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StateRAMP Announces 2023 Board and Committee Members

The State Risk and Authorization Management Program (StateRAMP) announced its 2023 board of directors Friday, led by Arizona CIO JR Sloan. A mix of public- and private-sector voices make up this who’s who of gov tech.

The State Risk and Authorization Management Program (StateRAMP), a 501(c)6 aimed at offering verification services to states, announced its 2023 board of directors Friday — a list featuring a mix of public- and private-sector voices.

The board is composed of five men with backgrounds in cybersecurity and public-sector IT leadership. Arizona CIO JR Sloan continues to lead the organization as president of the board.

The rest of the board includes:
  • Indiana Chief Privacy Officer Ted Cotterill
  • Sacramento County Information Security Manager Glenn Herdrich
  • Knowledge Services President Joe Bielawski
  • Former Oregon CIO and Center for Digital Government (CDG)* Senior Fellow Dugan Petty

“Since its founding, StateRAMP has shown remarkable momentum, helping promote cybersecurity best practices across the country,” said Sloan in a press release. “The entire StateRAMP organization is grateful for our applicants’ commitment to improving the cyber posture of all levels of government.”

StateRAMP has successfully partnered with state-level organizations in 17 states, according to its website. This includes IT heavy-hitters like California, Texas and Florida. The group also has public- and private-sector partners including New York State’s Local Government IT Directors’ Association, the University of North Carolina System and the independent security research group K12 Security Information eXchange.

Governments join StateRAMP for free, though vendor certification through StateRAMP can cost several thousand dollars a year and requires the vendor to meet security requirements based on the kind of services they perform and data they work with.

The group also announced Friday the membership rolls for several committees that steer the organization’s activities. All told, more than 50 people were nominated for various positions on the board and in committees, according to Jaime Schorr, who is the chair of the organization’s nominating committee and is the chief procurement officer for the state of Maine.

“The Nominating Committee was impressed by candidates’ breadth of experience and humbled by their commitment to StateRAMP’s founding principles,” said Schorr in the same release.

The list of members on these committees are a who’s who of state and local IT leaders, featuring people from more than a dozen state-level agencies, 16 private-sector organizations as well as several universities and local governments.

The committee members include:

Standards and Technical Committee Members 

  • Sean Hughes, Assistant Secretary for Technology, Security and Operations/Chief Operating Officer, Massachusetts Executive Office of Technology Services and Security  
  • Danielle Cox, Chief Information Security Officer, state of West Virginia  
  • Charles Rote, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, Maine Office of Information Technology 
  • Matthew Kelly, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer for Security Policy and Governance, Texas Department of Information Resources  
  • Steve Nettles, Statewide Procurement Group Manager, state of Arizona 
  • Dan Lohrmann, Field Chief Information Security Officer, public sector, Presidio and CDG Senior Fellow*
  • Joe Bielawski, President, Knowledge Services 
  • Jason Oksenhendler, Senior Manager, Cyber Risk Advisory, Coalfire 
  • Richard Zak, Director, Data Governance and Compliance, U.S. State and Local Government, Microsoft  

Standards and Technical Committee Advisers 

  • Jim Garrett, Chief Information Security Officer, state of Missouri 
  • Earl Crane, Adjunct Faculty, University of Texas at Austin 
  • Phyllis Lee, Sr. Director of Controls, Center for Internet Security 
  • James Mason, Chief Technology Officer (Interim), NASPO 
  • Maria Thompson, Cybersecurity Lead, Amazon Web Services 
  • Rashad Munawar, Director, Security Compliance and Operations, BlackBerry Government Solutions 
  • Siddique Chaudhry, Manager, Global Public Sector Security Compliance, Snowflake Inc.  

Appeals Committee Members 

  • Ray Yepes, Chief Information Security Officer, state of Colorado’s Governor’s Office of Information Technology  
  • Owen Zorge, Chief Information Security Officer, city of Chandler, Ariz. 
  • Ted Cotterill, Chief Privacy Officer/Management Performance Hub General Counsel, state of Indiana 
  • Charlie Mewshaw, Chief Information Security Officer, Fayetteville State University 
  • Rich Banta, Co-Owner and Chief Information Security Officer, Lifelines Data Centers 
  • Teri Takai, Executive Director, Center for Digital Government*  
  • Ramanuj Kushwaha, Leader, U.S. Public Sector Market Transformation and Growth, Cisco 

Appeals Committee Advisers  

  • Jeff Wann, Chief Information Officer, state of Missouri, IT Services Division, Office of Administration 
  • Neil Slagle, Director of Information Systems, city of Springfield, Mo. 
  • Mase Izadjoo, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Earthling Security  
  • Tony Bai, Federal Practice Lead, A-LIGN 
  • Jennifer Hawks, Vice President, Government Services, NCC Group  

Nominating Committee Members 

  • J.R. Sloan, Chief Information Officer, state of Arizona 
  • McCall Ginsberg, Deputy General Counsel, Georgia Department of Administrative Services 
  • Dugan Petty, Retired NAPSO ValuePoint, Subject Matter Expert 
  • Fay Tan, Legal Counsel, NASPO ValuePoint  
  • Doug Robinson, Executive Director, NASCIO 

Approvals Committee Members

  • Jayson Cavendish, Deputy Chief Security Officer, Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget 
  • Rob Main, State Chief Risk Officer, North Carolina Department of Information Technology  
  • Antoine Charles, Third Party Risk Analyst, Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services, state of Oklahoma  
  • Adam Mikeal, Director of IT Policy, Risk, Identity and Data Management, Texas A&M University Division of IT 
  • Todd Ryan, Chief Information Officer, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Florida 

*The Center for Digital Government is part of e.Republic, Government Technology's parent company.