Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Information Officer
David Thompson serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Information Officer for the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). The Office of the Chief of Staff oversees a variety of internal services, including compliance, industrial security, information technology, communications, staff relations, policy development, and community involvement. As CIO, Thompson is responsible for crafting the SEI's information technology, information assurance, and information security strategies, and for developing the operational structures to execute those strategies. His principal office is in Pittsburgh, PA.
Thompson has more than 20 years of experience in IT operations, information security, and data center administration. A long-time resident of Western Pennsylvania, Thompson started his career in the banking industry, first in retail banking and then in computing operations. Immediately prior to joining the SEI in 2004, he worked for ALLTEL Information Services (now FIS Global), a leader in financial services technology. While at ALLTEL, Thompson served as a member of the leadership team of one of ALLTEL's three North American data centers. He led the Technology Services Group, and his organization was responsible for the delivery of a range of IT services, including data center operations, systems engineering and administration, information assurance, information security, incident response, change management, database design and administration, data storage management, and capacity and performance planning.
Thompson is a member of AFCEA, IEEE, and ACM. He earned his BA from Cedarville University and his MA from the University of Dayton.