Joy Bonaguro

Statewide Chief Data Officer

State of California

Joy Bonaguro has spent her career working at the nexus of data, design, technology, and policy. Joy was appointed as Chief Data Officer of the State of California with an overarching goal to improve government use of data. Prior to her state role, she was responsible for scaling internal systems, data, and information security at Corelight, a high-growth cybersecurity startup funded by Accel and General Catalyst. Prior to Corelight, she served as the first Chief Data Officer for the City and County of San Francisco, where she pioneered multiple initiatives to introduce data science, streamline data access, improve data management, and boost capacity to use data. Joy learned about how to navigate complex bureaucracy while developing technology, cyber, and privacy policy across the Department of Energy’s National Laboratory System. Her career started in New Orleans with seven years designing and managing the development of information systems to support planning and decision-making for local governments and nonprofits. Joy earned her Master’s degree from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and her Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Philosophy from Tulane University.

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