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Mr.  Rafael C. Diaz
Mr. Rafael C. Diaz

Former Chief Information Officer

Department of Housing & Urban Development
451 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20410


Department of Housing & Urban Development

Mr. Diaz served as the Chief Information Officer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development until Janurary of 2017. He is an accomplished information technology management executive with extensive government and corporate experience. He is a CISSP credentialed professional with a DHS Secret clearance. Mr. Diaz’s over 20 years’ proficiency in leading comprehensive Information Technology initiatives, has allowed him to develop as a proven leader. He also excels as a pivotal business partner and provides critical insights and leadership to the executive team. Mr. Diaz’ core competencies include: Management information systems, Cyber Security, Risk Management, Strategic Planning, and Policy Development.

Previously Mr. Diaz has served as Chief Information Officer for the State of Illinois. He also served as CIO for two State agencies – Central Management Services and Human Services. His other previous roles for the State of Illinois included: State Chief Cyber Security Advisor and State Chief Information Security Officer. As state CISO, Mr. Diaz was awarded multiple security grants through DHS for the State of Illinois and initiated the cyber security committee in the Illinois Terrorism Task Force to enhance the state’s cyber security posture.

Mr. Diaz has led numerous boards and committees on both a state-wide and national level with the MS-ISAC, DHS, NASCIO, Chicago CISO Council, and the Digital Government Summit. He is a frequently invited speaker at conferences and events pertaining to cyber security issues.

Mr. Diaz has served his country as a US Marine and as a commissioned officer in the US Army. Mr. Diaz received his baccalaureate degree in biology and chemistry and served as an expert qualified forensic scientist with the Chicago Police Department.