Pete Diaz

Pete Diaz
Chief Information Officer, FIRST®

Pete Diaz is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of FIRST, the world’s leading youth-serving nonprofit advancing STEM through hands-on, PreK-12 classroom and afterschool robotics-based STEM programs. He joined FIRST in 2022 and is responsible for innovation and operations in information technology across the organization. He brings 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, Pete 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.

Pete’s 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.

Pete is a native of Miami, Florida, and is based in South Florida, where he resides with his wife and two daughters. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida International University (FIU) in Management Information Systems (MIS).