To foster the collaboration between suppliers and customers; to explore new technologies through innovation, research, and facilitation. To increase the quality of life for Virginia citizens.


To position Virginia as the leader in a new era of technology through creative day-to-day operations and ideas in action. Ultimately, to transform the way we think about innovation.

The History of VIP

Time, tide and technology wait for no one - an adage often cited by Virginia Chief Information Officer Nelson Moe. With a vision to promote an agile government, innovative collaborations and to be a leader in the rapidly changing world of technology, Moe launched The Virginia Information Technology Agency (VITA) Innovation Program (VIP) in July 2016.

The VIP team embodies an entrepreneurial spirit that is carried throughout each initiative and collaboration pursued. As VIP enters its third year, the program looks to increase participation and reach throughout the commonwealth.

Core Values

DISCOVER - researching how the commonwealth can obtain and utilize new technology
EXPLORE - evaluating new technologies to further the commonwealth’s future goals for innovation
TRANSCEND - thinking beyond traditional and current applications of how new technology is used
CHANNEL - approaching innovation by leveraging relationships and becoming the injection point for the commonwealth
IMPLEMENT - moving innovation into functional, relevant tools and platforms; assisting our customers as they move into new realms of technology

The Team

Nelson P. Moe

Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth

Nelson P. Moe is a high-energy, results-driven information technology (IT) executive with a track record of success in highly complex, fast-changing cultures. As Chief Information Officer (CIO), he manages the commonwealth’s IT infrastructure services, IT governance, procurements and cybersecurity for the enterprise. In 2015, Moe developed and now leads the VITA Innovation Program.

Prior to joining the commonwealth’s leadership team, Moe was CIO for the U.S. House of Representatives, and a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. Moe holds a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy and graduate engineering degrees from both The Catholic University and George Washington University.

Anthony Wood

Head of Innovation, the VITA Innovation Program

Anthony Wood is a seasoned innovator with a vast network of contacts from years of experience trailblazing new ways for businesses to grow. He is at ease connecting people, ideas and technology that result in profitable execution. His experience as an Enterprise Architect for IBM involved managing a specialized team of subject matter experts that tackled high profile projects. Wood also was the IT Architect that designed and developed the first web-enabled ATM that allowed real-time transactions, ultimately changing the way the world banks today.

In his first year as Program Manager, Wood produced national award-winning work and continues to use his experience and network to lead the VITA Innovation Program initiatives and goals.

Selena Ballou

Program Coordinator, the VITA Innovation Program

Selena Ballou is an experienced communicator and IT executive, who today coordinates and manages the often-unmanageable process of innovation for the commonwealth. Ballou served VITA as coordinator for both its Customer Relationship Management program and Managed Security Services project prior to joining the VIP team.

Other professional experience includes stints leading implementation of a new control platform for a health services interest, and as a project coordinator for multiple agile projects at Capital One. Her career began at Virginia State University, office of Information Technology, reporting to the Chief Information Officer (CIO).