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Advisory Council

Advisory Council

The PTI Advisory Council is composed of 10 seats. 

Brian O'NeillChairman
Brian O´Neill
City Councilman, Philadelphia, PA

Brian J. O’Neill is now serving his ninth term on the Philadelphia City Council. He also serves as the Chair of the City Council’s Technology Committee.

The son of a Philadelphia police officer, Councilman O’Neill is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University (1971) and Widener University Law School (1975). Prior to his election in 1979, he worked as a juvenile probation officer, a law clerk in the Court of Common Pleas and an attorney in private practice.

Mark JohnsonVice Chairman
Mark A. Johnson, CAE
Bismarck, ND

Mark Johnson has been the executive director of the NDACo since 1983. He received the North Dakota Leadership Award in 1992. He has served on the National Association of Counties (NACo) Board of Directors, and currently serves on the Finance Committee and Information Technology Committee.

Mr. Johnson is also the president of NDACo Resources Group, a for profit subsidiary of the NDACo delivering technology to public and private clients in North Dakota. He is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and an active member of the American Society of Association Executives. He received the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers Award from Government Technology Magazine in 2004.

Brian MouraSecretary/Treasurer
Brian Moura
Local Government Advisor
Redwood City, CA

Mr. Moura is the former Assistant City Manager for the City of San Carlos, CA. He joined the City of San Carlos in 1986 following seven years with the City of Hayward and earlier positions with Contra Costa County, the San Mateo County Office of Education and the City and County of San Francisco.

Mr. Moura has a B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Hayward.

Bill OatesBrenda Decker
Director, Global Government Industry at IBM
Lincoln, NE

Jim GeringerJim Geringer
Director of Policy and Public Sector Strategies at ESRI
Cheyenne, WY

Jim Geringer, former Governor of Wyoming (95-03) prior to that he was a legislator both in the House and Senate for over a decade. He is now the Director of Policy and Public Sector Strategies at ESRI working with senior elected and corporate officials to use geospatial technology for place-based decisions in business and government.

Mr. Geringer has focused much attention on improving education through standards, accountability and technology, modernizing Wyoming's economic base to extensively include technology, changing how natural resource agencies among state, federal and local governments worked together, establishing community-based health and family services programs and implementing strategic planning and information technology systems.

Bill OatesBill Oates
Vice President of Perkins Solutions
Watertown, MA

Vice President of Perkins Solutions, the technology division of Perkins School for the Blind. Mr. Oates will concentrate on growing the division's line of literacy and assistive products. He is also work to increase Perkins' visibility as a thought leader in the field of accessible technology, collaborating with leading-edge companies and leveraging the expertise of the Innovation Advisory Group.

Bill Oates most recently served as the CIO for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and prior to that he served as Boston's CIO for seven years. As Boston's CIO, Oates was charged with spearheading the City's technology initiatives and was responsible for the delivery of IT services in support of the various city functions.

Before joining the City, Oates served as the Senior VP & CIO for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, one of the world's leading hotel and leisure companies. His previous IT experience includes founding tcmGlobal Services LLC, a consulting and management practice for the travel/hospitality industry; and 18 years with ITT Sheraton Corporation.

A graduate of Boston College, Oates is also an attorney and member of the Massachusetts Bar. He received his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in Boston and was recently awarded his LL.M in Global Technology Law.

John PunzakJohn Punzak
National Business Development Manager for VMware, Inc.
Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL

John currently serves as the national business development manager for VMware's state & local government/education sales team. VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and digital workspace technology, accelerates digital transformation by enabling unprecedented freedom and flexibility in how our customers build and evolve IT environments. John recently joined VMware to build his national team, and has served the state & local government markets for over 25 years in various leadership roles with Oracle, Red Hat and Unisys.

Cassie RoachCassie Roach
Managing Director of Operations, U.S. Public Sector, Cisco
Denver, CO

Cassie Roach is the Executive Director of Cisco's U.S. Public Sector CIMA organization. With over 17 years of Cisco leadership tenure Ms. Roach and her team provides leadership focused on innovation in government, healthcare, education, justice and public safety. Her team partners closely with and within these dynamic markets aimed at creating meaningful solutions and long-term strategic value.

Ms. Roach is also an executive sponsor for the National Sheriffs' Association, NACo, NASCIO and the USCoM and finally PTI.

Alan R. SharkPTI Executive Director
Alan R. Shark

(Non-voting Director/Officer)


Alan R. Shark is the Executive Director and CEO of Public Technology Institute (PTI). Created by and for city and county governments, PTI is a national, non-profit organization that focuses on technology issues that impact local government and thought-leaders in the public sector. Read more.