OUR MISSION

Accelerate, advocate, and amplify the opportunities of an education, and ultimately a successful career in cybersecurity for Arizona students.

OUR VISION

Develop the next generation of cybersecurity professionals in Arizona, capable of exceeding the expectations of the evolving digital workforce of the future.

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OUR APPROACH

The AZ Cyber Initiative aims to create opportunities for High School students in Arizona interested in pursuing a career in Cybersecurity. We are dedicated to identifying and appropriately resourcing the next generation of Arizona student-leaders so that, through them, many others will join the fight against one of our nation’s largest national security issues: Cybersecurity.

develop

a curriculum that equips high school students
and educators with strong cybersecurity
skills and provide access to programs that
enhance their professional development.

Identify

next generation leaders in Arizona that seek to become experts in the cybersecurity field to make their dreams of Higher Education or jobs in the Federal or Private sector.

Partner

with existing private and public institutions, and build new coalitions that will establish the state of Arizona as a leader in cybersecurity.

OUR TEAM

MEET OUR FOUNDER

“The AZ Cyber Initiative is more than  just a non-profit. We are helping  build the next generation of cybersecurity professionals in Arizona”.

Manuel Felix

Founder and CEO

OUR BOARD

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Francisco Aguilar

Founder and Chairman of Blueprint Sports, and Founding Chairman of Cristo Rey St Viator College Preparatory High School

Nick Andersen

Chief Information Security Officer - Public Sector at Lumen Technologies

Chris Campbell

Chief Strategist at Duff and Phelps and former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions

Jenner Holden

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Axon

Pete Kim

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Raytheon Missiles & Defense

Heather Monthie

Cybersecurity Architect, Author, & Podcaster

Bill Waynick

Director at Air Force Cyberworx, United States Air Force

Bob Fabien Zinga

Head of Information Security, Directly/Information Warfare Commander, U.S. Navy Reserve

BOARD ADVISORS

Jessie Bustamante

Chief Advancement Officer at ACCEL

Greg Droeger

Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Gregory L. Droeger

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