Vice Chancellor for Digital Innovation and Infrastructure

Christian OsmeñaBarney Gomez

Barney Gomez joined the Chancellor’s Office as vice chancellor of digital innovation and infrastructure in August 2018. Gomez is responsible for improving the experience and outcomes for students at California’s 115 community colleges through technology-focused initiatives, and for delivering high-quality information technology services to the Chancellor’s Office, local colleges and students, partnering state agencies and stakeholders while also shepherding innovative practices. 

With nearly 20 years of state service, Gomez comes to the Chancellor’s Office from the California Department of Health Care Services where he served as the chief technology officer and chief information officer. In his role at the Department of Health Care Services, Gomez directed and managed the department’s complex information-technology operations, and ensured that adequate information technology policies, plans, services and support were provided to all departmental programs. Prior to the Department of Health Care Services, Gomez also served as chief information officer at the California Office of Systems Integration, Operations Manager for Office of Systems Integration, chief information officer of the Department of Finance’s Fi$cal project, and interim chief information officer for the California Department of Aging. Gomez as has also served in various technical positions with the Legislative Data Center and Department of Motor Vehicles. Gomez is the recipient of the following awards from E-republic’s CIO Academy: Chief Technology Officer of yr, IT leadership, Executive Security leadership, best mobile application, and most innovative application. 

Prior to state service, Gomez has also worked in the private sector, where he was a systems engineer and network operations for a large pharmacy benefit Management Company. In addition, Gomez also worked as a Systems Integrator.