Keynote Speakers A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Keynote Speaker: Steve Censky – Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Mr. Censky is the Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was sworn-in on October 11, 2017 after being unanimously confirmed by the Senate. Mr. Censky previously served for the past 21 years as CEO of the American Soybean Association, a national, not-for-profit trade association that represents United States soybean farmers on policy and trade. Mr. Censky began his career working as a legislative assistant for Senator Jim Abdnor (R-SD). Later he served in both the Reagan and George H. W. Bush Administrations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, eventually serving as Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service where he was involved in running our nation’s export programs. Mr. Censky received his B.S. in Agriculture from South Dakota State University and his Postgraduate Diploma in Agriculture Science from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He grew up on a soybean, corn, and diversified livestock farm near Jackson, Minnesota. He and his wife Carmen have two daughters in college.
Keynote Speaker: Dana Deasy – Chief Information Officer, Department of Defense
Mr. Dana Deasy is the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO). He is the primary advisor to the Secretary of Defense for matters of information management, information technology, and information assurance, as well as non-intelligence space systems, critical satellite communications, navigation and timing programs, spectrum, and telecommunications.
Mr. Deasy previously held several private sector senior leadership positions, most recently as Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) of JPMorgan Chase. There, he was responsible for the firm’s technology systems and infrastructure across all of the firm’s businesses worldwide. Mr. Deasy managed a budget of more than $9 billion and over 40,000 technologists supporting JPMorgan Chase’s Retail, Wholesale and Asset Management businesses. He has more than 35 years of experience leading and delivering large scale IT strategies and projects, to include Chief Information Officer and Group Vice President at BP.
Keynote Speaker: Maria Roat – Chief Information Officer, Small Business Administration
Maria A Roat became the Small Business Administration Chief Information Officer in October 2016 bringing more than 30 years of professional experience in information technology. Ms. Roat served more than 2 years as the U.S. Department of Transportation Chief Technology Officer, and for 10 years at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) joining in June 2004 in a number of capacities including Federal Risk Management and Authorization Program (FedRAMP) Director, FEMA Deputy CIO, Chief of Staff for the DHS CIO, USCIS Chief Information Security Officer and CIO Chief of Staff, and Deputy Director, Technology Development, for TSA’s Secure Flight Program.
Ms. Roat served with the Department of the Navy Medical Information Management Command, Norfolk, and other Commands serving in the areas of enterprise network management and engineering, as well as IT operations.
Ms. Roat retired from the U.S. Navy in 2007, with 26 years of active duty and reserve service, in which she obtained the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, Information Systems Technician. Ms. Roat retired from the U.S. Navy in 2007, with 26 years of active duty and reserve service, in which she obtained the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, Information Systems Technician.
Keynote Speaker: Anne-Marie Slaughter – Foreign Policy Expert and CEO, New America
Described as “an innovative and prolific scholar” by Foreign Policy and named one of the magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers four years in a row, Anne-Marie Slaughter turns big ideas and deep analysis into realistic strategies for a networked world. A Princeton University foreign policy expert, a former top official at the U.S. State Department, and a Work-Life leader, Dr. Slaughter confronts a range of topics — from geopolitics and global challenges to gender equality and leadership — with a unique and powerful voice. She writes a monthly column for The Financial Times.
As President and CEO of New America, a public policy institute and idea incubator, Slaughter leads a team of scientists, technologists, and political and economic thinkers in Washington, DC and New York City. Winner of the 2015 and 2017 “Best U.S. Social Policy Think Tank" Award for Prospect Magazine, New America’s cutting-edge solutions address public problems in such areas as national security, healthcare, technology policy, and education. Slaughter is co-chair of Shift: The Commission on Work, Workers and Technology, formed by New America and Bloomberg to study the future of work in America.
Keynote Speaker: Jack Uldrich – Global Futurist, Speaker, Author
Jack Uldrich is a well-recognized global futurist, speaker, and author of eleven books, including award-winning bestsellers. He is a frequent speaker on technology, change management and leadership and has addressed hundreds of corporations, associations and not-for-profit organizations on five continents. He regularly makes television appearances on the Science Channel, the Discovery Channel, and is a frequent guest on major media outlets, including CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio.
Jack is also an ongoing contributor on emerging technologies and future trends for a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired Magazine and BusinessWeek.
Jack is a former naval intelligence officer and Defense Department official. He served as the director of the Minnesota Office of Strategic and Long-Range Planning under Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura. His most recent book is Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow and his forthcoming book is Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Yourself Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends, Today.
Mary Abbajay – President of Careerstone Group, LLC
Mary Abbajay is the president of Careerstone Group, LLC, a full service organizational and leadership development consultancy that delivers leading-edge talent and organizational development solutions to business and government. As a sought-after author, speaker, consultant, and trainer, Mary helps clients develop the strategies, skills and sensibilities needed for success in the 21st century. Her expertise lies in helping clients create dynamic and productive workplaces that foster professional and personal excellence and growth.
Mary is a frequent expert contributor for television, radio and print publications in the greater Washington area where she provides practical leadership and career advice. Mary currently serves on the Market President’s Board of BB&T Bank and is a past Chairman of the Board for Leadership Greater Washington. In 2010, Mary was named as one of Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business and was a Smart CEO Brava Award recipient in 2017.
Mary is the author of SManaging Up: How to Move Up, Win at Work , and Succeed with Any Type of Boss. She will be leading a training session on Managing Up, Down, and Across: Working Successfully with Managers and Peers on Sunday, October 14, 2018.
Dorothy Aronson – Chief Information Officer, National Science Foundation
Ms. Aronson was named the Chief Information Officer for the National Science Foundation in December 2017, after serving for almost six months as both the Acting CIO and as the Director for the Division of Information Systems within the Office of Information and Resource Management. Ms. Aronson is uniquely positioned to effect positive change and build upon years of foundational IT Governance groundwork already in place. In her role as the Director for the Division of Information Systems since 2011, Ms. Aronson also acted as the NSF Deputy CIO, facilitating the linkage of mission and strategy to IT tools which enable the Foundation to manage the full lifecycle of proposals and awards.
Ms. Aronson is a highly skilled and gifted creative thinker, strategist, and artist. She was recognized as one of FedScoop’s Top Women in Technology for 2018, and, was recognized in 2013 as one of the FCW Fed 100 for her mastery of innovation and for her ability to effectively engage her staff around a common vision for cutting-edge IT in support of NSF-funded cutting-edge research. Ms. Aronson’s deep understanding of IT, coupled with her commitment to the NSF mission, its employees and to the American taxpayer, have been instrumental in her ability to manage an organization of over 300 talented IT innovators who feel equally engaged, connected, and empowered to find creative solutions to IT’s most challenging dilemmas.
Prior to her time at NSF, Ms. Aronson served as the Director for the Office of Management Operations for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency. She holds a Business degree from Duke University and is committed to lifelong learning.
Darren Ash – Assistant Chief Information Officer, USDA/Farm Production and Conservation mission area
Darren Ash was selected to serve as the Assistant Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) mission area in April 2018.
As Assistant CIO, he leads and sets the IT strategic direction while working in partnership with the three mission agencies and FPAC Business Center leadership, and with other USDA agencies to provide information resources for policy and decision making. In this position, he is responsible for the overall IT strategic direction. He recently served for two years as the CIO for the Farm Service Agency. He previously served as the CIO for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Ron Bewtra – Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Justice
Mr. Ron Bewtra is the Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Justice (DOJ). He is responsible for advancement of the mission through use of technological resources. He serves as principal advisor to the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Chief Information Officer (CIO) on DOJ's information technology (IT) strategic direction, development, and advancement.
Since joining DOJ’s senior executive leadership team in 2015, Mr. Bewtra has led several initiatives to include developing and implementing the Department's Network and Cloud roadmaps, and the development of a department-wide Technical Reference Architecture.
