CIO & CISO STRATEGY MEETING
Digitize, Transform, Prepare, Protect
December 11, 2018 | San Francisco, CA
Herman Brown Jr, Chief Information Officer, Office of District Attorney George Gascón
City and County of San Francisco
Herman Brown serves the City and County of San Francisco as the CIO for the SF District Attorney’s Office. His private-sector mentality and a track record of success, proved valuable contributions to the City & County for the last 5 years. With over 25 years of experience in IT, Herman’s managed several enterprise initiatives that consolidated services, streamlined processes, and lowered overall city operating costs. His experience spans various industries; defense, manufacturing, healthcare, software development, advertising and now local government. Herman aims to bring efficiency, transparency, and productivity to government by leveraging technology. As CIO for the DA’s Office, Herman leads the effort to transform a government law firm laden with paper to a digital one that rivals any private sector organization.
Harry O’Laughlin, Chief Information Security Officer
California Department of Insurance
Harry O’Laughlin, CISSP, CISM is in his fourth year as the Chief Information Security Officer at the California Department of Insurance, where his role centers around maturing the Information Security Program within that agency. A career IT professional with over 30 years of experience, his focus on Information Security started in 2007, as the CISO for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. In 2012, he moved on to the California Department of Public Health, and then was hired as the CISO for California Air Resources Board for the 2 years prior to his current appointment.
Niraj Jetly, Vice President of Engineering
Mr. Jetly is a nationally recognized business leader and digital strategist with strong background in technology, and has nearly 20 years of experience working in the industry. He has designed several award winning products.
Mr. Jetly has published several white papers and health outcomes studies in high-tech and healthcare industries. His most recent published studies are around documenting the impact of incentives on consumer behavior change, impact of food on bio metric markers, population health risk stratification changes based on food purchase patterns and several other topics.
Leading several award winning products, Niraj brings a track record of innovation. Niraj was named as CIO of the Year 2014 by BBJ, 2014 Digital Innovator Finalist by TBM Council, CIO Impact Award winner 2014 by Frost, 2014 Informationweek Elite 100, CIO 100 2013 winner and SafeRx Award winner in 2008.
Jon Walton, Chief Information Officer
County of San Mateo
Jon Walton has over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors and has won numerous accolades for technology excellence, community engagement, government transparency and visionary leadership. Working at a County in the heart of Silicon Valley, Jon understands the importance of collaboration with innovative businesses, governments, non-profits, and community stakeholders. The recently launched SMC Labs initiative brings together private sector partner with regional government agencies to experiment with emerging technology to build scalable and innovative solutions. Over a million users a month access the Internet, IoT and Cloud through solutions provided by the County and its’ partners.
Aside from being a self-described geek, Jon is passionate about spending more time at the beach with his kids and racing his cars at local tracks.
Ron Puccinelli, Interim Chief Information Officer
City of Fairfield
Ron Puccinelli is a global, multi-dimensional information technology executive, I drive catalytic change, organization transformations and IT turnarounds to deliver growth, reduce costs, mitigate risk, and improve processes. I’m a business-centric leader with strong expertise in cybersecurity, large-scale project management, and contract negotiations across public and private organizations, government, pharmaceutical/biotech, media, and high tech verticals like Apple Inc. I optimize operational efficiencies and productivity through technology excellence, strategic planning, business acumen, and people leadership. Respected for keen ability to unify large, disparate teams while executing on strategy and aligning IT with the business.
John Halberstadt, Chief Information Officer
Capital Insurance Group
John currently serves Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Capital Insurance Group. He has the privilege and honor to lead a remarkable team of individuals in Monterey, CA, Spokane, WA and Reno, NV who comprise CIG’s technology team. John has been in executive technology leadership roles for over two decades, with an emphasis as a turnaround expert for technology organizations in industries ranging from Finance, Real Estate, Insurance. His people-based approach includes building, coaching and growing exceptional, and diverse teams who deliver outstanding solutions that move organizations forward… in a sustainable way, aligning with organizational values. He leverages broad toolsets in building better teams and solutions, including a focus on user experience (UX), metric-driven portfolio management and agile and lean development.
