David Hefley

David Hefley was named Assistant Director for IT Applications Development at the Nebraska Statewide Workforce & Educational Reporting System (NSWERS) in November 2021.

Hefley brings nearly two decades of developer experience, including four years in statewide education modernizing data management and infrastructure, leading the adoption and deployment of Agile methodology, and spearheading the API development initiative for data accessibility.

As Assistant Director for IT Applications Development, Hefley plans, develops, and manages all IT and web applications to support the goals and objectives of NSWERS. This includes ensuring effective and secure application operations, support and maintenance of legacy applications, development of new technical solutions, and successful application integration with NSWERS partner organizations.

Hefley earned his bachelor’s degree in business information systems from the University of Phoenix and is currently in the information systems master’s program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

What hobby did you pick up or master during the pandemic?

I learned how to read music and play classical guitar (but I certainly haven’t mastered it)!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

My earliest memories of what I wanted to do when I grew up all revolve around technology. Early on, I leaned more toward the hardware side of things. My parents had one of the first IBM PCs in the early 80s, and much to their dismay, I had it torn apart pretty quickly.

How many different states/countries have you lived in? Which ones?

I’ve lived in three countries (USA, Venezuela, and Peru), and five states (Texas, Alabama, Arizona, New York, and Nebraska).

What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?

I’m not sure I really consider myself having a hometown, but I’ve never lived anywhere longer than I’ve lived in Lincoln. I love the fact that it has one of the most developed trail systems in the country.