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Maria CardiellosDepartment: Senior Management
Title: Executive Director
Maria Cardiellos currently serves as Executive Director at the IJIS Institute, where she furthers progress in IJIS's strategic mission through overseeing all IJIS operations, projects, and events. She is a nationally recognized Justice and Public Safety executive with over thirty-five (35) years’ experience in leading numerous successful programs nationally and internationally.
Prior to her tenure with IJIS, she served in an executive level position as Chief of Staff (COS) of the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI). In this role she directed executive staff / consultants / resources provided by sponsor partners to include DOJ, DHS, FBI, ODNI and the White House. The overarching budget responsibilities for the design, development, implementation and oversight of solution delivery to the 78 fusion centers nationwide represented an estimated $50 million (not including in-kind donations / resources, nor direct funding to the centers that were provided over the program history). She was previously Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety (LPS) within the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), the largest state department in NJ. Her office supported the Information Technology (IT) needs of more than a dozen divisions / in-but-not-off offices, ranging in scope from the Division of State Police to the Division of Consumer Affairs. In addition to supporting these efforts, she led all programmatic and information technology related aspects of the State’s homeland defense solution Emergency Preparedness Information Network (EPINet). Ms. Cardiellos led cutting edge integration jobs for the public sector community including an Integrated Justice Project for the Province of Ontario, Canada, as well as the first privatized/functionally outsourced emergency communication operation in North America for Northampton County, Pennsylvania.