Home » Speakers

SPEAKERS 2024

See the global digital government leaders who shared their experiences and expertise during our 2024 event below:

Featuring

The Honorable Clare A. Martorana

Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget, United States of America

Clare Martorana is an industry leader in deploying innovative technology and human-centered design to create products, services, and experiences that improve people’s lives.

In March 2021, Clare was appointed by President Biden as the Federal Chief Information Officer. She previously served as Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and a member of the U.S. Digital Service team at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, launching the agency’s enterprise-wide digital modernization effort to give Veterans the 21st century digital experience they deserve. Prior to joining government, Clare was a President at Everyday Health and Senior Vice President and General Manager and editor-at-large at WebMD.

Throughout her career, Clare has worked to improve and simplify the digital experiences people have when interacting with businesses – and knows the same is possible when our citizens interact with our government. As a creative leader and big thinker, she is leading government technologists and policy experts in meeting federal mandates while working collaboratively to deliver secure modern tools and services to our citizens. She looks forward to partnering with key stakeholders to maximize investments and deliver high-quality digital services to the American people.

Brian Abrahamson

Associate Laboratory Director and Chief Digital Officer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, United States of America

Brian Abrahamson is an Associate Laboratory Director & the Chief Digital Officer for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, responsible for leading the institution on a digital transformation journey that brings to bear technology innovation to differentiate PNNL as a globally recognized research institution.

Brian has the privilege of leading a diverse team of professionals that span computing, information technology, user experience design, program management, cyber security, and systems engineering.  This team has a clear mandate to leverage human-centered design to re-imagine how digital technologies can simplify the research experience, enable data-driven insights for decision makers, enhance the efficiency of getting work done at the laboratory, and accelerate PNNL’s research missions through advanced computational testbeds, human centered design, DevSecOps, HPC, IoT, edge and cloud computing.

Having previously served as the CIO for San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company, one of the nation’s largest investor-owned utilities, Brian returned to his home state of Washington in 2012 to join PNNL.  Prior to PG&E he spent over 10 years with Accenture, a management consulting organization, where he worked with technology and business leaders at over a dozen Fortune 200 companies to transform business operating models and lead digital transformation efforts.

Lauren Alexanderson

Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs, United States of America

For nearly 30 years, Lauren Alexanderson has been an advocate for designing health experiences with users, not for them. She got her start as a patient designer for Steven Spielberg and General Norman Schwarzkopf’s Starbright World, a 1990s virtual reality online community for children living with chronic and severe health conditions. Hooked on the practice of health experience design, she is now proud to serve as VA’s Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Health Delivery. In this role, Lauren oversees a large portfolio of accessible digital health products designed and developed with Veterans and their care teams. During the pandemic, Lauren led VA’s Veteran-facing content response for the agency-wide COVID-19 joint task force. Lauren has been with the Department of Veterans Affairs for 7 years, first as a United States Digital Service (USDS) Expert, before becoming the Deputy CTO for Health Delivery. Prior to enlisting in USDS, Lauren spent twelve years working in international and domestic public health and non-profits, with an emphasis on designing digital approaches to enable populations to better access and manage their health care.  Lauren holds an MBA and an MA in Health Communication from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA in Community Health from Brown University.

Jennifer Anastasoff

Executive Director, Tech Talent Project

Jennifer is co-Founder and Executive Director of the Tech Talent Project. Previously, she was a founding member of U.S. Digital Service at the White House and served as Head of People from 2014 until 2017, increasing the team from three to over 200 and created a diverse, cross-functional pipeline of digital talent from around America into our federal government. She focuses on bringing together talent, innovation, and social change and loves building awesome teams.

She served as founding CEO of Fuse Corps and prior to starting Fuse Corps, Jennifer founded a few social enterprises focused on bringing technical and operational skills to the public sector, served as a consultant on the Higher Education Committee of the California State Assembly, and was a proud 6th-grade teacher.

Darren Ash

Chief Information Officer, Department of Interior, United States

Darren Ash serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the U.S. Department of the Interior.  For over 20 years, Mr. Ash has served as an IT expert in the public sector, implementing a wide range of IT and information management (IM) capabilities and enhancements and improved IT/IM budgeting, governance, and portfolio management processes.

