Former San Francisco Chief Data Officer Joins Cybersecurity Company

Joy Bonaguro, who departed local government earlier this month, will be Corelight’s new head of people, operations and data.

by / September 26, 2018
In 2014, Mayor Ed Lee appointed Joy Bonaguro as San Francisco’s first Chief Data Officer. As one of her first actions, she went on a listening tour to meet with city department heads. One topic repeatedly surfaced: the need for training, particularly targeted trainings around the use of data. Jessica Mulholland/Government Technology

Joy Bonaguro, who left her position as San Francisco’s chief data officer earlier this month, is going to work at Corelight, a network visibility solution provider for cybersecurity.

Bonaguro, who was San Francisco’s first-ever CDO, will be Corelight’s new head of people, operations and data, a role in which she will handle recruiting, onboarding, systems, data and team-building, among other responsibilities.

“Joy has built world-class teams from scratch, used data to drive decisions that improve the lives of citizens, and thoughtfully challenged orthodoxy in every role. She is the ideal leader to help us articulate and maintain our remarkable culture, especially at this time of rapid growth,” Corelight CEO Greg Bell said in a press release. “In addition, Joy has been a consistent champion of the open source software we’re commercializing, and truly understands its user community. We are delighted to announce that she has joined our leadership team.”

Bonaguro’s contributions to data work in San Francisco were many. Among the most prominent was co-founding the Data Academy, which helped make data projects a key part of the local government’s culture.