Carolyn Hogg, Information Technology and Innovation Director
City of Alameda
Carolyn Hogg, Director of Information Technology has worked for the City of Alameda since January 2016 coming from the City of Fresno. Aside from supporting the city’’s 19 department’s daily internal technology needs, she supports and oversees technology infrastructure projects leading the design, selection, and implementation of a variety of technology solutions for all City departments. She also promotes modernized technological and telecommunication growth and digital dexterity to prepare the city to use new technologies for better business outcomes. It is important to her to also collaborate with community partners to foster shared benefits through the use of technology assisting in attracting High-Tech organizations to the city. Because she broke traditional models of technology in local government, she was recognized by President Obama in the White House as a Champion of Change in 2012, and most recently, one of Government Technology’s top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers for the US in 2015. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fresno. She is a member of the East Bay Broadband Consortium (EBBC) and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization.
Alex Ermolaev, Director of AI
Alex Ermolaev has 20 years of experience in software industry, including largest companies (Bell Labs, Microsoft, Nvidia) and building several startups. Alex worked on AI applications on and off ever since he got his original degree in Cybernetics. His experience includes enterprise AI, AI platforms/tools, NLP, imaging and self-driving cars. Alex currently works as Director of AI for Change Healthcare – one of the largest healthcare technology companies in the world.
Eric Hanson, Vice President of Marketing
As Fuze’s VP of Product Strategy, Eric Hanson manages product strategy and strategic initiatives with key customers, while also representing the voice of the customer with product management & engineering. Most recently, Eric served as the VP of Marketing for (the former) Fuze prior to its acquisition by ThinkingPhones. In this role, he managed user acquisition and conversion, brand, competitive analysis, and other business initiatives. Eric is a serial entrepreneur with a background that spans disciplines including sales, design, operations, product, and M&A. He is passionate about visualization and communication technologies that optimize human interaction, increase engagement, and boost productivity among connected workers. Eric spent much of his career in creative services, leading globally distributed teams that delivered work for films including Iron Man, Hunger Games, and Avatar. He has a degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of California at San Diego.
Nigel Thompson, Vice President of Product Marketing
Nigel Thompson is responsible for the platform direction and positioning of BlackBerry software. He is a regular thought leadership speaker, experienced on topics impacting governments and businesses worldwide, including cybersecurity trends, workflow reformation and harnessing IoT to accelerate digital transformation.
As BlackBerry has transformed to a software company that secures the Enterprise of Things, Nigel has led teams on the direction and design of BlackBerry collaboration and productivity services. Formerly, Nigel Thompson was the founder and CEO of CloudSync, one of the first SaaS cloud based Mobile Device Management solutions on the market. After it was acquired by Good Technology in 2010, Nigel led teams as Vice President of Product Design, then undertaking senior roles at BlackBerry after it acquired Good Technology in 2015.
Douglas R Spindler, Professor of Information Security
College of Marin
Douglas Spindler is a technology instructor at College of Marin, technology researcher, systems analyst, digital forensic investigator, and author. In his career Doug has worked for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UCSF Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, and several Bay Area companies. In his teaching career, Doug has created innovative educational programs to get the next generation of IT professionals trained with the skills needed for today’s IT jobs. Mr. Spindler established student internship programs and sponsors cyber-competitions for students. Doug earned a degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from U.C. Berkeley and is earning a Master’s degree in Informatics/Cybersecurity. Industry certification include CISSP, MCT, MCSE, Digital Forensic Investigator and Forensic Network Investigator.
Tolgay Kizilelma, Ph.D., Chief Information Security Officer
University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Tolgay Kizilelma, Ph.D. has 25 years of business-IT experience and currently serves as the Chief Information Security Officer at the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources. At UC ANR, he has been leading statewide cybersecurity and IT modernization initiatives since 2016. Tolgay also teaches graduate business-IT courses as part of the M.S. in Business Analytics program at Saint Mary’s College of California. He is an advocate of lifelong learning. His current research interests are Cybersecurity, Business Data Analytics, and Educational IT programs.
Rex Geissler, Director, SAP Database Center of Excellence
Rex Geissler graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1987 from Illinois State University in Computer Science with a 3.91 overall GPA and has worked for IBM, Walt Disney Studios, Edison Energy, Prudential, and Bankers Trust. For the past 20+ years, Rex has worked for SAP and Sybase in presales consulting, solution management, and center of excellence focusing on enterprise architecture, data warehousing, data lifecycle management, modeling, and analytics technologies in various industries including regulated industries, aerospace, entertainment, and media, healthcare insurance and providers, utilities, telco, and financial, etc.