STATE PROFILES | Colorado
Kristin RussellSecretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer
Governor's Office of Information Technology
Year Appointed: 2011
BiographyKristin D. Russell is a dynamic and innovative executive with more than fifteen years experience in operations leadership, customer service, and organizational design and development. In February 2011, Kristin was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve as the state’s Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer. As the Chief Information Officer, she is responsible for the overall information systems function statewide and to increase the effectiveness of government through the use of shared information and technology. As the Secretary of Technology, she will lead technology economic development for the state and is responsible for promoting Colorado as a headquarters location for new technology companies and attracting large technology companies to relocate here.
Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, she was the Vice President of Global IT Service Operations at Oracle where she was responsible for all data centers and computing operations worldwide. Kristin led the organization that provided all infrastructure services for Oracle’s internal business operations, as well as the external lines of business such as Cloud Services, Oracle CRM On Demand, and Oracle University.
Preceding her affiliation with Oracle, Kristin served as Vice President of Global IT Operations for Sun Microsystems, Inc. where she led the team that provisioned IT solutions and services to Sun's extended enterprise, supporting in excess of 40,000 Sun employees and partners around the globe. While at Sun, Kristin spent many years in various leadership roles within Services, supporting Sun's top customers in the field and providing remote technical support of Sun's extensive platform, operating system, and networking technologies. Kristin has also held roles in customer management, statistical process control analysis and employee training and development while at Citigroup and Southern Pacific Transportation Lines.
Kristin has a degree in International Affairs from the University of Colorado, and is a graduate of the Colorado Executive Development in Residence program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Kristin serves on the boards of CSIA – Colorado's Technology Association, the Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA), and Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO). As a result of her community and professional leadership, Kristin was a recipient of the Denver Business Journal's Forty Under 40 award and the 2009 Silicon Valley Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) award.
Kristin lives in Denver with her husband Scott and their two daughters. She enjoys cooking, reading and staying physically active.