Previously, Mr. Ash served as the Assistant CIO for USDA’s Farm Production and Conservation Mission Area, CIO for USDA’s Farm Service Agency, CIO of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Associate CIO (ACIO) at the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Mr. Ash started his Federal career with the Internal Revenue Service and then moved to the Department of Treasury, prior to serving at the Department of Transportation.

A native of California, he received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from The American University, a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University, and a Master of Science in Information Systems Technology.

Larry Bafundo (invited)

Deputy Executive Director and Acting Executive Director, Technology Modernization Fund General Services Administration, United States

Larry Bafundo is a technologist who has led complex digital initiatives across the private and public sectors and currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director and Acting Executive Director of GSA’s Technology Modernization Fund.

Prior to joining the TMF, he led a $2B effort at the Department of Labor to modernize the nation’s unemployment insurance systems. While at DOL, Larry built a team of digital experts to help states improve customer experiences, streamline workflows using automation and artificial intelligence, and strengthen program integrity through new partnerships with GSA’s Login.gov and the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Previously, Larry also served as the Vice President of Digital Services at Ad Hoc, a digital services company that came out of the Healthcare.gov rescue. In this role he led a team of 400 technologists and worked with agencies like Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to improve how they use technology to serve people. He also founded the company’s product practice, making product management a key differentiator for the company, and built a team of product leaders that have gone on to lead digital teams across government, including at VA, HHS, and the United States Digital Service (USDS).

Larry also worked with Los Angeles County to design a new voting system that launched in 2020 and led product teams at 18F and Code for America.

Prior to focusing on the public sector, Larry served as a strategy consultant to Fortune 100
companies and was a frequent technology partner to IDEO, a global design firm and pioneer of human centered design practices.

He lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife, Monica, son, Enzo, and dog, Penny.

Glorimar Ripoll Balet

Director of Product, US Digital Service, United States of America

Glorimar Ripoll Balet is currently the Director of Product at the United States Digital Services (USDS), a component of the Executive Office of the President of the United States. She leads a team of product managers working on some of the nation’s most pressing service delivery challenges. Glorimar joined USDS in 2021 as a Digital Service Expert and worked on projects with various federal agencies, including the Department of Labor, the General Service Administration, and the White House Infrastructure Implementation Team. During her time in the federal government, Glorimar has also been a policy advisor to the White House Working Group on Puerto Rico and Co-Chair of the Federal Fast Track Action Committee for Data Infrastructure for Puerto Rico, a subgroup of the Subcommittee on Equitable Data of the National Science and Technology Council.

Before joining the federal government, Glorimar was appointed the first Chief Innovation Officer for the Government of Puerto Rico in 2017 and the first woman Chief Information Officer in 2019. She led the creation of the Puerto Rico Innovation and Technology Service (PRITS), a component of the Office of the Governor, and became the first Executive Director of this agency in 2019. Having this office created by statutory law was a significant achievement for the Puerto Rican government. Under Ripoll Balet’s leadership, the people in Puerto Rico witnessed impactful advances in digital government services, particularly those related to driver’s licenses and motor vehicles.

Glorimar has a Bachelor of Science in Management Science with concentrations in Information Technologies and Marketing Research, a Minor in Economics, and a Master of Engineering with a concentration in Information Systems, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Betsy Beaumon

Chief Transformation Officer, Social Security Administration

Betsy Beaumon is the Chief Transformation Officer and Senior Advisor at the Social Security Administration.  She is the former CEO of Benetech, a nonprofit delivering software for social good, developing and scaling products to address inclusion, equity, and justice for marginalized communities in over 50 countries. She coined the term “Born Accessible” to describe the goal of digital content and products that work for all from the start. Betsy previously held roles in product development, customer service, and consulting across the tech sector, including co-founding two pioneering start-ups: the first web-based information and referral service for social services and one of the first online global trade management platforms. Betsy has been an active board member, advisor, and volunteer, as well as author and speaker.  She holds a degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University.

