Texas Department of Motor Vehicles chief information officer: ‘Remain resilient’

November 10, 2023

Profiles in Power highlights public officials nationwide who are improving their communities through their dedication, enthusiasm, creativity and experience.

This week’s profile is Wendy Barron, chief information officer of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

Public career highlights and education: As the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV), I am on a mission to revolutionize the Texas motor vehicle service landscape. My career in Texas government spans over two decades. I have excelled in key tech leadership roles at TxDMV, the State Office of Administrative Hearings, and the Texas Water Development Board. Beyond leadership, I have accumulated extensive expertise in project management, data analysis, and systems analysis. My academic background includes a BBA in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Public Administration from Texas State University, complemented by my certification as a Project Management Professional.

What I like best about my public service is: There are multiple aspects of public service that resonate with me. I appreciate how my efforts directly benefit and add value to the residents of our state. It is rewarding to know that the systems and applications we develop and maintain have a positive impact on people’s daily lives. As someone who works at the TxDMV, it is especially gratifying to be able to point to a license plate or registration sticker and say, “I played a part in creating that.”  

The best advice I’ve received: The most valuable advice I have received is to remain resilient and not allow negativity or adversity to undermine my spirit. Over the course of my career, particularly as a woman in the technology sector, I have handled numerous challenges, encountered negative or toxic individuals, and even faced personal attacks. It has not always been a smooth journey, but I have fought tirelessly to transcend these obstacles, stay true to my principles, and remain authentic. This determination has ultimately helped me overcome those hardships and today, I lead an exceptional team of individuals at a great organization, the TxDMV. 

People might be interested to know that: My family has raised cattle in Texas for several generations and I consider myself a true country girl. Despite being one of three girls, my dad never let our gender stand in the way. He ensured that we were actively involved in working the ranch, hunting, and fishing from a young age. This instilled in me a deep appreciation for the outdoors and a belief that I can tackle anything, just like the boys!

One thing I wish more people knew about the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles is: The TxDMV is an excellent workplace. We have a team of highly skilled and dedicated professionals who work hard and enjoy every moment of it. We go beyond just license plates and no, we do not handle driver licensing. There are abundant technological growth prospects in our organization. Currently, we are embarking on the initial phases of a transformative digital modernization effort aimed at enhancing service delivery to our constituents. It is an exciting time to be a part of the TxDMV!

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