Mr. Bewtra previously served as the CTO of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where he was responsible for the big data partnership initiative with the goal of seeking collaborators to extract value from data, launch new businesses and create jobs. During his time at NOAA, Mr. Bewtra led the agency’s research and development high performance computing.
Stephen Billy – Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Personnel Management
Stephen Billy was appointed as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in March of 2018.
As Deputy Chief of Staff, Stephen supports the Office of the Director in carrying out the President’s Management Agenda to meet the needs of the Federal Government in the 21st Century.
Prior to serving as Deputy Chief of Staff, Stephen led the confirmation efforts for the OPM Director and Deputy Director, as Director of Congressional, Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. These efforts culminated in the first successful confirmations of the OPM Director and Deputy Director since 2015 and 2011.
Before joining OPM, Stephen served as a staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives, starting as a Legislative Assistant handling a wide-ranging issue portfolio, and rising to the role of Chief of Staff.
Prior to his time on Capitol Hill, he earned his Juris Doctorate from Widener University, and spent two summers in rural South Africa supporting international development projects. Stephen received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rutgers University while working the midnight shift at United Parcel Service.
Chip Block – Vice President, Evolver
Chip Block has 30 years of advanced technology research and development experience, with the last 15 years in the information assurance and cyber technology arenas. He leads new market/technology development at Evolver which supports Security Operations Centers for Federal/commercial markets. He works extensively in the areas of cybersecurity, advising Evolver’s clients on cyber operations, cyber risk quantification, and cyber insurance.
His research includes federal projects with DARPA and the Air Force Research Laboratory in the development of advanced cyber technologies and commercial work with Internet of Things, focusing on medical devices. Chip was awarded an R&D 100 award as Co-Principal Investigator, received the ACT-IAC Individual Contributor of the Year Award in 2016, and is a certified Open FAIR™ analyst.
Vincent Bridgeman – Vice President, National Security Services, Redhorse Corporation
Vincent Bridgeman is Redhorse’s Vice President of National Security Services. In addition to a 20-year career as a Marine Corps intelligence officer, Vince served as a DoD representative to In-Q-Tel—the venture capital arm of the US Intelligence Community—where he leveraged early stage investment to help the government keep pace with technological change.
In addition to leading Redhorse’s National Security business, Vince leads development of Redhorse’s Machine Learning service offering. Vince holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Master of Arts in Security Studies from Georgetown University
Sheena Burrell – IT Business Manager, Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO), NASA
Sheena Burrell currently serves as the IT Business Manager for the NASA Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO), where she is responsible for collaborating and building coalitions with agency senior leadership to establish the guiding policies and executable processes for Information Technology (IT) portfolio management.
For the past 10 years Ms. Burrell has worked within CIO organizations at NASA and the Social Security Administration as a change agent for more accountability and awareness of IT investments. As a professional Communicator, Ms. Burrell has leveraged her degree to be able to analyze complex information and convey multiple agencies’ IT story to varying audiences. Ms. Burrell provides the leadership, management, and vision necessary to ensure the agency has the proper IT portfolio management controls, reporting procedures, people, and systems in place to effectively drive economies of scale and utilize IT as a strategic resource.
Before joining NASA, Ms. Burrell was the Director of the IT Investment Management Process Staff at the Social Security Administration, where she established and operated the agency’s $1.7b IT Portfolio with a mission to effectively select, prioritize, and manage IT projects. She advised the CIO and other senior executives on IT project related decisions such as problem analysis and resolution to determine the optimal allocation of resources.
Ms. Burrell has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Towson University and is certified in Government Contracting and Procurement, agile development, and Technology Business Management.
Ed Burrows – Senior Advisor, General Services Administration
Edward Burrows is a Senior Advisor at GSA leading Robotics Process Automation (RPA) for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. He is also the liaison to the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the financial management shared service provider to GSA, leads GSA's 's implementation of Treasury's Invoice Processing Platform (IPP) and led the migration of GSA's child care subsidy administration programs to a commercial provider and the Department of Agriculture. Prior to joining GSA in 2015 Ed led financial operations and programs in the telecommunications industry, including senior leadership positions at MCI, Concert Communications, BT Group, and Telarix. Ed holds a B.A. degree in Economics from The Pennsylvania State University and a M.A. in Economics from University of Virginia.
Kathy Conrad – Director, Digital Government, Accenture Federal Services
Kathy Conrad leads digital government strategy for Accenture Federal Services. She focuses on transforming government to be more customer-centric, data-driven, and efficient. She works with the Accenture Federal Digital Studio to help agencies use Human Centered Design and service design to solve complex challenges, create great customer experiences and deliver impact at scale.
Prior to joining Accenture, she served as Principal Deputy Associate Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, where she led the development and implementation of key innovation and digital government initiatives, including data.gov and FedRAMP. She also played a central role in creating the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program and GSA18F.
Kathy is a proven leader and strategist, with keen insight and deep knowledge of government technology and digital service programs and policies. She is a three time winner of the Federal 100 award.
Kathy received her B.A. in Biology/Psychology from Wesleyan University and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Scholarship Fund of Alexandria. She is Vice Chair at Large of the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) Executive Committee and an Advisor to the Center for Open Data Enterprise.
Kevin R. Cooke, Jr. – Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Mr. Cooke is the Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer at Housing and Urban Development providing leadership and strategic direction for the daily operations and partnering with the CIO to provide direction, oversight, and management for IT investments that support the diverse portfolio of programs across HUD.
He has over 25 years of experience implementing IT solutions and managing IT resources, budgets, contracts, and programs for Federal agencies. Previously he was Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer at the Department of Energy where he coordinated policies and procedures to ensure effective, efficient and economical information management planning in support of agency missions.
Matthew Cornelius – Senior Technology and Cybersecurity Advisor, OMB
Matthew T. Cornelius is a Senior Advisor for Technology and Cybersecurity at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). He leads OMB’s Federal IT Modernization Cross-Agency Priority Goal, recently published as one of the key pillars of the President’s Management Agenda.
Mr. Cornelius worked with Congress to authorize and appropriate the Modernizing Government Technology Act (MGT Act), which established the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF). He established the Technology Modernization Board (chaired by the Federal CIO) that oversees the evaluation of projects for funding by the TMF and serves as executive secretary and principle executor of the TMF.
Previously at OMB, he led the development of the Report to the President on Federal IT Modernization, pursuant to Executive Order 13800.
Anthony Cossa – OCI Senior Product Strategist, Oracle
Mr. Tony Cossa has been Director, Product Strategy for OCI Public Sector at Oracle since August 6th, 2018. Mr. Cossa served as Chief Technology Officer/Cloud Strategy Director at United States Department of Agriculture since August 2015.
Mr. Cossa has held several positions with the GSA (FAS CTO, E-Gov Travel Exec Program Director) and the DHS under the CFO driving transformation initiatives. He brings his 25 years of commercial and public-sector service having significant modernization/transformation successes.
Mr. Cossa brings significant expertise in transformation, modernization, program management, customer experience and cloud technologies to help drive value to Oracles community of customers.
Dominic Delmolino – Chief Technology Officer, Accenture Federal Services
Dominic Delmolino is Accenture Federal Services’ chief technology officer and leads the development of Accenture Federal’s technology strategy. He has been instrumental in establishing Accenture’s Federal activities in the open-source space and has played a key role in the business by fostering and facilitating Federal communities of practice for Cloud, DevOps, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. Mr. Delmolino joined Accenture Federal Services in 2015 as a managing director.
He earned his bachelor of science degree in computer science from Cornell University and masters of information and data science degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Martha Dorris – Founder, Dorris Consulting International (DCI)
Martha Dorris is the Founder of Dorris Consulting International (DCI) where she works with federal agencies and private companies to improve the lives of Americans through transformed government services.
