Derek Lazzaro



Juris Doctor, Law, USC Gould School of Law
B.A., Psychology and Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles


As CIO of the USC Information Sciences Institute, Derek functions as the operational leader of the Institute’s IT division and as chief technical architect for IT infrastructure and services. In seeking to give ISI a competitive advantage in research, Derek works closely with ISI faculty and computer scientists to develop services and strategies that enable innovation, collaboration, and effective IT security.

Previously at USC, Derek served as an Assistant Chief Information Officer for the central IT division. In that role, he was responsible for strategic planning and budgeting, vendor management, contract negotiation, and IT policy development. He also oversaw the IT Project Management Office, implemented business process improvements, and served on 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. Before attending law school, he was a co-founder and vice president of, a successful online startup in the social media and travel space.