BY AARON LAZENBY
Gina Tomlinson, Chief
Technology Officer, City and
County of San Francisco
Bridge to the Future
SAN FRANCISCO CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER GINA TOMLINSON IS BUILDING MUNICIPAL
IT WORTHY OF SILICON VALLEY.
hen Gina Tomlinson joined the San Francisco Department
of Technology as chief technology officer in 2010, she was
surprised by what she found. This golden gateway to Silicon Valley
was suffering from many of the same ills thwarting less-renowned
municipalities—antiquated systems, antiquated processes, and
limited technical skill sets.
But Tomlinson, with IT experience in both the public and private
sectors, is determined to bring one of California’s oldest cities into
the twenty-first century. “When I came here and I got the lay of the
land, the environment, and the culture, my goal became how to get
San Francisco to a level of technical standards to compete with other
cities within the state,” she says.