NYSAC Legislative Conference  ▼  

CTG Program Director Donna Canestraro will present during a session on social media policy at the annual Legislative Conference of the New York State Association of Counties. Each year the conference brings together hundreds of county officials to participate in training programs, learn about cutting edge solutions, and hear from state leaders.

September 15, 2016, Canestraro, Cook to speak at NYS Digital Summit  ▼  

Program Directors Donna Canestraro and Meghan Cook will speak at the annual New York State Digital Government Summit, hosted by Government Technology. Canestraro and Cook will present during the "Breaking Silos - Better Together Than Apart" session and will speak about the benefits of collaboration and shared services. Each year the Summit provides an opportunity for technology professionals throughout the state to learn from leaders across the industry and at all levels of government, helping to spread best practices and spur innovation in the public sector.

June 16-17, 2016, CTG Leadership Institute to host delegation from Uruguay  ▼  

Representatives from the Agency for Management of Electronic Government in Uruguay will travel to CTG for a two-day workshop titled "Developing an Open Government Data Program." The workshop, designed specifically to meet the needs of this delegation, will be led by CTG's Leadership Institute Program Director Donna Canestraro.

Brief Bio
As Program Director at CTG, Donna brings more than 30 years of professional experience in program and project management, adult education, and information strategies and innovations to CTG's partnership projects. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with large-scale project management experience applied in a variety of complex business and technical environments. She is also currently an adjunct professor in Government Information Strategy and Management, a nationally ranked academic program offered by Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the, University at Albany.

Donna is a highly sought after group facilitator and speaker as she has experience in all facets of collaborative work. Her current portfolio includes work with the New York State government, the United States federal government, United Nations Secretariat, UN Department of Economic and Social Development and many others. Through her facilitation skills and business analytical skills, she helps groups overcome the challenges of inter- and intra-organizational information integration and sharing. She is instrumental in leading organizations in the creation of an enterprise IT governance structure and focuses on building capability in each organization that she works with.

Donna currently directs CTG’s Leadership Institute, which offers seminars, workshops, and other executive development sessions for government officials in the United States and internationally. She serves on several advisory boards for public and not-for-profit organizations and associations.
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She is a recipient of the University at Albany President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Services and has received a Best Management, Case Study and Policy Paper Award at the Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research. Donna has co-authored numerous articles, guides, book chapters and reports related to the various projects she has lead at CTG.

Selected Publications
Pardo, T.A., Canestraro, D.S., Hrdinova, J., Cresswell, A.M., and Raup-Kounovsky, A. Creating Enhanced Enterprise Information Technology Governance for New York State: A Set of Recommendations for Value-Generated Change. Albany, NY: Center for Technology in Government, 2009.

Costello, Jim, Canestraro, D.S, Gil-Garcia, J.R., & Werthmuller, D. Using XML for Web Site Management: Lessons Learned Report, Albany, NY: Center for Technology in Government, 2008.

Costello, Jim, Canestraro, D.S, Werthmuller, D., Gil-Garcia, J.R., & Baker, Andrea. Using XML for Web Site Management: An Executive Briefing on streamlining workflow, reducing costs, and enhancing organizational value, Albany, NY: Center for Technology in Government, 2007.

Costello, Jim, Canestraro, D.S, Werthmuller, D., Gil-Garcia, J.R., & Baker, Andrea. Using XML for Web Site Management: Getting Started Guide, Albany, NY: Center for Technology in Government, 2006.

Canestraro, D.S, Pardo, T.A., Hrdinova, J., O’Connell, P. A Performance Measurement Framework for Balancing Growth and Public Safety: Town of Bethlehem. Albany, NY: Center for Technology in Government, 2006.

Cresswell, A.M., Canestraro, D.S., Pardo, T.A., Dawes, S.S., and Juraga, D. Sharing Justice Information: A Capability Assessment Toolkit . Albany, NY: Center for Technology in Government, 2005.

Cresswell, A.M., Canestraro, D.S., & Pardo, T.A. (November 2005). A Multi-dimensional Approach to Digital Government Capability Assessment. Paper presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Conference, Washington DC.
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Full List of CTG Publications for this author

Anthony M. Cresswell, Theresa A. Pardo, Donna S. Canestraro, Sharon S. Dawes, Dubravka Juraga, and Alan Kowlowitz (Editor)
, Government Information Sharing: A Planning Toolkit, Center for Technology in Government, 2013

Theresa Pardo, Djoko Sigit Sayogo, and Donna Canestraro
, Computing and Information Technology Challenges for 21st Century Financial Market Regulators , Proceedings of IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2011, 2011

Natalie Helbig, Evgeny Stryin, Donna Canestraro, and Theresa Pardo
, Information and Transparency: Learning from Recovery Act Reporting Experiences. , (Forthcoming) Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research: (dg.o 2010), 2010

