Governor Matt Mead
Matt Mead, Wyoming's 32nd Governor, took office in January 2011 and is serving his second term. He was born and raised in Jackson. After earning a law degree from the University of Wyoming, he served as a prosecutor, practiced in a private firm and served as U.S. Attorney. He maintains a farm and ranch business with his wife Carol in southeast Wyoming.
Governor Mead initiated a comprehensive state energy strategy released in 2013 and updated in 2016. He initiated an innovative state water strategy released in 2015. He moved the entire state to a 100 gigabit broadband network. His rules initiative has resulted in fewer regulations and improved public access to rules. His focus on increasing state competitiveness, for example, through technology, innovation and expansion of business opportunities in numerous economic sectors, has brought national recognition.
Wyoming's accolades include: most business friendly tax climate, third best for new business startup activity, best state to start a business, first in Mountain Region workforce development, best state to make a living, second highest rate of confidence in state government, first in nation in terms of state funding for higher education and many more.
Governor Mead is currently Chair, and has also served as Vice Chair, of the Natural Resources Committee of the National Governors Association. He serves as Co-chair of the State and Federal Sage Grouse Task Force. He is past Chairman (2015-2016) of the Western Governors' Association where his Chairman's Initiative, a continuing one, was Species Conservation and the Endangered Species Act.
Matt and Carol have been married 26 years and have two teenage children.
Tony Young, CIO
Mr. Tony Young was selected as the State Chief Information Officer by Governor Mead in September 2016. Mr. Young most recently served as the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff collaborating with State agencies and providing strategic leadership.
Prior to serving in the Governor’s Office, Mr. Young was the Law Enforcement Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office by then U.S. Attorney David D. Freudenthal in September 1998. Mr. Young was retained in that position by U.S. Attorney Matthew H. Mead in October 2001 and again by U.S. Attorney Kelly H. Rankin in June 2008. Prior to working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Young was a Special Agent with the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, Division of Criminal Investigation, assigned as the Supervisor of the Major Investigation Team and the Major Case Unit, which specialized in the investigation and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations linking drugs to Wyoming.
Additionally, Mr. Young was the State of Wyoming’s first certified forensic computer investigator and has extensive experience in the investigation and prosecution of computer crime, Internet crime, Identity Crime and child exploitation through the use of computers and the Internet. Mr. Young has been certified as an expert witness on drug trafficking and computer crimes in District Courts throughout Wyoming and Federal Courts in Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, South Dakota, Arizona, California, Illinois, Ohio, Florida and Washington. Mr. Young has been called upon to testify to legislative committees and subcommittees for the passage of stricter laws to protect children. Mr. Young is certified both as a professional peace officer and a professional peace officer instructor. His education in Criminal Justice was earned at Boise State University.
Dan Young, Department of Enterprise Technology Services
Information Technology Administrator for the State of Wyoming since October 2017. In this position, he oversees the core computing and communication infrastructure of the State. Support services include application development, data center operations, network connectivity, government cloud services, system software and telecommunications. Previously, Dan oversaw the Information Services division for the State of Wyoming and prior to doing so was the Supervisor for the Client Services group. Prior to joining State government, he was an Area Manager in the beverage industry providing oversight for sales operations in southeastern Wyoming.