Martha leverages her almost 34 years of federal service at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to drive efficiencies and improve government services both internally and to the citizen. Martha’s experience includes work in the areas of digital government, customer/citizen experience, and information technology acquisition.
Martha’s passion for improving government services has resulted in the creation of a Monthly CX Newsletter, Monthly Roundtables on modernizing government contact centers, and the Annual Service to the Citizen Awards Program.
Anjelica B. Dortch – Senior Policy Advisor , Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer (OFCIO), Office of Management and Budget
Anjelica Dortch is a Senior Policy Advisor within the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer (OFCIO) where she directly advises the Federal CIO on human capital management issues and strategies affecting the federal IT and cybersecurity community.
Ms. Dortch leads coordination of federal IT and cybersecurity workforce initiatives along with contributing to IT modernization workforce policies to include the formation of the President’s Management Agenda, Cross Agency Priority Goals, Government Reform Plan, and the much-anticipated update to the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy.
Additionally, Ms. Dortch collaborates and partners with the Federal CIO and CHCO councils to execute tactical initiatives like the first-ever government-wide hiring and recruitment event and the Women in Federal IT and Cyber Summit. Ms. Dortch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Biochemistry and a Master of Science in Financial Management and Information Systems.
Max Everett – Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Energy
Max Everett was selected in July 2017 to serve as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the U.S. Department of Energy. In this position, he oversees the Department’s information technology (IT) portfolio and cybersecurity efforts, serves as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary and Secretary, and leads and manages the various functions within the Office of the Chief Information Officer. Mr. Everett has extensive experience in managing and implementing IT and cybersecurity for both public and private sector organizations. He has previously worked as a consultant for public and private sector organizations, supporting development of network security services, cloud security policies, and cyber information sharing programs. Mr. Everett has held a variety of technology leadership roles at the White House, the Department of Commerce, and on several National Special Security Events.
Mr. Everett received a B.A. degree from the University of Texas and a J.D. degree from the University of Houston Law Center and is a member of the State Bar of Texas. His professional certifications include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and Project Management Professional (PMP).
Bob Fecteau – Chief Information Officer, SAIC
Bob Fecteau is the CIO for SAIC responsible for guiding technology investments and delivering operational services in direct support of the SAIC business. He focuses on the efficiency and effectiveness of enterprise IT operations in support of both internal business needs and customer support processes.
Prior to joining SAIC, Bob served as the CIO of BAE Systems’ Intelligence and Security sector and as Chief Information Officer, United States Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM).
In 2001, he was selected for the Department of Defense’s Chief Information Officer Award for Outstanding Achievement in Information Management.
Scott Finke – Deputy Director, Cloud Adoption Center of Excellence, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Scott Finke has led and supported IT initiatives in the Federal Government since 1991, beginning at the Census Bureau. Since 1996, Scott has worked for the USDA Agricultural Research Service, most recently as its Chief Information Security Officer. In that role, he oversaw the delivery of transformative information technology programs, products and services that improved security oversight while reducing assessment and authorization costs by 75%. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Connecticut. Scott is currently supporting USDA’s IT Modernization Centers of Excellence related to Infrastructure Optimization and Cloud Adoption.
Justin Forbes – Applied Network Defense Team Lead, CERT/SEI
Justin Forbes leads the Applied Network Defense team at Carnegie Mellon University’s CERT Coordination Center. His work includes performing penetration tests for government and critical infrastructure organizations. He currently works with a major U.S. Government sponsor to develop and expand national scale penetration testing programs.
Prior to this role, he worked to develop information systems security training for DoD and NATO partners.
Sean Frazier – Advisory CISO - Federal, Duo Security
Sean Frazier has spent 25 years in technology; spending most of those years working in cyber security in the public sector with companies like Netscape, Loudcloud/Opsware, Bluebox and Mobileiron working on many security projects within and around the DOD, IC and civilian agencies.
Theodore Gates – Security Services Consultant, Cisco Systems Inc.
Theodore Gates is a Security Engineer with over a decade experience of focus in Identity Management and Access Control networking solutions. Father of two he revels in the ever-evolving landscape that is Information Security and welcomes the next challenge that is brought on a daily basis.
Currently consulting with Cisco Systems in the Federal Civilian market and supporting missions and efforts with a focus on next generation of technologies and solutions.
Robert Giles – Director, New Jersey Division of Elections
Robert Giles was appointed Director of the New Jersey Division of Elections on May 1, 2008. Prior to that, he was employed by the Ocean County Board of Elections beginning in 1995 working as an investigator, a voting machine technician, assistant supervisor and supervisor.
He currently serves on the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council. He is also a member of the Standards Board for the United States Election Assistance Commission and he serves as its representative on the Technical Guidelines Development Committee developing the next set of federal standards for voting equipment.
He is currently the President of the National Association of State Election Directors.
Leigh Anne Giraldi – Associate Chief Information Officer, IT Business Management
Leigh Anne Giraldi is the Associate Chief Information Officer (ACIO) for IT Business Management. She provides leadership and direction in the development, use and execution of information resources management, strategic and tactical plans, management of the Agency IT Services Program budget, and IT Governance.
Prior to this position Giraldi served as Director in the Office of Budget Management and Systems Support (OBMSS) in the Mission Support Directorate. As the Director, Giraldi administered executive leadership direction for the overall formation and execution of the Agency Management (AM) budget. In addition, she oversaw the Business and Administrative Systems Office (BASO) and the HQ Travel Office.
Giraldi has been with NASA since 1987 and has served in many roles. Prior to her appointment at OBMSS, she worked as the Associate Chief for the Procurement Operations Division supporting the Mission Enabling Procurement Office at Goddard Space Center. During her tenure at Goddard she also worked as Deputy Division Chief in the Information and Logistics Management Division. At NASA Headquarters, she worked with the Engineering Directorate as the Associate Division Chief for HQ Procurement.
Ms. Giraldi has received numerous honors and awards while at NASA including receiving the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and the Goddard (GSFC) Management Operations Directorate Supervisor of the Year Award. In 2010 she received a Team Honor Award for her involvement in the Quality and Process Improvement for On-Boarding activities at both GSFC and HQ.
Giraldi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland. She received a Master’s degree in Financial Management from the University of Maryland-University College.
Adam Goldberg – Executive Architect, Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation (FIT) at the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service
Adam Goldberg is the Executive Architect at the Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation (FIT) at the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service. Within FIT, Adam supports financial management transformation initiatives that lead to government-wide efficiencies. He recently served as a Treasury Advisor to the Minister of Economy and Finance in the Republic of Guinea supporting efforts to improve cash management. Adam joined Treasury after spending six years at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as the Chief of the Financial Analysis and Systems Branch where he was responsible for financial management policy development and oversight. Prior to OMB, he held senior leadership positions at Unisys and Andersen supporting financial management and system improvement efforts at Federal agencies. Adam began his career at the Defense Logistics Agency. Adam holds a BA in Political Science and History from the University of Rochester and an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Kimberly Graham – Acting Director, Customer Experience Office, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Kimberly V. Graham is currently Acting Director for the newly created Customer Experience Office in the USDA Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Mission Area and is also Acting Senior Policy Advisor to Under Secretary Bill Northey. In this position, Graham leads and oversees implementation of FPAC customer experience initiatives.
Her career with USDA spans 30 years, covering farm program policy development and implementation, information technology development, business process improvements implementation and administrative management and leadership at various levels within the Department. Graham has a wide range of farm program policy knowledge combined with a thorough understanding of information technology business requirements and process design.
She is keenly focused on the needs of USDA’s primary customers, which include America’s ranchers, farmers, forest landowners and field office employees.
She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, University College, and the Federal Executive Institute.
Michael W. Hermus – CEO, Revolution Four Group
Michael is the founder & CEO of Revolution Four Group, a next-generation advisory firm that helps clients understand and leverage the power of technology to succeed in the modern digital era.
