LOS ANGELES (June 15, 2012) — — Erin Griffin, chief information officer for SAG-AFTRA, was named CIO of the Year, Non-profit sector in the inaugural The Los Angeles Business Journal CIO/CTO Awards. The 2012 CIO Awards recognize the impact that Chief Information Officers' (CIOs) have on all aspects of business. In their first year, The CIO Awards recognized Chief Information Officers and those in top information technology position in the categories of: Emerging Business, Corporate, Enterprise, Nonprofit/Government/Institution/Public, IT Team (internal), IT Service Partner (external) and Lifetime Achievement. The awards were presented Thursday, June 14, in Los Angeles.
Honored under the category of Nonprofit Organization, Griffin’s career is marked by both technology innovation and transformation. Prior to her position with the newly merged SAG-AFTRA, Erin was CIO of Screen Actors Guild. She served on the strategic senior management team as well as overseeing the Guild’s technology-related operations. From 2004-2007, Griffin was vice president of IT and CIO for Loyola Marymount University. Other career highlights include delivery of stellar results for St. John’s College and the U.S. Naval Academy, as well as for U.S. Naval Hospitals both in the U.S. and abroad. Additionally, Griffin was the driving force behind numerous mission-critical IT developments, deployment and reengineering projects.
This award from The Los Angeles Business Journal follows several prestigious awards and recognitions, including the CIO 100 Award and CIO Decisions Leadership Awards. Griffin is the chair of the Southern California chapter of SIM International and serves on the Board of Directors for the UCLA Alumni Association. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UCLA, her MBA from Loyola Marymount University, has multi-lingual skills, and 10 years of overseas experience in professional and diplomatic assignments.
“This tremendous honor for Erin only underscores what we have known for years, that she brings outstanding talent and management experience to our team, and that her excellent performance has been key to our ability to innovate in all areas of our operations. We offer our hearty congratulations to her for this well-deserved award,” said SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White.
On receiving the award, Griffin stated, “I am so honored to receive this award - especially given the great respect I have for my fellow nominees. I’d like to thank The Los Angeles Business Journal for recognizing the significant contributions of the IT community here in Los Angeles.”
SAG-AFTRA represents more than 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond. Visit SAG-AFTRA online at SAGAFTRA.org.