James Kowalski

Jim Kowalski is Achieving the Dream's Executive Director, Information Technology and Digital Transformation. Jim is responsible for leading the overall strategy and management of technology services, delivering both foundational and strategic capabilities aligned to support ATD's mission and strategic priorities.

Prior to ATD, Jim served as Director, Data Architecture at Kemper Corporation, where he was responsible for developing a best-in-class data intelligence ecosystem aligned with Kemper’s strategy in serving the needs of its customers. In this role, he developed a data road map across different functions and systems, providing solutions to organize, share, and reuse data and information to improve and maintain Kemper’s competitive advantage. Prior to his work with Kemper, Jim served as Executive Director, Information Technology at E&I Cooperative Services, where he led the information technology and digital transformation for E&I's  procurement and supply chain partners in the education sector. During his tenure at E&I, Jim’s work enabled higher education customers to fully evolve services and capabilities across a spectrum of industry IT maturity models. Jim has deep expertise navigating evolving technology while continually optimizing its utilization to enhance information flow across multiple channels leveraging sound business judgement and foresight in strategy development encompassing all facets of operation, fiscal planning, and IT governance.  Some of his achievements have included overhauling: IT business models, data and IT security infrastructures, mobile and cloud technologies, media services, facilities management, business continuity, and business intelligence. 

Jim earned a B.S. from Dowling College in Computer Information Systems and holds certifications in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), Oracle Certified Professional (OCP), and Microsoft Certified Professional - SQL Server Administration

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