Michael was the CTO of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2015 to 2018, where he drove innovation and transformation initiatives to enhance cyber-security, leverage emerging technologies, adopt modern development techniques and practices, and drive continuous improvement.
Prior to DHS, Michael served as the CTO of several commercial technology companies. Michael earned both his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science & Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Glenn Hernandez – CISO | Cyber Strategy Advisor & AFCEA Cyber Workforce Committee Chair, U.S. Coast Guard (retired)
Glenn Hernandez – CISO | Cyber Strategy Advisor & AFCEA Cyber Workforce Committee Chair
Over 26 years active duty service with U.S. Coast Guard supporting domestic & international maritime safety, security, and law enforcement operations. Former duties include:
- Chief Information Security Officer
- Chief, Communications Policy and Spectrum Management
- Major Acquisition Deputy Program Manager – $3B Cyber Portfolio
- Command and Control Product Line Manager
- Commanding Officer/Supervisor of unit supporting & securing USCG IT from Hawaii to Singapore
- Naval Engineering Project Manager and Specification Writer
- Intelligence / Law Enforcement Analyst
Steve Hernandez – Chief Information Security Officer, US Dept. Of Education
Steven Hernandez is an information assurance expert serving the past twenty years in a variety of contexts and missions. He has worked on the front lines in operations centers and led research teams attempting to balance security, privacy, and mission delivery considerations. He has experience transforming risk management in international manufacturing, healthcare, non-profits, and governments at the federal, state, and local levels. He has led tactical, day-to-day security operations as well as guide and influence broad security initiatives such as the US government's FedRAMP program across large organizations with international presence. Presently he is the Chief Information Security Officer and Director of Information Assurance Services at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to his position at Education, he held a variety of roles at the Office of Inspector General, US Department of Education including CTO, CIO, CISO, Senior Official for Privacy and Chief Services Engineering Officer. He served on the Board of directors for the International Information Systems Security Consortium (ISC)2, served on the U.S. (ISC)2 Government Advisory Board for Cybersecurity (GAB), judge for the Government Information Security Leadership Awards (GISLA) and contributed to its Executive Writers Bureau. Mr. Hernandez is the lead author and editor of the third edition of the (ISC)² Official Guide to the CISSP CBK, the (ISC)² Official Guide to the HCISPP CBK, and several published works regarding international information assurance.
Commissioner Thomas Hicks – Chairman, U.S. Election Assistance Commission
Thomas Hicks was nominated by President Barack H. Obama and confirmed by unanimous consent of the United States Senate on December 16, 2014 to serve on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) where he is currently the Chairman.
Prior to his appointment with EAC, Commissioner Hicks served as a Senior Elections Counsel and Minority Elections Counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration.
Hicks also served as a Senior Lobbyist and Policy Analyst for Common Cause. Prior to this, Hicks served in the Clinton Administration as a Special Assistant and Legislative Assistant in the Office of Congressional Relations for the Office of Personnel Management.
Jay Huie – Secure Cloud Portfolio, U.S. General Services Administration
Jay Huie has spent over 15 years guiding the evolution and adoption of technology within federal and enterprise environments. His expertise includes bringing a multi-discipline approach to help Agencies achieve their missions. He currently serves as the Director for the GSA Technology Transformation Services (TTS) Secure Cloud Portfolio, which includes the FedRAMP program.
Most recently, Jay has been tasked to lead GSA’s Cloud Adoption Center of Excellence supporting the White House Office of American Innovation. In this role, he will build specific capabilities to assist efforts by Federal Agencies to leverage modern technology and cloud services.
Gus Hunt – Managing Director and Cyber Strategist, Accenture Federal Services
Mr. Hunt is currently Managing Director and Cyber Strategist for Accenture Federal Services. He is responsible for setting the cyber strategic direction and developing differentiated approaches and solutions to address the cyber threat environment. After retiring from federal service, Mr. Hunt founded Hunt Technology, LLC, a private consulting practice focused on strategic IT planning, cyber and data-centric security, big data analytics, and cloud computing.
He retired in 2013 as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served for 28 years. Mr. Hunt began his career in 1979 as an aerospace engineer and holds a BE and ME in Civil/Structural Engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Trey Kennedy – Senior Advisor, Federal CIO Council, GSA
Trey Kennedy serves as a Senior Advisor to the Federal CIO Council, responsible for coordinating and executing on the Council’s mission to improve Federal IT practices and make policy recommendations to the Federal CIO.
Trey also managed the development of the State of Federal IT report, which provided the incoming Administration with recommendations for how to continue the progress being made in modernizing and improving Federal IT
John Kindervag – Field CTO, Palo Alto Networks
John Kindervag joined Palo Alto Networks as Field CTO in 2017 after eight and one half years at Forrester Research where he was a Vice President and Principal Analyst on the Security and Risk Team. John is considered one of the world’s foremost cybersecurity experts. He is best known for creating the revolutionary Zero Trust Model of Cybersecurity.
Zero Trust is widely embraced by companies as diverse as Coca Cola, Google, and WestJet Airlines. Notably, the US House of Representatives is recommending that all government agencies adopt
Zero Trustin the wake of the OPMData Breach: https://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/The-OPM-Data Breach-How-the-Government-Jeopardized-Our-National-Security-for-More-than-a-Generation.pdf.
Additionally, Chairman Jason Chaffettz wrote abylined article in Federal News Radio endorsing Zero Trust: http://federalnewsradio.com/commentary/2016/09/adopting-zero-trust-cyber-model-government/.
These recommendations have led to increasing adoption of Zero Trust within the United States Federal Government.
He currently advises both public and private sector organizations with the design and building of Zero Trust Networksand other Cybersecurity topics. He holds,or has held,numerous industry certifications, including QSA, CISSP, CEH, and CCNA. John has a practitioner background, having served as a security consultant, penetration tester, and security architect.He has particular expertise in the areas of secure network design, wireless security, and voice-
over-IP hacking. He has been interviewed and published in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and The New York Times. He has alsoappeared on television networks such as CNBC, Fox News, PBS, and Bloomberg discussion information security topics.
John has spoken at many security conferences and events, including RSA, SXSW, ToorCon, ShmoCon, InfoSec Europe, and InfoSec World. John has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Iowa and lives in Dallas, TX.
Jason Knudson – CEO, Vyzva Lab, LLC
Jason Knudson, founder and CEO of Vyzva Lab, LLC, cut his teeth building innovation organizations within the world’s largest bureaucracy, the Department of Defense. Over a 20 year naval career, he served in both enlisted and officer ranks working as a Cryptologist, Special Warfare Combatant Crewman, and Submarine Officer.
As Design Thinking Lead and Product Manager for the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) he has extensive experience with Other Transaction Agreements. He has also been involved in the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell, Defense Entrepreneurs Forum, Naval Innovation Advisory Council, Seventh Fleet Innovation Cell.
Paul Lawrence – Under Secretary for Benefits, U.S. Department if Veterans Affairs
Bio coming soon
Christine Derenick-Lopez – Chief Administrative Officer, City of Philadelphia
Christine Derenick-Lopez is the chief administrative officer (CAO) for the City of Philadelphia. The CAO’s office was created by the Kenney administration in January 2016. This office works to modernize city government and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of City services. The CAO oversees 10 City departments and offices, innovating and strengthening their administrative functions and supporting their resident-facing operations to evaluate, plan, and continually improve their service delivery.
Prior to joining the Kenney administration, Christine worked as a senior HR business partner with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, a global biopharmaceutical company, operating in over 100 countries. In this role, Christine provided strategic HR leadership for over 2,200 diabetes primary care and endocrinology specialty employees and leaders.
