CIO, CISO & Senior IT Leadership Panel

Greater San Diego area thought leaders shared their insights into what’s important in today’s fast changing IT and infrastructure operations landscape.

Participants learned from senior IT leadership about challenges, initiatives, trends and their thoughts on the future of IT operations in the region.


Ken Lawonn, SVP & CIO, Sharp HealthCare
Ken Lawonn is responsible for leading information technology functions across all of Sharp entities.  He is also responsible for the Enterprise Analytics and cybersecurity functions for Sharp.   Working with his IT team and key customers, Lawonn works to maintain and further Sharp's implementation of advanced technologies to support the transformation of health care.

Darren Bennett, CISO, City of San Diego
Darren Bennett is Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the City of San Diego. He has over 19 years of security experience, focusing on all aspects of Cyber, Information and Physical Security. Prior to his current position, Darren was Western Region Lead, Computer Scientist for the FBI for almost eight years, the CISO for the San Diego Super Computer and IT Manager at SAIC.

Edgar Hodge, Assistant Vice President (AVP) of IT for Academic Affairs - University Computer Operations, San Diego State University
Dr. Edgar Hodge, is Assistant Vice President, Information Technology – Academic Affairs for San Diego State University (SDSU) where he oversees implementation of all IT processes, policies, and procedures. He is primarily responsible for information technology throughout the division of Academic Affairs. A graduate of SDSU, he has a Doctoral degree in Education Leadership.  He was previously Director of University Computer Systems for SDSU and has taught classes at University of California San Diego (UCSD) for the past 20 years.


Jason Shepard, AFCOM Southern California Chapter Board Member
Jason Shepard, an AFCOM Southern California chapter board member & founder of Mission Critical Solutions, Inc. (MCS), is a colocation/data center location analyst, site selection consultant & capacity acquisition specialist. With over 20 years of experience in infrastructure centric facilities, including leading data center acquisition projects for ~20% of the Fortune 150 (’05<), Jason’s experience in the industry is unmatched. Follow Jason’s perspectives on LinkedIn & Twitter: @jason_shepard


  • Welcome Notes
  • News Roundup
  • CIO/CISO/Senior IT Leadership Panel
  • zColo Data Center Tour

Meeting Date:                   September 12, 2018
Meeting Time:                   4:00 – 7:00 P.M. PDT
Meeting Location:            zColo by Zayo
                                            12270 World Trade Drive
                                            San Diego, CA 92128

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