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Reminder: State Social Services’ Tech Leaders to Speak at Member Briefing

California Department of Social Services CIO Chad Crowe and Gregory Nelson, the information security and privacy officer, will be speaking Thursday about the department’s IT governance and current projects in this exclusive Industry Insider — California event.

Members of Industry Insider — California are invited to an exclusive in-person briefing with two key technology executives in state government — the chief information officer and the chief information security and privacy officer for the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). The event runs from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m.

Chad Crowe.
Chad Crowe
The department’s mission is to serve, aid and protect needy and vulnerable children and adults in ways that strengthen and preserve families, encourage personal responsibility, and foster independence. CDSS has 4,200 employees, with an annual budget of $33 billion and an estimated IT budget of $1.2 billion. Read more about CDSS here and a 2024 funding update here.

Gregory Nelson.
Gregory Nelson
The department’s CIO, Chad Crowe, and Gregory Nelson, the information security and privacy officer, will be speaking about CDSS’ IT organization, governance, current projects, future priorities and how they work with industry partners. (Crowe was featured in an Industry Insider One-on-One interview last spring.)

Attendees are invited to a Member Mixer, sponsored by Datadog Inc., immediately after the briefing.

More information and registration details about the event are available online.

“We are excited to have the IT leadership team for CDSS at our next briefing,” said Mike Driessen, publisher of Industry Insider. “These briefings are a unique opportunity to get deeper insights into CDSS and their IT plans, and with the audience Q&A, our members get to contribute to the discussion. I encourage our members to be there in person, as we do not provide transcripts or videos of these briefings.”