Christine also served as chief of staff and human resources director for the Philadelphia International Airport. She served on the airport’s advisory board and spearheaded several airport-wide projects, including the launch of new air service for Qatar, Virgin America, and Spirit Airlines.
Christine has more than 20 years of progressive public sector experience in human resources, and served as president of the Society of Human Resource Management’s Philadelphia chapter (SHRM). Christine has been recognized by the Women Transportation Seminar’s (WTS) Philadelphia Chapter with the Women of the Year Award (2011) and by SmartCEO, receiving their Executive Management Award (2014).
Christine earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Mansfield University. She is a certified Professional Human Resource (PHR) and certified facilitator of viaEDGE in Learning Agility. She currently serves on the board of The Workshop School located in West Philadelphia. Christine is the proud mom of her awesome son Elisio and spends her free time with her husband Angel as Elisio’s chauffeurs and biggest soccer fans.
Stephanie Mango – Senior Vice President, CGI Federal
As the CGI Federal SAJE business unit manager and senior vice president, Ms. Mango leads the development and execution of the business and solutions strategy for a diverse client portfolio, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Intelligence Community, and also the Legislative and Judicial Branches.
Ms. Mango has worked with federal organizations in the civilian, defense and intelligence communities to improve operations through business and information technology solutions. Her business proficiency encompasses government mission support functions.
As a seasoned and well-respected leader in the federal financial management market, she is an active participant in the Association of Government Accountants, as well as, works closely with central organizations on policy implementation. Her focus is on leveraging innovative business models and solutions to drive efficiency, effectiveness, and desired outcomes for her customers.
Ms. Mango is also a thought leader driving transformational Shared Services through participation and leadership in a number of organizations including the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council, the Partnership for Public Service Shared Services Roundtable, and the Shared Service Leadership Council.
Ms. Mango holds a Master of Science in management of information systems and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Virginia. She also holds certifications as a Project Management Professional and as a Certified Government Financial Manager.
Ben McMartin – Chief, US Army Research Development and Engineering Command – Ground Vehicle Systems Center
Mr. McMartin currently serves as the Chief of the Acquisition Management Office at the US Army Research Development and Engineering Command – Ground Vehicle Systems Center located in Warren, Michigan, where he is a nationally-recognized Other Transaction Authority (OTA) expert; and founder of the ‘Acquisition Innovation Road Show’ #AIRS.
Mr. McMartin holds a B.A. in History from Oakland University; a J.D. from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law; is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM); DAWIA Level III certified in Contracting; member of the Army Acquisition Corps and member of the State Bar of Michigan
Mariela Melero – Chief, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Mariela Melero became the chief of the Office of Citizenship and Applicant Information Services (CAIS), within the External Affairs Directorate, on May 25, 2018. Under her leadership, CAIS provides information and case assistance to applicants and the public through a wide array of services, including USCIS’ English and Spanish websites, numerous digital self-help tools and telephonic and email support through the USCIS Contact Center.
In addition, Melero directs USCIS’ initiatives to welcome immigrants, promote English language learning and education on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and encourage U.S. citizenship.
John Mullins – President’s Management Agenda Project Manager, OPM
John Mullins is a Senior Advisor to the Director and serves as the President’s Management Agenda Project Manager. He advises the Director of OPM on strategic workforce matters and orchestrates the implementation of the President’s Management Agenda.
Additionally, Mr. Mullins represents OPM and serves as a primary liaison for several Federal Management Councils, OMB, GSA and other pertinent stakeholders regarding the President’s Management Agenda and other workforce and performance improvement efforts.
Altogether, Mr. Mullins has over 30 years of successful experience in the public and private sectors leading transformational efforts across and within government departments and agencies.
Emily Murphy – Administrator, General Services Administration
Emily W. Murphy was sworn in as administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) by U.S. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on December 12, 2017. President Donald J. Trump nominated Ms. Murphy to lead GSA in September 2017. She was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 5, 2017.
Administrator Murphy leads a staff of 11,600 employees nationwide, overseeing more than 371 million square feet of property, and approximately $54 billion in annual contracts.
Prior to being confirmed as administrator, Ms. Murphy served as senior advisor to GSA’s acting administrator. In that role, she helped guide the merger of the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) and the Technology Transformation Service (TTS) and advised on opportunities to improve how GSA facilitates technology purchases.
Administrator Murphy previously served at GSA from 2005-2007, where she was appointed the inaugural chief acquisition officer and led the transformation of the agency’s assisted acquisition centers and the consolidation of the Federal Supply Service and the Federal Technology Service. Administrator Murphy also served as GSA’s representative to the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council and the leader of the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council, which are responsible for procurement regulations. In this capacity, she modernized the FAR and GSA regulations to reflect the government’s increasing use of service contracts as opposed to commodity buys.
Administrator Murphy’s previous public service includes an appointment at the U.S. Small Business Administration, where her efforts resulted in the agency meeting its statutory 23 percent prime contracting goal for the first time, and nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives on the House Committee on Small Business and House Armed Services Committee. A renowned contracting expert, she helped draft and prepare bipartisan government contracting reform packages that helped more small businesses compete for government contracts by minimizing barriers to entry, reducing regulatory burdens, and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in government contracting.
Administrator Murphy’s private sector experience includes five years in executive positions at a technology startup company engaged in federal contracting and three years as a government contracts attorney with two top Washington, D.C. law firms.
Her expertise in government procurement and work in creating opportunities for small businesses has earned her numerous awards from small business and contracting groups.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Administrator Murphy is a 1995 graduate of Smith College and a 2001 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.
Thomas H. Murphy – University of Pennsylvania
Tom Murphy serves as the Vice President for Information Technology and the University Chief Information Officer at the University of Pennsylvania. In this capacity, he is responsible for the University’s central IT organization, Information Systems and Computing (ISC), which is comprised of 300 + staff members who plan for, acquire, develop, and support core infrastructure and enterprise-wide products and services for faculty, students and staff to further the education, research and administrative activities of Penn. As University CIO, Tom guides the evolution, integration and effective use of computing resources throughout Penn. He has overall responsibility for the consultative and operating committees that shape priorities to meet the ever-increasing demand for information technology and advises the President, Provost, Executive Vice President, and Board of Trustees on issues involving IT.
Tom has more than thirty years of knowledge and experience in information systems and telecommunications within large corporate environments. He served as the CIO of DaVita HealthCare Partners, where he was responsible for all information technology supporting the company’s business and clinical operations. Prior to DaVita Tom was the senior vice president and CIO of AmerisourceBergen, an $120 billion provider of pharmaceutical and health-care services, and before that he served as CIO for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Tom is also an Independent Board Director for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh.
Dave Newberry – Business Development, Leidos
Dave is an experienced senior executive leader, having gained a broad range of leadership and technical experience from the military, federal, and civilian sectors. He started his Federal career in the early 1990’s at the US Secret Service. He went on to support Wireless Programs at the Department of Treasury from 1998-2000. Dave left Federal service for the private sector in 2000; however, immediately after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, he found the need to return to Federal service and joined the newly formed Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in July 2002. Dave held a number of leadership roles at TSA before retiring in 2007. During his tenure at TSA, Dave and several other key leaders from the OCIO organization were temporarily assigned to the newly formed Department of Homeland Security’s CIO office for several months to assist the first DHS CIO in standing up the initial IT support infrastructure for the new department.
Since retiring from Federal service in 2007, Dave has held positions with several systems integrators as a Program Manager, Operations Manager, Solution Architect, Capture Manager and Business Development. He also was the principal of a private consulting practice providing business development, strategic planning, capture support, and proposal support in both the management and technical disciplines. He has been with Leidos since 2016 providing business development and capture support with a focus on the missions of the Department of Homeland Security and its Components.
