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CIO, VP-Technology

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Higher Education Business Models, Design Strategy, teaching & learning, art & design, maker spaces, IT, Libraries, museums.


Mara Hancock is the CIO, VP-Technology at the California College of the Arts (CCA). In this capacity she leads the College in defining, developing and executing its strategic vision for technology and is responsible for the IT enterprise, including academic, administrative, and network computing and the Libraries. She is very happy to be in an environment that is focused on helping students evolve as creative thinkers, innovators, designers, and makers!

Prior to taking up her position at CCA, Mara was the Associate CIO for Academic Engagement at the University of California, Berkeley. All Educational Technology units were under her oversight: Classroom Technology, Video, Video Conferencing, and Learning Systems. She has been involved with the start-up of three online learning programs: two at the University of California and one in the eLearning industry. She has been a key member of leadership teams for several open source projects: Sakai, Opencast Matterhorn, and the Fluid Project.

Mara has been working, studying, and playing in Educational Technology since the early-1990’s and takes a design and user-centered approach to creating and integrating technology that can be used to improve the educational experience.