CATHERINE MARAS is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Bexar County. The CIO directs the Bexar County Information Technology Department policy and strategic planning of information technology implementations, and is responsible for oversight of the Bexar County technology budget. The CIO also establishes, implements, and oversees enterprise architecture to ensure system interoperability, security, and integrated information sharing throughout all County departments.
Ms. Maras brought to Bexar County an unparalleled portfolio of county technological systems knowledge, vision and expertise. She served as the Cook County CIO for ten years; Cook County being the second largest county in the United States with over 5 million residents and 129 municipalities including the City of Chicago. While at Cook County Ms. Maras implemented the first Information Technology Strategic Plan which brought Cook County government into the 21st Century, while concurrently identifying opportunities within the county’s ninety departments to enhance processes and advance service levels through the automation, integration, standardization, and development of enterprise applications.
Due to her implementation of numerous cost-saving and revenue enhancing technological upgrades Ms. Maras was named “One of Top 25 Government Chief Information Officers” by the Center for Digital Government, and also received two of the prestigious “Best of the Web Awards for Digital Government” for innovative web applications in both 2005 and 2006.
Ms. Maras has also served as the Managing Director of the Worldwide Public Sector division of Microsoft Corporation and as the Assistant Director of Information Technology, Project Manager, and Eastern Regional Controller for GATX Corporation, a leader in global leasing transportation assets. In addition to completing several advanced courses in Information Technology Ms. Maras holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Northern Illinois University, a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Marketing, and a Master of Science degree in Accounting, both from DePaul University. She may be reached directly at CMaras@Bexar.org.