Dave is a firm believer that success comes sooner, and at a smaller cost, when achieved via a strategy of building a rapport with customers, agency management, and industry service providers. He is results oriented and conveys the high quality leadership that “brings out the best” of team members in the effort to deliver the services and solutions required of “the mission”, while also meeting and exceeding the expectations of agencies, mission operators, stakeholders, and end-users.
Joanie Newhart – Associate Administrator for Acquisition Workforce Programs, Office of Federal Procurement Policy
Joanie F. Newhart, CPCM, has 35 years’ experience in Federal government contracting. She is currently the Associate Administrator for Acquisition Workforce Programs at OFPP within OMB. Prior to her position at OFPP, Ms. Newhart gained a variety of work experience as a contractor, as an Army civilian, at the Securities and Exchange Commission, and as the Senior Procurement Executive at both the Small Business Administration and the Department of Transportation.
Ms. Newhart has Master’s Degrees in Strategic Studies and Business Administration. She is a Fed 100 winner from 2012 and 2017.
Dr. Makada Henry-Nickie – David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Brookings Institution
Makada Henry-Nickie is a David M. Rubenstein fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. Throughout her career her research has examined ways to expand equitable access to responsible credit and she has recommended policies that advance inclusive economic opportunities for disadvantaged families and low-income communities. As such, she is part of Brookings’ Race, Place, and Inclusion Initiative, which currently focuses on improving the economic mobility prospects for young men of color, and bringing marginalized poor and low-income communities back into the economic mainstream.
Prior to joining Brookings, Makada was a senior analyst with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where she advised on consumer financial protection and fair lending issues arising in financial institution regulation, enforcement matters, and rulemakings. Before CFPB, Makada worked as an economist with Brimmer & Company, where she consulted and advised on a cross-section of public policy issues including employment growth, taxation, and general economic policies. Makada previously held senior positions in nonprofit organizations where she worked to develop innovative programs and raise capital to support affordable housing and expand access to capital for small businesses and affordable housing developers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Ross Nordruft – Principal, Government Solutions
Ross Nodurft comes to OWI from the White House where he ran the cybersecurity team at the Office of Management and Budget. During his time at the White House, Ross worked for two administrations briefing senior leaders on incidents and partnering with the National Security Council to write and implement the cybersecurity and identity management policies for Federal departments and agencies. Prior to his work at the White House, Ross spent nearly seven years on Capitol Hill in a variety of roles working on cybersecurity, homeland security, small business, and defense policy.
Mike Palmer – Acquisition Strategist, Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Digital Service
Speaker bio coming soon
Rob Palmer – EVP & CTO, ShorePoint, Inc.
Rob Palmer, EVP and CTO of ShorePoint Inc, is a former Senior Executive with the Department of Homeland Security where he most recently held the position of Deputy CTO and Executive Director for Strategic Technology Management. His broad and varying career experiences provide a unique perspective on the challenges facing the delivery and security of IT services. In his role as the ShorePoint CTO, Rob is responsible for exploring and understanding the latest methodologies, concepts and capabilities that align with the objectives of both ShorePoint and their customers.
Over his 18 years of experience in Information Technology, Rob has supported the private sector, DoD and DHS in the areas of security program design and operations, incident response, enterprise business application services development and maintenance, mobile and cloud strategies, as well as modern technology exploration, adoption and transformation.
Basil Parker – Senior Advisor for Information Technology Workforce Development, OPM
Basil Parker is a Senior Advisor at the Office of Personnel Management for Government-wide Information Technology and Cyber Workforce Development. In this role, Mr. Parker advises the Director of OPM on workforce related matters in IT, Information Systems Security and Cybersecurity. Additionally he represents OPM and serves as a primary liaison between the Federal CIO Council, OMB, eGov/IT, CHCO council, Federal Chief Learning Officers, and other pertinent stakeholders regarding Federal IT workforce development.
Altogether, Mr. Parker has over 22 years as a cyber and information technology industry leader and has held several executive leadership positions in the private sector.
Shane Perry – IT Specialist, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS)
Shane Perry is an IT Specialist at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) in the Office of Information Technology. He is the agency COR for SharePoint. Prior to that, Shane worked for two years in the Office of Support Services and Operations at CMS where he served as the SharePoint administrator for the office. Shane co-leads the CMS SharePoint Power User Work group and serves as a member of both the SharePoint Development and Management SharePoint group and the CMS SharePoint Steering Committee. These groups have allowed him to innovate, advocate, and share new advanced SharePoint capabilities and solutions across the agency. Before his time with CMS he worked as a SharePoint administrator with the Transportation Security Agency for two years.
Michael Pitcher – Vice President, Technical Cyber Services, Coalfire Federal
Mr. Pitcher has over 15 years of experience in leading the design, development, and implementation of tailored cybersecurity solutions for enterprise and cloud-based environments at both U.S. Federal agencies and for commercial customers. He currently serves as the lead of Coalfire Federal’s Technical Cyber Services practice that specializes in identifying and closing the gaps in security programs via engineering and penetration testing, specifically enhancing defensive capabilities against cyber threats. He has extensive experience in the development of system architectures that deliver a range of capabilities including security event monitoring, vulnerability assessment, configuration compliance, hardware/software asset management, analytics, and information sharing.
David Powner – Director for Strategic Engagement and Partnerships, MITRE Corporation
Dave Powner is Director for Strategic Engagement and Partnerships at the MITRE Corporation. In this role, he enhances MITRE’s strategic corporate partnership interactions and promotes development of new business opportunities with the federal government, states, the private sector, and academia.
Dave has more than 25 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining MITRE, he served as a Director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he led numerous reviews of federal information technology that resulted in Dave testifying before Congress more than 100 times. He received Federal Computer Week’s Federal 100 award in 2008, 2012, and 2017. In 2017, he was the federal government’s top awardee receiving the Eagle award for his contributions to the federal information technology community. In the private sector, Dave led software development teams in the telecommunications industry.
Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver and attended the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Michelle Quaid – Founder and President, Sunesis Nexus
Michele is Founder and President of Sunesis Nexus. Her career has been at the nexus of National Security, Domestic and Foreign Policy, and Technology. Michele is a gifted communicator, coach, and consultant, who works globally with both the public and private sectors, utilizing her experience and expertise in executive leadership, strategic planning, coalition building, technology, innovation, leading change, organizational transformation, and operations.
Prior to founding her own company, Michele served as Google’s Chief Technology Officer for the Public Sector and Chief Innovation Evangelist working with partners and clients around the world.
Post-9/11/2001, she was recruited into public service to lead change, innovation, and organizational transformation, and became one of the youngest people ever sworn in as a senior executive in the US Government. As a government official, Michele led the cultural and technical integration of the national security community, establishing and serving in senior leadership positions to include: Deputy Technical Executive for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Intelligence Community Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Director of National Intelligence (DNI); Chief Technology Officer for the National Reconnaissance Office; and, the DNI’s senior representative to the Secretary of Defense’s Intelligence - Surveillance - Reconnaissance (ISR) Task Force leading information sharing and collaboration initiatives in support of global coalition stability operations. Her perspicacious leadership -- both in industry and government -- has had a lasting positive impact on the US and its Allies, and her support of the troops both at home and abroad earned her the call sign “Warrior Goddess.”
Robyn Rees – Senior IT Governance & Strategy Advisor, Budget Lead, National Science Foundation, Office of Information and Resource Management, Division of Information Systems
Robyn Rees is a strategic advisor for the NSF Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Division of Information Systems (DIS). In this capacity, she leverages her deep understanding of the formulation, planning, execution and oversight of the Agency’s IT budget, as well as IT operations, to facilitate packaging of ideas and communication across all levels of the agency.
Robyn is skilled at articulating use cases for advanced technology insertions that resonate with non-technology business leaders. She encourages an approach to technology conversations that incorporates a deliberate and thoughtful conversation about the organizational impacts of IT, particularly its impacts on the workforce.
