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Save the date, March 16th , 2018 8:45 AM to 3:00 PM, for our next MISAC Northern Chapter meeting:


Official Site:  CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST BAY  OAKLAND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & CONFERENCE CENTER Located at Trans Pacific Center, 1000 Broadway, Suite 109, Oakland CA 94607


  • 8:45 to 9:15 AM - Light Breakfast
  • 9:15 to 9:20 AM - Welcome
  • 9:20 to 10:50 AM - MISAC Closed Team Meeting
  • 11:00 to 11:05 AM - Introduction of Stanley
  • 11:00  to 11:20 AM - Stanley Black & Decker: Stanley Security, Core Competencies by Paul Slayman, Director of Business Development, Strategic Accounts
  • 11:20 to 12:00 PM - Stanley IntelAssure, Powered by Viakoo, by Bud Broomhead, CEO, Viakoo, Inc.
  • 12:00 to 12:10 PM - Lunch Break on site by Stanley
  • 12:10 to 12:35 PM - Culture of Cybersecurity by Lance Holloway, Director Vertical Technology
  • 12:35 to 12:55 PM - The Emotional & Economic Impact When Security Fails to Protect by Dr. Gregory A. Spencer, Trauma Impact, Specialist Guest Speaker
  • 12:55 to 1:00 PM - Break
  • 1:00 to 1:20 PM - Cooperative Purcha$ing by Scott Wulforst, Director of Bus. Development for
    State & Local Government (NJPA, NASPO)
  • 1:20 to 1:25 PM - Exit Ticket
  • 1:25 to 1:30 PM - Closing and Appreciations


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.


April – Northern Chapter Meeting

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

Where – Google Headquarters

                1600 Amphitheatre Parkway

                Mountain View, CA 94043




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


Attendance sheets are available here.


MISAC Northern California Chapter Meeting Minutes


February - 2/17/2017 Chapter Meeting


Location: Simi Winery, 16275 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448




10:00AM-10:30AM – Registration, networking and continental breakfast


10:30AM-11:15AM - Build your storage like Google, Facebook, and Amazon! – Vendor Presentation from Virtunet Systems (Parag Patkar – CEO –, C: 510-418-2912)



11:15AM-12:15PM – Data Security and Auditing – Vendor Presentation from Varonis (Michael McCabe – Manager of Sales Engineering –, C: 503-473-3313)


12:15PM – 12:45PM – Lunch


12:45 – 1:00PM – Adobe MISAC contract, What you need to know – Vendor Presentation from Adobe (Greg Sewell – Public Sector Account Manager –, C: 571-230-6594)


1:00PM-2:00PM - Chapter Business


·         Welcome and Introductions

·         Treasurer, Secretary, and State Board reports

·         Planning for 2017/Roundtable Discussion


1:15 PM: Nathaniel opened the Chapter Business portion of the meeting at the conclusion of Adobe’s presentation.


After quick introductions around the room, Nathaniel introduced the three chapter goals for 2017: 1) Innovation – to provide a forum to highlight new and unique approaches to finding solutions in municipal IT; 2) Holding chapter meetings in diverse locations – to provide greater opportunity for all chapter members to participate in at least a couple of meetings each year; and 3) Communication – meeting minutes and information will be sent out by the chapter president via formal email to all chapter members.


The motion to send out formal meeting minutes, vendor contact information and presentations was made by Nathaniel and seconded by Kim Murray. The motion passed unanimously.


Carolyn Saputo, Northern Chapter Treasurer stated that all bills have been paid and that thanks to the generosity of our vendor partners, that today’s event was completely paid for. The chapter has a balance of $34,949.81.


Nathaniel handed out printed copies of the meeting minutes and made a motion to accept them as presented. Marilyn Crane seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


Tim Williamsen, State Board Representative provided the following report:


Mariyah is back, welcome and glad to have her back at work in Cupertino and on the state board!!


MISAC now has almost 700 members!  That represents 15% growth year over year.  Wow, congratulations and thank you for all of the outreach!


Are there any training needs we can meet via MuniTech Academy? Let your chapter or state board representatives know!


Our annual conference this year will be back in Monterrey at the Hyatt. The dates are Sep 30 - Oct 4.   This will be our last year at Hyatt as we are quickly growing and will need more space.  Next year, our 2018 annual conference will be held in Palm Springs. In 2019, we will be back in Monterrey but at the new convention center.


The MISAC website has a new jobs posting site, features broad coverage, one of the best ways to find jobs in municipal IT.  On the web site at!


Tim is this year’s conference chair. We need volunteers to help in many areas! Help with identifying this year’s themes, topics, speakers. Looking to form a conference committee to ensure it is another great success! The time commitment will be a few hours over email and telephone. Many hands make light work! The OJ and Sher do all the hard stuff – hotel, exhibits, vendors, catering, reservations, the app and so forth.


Board looking at proposals for 1) weekly newsletter, to fill in between quarterly meetings; 2) developing a speakers “bureau,” to involve retired members, and potentially develop a clearinghouse for information.


The state board is continuing to work with the League and CSDA to coordinate on legislation. Both the League and CSDA are showing a very high degree of renewed interest in tech and recognition of our role in agencies!


AB 241 – would require fraud protection if breach contains SSN or CDL.  AB 1785 might exempt agency employees so they can use cell phones or radios without needing to be hands free.


Follow up to AB 2395 – The League of California Cities is trying to get out ahead of the issue and provide meaningful input as the bill has significant impacts on analog or Plain Old Telephone System (POTS) technologies.


Following Tim’s report from the State Board, we went around the room and each attendee provided an update on current projects. Nathaniel asked for the attendees to help develop topics for future meetings, and the following items were mentioned:

1) Use of 3D printing technology in local government;

2) Soft skill training such as project management, the art of negotiation and customer service;

3) Dealing with unstructured data – concerns, policy issues, management;

4) Vendor shootouts for various solutions;

5) Cyber security will continue to be of interest to most member agencies;

6) Discussion on managing the portfolio of projects we are faced with – starting up and staffing a PMO versus other approaches?

7) Discussion on developing a preferred vendor list


The meeting concluded at 2:45 PM.


October - 10/10/2016 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.



Northern Chapter Minutes & Agendas

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Northern Chapter Meeting Minutes 07-17-2015 PDF (120.39 KB) Administration 3/20/2018
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