Alan R. Shark is the Executive Director and CEO of Public Technology Institute (PTI).
Dr. Shark is a sought-after speaker, offering presentations for larger audiences that address mobile and e-government, digital technology trends and applications in government, as well as thought-leadership and professional development issues for both IT executives and public managers.
Dr. Shark’s career has spanned over 30 years as a highly recognized leader in both the nonprofit management and technology fields, with an emphasis on technology applications for business and government. He is an as associate professor at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government. And after 17 semesters as an associate professor of practice at Rutgers University, he maintains his relationship as Coadjutant Instructor for the Center for Government Services.
He is the recipient of the prestigious National Technology Champion Award from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. The award is in recognition for his outstanding contributions promoting government performance excellence through sound information technology solutions, policies and practice.
He is the author of the textbook Technology & Public Management, and 7 Trends That Will Transform Local Government Through Technology and is co-author of the book Web 2.0 Civic Media in Action, and an author and Executive Editor of Smarter Cities for a Bright Sustainable Future, CIO Leadership for City & County Government, CIO Leadership for State Governments, CIO Leadership for Public Safety Communications, The Digital Journey in K-12 Education, and The Digital Revolution In Higher Education, Dr. Shark also was Executive Editor of the book Beyond e-Government: Measuring Performance, and Beyond e-Government & e-Democracy: A Global Perspective.
His work has been supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the United Nations UDESA, OECD and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Before coming to PTI, he was president and CEO of the American Mobile Telecommunications Association. At the Water Environment Federation, he was the associate executive director for marketing and communications, and publisher.
Dr. Shark was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, as well as a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives and a Fellow of the Radio Club of America. He received a doctorate in public administration from the University of Southern California and the MPA degree from Baruch College, New York City, and a AAS degree from Staten Island Community College.
He is a US Navy Seabee Veteran, serving 2 tours of duty in Vietnam.