2018 Corporate Affiliate Committee
Organized in 1996, the NASTD Corporate Affiliate Committee (CAC) is a formally recognized advisory body with an influential voice in the activities of the association. The goal of the CAC is to serve as a forum for Corporate Affiliate Members to voice opinions and suggestions as to how to best serve NASTD in their purpose and use the interaction to build strong relationships between corporations and state government. The CAC serves as the liaison between the Corporate Affiliate Members, the NASTD Executive Board, the NASTD state members at large, and the NASTD professional staff in expressing and presenting Corporate Affiliate opinions and positions.
The Corporate Affiliate Committee holds monthly conference calls for all current NASTD corporate affiliate members on the third Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. eastern time. For more details, including dial-in information, see the Corporate Affiliate Community.
2018 Corporate Affiliate Committee (CAC) Leadership:
CAC Chair - Philip Habuda
Vice President - Capgemini
Mr. Habuda is a vice president with Capgemini America, Inc., with over 25 years of strategy development and technology delivery experience. Philip specializes in the management and strategic use of information technology within the global, U.S. federal and state industries. He leads Capgemini’s North America Public Sector Infrastructure Team and supports new business development, client relationship management and business and project management. Mr. Habuda is currently the executive sponsor for the state of Texas and state of Georgia’s Multi Sourcing Services Integration (MSI) programs. Mr. Habuda has led large-scale technology transformation programs. He has deep experience in information technology, Infrastructure services, IT capital planning, cloud services, cyber security, mobility and business intelligence and analytics.
CAC Vice Chair - Karen Robinson
Owner/Founder - KWR Acuity Strategies
Karen W. Robinson has spent more than three decades building bridges of strategic understanding between leaders, ideas and information technology solutions. Karen worked her way up the IT leadership ladder within Texas state government before being named the state’s top IT executive.
During her five-year tenure at the head of the state’s Department of Information Resources, she was recognized as Texas CIO of the Year, Texas Public Sector Executive of the Year and a Golden Government State Executive of the Year by State Scoop 50. She was also named to the Dell President’s Advisory Board and counted among Computer World Premier’s 100 IT Leaders.
Karen’s frank honesty, authentic approach to relationships and vast experience with enterprise-level information technology solutions have proven invaluable to countless public and private sector clients across America and beyond.
In addition to serving as secretary on the CAC, Karen also sits on the advisory board for Acquia, is a senior consultant for CMG Consulting and serves on the board of the Texas Technology Consortium.
In 2015 Karen founded her own cybersecurity and information technology consulting company, KWR Strategies, LLC where she helps organizations achieve their goals by:
• Establishing collaborative, mutually beneficial relationships;
• Bridging the gaps between the public and private sectors;
• Combining and leveraging relationship competencies with precision;
• Connecting innovative technology solutions with collaborative strategies for cross-sector teams.