Assistant Superintendent & Chief Information Officer
San Diego County Office of Education, California
Terry Loftus has over 23 years of management experience in the private and public sectors, and has served in technology leadership roles in both public charter school and K-12 California school districts. Terry is a vocal advocate for equitable student connectivity, as well as data privacy and cybersecurity issues in education. In 2020, California's State Superintendent of Public Instruction appointed Terry to the CENIC Board of Directors, the organization tasked with leveraging $3.25 billion in state funding to construct over 8,000 miles of new middle-mile fiber infrastructure. The objective: to connect all of California's unserved residents in urban, rural and tribal communities with high speed, resilient and inexpensive broadband. Terry also currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee, for the California County Superintendents.
In 2021, Terry was awarded "Statewide K-12 Technology Leader of the Year" by California IT in Education (CITE) and later awarded "Cybersecurity Leader of the Year" for the state of California by the Newsom administration. For over 6 years Terry has led efforts to implement the CIS Controls at local school districts and charter schools, and facilitated a wide array of webinars, presentations and workshops focused on leveraging resources provided by MS-ISAC to SLTT members. In recent years, Terry has served as the state of California Co-Lead to the MS-ISAC K-12 Working Group. In August of 2023 Terry was honored receive an invitation to speak at the White House, during a first-of-its-kind K-12 cybersecurity summit hosted by First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, CISA Director Jen Easterly, and other federal and K-12 leaders. This summit focused on the challenges and opportunities in meeting the evolving and expanding cybersecurity threats facing K-12 education in the United States.