Thomas Beautyman

Deputy Director for Government Digital, Data and Technology Capability, Government Digital and Data, United Kingdom

Thomas joined the Cabinet Office in 2021, in the new Central Digital and Data Office, and is responsible for transforming how Government grows  capability in digital and data.  This including attracting, recruiting and building digital expertise, through to developing the many leaders in government who have specialism in other domains, but increasingly need digital and data confidence to deliver.  Thomas moved to the Cabinet Office from DWP Digital, having joined Government in 2019 from BT where he led workforce planning, apprenticeships and learning transformation.

Christine Bellamy

Director, GOV.UK, Government Digital Service, Cabinet Office, United Kingdom

Government Digital Service (GDS) mission is to build a simple, joined-up and personalised experience of government for everyone. Using its unique position at the centre of government, they develop services that work for the user, however complex the underlying systems may be. GOV.UK is the best place for people to access government services and information. It’s one of the most visited websites in the UK, and is relied upon by millions of people each week for clear and accurate guidance on government policy and information, and access to vital services.

As Director of GOV.UK Chris sets the vision and strategy and leads the work to develop future products that will deliver a joined-up and personalised experience of government for everyone. She also works with teams across the UK government to transform digital services and content.

She joined GDS from the BBC where she held a number of roles over a ten year period (2012-2022) and most recently was Head of Product for BBC News and Sport, UK and Global. Prior to working at the BBC, Christine was a Managing Director at Johnston Media (2009-2012).

Amira Boland

Federal Customer Experience Lead, Office of Management and Budget, United States of America

Amira Boland is currently a Visiting Fellow with the McCourt School’s Better Government Lab on a temporary assignment from her role as the lead for Federal Customer Experience at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Executive Office of the President. Amira joined the Federal government in 2015 as a founding member of the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team. She left the private sector where she’d been working with financial institutions and insurance companies on products based on individuals’ spending, saving, and risk-taking behavior and with other public institutions on forming innovative delivery teams at the center of government. Following the Obama Administration, Amira worked to institutionalize SBST as the Office of Evaluation Sciences at the General Services Administration, a team that works across government to build the capacity of civil servants to embed evaluations, and Randomized Controlled Trials whenever possible, into their program delivery. Amira joined OMB in 2018 and has built a Customer Experience team working to implement Executive Order 14058 on Transforming Federal Customer Experience and Service Delivery to Rebuild Trust in Government. Amira also coordinated OMB’s work implementing the first Executive Order of the Biden-Harris Administration, Executive Order 13985, on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government and supports ongoing cross-government initiatives to better account for, calculate, and reduce administrative burdens. Amira is a proud mom of two and ramblin’ wreck from Georgia Tech.

Martin Bowyer

Deputy Director, Securing Government Services, Central Digital and Data Office, United Kingdom

Martin leads a team of talented and creative digital and security experts in the Cabinet Office at the heart of the UK Government. Part of the Central Digital & Data Office, he works with the National Cyber Security Centre, cyber experts, digital teams across the public sector and key suppliers to provide pragmatic solutions to digital and cyber challenges. A co-author of the UK Government’s Cyber Security and Digital & Data Strategies, Martin brings practical experience to transforming public sector technology and helps to deliver great digital services that are secure by design. Martin is also responsible for critical technical infrastructure used by the UK public sector.

Martin’s background is in Consulting. Before joining the UK Government, Martin delivered technology transformation programmes, technology consulting and assurance engagements and grew a successful public sector cyber business in a top tier consultancy.

Judy Brewer

Assistant Director of Accessibility, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, United States

Judy Brewer is OSTP Assistant Director for Accessibility at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she focuses on technology policies that impact people with disabilities. Her work includes strengthening implementation of digital accessibility in government services, improving access to technology-based reasonable accommodations, promoting equitable access to accessible technologies, helping build paths for accessible AI, and opening the STEM pipeline for people with disabilities.

