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Portrait of Amy Tong

Amy Tong

Secretary of Government Operations

California Government Operations Agency

Amy Tong is Secretary of Government Operations for the State of California. Her previous role was as the State’s chief information officer and director of the California Department of Technology. She started her career in service with the State of California as an entry-level programmer at the State Water Resources Control Board. From there, she rose to positions of greater responsibility in six state agencies, ultimately being appointed to administration leadership roles. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she led critical technology projects to provide information and data, including systems for monitoring hospital capacity, public health reporting, remote learning, telework, vaccination, and wildfire response. During the emergency she guided efforts to build more than 40 new technology tools and make critical repairs to legacy systems. In her current role, she is focused on transforming state government through innovation. A champion of user-centered design, she has led efforts to modernize the state’s project delivery, technology procurement, cloud smart adoption, open data, workforce development pipeline, and cybersecurity measures. In addition to her leadership roles in state government, she volunteers as a member of the California Northstate University board of trustees, the NAACP, the Asian Pacific State Employee Association, and as national senior advisor for the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association. She holds a BS in management information systems and an MBA from California State University, Sacramento.