Adita Karkera has more than 20 years of experience at the intersection of data, business and information technology. She has a proven record of successes in implementing data strategies, policies and technology to solve business problems and currently serves as deputy state chief data officer and enterprise database administration manager for the state of Arkansas. Karkera works to foster a data-driven culture in the state. Her emphasis on advancing data sharing and spearheading initiatives to improve the effectiveness of government programs and decision-making has positioned her as a principal expert and passionate state leader in data management.
Karkera currently serves on Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s COVID-19 Technical Advisory Board. She was one of the 11 inductees named to the 14th class of the Arkansas Academy of Computing for her contributions to computing in Arkansas. She has also been nationally recognized by StateScoop 50 and Women in IT (as Data Leader of the Year) for her work. She is a Certified Public Manager, Arkansas Governmental Manager and is currently pursuing a doctorate in information quality from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.