Prior to working at the White House, Judy served for several months as a Digital Accessibility Expert at the Partnership for Public Service, a non-partisan non-profit focused on building better government. For the previous 25 years she led the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), where she led development of the internationally recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which have been taken up by many governments around the world. During that time she also served as a Principal Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

Her experience includes work on digital accessibility, assistive technology, international technology standards development, disability rights, and development of technology policies and practices to advance digital equity and inclusion.

Robin Carnahan

Administrator, General Services Administration, United States of America

Robin Carnahan currently serves as the Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

As Administrator, she is working to empower GSA career professionals and build on the agency’s efforts to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to the government and American people.

Prior to joining GSA, Carnahan served in executive and leadership roles in business, academia and government, including as the Secretary of State of Missouri (2005-2013), and founded and led the State and Local Government Practice at 18F, a tech consultancy, inside GSA (2016–2020). She’s a nationally recognized government technology leader and in 2017 was named one of the federal government’s “Top Women in Tech.” Most recently, Carnahan was a Fellow at Georgetown University’s Beeck Center where she co-founded the State Software Collaborative.

As Secretary of State, Carnahan also served as the state’s Chief Election Official and State Securities Regulator and was responsible for providing in-person and online services to hundreds of thousands of customers. An essential part of her job was leading the office’s technology modernization efforts across 7 operating divisions. She frequently speaks, writes and testifies about government innovation through smarter use of technology.

While previously at GSA, Carnahan helped federal, state and local government agencies improve customer facing digital services and cut costs. She focused on training and empowering non-technical executives on ways to reduce risk and deliver better results for the public by more effectively budgeting, procuring, implementing, and overseeing digital modernization projects.

Carnahan holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from William Jewell College and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Kamya Chandra

Chief Strategy Officer, Centre for Digital Public Infrastructure

Kameshwari (Kamya) Chandra is Chief Strategy Officer at the global Centre for Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI), working to guide countries in the design and implementation of digital public infrastructure. She is also an Advisor on DPI to the Indian Ministry of Finance, and worked closely with them on the G20 India Presidency and on the rollout of the Account Aggregator framework – which enables consented data sharing for over 2 Billion financial accounts. She worked previously at the World Bank’s Digital Identification for Development initiative focused in the West Africa region, and at the Boston Consulting Group in London focused on the Public Sector practice. She holds an MPA in International Development from the London School of Economics, a certificate in Leading Economic Growth at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a BA in Economics and Political Science.

CHANG Sau Sheong

Deputy Chief Executive, Government Technology Agency, Singapore

Sau Sheong is the Deputy Chief Executive, Product & Engineering, for GovTech Singapore.

Prior to GovTech, he was an Operating Partner, Digital for Temasek, a global investment company headquartered in Singapore and part of the AI Strategy and Solutions team.

Before that, he ran SP Digital, the digital business unit of SP Group. He also headed IT, OT and digital transformation for the whole of SP Group for more than 6 years. Sau Sheong was instrumental in changing SP Group from a traditional utility company to a regional energy player.

In his 28 years of industry experience, he has built and led product engineering teams at PayPal, Yahoo and HP building various software products for enterprise businesses and consumers globally.

He was previously a co-founder of a software company and was involved in startups for more than 10 years. He is active and contributes to many technology communities in Singapore and Southeast Asia and has written 4 programming books, currently working on a 5th book.

Sau Sheong has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, a Master’s in Commercial Law and a Postgraduate Certificate in International Arbitration.

Dana Chisnell

Executive Director for Customer Experience, Department for Homeland Security, United States 

Dana Chisnell serves as the Executive Director for the Customer Experience Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In her role, she drives initiatives to reduce administrative burdens, simplify public-facing processes, and equip the DHS workforce with the tools necessary to improve customer interactions at all levels.

From October 2014 to 2016, Ms. Chisnell was part of the founding cohort of the United States Digital Service. Her focus was on bringing human-centered design to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as the agency revamped its software development and design practices. Ms. Chisnell also acted as part of a cross-functional team to design a more agile and design-forward procurement process for the entire Department.

In February 2021, Ms. Chisnell returned to federal service to improve processes to obtain Afghan Special Immigrant Visas, lead service design on parts of “Operation Allies Welcome” and explore process redesign for various parole programs.

