Renata Spinks

Renata Spinks
CEO and Former AsstDir / Deputy CIO - IC4 USMC
CyberSec International

About Renata:

Ms Renata C Spinks is the CEO of tech-start-up (CyberSec International); whose mission is to provide Cybersecurity Services to the public sector. She previously served as the Assistant Director/Deputy CIO of the Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) Department in the Headquarters Marine Corps Senior Executive Service (2021-2023) and the Nation’s first Cyber Technology Officer at Marine Forces Cyberspace Command (MARFORCYBER); (2018-2021). Her drive to revolutionize cyber, information technology and business transformation is evident in the initiatives she's led to date. As the Asst IT Director/Deputy CIO of IC4, Ms. Spinks also served as the Senior Information Security Officer for the US Marine Corps. Her accomplishments span from authorizations, governance, policy, engineering, network modernization, digital transformation, emergent technology adoption and deployment, budget as well as workforce management. Prior to her USMC Senior Executive Service appointment, Ms. Spinks' cyber accomplishments include working with DHS ICE, DOJ, CIA and the ODNI while serving as a criminal research specialist; utilizing forensics and human intelligence to investigate human trafficking and child exploitation as well as innovating in the US Treasury Big Data Analytics Office of Financial Research space. Ms. Spinks holds a BS in Information Systems, a MS in Technology Management, multiple information technology certifications, and is pursuing her Doctorate in Cybersecurity. Her tenure in the Senior Ranks evolved her as the go-to executive for innovation and earned her the reputation of getting things done with excellence. She leads with a People First mindset. Ms. Spinks' love for cyber and pattern of excellence progressively elevates her and is evident in her ascension to Senior Executive now turned CEO; at an unprecedented pace. Her focus now is continue to solve problems and create STEM opportunities across the nation and continue to grow her non profit organization -Rising Footsteps which creates growth programs to benefit underserved and often under-represented communities. Some of her decorations include Washington Executive Top Cyber Execs to Watch in 2023; 2023 GRACEHOPPER Tech in Government Award Nominee, 2022 Fed100, 2022 Meritalk Cyber Defenders Award, 2021 Leading for Impact Award, State of NC 2021 HBCU Living Legend Award, and 2020 Stars and Stripes Becoming Everything You Are (BEYA) SES of the Year. She is an avid community service STEMINIST, is one of two founders of a NonProfit Organization --“Rising Footsteps” and gives back to the HBCU community by serving as a Volunteer on the Saint Augustine’s University Council of Advisors.