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  • MSS Business Transformation Leader of the Year Award Finalists

    Meet Arizona’s 2020 Business Transformation Leaders and award finalists:

    Tim Roemer


    Tim Roemer, State Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

    Tim Roemer has been the Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Arizona for over a year as a transformation leader. Prior to that he served as Governor Ducey‘s Public Safety Advisor, Deputy Director of the AZ Department of Homeland Security, and ten years in the CIA, including a two year assignment in the White House Situation Room.

    In his roles in the Governor’s Office, he served on the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s Security Committee and has advised the Governor on a wide range of topics including cybersecurity, border security, and counterterrorism.

    Elizabeth R. Cantwell, Ph.D, Senior Vice President, Research and Innovation

    Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell is the transformation leader at the University of Arizona’s Office for Research, Innovation and Impact. She is responsible for expanding the university’s capacity for knowledge creation and discovery; integrating efforts by faculty, students, staff and executive leaders to move inventions and technologies to the marketplace; increasing the university’s connectivity with external collaborators; spearheading industry and public partnerships; and increasing total research funding.

    Joann MacMaster

    Joann MacMaster, Chief Executive Officer of Desert Angels

    Joann MacMaster serves as the CEO of the Desert Angels, a Tucson-based non-profit organization of accredited investors that seeks opportunities to invest in regional startup and early-stage companies. The Desert Angels represents a network of over 100 active angel investors, who have invested more than $60 million into 132 portfolio companies and 10 Sidecar funds. Prior to this, Joann served as the Sr. Director of Venture Development for the University of Arizona focused on the commercialization of university research through the development of startup companies.

    Joann has served as a startup founder, mentor, investor and educator, and she is a passionate ecosystem builder. She is a recipient of the 2020 Women of Influence Entrepreneur of the Year award. Joann returned home to Tucson in 2000, after living and working in Europe for over a decade.  She holds an MBA from Edinburgh University Scotland.


    The winner will be announced at the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Virtual Awards + Tech Showcase on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.