David Axtell brings over four decades of professional experience in the private sector to his passion for state service. For the last twenty-five years, David has been an innovative technology executive, responsible for architectures, programs, product development, and management for ground-breaking digital initiatives at companies including Microsoft, Ericsson, Cisco, Comcast, Terayon, Fox Digital, Thomson, Linksys, Sun Microsystems, Disney, Americast, SGI, Time-Warner, Scientific Atlanta, DirecTV, and various start-ups. He has been responsible for a diverse range of products and programs with budgets up to $1 billion.
David served as the State Chief Data Architect from 2018 to 2023 and leveraged his diverse experience to build the Nevada’s enterprise architecture practice which includes technology strategies, a statewide IT portfolio, and initiatives to bring efficiencies, cost optimization, and secure services by promoting and facilitating collaboration between the Office of the Chief Information Officer and state agencies. In 2023, David stepped into the Deputy CIO role to continue this work and assist the State CIO in crafting and implementing a statewide IT strategy, support the development of statewide IT governance plans, support and implement a data strategy and governance plan, and lead the state's portfolio and project management practices.