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April – Northern Chapter Meeting

When – Friday, April 28th  - time 9:45 AM – 4:00PM

Where – Google Headquarters

                1600 Amphitheatre Parkway

                Mountain View, CA 94043



We still have a couple of spaces available!  Please RSVP to Kim Murray, no later than 4/12/2017




Arrival & Check-in


Google: Innovation


Google Cloud: Executive Overview


Cloud: GCP Overview


Lunch @ Portal/Chat for Business


G Suite: Overview


Security: Apps


Google: Campus Tour



June – Northern Chapter Meeting – Save the Date

When – Thursday, June 22nd – time TBD

Where – Verizon Innovation Center

                 201 Spear Street, 9th Floor

                San Francisco, CA 94105



Addition information to follow



Please RSVP to Kim Murray, no later than 6/9/2017



MISAC Northern California Chapter Meeting Minutes


October - 10/10/16 Chapter Meeting - Annual Conference

The meeting was convened at 8:00 AM in the Exhibit Hall


Tim Williamsen suggested setting up meeting dates, subjects ahead of time and the Chapter agreed this would be helpful to schedule out the meetings up to a year in advance.


Everyone in attendance took a couple of minutes to talk about their current initiatives:


Sudhanshu Tikekar (Santa Clara Valley Water Dist) - Ongoing work regarding IT strategy and policy.

Marilyn Crane (Fremont) - agrees with Tim that we need to suggest dates and subjects ahead of time

Jeff Gershaneck (Campbell) - also agrees that meeting dates and subjects should be scheduled ahead of time.

A suggestion was made to invite Sunday's keynote speaker, Mark Goodman, to the Northern Chapter

Guarav Garg (Santa Clara) - mentioned the strong value of the annual conference but mentioned his favorite aspect is seeing friends and getting caught up with the other conference attendees.

Steve Rodriguez (Mountain View) - mad a suggestion about the MISAC listserv and looking for a more digestable, easily engaged method of communication.

Roger Jensen (Mountain View) - made a suggestion to develop user or subject meetings at the next annual conference.

Tim Williamsen (Petaluma) - discussed SB272, the legislation that established the requirements for an enterprise catalog, potential upcoming changes, letters to cities and counties that are not compliant with SB272 and offering assistance to help them achieve compliance.


Vice President Nathaniel Roush discussed the need to nominate Chapter officers for 2017. He also highlighted the fact that Jasmine Frost had accepted a position with the City of Long Beach, leaving the position of Northern Chapter President vacant. According to chapter bylaws, Nathaniel will assume the position of President for the remainder of the year. The remaining chapter officer nominations for 2017 were received:


Nathaniel Roush & Carolyn Saputo nominated Kim Murray (Healdsburg) for Vice President

Nathaniel & Roger Jensen nominated Carolyn Saputo for treasurer

Nathaniel & Marilyn Crane nominated Scott Sanders for another term as secretary

Tim & Scott nominated Gaurav Garg as the chapter’s state board representative for a new three year term


Nathaniel - motion made and carried to approve the minutes from the September meeting held at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Tracy, CA.


Nathaniel - opened discussion about reimbursing MISAC annual conference registration for Chapter officers. Jeff Gershaneck - agrees that annual conference registration should be reimbursed; motion made by Bonnie Gawf (Monterey) and seconded by Shashi Ganjam (Fairfield) to include travel to annual conference in addition to the registration fees. The motion was approved by the membership.


Guarav – mentioned that the state board is working diligently on strategic planning for the association and several comments on the dedication and hard work being accomplished by state board were mentioned by the chapter membership.


Carolyn reported that the chapter has a $34,118.05 current balance.


Motion made, seconded and approved to close the meeting.



September - 9/16/16 Chapter Meeting and Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour

Chapter members who were able to attend the Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour were treated to a very interesting event as we learned more about the technology behind the OAK 4 facility. While this installation is an eighth generation Amazon facility, four new ninth generation facilities are being built in 2016 nationwide. We were amazed at the 23 miles of conveyance, 25 million items in stock, the technology that kept nearly 700 Kiva Robotics in motion at any given time and many, many more interesting facts! No one will look at their next Amazon package the same!