Anahita Reilly – Chief Customer Officer, General Services Administration
Anahita Reilly is the Chief Customer Officer for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) where she and her team work to improve the end-to-end experience of GSA customers by aligning operations to customer needs. They do so with the use of quantitative and qualitative data and Human-Centered Design methods to identify and implement process and technology solutions to improve the Agency's customer experience. Before joining GSA, Anahita led Data Analytics and Budget work at the Department of the Treasury. Anahita is a certified Lean Six Sigma (LSS) green belt and Project Management Professional (PMP) with prior experience consulting for both public and private-sector organizations. In her free time, Anahita enjoys practicing and teaching yoga and spending time with her family.
John Roach – Director of the Data Analytics Practice, KSM Consulting
John Roach is the Director of the Data Analytics Practice at KSM Consulting, an Indiana-based data and technology consulting firm. John leads the team in serving both the public and private sectors, providing insight by transforming data and technology into strategic assets to better serve citizens, make data-driven decisions, and access actionable information in real time. His guidance has led the team to become Indiana’s premier provider of strategic and technical data services, tackling challenges like the opioid epidemic, infant mortality, criminal recidivism reduction, and other complex, multi-faceted challenges for the State of Indiana.
Prior to joining KSM Consulting, John worked for Rolls-Royce Corporation, one of the world’s leading industrial technology companies, working during his tenure in various program management, high-performance computing, numerical methods and design roles. In addition, John’s background includes serving as an analyst at an Indiana-based venture capital fund, Elevate Ventures.
John Roach earned his Bachelors degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Spanish from Oklahoma State University. He also holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. He completed Design Thinking training at Stanford University’s d.school. John has been instrumental in integrating Design Thinking into KSM Consulting and continues to train clients and the community in the Design Thinking methodology.
Donna Roy – Executive Director, Information Sharing and Services Office, Department of Homeland Security
Donna leads the delivery of applications, platforms, services and data infrastructure at DHS. Deploying high-visibility capabilities, her office is focused on innovative solutions for identity management, national scale collaboration and trust platforms, and scalable data infrastructure solutions to customers within a dynamic environment.
Highly focused on data and passionately committed to innovation utilizing modern approaches (cloud, agile, dev/ops) to drive positive change across Federal, State, local and international partners and is always ready to face new challenges!
A proud New Englander and former United States Marine, Donna is honored to serve at the Department and lead a team of innovative, dedicated, IT service professionals.
Tim Shaughnessy – Senior Program Analyst, IRS Office of Procurement
Tim Shaughnessy currently serves as a Senior Program Analyst to the Deputy Chief Procurement Officer for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In addition to advising on specific procurement matters, he manages strategic planning and process improvement initiatives across IRS Procurement offices.
He has over 30 years of government and private sector contracting and acquisition management experience.
Somer Smith – Senior IT Policy Analyst, Office of Management and Budget
Somer Smith is an IT policy analyst at the Office of Management and Budget. Her responsibilities at OMB include oversight to the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions, MGT ACT, IT shared services, IT program management and cloud email and collaboration tools acceleration supporting the IT Modernization report and President's Management Agenda.
Prior to OMB, Mrs. Smith was with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). She was the program manager for the Criminal Alien Identification program worth $126 million.
Mrs. Smith joined DHS from industry where she was supporting the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Office of Communications, Information and Network Programs. Mrs. Smith has an undergraduate degree in Information Technology and a Master's degree in Management, specializing in IT. She is also ITL, PMP and FAC P/PM and FAC COR level III certified.
Jim Soltys – Senior Fellow, Noblis
James Soltys, Ph.D., is the Director of the Noblis Telecommunications Center of Excellence. Jim consults across the Federal government in the areas of telecommunications, operational support systems, full life cycle acquisitions, acquisition tools, cloud and mobile strategies. For 20 years Jim supported over 20 agency’s Federal IT/telecom acquisitions and subsequent transitions worth over $80 billion dollars, including GSA’s latest program – Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS). He currently is strategizing with SSA, USDA, NOAA, and GSA in how to use the GSA EIS contract to modernize their telecommunications and IT infrastructure.
Richard A. Spires – CEO and a Director of Learning Tree, International, a leading provider of workforce development and hands-on IT and management training services.
Mr. Spires was appointed and served as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chief Information Officer (CIO) from 2009 till 2013. Mr. Spires also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Federal Government CIO Council and the Co-Chairman of the Committee for National Security Systems (CNSS), the committee that sets standards for the US Government’s classified systems.
Mr. Spires held a number of positions at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from 2004 through 2008. He served as the Deputy Commissioner for Operations Support, having overall responsibility for the key support and administrative functions for the IRS. Mr. Spires served as the IRS’ CIO, with overall strategic and operational responsibility for a $2 billion budget and a 7,000-person organization. Mr. Spires led the IRS’s Business Systems Modernization program for two and a half years, one of the largest and most complex information technology modernization efforts ever undertaken.
From 2000 through 2003, Mr. Spires served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Mantas, Inc., a software company that provides business intelligence solutions to the financial services industry. Prior to Mantas, Mr. Spires spent more than 16 years serving in a number of technical and managerial positions at SRA International.
Mr. Spires received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Cincinnati. He also holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the George Washington University. Mr. Spires has won a number of awards for his leadership in IT, to include the 2016 ACT-IAC Leadership Award, 2012 Fed 100 Government Executive Eagle Award, TechAmerica’s 2012 Government Executive of the Year, Government Computer News 2011 Civilian Government Executive of the Year and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering in 2006.
John Sprague – Acting Associate Chief Information Officer for the Technology, Data and Innovation Division
John Sprague is the Acting Associate Chief Information Officer for the Technology, Data and Innovation Division in the Office of the Chief Information Officer at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. He has a Master’s Degree in Computer Resource and Information Management; a Bachelor’s in Industrial Technology Engineering and is a retired Air Force Officer where he was deployed after 9/11 to support European operations, and for 6 months in the Kingdom of Bahrain with visits to Egypt and Kuwait and a deployment to Kosovo/Macedonia. He develops new technology infusion, data science and digital innovation projects/prototypes, using assessments and best practices affecting over 60,000 scientists, researchers, and University partners. Previously he was the NASA Enterprise Application and the End User Service Executive. He is a Fellow of the American Council for Technology/Industry Advisory Council, the Federal Executive Institute, a board member of Government IT Executive Council (GITEC) and an occasional host, speaker and regional awards judge for the Help Desk Institute (HDI).
Laura Stanton – Assistant Commissioner, General Services Administration
Laura Stanton is the Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Enterprise Strategy Management, where she directs Federal Acquisition Service’s strategic business planning, category management, and Acquisition Gateway. Currently, she is leading GSA’s initiative to bring commercial e-commerce providers to the federal government. Laura is a 2015 Fed 100 Award winner.
Other leadership roles include participation in the 2005 ACT/IAC Voyager class, serving as the 2010 Government Vice-Chair of Voyagers, and being a member of the Young AFCEA Government Advisory Council.
Laura received her Bachelor of Arts from Smith College and a Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University. Her thesis on broadband adoption was published by the IEEE, the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology
Janet Stevens – Chief Information Officer, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)/Office of Food Safety,
Janet B. Stevens, PMP, is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)/Office of Food Safety. She is the leader of an award-winning cybersecurity and mobile program and DevSecOps change agent. She has served as CIO since April 2007, and has led mission supporting innovative solutions to protect public health. She is also the Vice Chair of the USDA Chief Information Officer’s Council. Previously, Ms. Stevens was the Director of the FSIS Web Services Staff from July 2004 to April 2007. She began her career at USDA in 1991 as an editor for the Economic Research Service, leaving ERS in 1998 to become the webmaster for the Risk Management Agency. At RMA, she also served as the acting Public Affairs Director. She has led several USDA eGovernment initiatives. Ms. Stevens has also participated in the development of Federal recommendations for public web sites as part of OMB’s Interagency Committee on Government Information Web Content Standards Working Group as well as the Federal Digital Government Strategy. Ms. Stevens is a graduate of George Mason University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Communications in 1991.
