Sharon Kennedy Vickers

Sharon Kennedy Vickers

Chief information officer

City of St. Paul




The official to thank for St. Paul’s new, intuitive website—“centered around the needs of residents, not departments”—is Sharon Kennedy Vickers, an information technology leader known for her people-first approach to digital services; for example, now residents can click on “garbage pickup” rather than “public works.” “My life purpose is to ensure people have access to the resources they need for self-actualization,” she says, “utilizing technology for the greater good.” Five years ago, Kennedy Vickers co-founded a professional platform called Techquity to increase the visibility of Black tech professionals in Minnesota. “If you don’t think the talent is out there, ask what you can do to build it. No excuses.”