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California Public-Sector IT in Spotlight at Two GovTech Events

The Los Angeles IT Leadership Forum and the California Public Sector CIO Academy are both coming soon. Speakers at both events include the top names in public-sector technology governance and innovation, as well as industry representatives.

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Technology professionals in government and industry will be gathering at two landmark events in the coming weeks: the Los Angeles IT Leadership Forum and the California Public Sector CIO Academy. Both are presented by Government Technology, sister publication of Industry Insider California.

The Los Angeles event, set for March 7, will bring together “current and emerging technology leaders with the industry partners that support them,” according to the event announcement. “This invitation-only event provides a space for leaders to collaborate while addressing the most important policy, management and leadership issues surrounding the future of digital government.”

Among the many speakers will be Los Angeles County’s acting Chief Information Officer Peter Loo; Chief Information Security Officer Jeffrey Aguilar; Chief Data Officer Christopher Pailma; Mirian S. Avalos, general manager of Information Technology for the county Internal Services Department (ISD); and Dean Gialamas, general manager in the executive offices of ISD.

Representing the city of Los Angeles will be Chief Information Officer Ted Ross. Pasadena’s CIO, Phillip Leclair, will also be participating, as will Charles Eckstrom, CIO for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and Leah Oliver, chief technology officer for the Ventura County Employees’ Retirement Association.

Numerous other representatives of government and industry organizations are also on the agenda; full details on speakers, venue and registration information are available on the event website.

The California Public Sector CIO Academy, an iconic event in California IT, is scheduled for March 18-19 at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center in Sacramento. This event features a full roster of speakers and panelists representing state government technology, led by state CIO and California Department of Technology Director Liana Bailey-Crimmins.

This year’s academy, Bailey-Crimmins said, “is expected to be bigger and better than ever!” In the event announcement, she adds: “I’m looking forward to seeing you and the hundreds of IT leaders and professionals from across government and the private sector who will exchange ideas and discover technology advancements that are making public services more accessible, efficient, equitable, and secure for everyone.”

Also participating will be:
  • Jared Johnson, deputy state CIO and CDT’s chief deputy director.
  • Marcie Kahbody, deputy secretary and agency chief information officer for the California State Transportation Agency.
  • Quentin Wright, CIO for CDT.
  • Brenda Bridges Cruz, deputy director of Special Projects for CDT.
  • Thomas Boon, CIO for the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).
  • Tristan Cormier, CIO for the California Secretary of State’s Office.
  • Kevin Cornish, CIO for Covered California.
  • Jacob Johnson, deputy director and CIO for the Department of Rehabilitation.
  • Don Foley, CIO and deputy director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.
  • Chad Bratton, CIO for the Office of Data and Innovation.
  • Pam Haase, CDT’s deputy director of Strategic Initiatives.

In addition, numerous industry representatives will be speaking and participating in panels throughout the two-day event.

“Our California GovTech events are a great opportunity to connect with government IT leaders and hear from those that participate on panels,” said Mike Driessen, publisher of Industry Insider. “For any members who attend, please stop by our booth, and I look forward to seeing you there.”

For information about reservations and sponsorships, visit the event website.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies including USA Today in Washington, D.C.