Chris Cruz

Chief Deputy Director and Deputy State CIO

California Department of Technology

Mr. Cruz is a progressive and dynamic visionary leader with more than 20 years in the information technology (IT) field.

As the Chief Deputy Director of the California Department of Technology (CDT) and Deputy State Chief Information Officer (CIO), Mr. Cruz serves in a dual position. He provides co-executive leadership for nearly 1000 staff, manages executive level governance, provides oversight to 134 CIOs within the Executive Branch, oversees an operating budget of $300 million and has co-statutory responsibility for California’s $3 billion IT project portfolio. He also has co-responsibility for setting the state’s strategic policy direction for IT and for developing the IT Strategic Plan.

Prior to his appointment at the CDT, Mr. Cruz served as the CIO for the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) from 2010-2015. He had broad responsibility and provided strategic and tactical direction with a $150 million IT infrastructure budget and an IT project portfolio of over $1.3 billion.

Prior to his role at DHCS, Mr. Cruz served as the CIO for the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) from 2007-2010. He successfully implemented enterprise IT reorganization efforts, consolidated under one domain, developed and administered new technologies, automated IT governance policies and processes, and developed an enterprise architecture plan that lead to more efficient practices for IT projects.

Mr. Cruz was recognized as one of State Scoop’s 2016 Top 50 National State Government Leaders, received the 2015 Nation’s top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers Award by Government Technology magazine, the 2013 Best of California Demonstrated Leadership in Management of IT Award, the 2011 Outstanding CIO Leader Award, the 2010 Innovation and Vision Award, and the Center for Digital Government’s 2009 Outstanding CIO Leader of the Year Award.

Mr. Cruz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from California State University at Sacramento and has a certification from the University of California Davis Master’s Program in Leadership Excellence.

Chris Cruz

Chris Cruz

Chief Deputy Director and Deputy State CIO