Marc Taverner – Global Ambassador, Market Development, Bitfury
Marc Taverner brings 18 years of experience working with market leading, global technology companies to Bitfury. He is also the founder of a successful modem distribution company. Marc has held sales leadership roles with many leading technology companies, including the world's largest provider of unified communications services and market leaders in educational technology solutions. Marc received his BA Hons in European Business Studies from Brunel University, UK and Ecole supérieure de Commerce de Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Richard Thurau – Remote Sensing Specialist, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Office of Aviation Services, U.S. Dept. of the Interior
Rich Thurau is currently one of more than 300 UAS “remote pilots” for the Department of the Interior, but he is among about 10 individuals across the Department whose main focus is UAS (instead of collateral duty).
His primary duties at DOI’s Office of Aviation Services, Unmanned Aerial Systems division include training new remote pilots, testing and evaluation of new aircraft and sensors, and working with the Department's nine Bureaus in developing a UAS program that meets their needs and those of the American people.
Rich regularly participates in UAS projects related to incident response and most recently has returned from DOI’s UAS response documenting and monitoring the Kilauea eruption on Hawaii’s big island.
Greg (Retired Air Force Brigadier General) Touhill – President, Cyxtera Federal Group
Greg Touhill, President of the Cyxtera Federal Group, is one of the nation’s premier cybersecurity and information technology senior executives. Selected by President Obama as the US government’s first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). He previously served as DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. Greg is a retired Air Force general officer, a highly-decorated combat leader, an adjunct professor at CarnegieMellon University, an accomplished author and public speaker, a former American diplomat, and a senior executive with documented high levels of success on the battlefield and in the boardroom.
Keith Trippie – Founder GotUrSix TV, The Trippie Group, LLC
Keith Trippie is a former Government Senior Executive, change agent and innovative thought leader with over 20 years of experience driving revenue in the private sector and delivering innovative results for commercial and government entities. Mr. Trippie is the CEO of The Trippie Group LLC, which provides executive consulting services to help companies generate revenue in a number of innovative technology arenas including cyber/risk management, cloud computing, mobile, big data/analytics, and agile/DevSecOps, among others. He also serves as an advisor and board member with several organizations supporting investment decisions, due diligence and strategy.
He is the founder of GotUrSix TV, a Facebook Live show featuring thought leaders and entrepreneurs with military and veteran backgrounds talking Patriotism and Capitalism.
He is the Co-Founder of Shop4Cloud Inc, the first IT shopping platform using gamification. Shop4Clouds was founded to streamline the government and commercial IT acquisition process. Mr. Trippie is also the Managing Director of UrMuv, a mobile app focusing on helping military, Veterans and their families when they are relocating.
He previously served as a Senior Executive at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) within the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), where he successfully led a new division from a startup organization to a mature 150 person, $70M+ enterprise organization. In this role, Mr. Trippie led a Cyber Risk Management Division, which oversaw the cyber posture of more than 20 Enterprise class services serving more than 250,000 DHS personnel. Before this position, Keith served as the Acting Executive Director for the Enterprise Business Management Office (EBMO) within DHS OCIO where he oversaw the department’s $6B IT portfolio. Keith started his DHS career at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) where he designed, developed and deployed a secure, information-sharing capability.
Keith holds numerous awards including the Fed 100 Award, Fierce Government 15, and FedScoop 50. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program for Leadership Development.
Todd Tucker – Vice President, Standards, Research & Education, Technology Business Management Council
As VP of Standards, Research and Education for the TBM Council, Todd directs all aspects of methodology creation and member education. Todd authored the book, Technology Business Management: The Four Value Conversations CIOs Have with their Business. Todd led the Federal Commission on IT Cost, Opportunity, Strategy, and Transparency in 2015-2016 and was the report’s principal author, and he continues to advice and teach federal, state and local government professionals on TBM. He began his career as an audit manager for EY and earned certifications, including CPA, CISA, and CISSP, demonstrating expertise in accounting, finance, technology marketing and product management.
Steve Wallace – Technical Director of the Development and Business Center, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
Mr. Stephen Wallace is the Technical Director of the Development and Business Center at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). His responsibilities include the integration of a multitude of commercial and government owned technologies in support of emerging Agency technologies, including Software Defined Networking and Assured Identity.
Previously, Mr. Wallace served as the Technical Director of DISA’s Cyber Directorate, Chief of Cyber Innovation and chief engineer for DoD Enterprise Email at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).
Gary Washington – Chief Information Officer, USDA
Gary Washington was selected as the USDA Chief Information Officer (CIO) in February 2018. Formerly the CIO for the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Washington also has served as CIO and Director of the Information. Mr Washington spent 5 years in private industry as well as 10 years as a Computer Operator and Command Control Specialist in the U.S. Air Force.
He is an elected member of the Association for Federal Information Resource Managers and a 2006 graduate of the Industry Advisory Council Partners Program.
Mr. Washington is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Strayer University in Washington D.C.
Mark Weatherford – Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, vArmour
Mark Weatherford is the Chief Cybersecurity Strategist at vArmour. He has more than 25 years of information security experience and his former roles include:
• Principal, The Chertoff Group
• Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity, DHS
• CSO, North American Electric Reliability Corporation
• CISO, State of California
• CISO, State of Colorado
• U.S. Navy cryptologist
He holds a BS from the University of Arizona, an MS from the Naval Postgraduate School and is a CISSP. He was awarded SC Magazine’s “2010 CSO of the Year” and named one of the “10 Most Influential People in Government Information Security” in both 2012 and 2013.
Mike Weber – Vice President, Coalfire Labs
Mike Weber is responsible for Coalfire Labs operations, including penetration testing, application security assessments, forensics, and research and development. He leads a team of over 50 security professionals and is an expert in development and management of information security programs tailored to highly-regulated industries like government, healthcare, banking, and utilities.
Michelle White – Director of Shared Services & IT Products Contract Operations, Information Technology Category (ITC), Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)
Ms. White is the Director of Shared Services & IT Products Contract Operations, Information Technology Category (ITC), Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). The Federal Acquisition Service provides buying platforms and acquisition services to Federal, DoD, State and Local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies to motor vehicles to information technology and telecommunications products and services.
As the Director of Shared Services & IT Products Contract Operations, Ms. White is responsible for providing program management support for the implementation of the first distributed ledger technology (blockchain) for federal acquisition. She also supervises a division of contracting officers and specialists and is responsible for acquisition support for Security, IT Products, and Shared Service categories within the ITC.
Ms. White has more than 10 years of experience in the acquisition management field within the Federal government and has a Master’s Certificate in Contracting from the George Washington University.
William J. Wiatrowski – Acting Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
William J. Wiatrowski is Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the senior career employee in the agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Bill began his career at BLS in 1980 and served in a number of positions before his selection as Deputy Commissioner in June 2015.
Mr. Wiatrowski received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and the History of Art from Yale University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the George Washington University.
As of January 2017, Bill has served as Acting Commissioner pending the confirmation of a new Commissioner of Labor Statistics.
Bill Zielinski – Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information Technology Category, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration
Bill Zielinski is the Deputy Assistant Commissioner, for the Office of Information Technology Category (ITC) in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). FAS provides buying platforms and acquisition services to federal, state, and local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies to motor vehicles.
As an organization within FAS, ITC provides access to a wide range of commercial and custom IT products, services and solutions.
Additionally, Mr. Zielinski was selected by the Program Management Office for Government-wide Category Management Intelligence, in consultation with Office of Management and Budget, to serve as the Government-wide Information Technology (IT) Category Manager.