We enjoyed lunch and a brief presentation from the Amazon Web Services team after the tour. For those members wishing to learn more about AWS, please contact Lisa Swanson, our State & Local Government representative:


Lisa Swanson | Amazon Web Services

World Wide Public Sector | State & Local Government

Office:  206-266-4992 | Mobile: (561) 543-3416 




August - 8/15/16 Chapter Meeting - Foster City Crowne Plaza

After a very informative and interesting day spent with the Regional CIO Panel, hosted and facilitated by GovTech, Northern Chapter Vice President Nathaniel Roush called the meeting to order at 3:53 PM. After a brief discussion relating to Northern Chapter President Jasmine Frost accepting a new position with the City of Long Beach, a motion was made by Mariyah Serratos and seconded by Jeff Gershaneck that Nathaniel be elected to the position of Northern Chapter President. The motion passed by unanimous consent.


There was a brief discussion regarding the MISAC annual conference, “Securing IT’s Future: Today.” The conference is scheduled to be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, from October 9th through the 12th. The special event scheduled for Tuesday night, October 11th, will be a behind the scenes tour of Petco Park.

State board representatives Mariyah Serratos, Tim Williamsen and Guarav Garg provided a report from the state board and mentioned several items:

  • Efforts to continue enhancing transparency on a number of fronts and will be posting financial records to the MISAC website.
  • Working to develop relationships with other like-minded organizations throughout California and other states as well.
  • A new legislative working group is being developed to better track and provide feedback on state assembly and senate bills being developed and submitted in the state.
  • A newsletter is being developed in an effort to enhance communication, social media coverage and focus on current events affecting MISAC’s interests. Feedback on content is encouraged!
  • The current strategic plan will be reviewed and evaluated during the annual conference in October.

Northern Chapter Treasurer Carolyn Saputo provided the current Northern Chapter fund balance of $32,705.97 via email.

Nineteen members were in attendance and each took a few minutes each to discuss current initiatives and concerns they are addressing. It was suggested that a round table discussion on Office 365 be developed for the annual conference.

May - 5/27/16 Chapter Meeting - Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

Agenda: Welcome and Introductions, MISAC Board Meeting and Business, VTA Overview, VTA Innovation Center Discussion, Vendor Presentation by Peigo, Inc. - Cyber Security/Cyber Assessments, Catered Lunch and VTA Center Tour.


Cyber Security and Assessment Presentation - Stephanie Eastep Stephanie Eastep provided an overview of Peigo's cyber security assessment services. She can be reached at (415) 917-3446 (415) 91PEIGO.


February - 2/26/16 Chapter Meeting - Mitchell Park Community Center, Adobe Room, Palo Alto

Jasmine Frost, Northern Chapter President, called the meeting to order at 9:50 AM.  Jasmine reviewed the agenda and thanked Nathaniel Roush for helping to organize the chapter meeting. 


Welcome and Introductions 9:50 AM
Attendance:  18 MISAC members, 1 on-site presenter (Microsoft), 1 guest
Agencies represented:  Central Sanitary District, City of Berkeley, City of Campbell, City of Fremont, City of Hayward, City of Los Altos, City of Morgan Hill, City of Palo Alto, City of Petaluma, City of San Carlos (retiree), City of Santa Clara, City of San Rafael, and MROSD


Roundtable Discussion - Current Projects


Treasurer, Secretary and State Board Report


Planning for 2016 Chapter Meetings

Discussion centered around tours and topics that the chapter would like to participate in for the remainder of 2016. The top five tours, by score, were: Tesla, Apple, VTA Innovation Lab, Facebook and LinkedIn. The top five topics were: Cyber Security, Microsoft Office 365, BYOD & Mobile Device Management, Department of Justice Requirements and Change Management.


The meeting schedule for the remainder of 2016 is:

Friday, April 29 (later rescheduled to May 27, 2016)

Friday, June 24 (later rescheduled to coincide with GovTech's Regional CIO Panel, August 25, 2016)

Friday, August 25, 2016

Friday, September 15, 2016

October 9th - 12th - MISAC Annual Conference, Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego


Microsoft Office 365 Presentation - Jason Johnson, Microsoft Cloud Solutions Specialist

Jason Johnson is Microsoft's US Public Sector Sales - Northern California representative. He can be contacted at or by calling his office at (916) 369-3604.


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