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Jonathan Benett

Jonathan Benett

Vice Chair at Large

Jonathan Benett is a business and information technology (IT) leader with over 20 years of experience in leadership, IT program and project management, strategic planning, operations, and corporate business development. He specializes in the identification of public sector business requirements and the development of innovative technology solutions to meet the unique challenges of government. 

Jonathan is currently the Technical Director for Digital Government Solutions at Adobe. In this role he is working with Public Sector organizations across all levels of government (Federal, State & Local, and Globally) to more effectively and efficiently deliver their mission through innovative solutions that dramatically improve the digital experience that government constituents and employees deserve.

Prior to Adobe, Jonathan was a public servant in several leadership roles in Federal government.  He was the Chief Enterprise Architect for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). He also worked at the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in a variety of leadership roles, including Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Administrator, IT Program Manager for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Acting CTO, and Acting Deputy Regional Administrator for FNS’ Northeast Regional Office. Before working at the USDA, Jonathan led the Project Management Office for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, preceded by ten years of successful experience in private industry. 

Over the past 20 years Jonathan has been an active member of the ACT-IAC community and served in a number of leadership roles including:

  • 2020 ELC Industry Enterprise Content Lead
  • 2019 ELC Themes and Threads Industry Co-Lead
  • 2017-2018 ACT Executive Committee member and contributor to the 2019 - 2021 Strategic Plan
  • 2017-2018 Government Chair, NexUS
  • 2011-2012 Government Chair – Fellows Community
  • 2012 Management of Change (MOC) Session Lead
  • 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 ELC Speaker
  • 2007 MOC Session Lead
  • 2005 Inaugural Voyagers Program graduate
  • 2002 Department of Energy A-76/White Paper team lead

In each of his multifaceted roles, Jonathan displays enthusiasm, integrity, character, and professional leadership qualities that benefit the greater public sector IT community. Federal Computer Week recently recognized him through the distinguished “Fed 100” award and previously through its “Rising Star Award.”

Jonathan graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Business Administration and from the University of North Florida with a Master of Business Administration (MBA). He is a Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute (PMI). He completed the USDA Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SES CDP) at American University and executive leadership coursework at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.