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 twenty years experience in operations leadership, IT, 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. Kristin is responsible for leading the state’s technology economic development efforts and promoting Colorado as a headquarters location for new and relocating technology companies as well as for increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of government through the use of shared information and technology. She also chairs the Colorado Innovation Network Board of Advisors.
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. Preceding her affiliation with Oracle, Kristin held various leadership positions at Sun Microsystems, Inc. including serving as Vice President of IT Operations. She 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. She serves on several boards and as a result of her community and professional leadership, Kristin was honored as one of Government Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers for 2013, selected as the Denver Business Journal’s 2013 Public/Non-Profit CIO of the Year, awarded Top 10 Breakaway Leader by Global CIO Executive Summit, and named one of Computerworld 2012 Premier 100 IT Leaders. She is also a recipient of the Denver Business Journal's Forty Under 40 award, the 2009 Silicon Valley Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) award, and a finalist for the 2011 Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce Athena Award.