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Keeping a close eye on those
taxpayer dollars is where
you'll find Carlos Ramos
'86, Director, California
Department of Technology.
arlos Ramos '86 (Communication
Studies) originally envisioned a career
filing stories in a newsroom and even
interned at Sacramento television
station KCRA. Today, Ramos sits in an
office perched high above the Sacramento
skyline where he manages a multibillion-
dollar portfolio of the state's largest and
most complex technology initiatives.
But spend a little time with the director
of California's Department of Technology
and it quickly becomes apparent that the
tech-savvy industry leader hasn't strayed
far from the journalistic principles of
connecting with an audience.
"I think about being on the consumer
end. If many had a choice, they wouldn't
be doing business with government in
the first place," Ramos says. "But they
simply don't have a choice when it comes
to paying taxes, being unemployed or
getting food stamps. If we can make it
easier for them, for example by providing
access to services online, they have more
control and maybe that's helping make
government a little friendlier for people."
State government is a major economic
driver for California and the Sacramento
region. Of the approximately 200,000
people employed by the state, more than
74,000 are located in Sacramento County
And when it comes to the technology
industry, California-based companies
lead the nation with nearly $700 billion
in revenue and more than a million
"Government has a responsibility to be
more effective and efficient, and often
accomplishes this through the use of
technology," says Ramos.
State government is a major economic driver
in the eighth-largest economy in world.