Michael G. Fried
Chief Information Officer
Baltimore City Health Department
Relationships matter to Michael G. Fried, and nowhere is that truth more evident than in the professional and volunteer work he does day in and day out in the technology sector.
and day out in the technology sector.In his current role as chief information officer with the Baltimore City Health Department, he was challenged to rebuild an entire IT organization with limited direct oversight, fragmented funding, programs competing for limited resources and a failing infrastructure.
“Despite these conditions, I have been able to make tremendous improvement in both IT operations and strategic technology projects. None of this would have been possible without a strong network of relationships — with program personnel, my team, colleagues from across the city and national networks of peers,” he said.
A recent example of this type of collaboration involved the Transforming Engineering for Civic Health (TECHealth) program, a cross-functional engineering challenge focused on solving public health problems in Baltimore. Fried worked with the city budget office to establish a $35,000 innovation fund, and leveraged his relationships with major universities, design schools and the startup community to form teams willing to tackle engineering challenges that are a part of the project.
“I have also learned how much presence matters,” he said. “You have to be in an environment to understand the consequences of your decisions.”
A graduate of the University of Maryland University College with a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, Fried is active with Baltimore Techies for Good, an organization that connects technologists to nonprofits.