Derek Lazzaro, J.D.

Chief Information Officer

As CIO of the USC Information Sciences Institute, Derek works closely with the Institute's project leaders to develop IT strategies and services that complement and enhance computer science research operations. Derek also serves as a key representative for ISI as it seeks new partnerships and collaborations, both within the USC community and beyond.

Previously, Derek served as an Assistant Chief Information Officer for USC's central IT division. In that role, he was responsible for strategic planning and budgeting, campus partnerships, vendor management, contract negotiation, and IT policy development. He also oversaw the Project Management Office, served on various technical planning teams, spearheaded major process improvements, and was a member of the university's executive-level information security committee.

Derek has also worked as an academic manager and counsel for USC, and as an attorney in private practice. Prior to his work at USC he was a co-founder and vice president of, a successful online startup in the social media and travel space.