Joni Seymour was selected to serve as Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) for the Oklahoma Transportation Cabinet Agencies, which include the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, in April 2021.
In the newly created CINO position, Seymour will work with every business unit across the entire state Transportation Cabinet to promote innovation that streamlines organizational and technological processes. Seymour will report directly to Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz.
Most recently Seymour served as chief information officer for OTA, beginning in 2017. She was responsible for information technology matters relating to personnel, budget and the overall technological system at the agency. Her career with OTA began in 2004 when she was hired as a technology analyst where she remained until 2010 when she was promoted to be a software development manager. She worked in this role until 2013 when she left to work in the private sector briefly before returning to OTA in 2017.
While at OTA, Seymour oversaw successful implementation of a system to provide interoperability with partner tolling agencies in Kansas and Texas, allowing Pikepass users and those with similar devices from the surrounding states ease of use on multiple turnpike systems. She also supervised multiple system developments and changes to upgrade the tolling infrastructure and backend systems for OTA, including the ongoing switch to All Electronic Tolling.
Seymour earned her associate degree in computer information systems from Oklahoma State University–Oklahoma City in 2011. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership at Southern Nazarene University in 2015. In 2017, she finished her Master of Business Administration from SNU. She also has attended the 2018 International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association Leadership Academy.
Source: Oklahoma Transportation Cabinet