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California Public Employees’ Retirement System

Stephenson Loveson is the new chief information officer for the nation’s largest public pension fund. He began his career in state government as a software specialist and has worked his way up through the technology ranks and into executive leadership.
As part of Industry Insider — California’s ongoing efforts to educate readers on state agencies, their IT plans and initiatives, here’s the latest in our periodic series of interviews with departmental IT leaders.
Among the positions in recruitment are chief information security officer, cybersecurity specialist and senior IT project manager.
This month, we polled our members about whether you preferred in-person events or virtual presentations. And you’ve spoken.
Two departments in state government are seeking applicants for the positions, which are both classified as IT manager I roles. Both require leadership skills as well as extensive technical experience.
“As a founder of Innovia Consulting LLC, I am excited to pursue projects directly with the state as well as team with larger consulting firms as a trusted small-business partner,” Scott Cleland told Industry Insider — California. “We are actively working on several proposals and are looking forward to growing our current client base.”
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System is seeking a “proven leader” to oversee a technology team of 600 and an IT budget of $100 million. The chief information officer position has been vacant since last month.
The state employees’ retirement system is “seeking a dynamic, innovative leader” for the technology that runs the nation’s largest public pension fund. The position allows for partial remote work and includes a possible incentive award of up to 15 percent of annual salary.
Christian Farland, the longtime executive with the state public pension fund, will be a client executive with the San Francisco-based company, which specializes in helping executive sponsors in the public and private sectors mesh their people with their mission.
In a new request for proposal, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System is seeking IT consultants for its “Spring-Fed Pool.”
“My job is to talk Venutian and Martian, to both sides of the equation, because vendors are not always speaking the same language that government clients understand,” Dale Jablonsky told Techwire.
“A veteran of state service, Director Tong’s deep experience in the public sector and leadership in the technology field have helped guide key efforts to make government more efficient and effective, including our work to bridge the digital divide and help state agencies navigate complex challenges during the pandemic,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said.
As part of Techwire’s ongoing efforts to inform readers about state agencies, their IT plans and initiatives, here’s the latest in our periodic series of interviews with departmental IT and cybersecurity leaders.
Among the IT positions in recruitment by state departments are a chief, a cybersecurity architect, a network architect and a chief information officer.
“Over the course of more than six years, Neeraj has been the face of the FI$Cal project,” Director Miriam Ingenito told Techwire. “He has spent countless hours working on developing and implementing the right solutions for the FI$Cal system; his accomplishments and contributions are innumerable.”
The position with the nation’s largest public pension fund has been open since February, when the former CISO, Liana Bailey-Crimmins, was appointed state chief technology officer and moved to the California Department of Technology.
The agencies seeking applicants include the California Department of Technology, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
Departments are seeking to hire a data center chief, a branch chief, a senior technical adviser/developer, and a network engineer.