Digital technology association Infrastructure Masons (iMasons) has added experienced tech sector executive Charisse Richards to its Advisory Council. As part of her role, Ms. Richards will serve as co-chair of iMasons Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
"The iMasons Advisory Council is made up of seasoned industry leaders who are passionate about expanding and improving our community," said iMasons Founder and Chairman Dean Nelson. "Charisse has extensive full-stack experience in her role as CIO at three different companies. In addition to her technical expertise, she also graciously accepted the position of co-chair of our D&I committee. The board and I are confident that Charisse will add invaluable perspective to our technical and cultural efforts."
Ms. Richards is the current Chief Information Officer for the Judicial branch of Arizona in Maricopa County, and has more than 25 years of experience in infrastructure and operations. She has held a range of leadership positions across Data Center, Hospitality and Government sectors and is a passionate advocate for diversity in STEM industries.
"I sincerely see iMasons as a leading force for good in the digital infrastructure industry. It's what made me join almost 4 years ago, and continues to keep me engaged," said Ms. Richards. "A few months ago Dean published an open letter to the iMasons community, and I felt compelled to respond. This resulted in Dean and I having a series of honest and provocative conversations about privilege and how it manifests itself in our industry. I applaud iMason's efforts to bring new faces and voices into our industry and am pleased to help support that work."