State IT Exec Leaving for College District CIO Role

The executive has more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors, but she's remaining in the public sector.

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Tamara Armstrong, deputy chief of statewide project delivery for the California Department of Technology (CDT), is leaving that role to become the chief information officer for the Los Rios Community College District.

Armstrong has more than 20 years’ experience in the public and private sectors, and she’s held a series of key roles since joining state government in 2003. She started with the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) as a project manager. Subsequent roles included chief information security officer for the Department of Child Support Services; business partner executive with the State Controller’s Office for the Financial System of California (FI$Cal) project; project director for FI$Cal; executive director of CDT’s Project Management Office; and, her most recent role, deputy chief project officer for CDT.

That position, a Career Executive Assignment (C.E.A.) Level C, will be filled after a recruitment, said CDT spokesman Bob Andosca. Her last day will be June 12.

The director of CDT, state CIO Amy Tong, told Techwire in a statement Friday: “While I congratulate Tamara on her new position, she will be greatly missed at the California Department of Technology. I thank Tamara for her service and wish her well on behalf of the entire CDT family."

In her LinkedIn profile, Armstrong describes her position this way:

“In my role, I provide executive leadership and oversight to the state’s multibillion-dollar portfolio of large-scale, high-profile initiatives and projects to ensure that the State of CA’s investment in IT results in expected business outcomes. I also provide executive vision, leadership, and management to the planning, approval, procurement, and execution of IT projects and solutions.”

Armstrong has a Master of Business Administration degree in technology management/electronic business.

Dennis Noone is Managing Editor of Techwire. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in the Northern California foothills.