Martin Okumu joined the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office (SFSO) as Chief Information Officer in April 2019. As part of SFSO’s management team, he sets the business and strategic direction of the Sheriff’s Office’s technology and technology resources, while leading the 13-member Information Technology Support Services (ITSS) Unit.
Okumu provides technology solutions to increase transparency and improve public accessibility to information in the Sheriff’s Office. His core areas of focus drive our digital transformation, improving customer experience and creating competitive differentiation.
Okumu surveys and incorporates best practice policies and procedures and works with his team to develop and expand the ITSS digital experience to SFSO customers, partners and personnel. This includes analyzing technology needs, from network engineering, applications and data to cyber security and infrastructure.
Okumu brings more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in the public and private sectors. Before joining SFSO, he served as the Director of Enterprise IT Infrastructure for the City of Baltimore. He also served in interim Chief Information Officer roles in Baltimore.
He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems and Networking from Strayer University in Washington, D.C., and a Master of Science degree in Business and Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Additionally, Okumu holds several high-profile industry certifications in cyber-security, project management, IT service management, and enterprise architecture.
Okumu joined the Sheriff’s Office, inspired by Sheriff Paul Miyamoto’s commitment to building a modern Sheriff’s Office with strong community engagement and a diverse workforce.
“The Sheriff’s Office is a well-respected law enforcement organization in the City and County of San Francisco. I am honored to be part of a dedicated group of leaders at such a transformative time,” Okumu said.
He resides in San Francisco and describes himself as a “serial entrepreneur.” Okumu is also a digital contributor and the author of The Hallmark of a Great Leader - The 9 Hallmarks a Great Leader Must Have! – a guide for business leaders to mentor and inspire the current and next generation of technology enthusiasts.
Okumu enjoys reading, learning and playing sports, including basketball. He is an avid traveler and has lived on three continents -- Africa, Europe and North America. Okumu is currently writing a book about being a CIO that he hopes coaches, influences and inspires the current and next generations of technology enthusiasts.