We partnered with For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) to recruit its Chief Information Officer. FIRST is the world’s leading youth-serving nonprofit advancing STEM through hands-on, PreK-12 classroom and afterschool robotics-based STEM programs.
The search resulted in the appointment of Pete Diaz to the role.
In this role, Diaz is responsible for innovation and operations in information technology across the organization.
He has over 25 years of technology and leadership experience with a passion for solving business problems through the application of innovative technologies and processes. As CIO, he is responsible for all aspects of FIRST’s Technology organization, which includes solutions delivery, software development, project management, infrastructure, and process improvement.
During his career, Diaz has served in a variety of leadership and technology consulting roles at organizations such as Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH), Berkshire Hathaway, Ryder, Carnival Cruise Lines, JM Family Enterprises, Castle Group and MasTec.
Prior to moving into leadership positions, he served in several roles such as Help Desk Analyst, Business Analyst, System Administrator, Software Developer, Database Administrator, Technical Architect, and Solutions Architect. These collective experiences have provided a strong basis to drive technical transformations which allowed the organizations he has served to innovate, scale, and increase efficiency.
His passion for the mission of FIRST started over 10 years ago as a mentor for his daughter’s FIRST LEGO League team. Over the years he has volunteered across all three FIRST programs, serving in roles such as coach, mentor, judge, FIRST Technical Advisor (FTA), and Dean’s List reviewer. He strongly believes in the mission and impacts of FIRST, having witnessed the amazing growth of children in FIRST, including his own daughters.
Diaz is a native of Miami, Florida, and is based in South Florida, where he resides with his wife and two daughters.
Diaz received his Bachelor’s degree from Florida International University in Management Information Systems.