Theresa A. Pardo, Donna S. Canestraro, Jana Hrdinová, Anthony M. Cresswell, and Anna Raup-Kounovsky
, Creating Enhanced Enterprise Information Technology Governance for New York State: A Set of Recommendations for Value-Generating Change, Center for Technology in Government, 2009

J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, Donna Canestraro, Jim Costello, Andrea Baker, and Derek Werthmuller
, Fostering Innovation in Electronic Government:Benefits and Challenges of XML for Web Site Management, Center for Technology in Government, 2008

Anthony M. Cresswell, Donna Canestraro, and Theresa A. Pardo
, A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Digital Government Capability Assessment, Center for Technology in Government, 2008

Jim Costello, Donna S. Canestraro, J. Ramón Gil-Garcia, and Derek Werthmuller
, Using XML for Web Site Management: Lessons Learned Report, Center for Technology in Government, 2008

Donna S. Canestraro, Theresa A. Pardo, and Anna Raup-Kounovsky
, Exploring Regional Telecommunications Incident Response Coordination, Center for Technology in Government, 2007

Donna S. Canestraro, Jana Hrdinová, Jim Costello, Theresa A. Pardo, and Derek Werthmuller
, Knowledge Sharing Innovations in the Natural Resources Community: A toolkit for community-based project teams, Center for Technology in Government, 2007

Jim Costello, Donna S. Canestraro, Derek Werthmuller, J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, and Andrea Baker
, Using XML for Web Site Management: An Executive Briefing on streamlining workflow, reducing costs, and enhancing organizational value, Center for Technology in Government, 2007

Cooren, F., Thompson, F., Canestraro, D. S., and Bodor, T.
, From Agency to Structure: Analysis of an Episode in a Facilitation Process, Human Relations, 2007

Anthony M. Cresswell, Meghan E. Cook, Natalie Helbig, Jana L. Hrdinová, J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, Fawzi H. Mulki, Bahadir K. Akcam , and Donna S. Canestraro
, Assessing Mobile Technologies in Child Protective Services, Center for Technology in Government, 2007

Theresa A. Pardo, Meghan E. Cook, Donna S. Canestraro, Jana Hrdinova, Anthony M. Cresswell, and Benjamin French
, Setting the Stage for an Electronic Health Record: A Business Analysis for the New York State Department of Correctional Services, Center for Technology in Government, 2006

Jim Costello, Donna S. Canestraro, Derek Werthmuller, J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, and Andrea Baker
, Using XML for Web Site Management: Getting Started Guide, Center for Technology in Government, 2006

Anthony M. Cresswell, Theresa A. Pardo, Donna S. Canestraro, and Sharon S. Dawes
, Why Assess Information Sharing Capability?, Center for Technology in Government, 2005

Anthony M. Cresswell, Theresa A. Pardo, Donna S. Canestraro, Sharon S. Dawes, and Dubravka Juraga
, Sharing Justice Information: A Capability Assessment Toolkit, Center for Technology in Government, 2005

Luna-Reyes, L. F., Mojtahedzadeh, M., Andersen, D. F., Richardson, G. P., Pardo, T. A., Burke, G. B., Wu, Y., Cresswell, A. M., Bodor, T., Canestraro, D. S., Dawes, S. S., Demircivi, F., Schneider, C., and Thompson, F.
, Emergence of the governance structure for information integration across governmental agencies: A system dynamics approach, Proceedings of the Twenty-Second International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, 2004

Luna-Reyes, L. F., Mojtahedzadeh, M., Andersen, D. F., Richardson, G. P., Pardo, T. A., Burke, G. B., Wu, Y., Cresswell, A. M., Bodor, T., Canestraro, D. S., Dawes, S. S., Demircivi, F., Schneider, C., and Thompson, F.
, Scripts for interrupted group model building: Lessons from modeling the emergence of governance structures for information integration across governmental agencies, Proceedings of the Twenty-Second International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, 2004

Peter Bloniarz, Donna Canestraro, Meghan Cook, Tony Cresswell, Sharon Dawes, Mark LaVigne, Theresa Pardo, Jochen Scholl, and Stephanie Simon
, Insider's Guide to Using Information in Government, Center for Technology in Government, 2000

Mark LaVigne, David R. Connelly, Donna S. Canestraro, and Theresa A. Pardo
, Reassessing New York: A Collaborative Process, Center for Technology in Government, 2000

T. A. Pardo and D.S. Canestraro
, The Challenge of Integrating Data for E-Government, Center for Technology in Government,


Education
  • M.S., Curriculum and Instructional Design, 2001, University at Albany/State University of New York
  • B.S., Education, 1977, Plattsburgh State University of New York