Kathy Cruz is Senior Advisor to California’s State Chief Information Security Officer providing leadership in cybersecurity strategy and major initiatives. With over twenty-five years of experience in both the private and public sector, Kathy is a recognized innovator and leader. As a five-time Chief Information Officer with a customer-centric mindset, she has been instrumental in implementing complex and innovative technical solutions to solve business problem, gain operational efficiency, improve products and services to customers and advance business opportunities. Kathy’s broad background includes working globally with executives, customers, investors, Board of Directors, and now leaders in California state government.
Kathy is the recipient of CIO Magazine 100 Award, recognizing the top 100 CIOs in the U.S. She is also recipient of the Silicon Valley YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) Award. She is a past Board Member of the Career Action Center in San Jose, CA, and a former member of Golden Gate University School of Technology and Industry Executive Advisory Board. While an executive in Silicon Valley, Kathy attended Stanford University Executive Institute for Management of Technology Companies.