Before returning to federal service at DHS, Ms. Chisnell co-founded Project Redesign at the National Conference on Citizenship with Ginny Hunt and current DHS Chief Information Officer Eric Hysen. While with Project Redesign, she created and led the Tech Executive Leadership Initiative (TELI) with the Aspen Tech Policy Hub and the Tech Talent Project to prepare senior leaders from the private sector to enter public service.

Ms. Chisnell also co-founded the Center for Civic Design (CCD). CCD was the first to map the experience of American voters. She worked on the Anywhere Ballot, the basis of the digital user interfaces on most commercially available voting systems today.

Ms. Chisnell is an expert in plain language, forms design, and user experience for older adults. Her work on design for older adults includes groundbreaking work at AARP that was the basis for several requirements in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

Ms. Chisnell received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics from Michigan State University.

The Honorable Harry Coker

National Cyber Director, The White House, United States of America

Harry Coker, Jr. was confirmed by the Senate on December 12, 2023 as the second National Cyber Director in the Office of the National Cyber Director, the White House.  Director Coker is a retired Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) senior executive and career Naval Officer, is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School, and Georgetown University Law Center.

Coker completed a joint duty assignment as the Executive Director of the National Security Agency (NSA). As the third in command of the largest component of the US Intelligence Community, he directly supported NSA’s Director and Deputy Director in the strategic and day-to-day leadership of the Agency. Coker’s service to the Nation and NSA was recognized with the awarding of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the NSA Director’s Distinguished Service Medal, and the IC EEOD Outstanding Leadership Award.

During the first seventeen years of his service with the CIA, Coker was assigned to leadership positions in the Directorate of Digital Innovation; the Directorate of Science & Technology; and the Director’s Area. Key assignments included service as Director of the Open Source Enterprise, which is responsible for leveraging publicly available information; and as Deputy Director of CIA’s Office of Public Affairs, which is responsible for the Agency’s internal and external communications and media relations. Coker was also a member of the small, hand-selected team of senior officers that architected the Agency’s organizational construct and operating model. He also had a key role in formulating and executing the Diversity in Leadership Study; and served on the Executive Diversity & Inclusion Council. Coker’s leadership and contributions earned him the Presidential Rank Award and CIA’s prestigious Don Cryer Award for Diversity & Inclusion.

Kevin Cunnington

Former Director General, Government Digital Service (GDS), United Kingdom, and Expert Advisor, Global Government Forum

Kevin was Director General of the International Government Service and Digital Envoy for the UK from August 2019, until April 2021. Prior to that, he was the Director General of the Government Digital Service from August 2016 to July 2019. Kevin left the UK Civil Service in April 2021.

Kevin has led a variety of large scale, and global, digital transformation programmes. He spent his early career in programming and IT consultancy. More recently he was the Global Head of Online for Vodafone Group and Business Transformation Group Director General at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Kevin now advises Global Government Forum, and leads the Global Government Digital Leaders’ Study.

Chris DeRusha

Federal Chief Information Security Officer, Office for Management Budget, United States of America

In January 2021, Chris DeRusha was appointed as the Federal Chief Information Security Officer in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer (OFCIO). Before coming back to federal government, DeRusha served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the Biden for President campaign. Prior to joining the campaign in June 2020, he served as the Chief Security Officer for the State of Michigan. DeRusha has extensive experience managing cybersecurity and critical infrastructure programs and operations both in the public and private sectors. DeRusha led Ford Motor Company’s Enterprise Vulnerability Management program and has over eight years of Federal Government experience working both at the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He holds a Master’s in Security Studies from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from James Madison University.

Paul J. Donato

EY United States Government & Public Sector Consulting Leader

Paul Donato is a Principal in the EY United States Government and Public Sector (GPS) practice. In his role as US GPS Consulting Leader, Paul oversees the delivery of EY Consulting services, consisting of our Business Consulting, Technology Consulting and People Consulting services, to our GPS clients across the Federal, State & Local and Higher Education sectors. Paul has held a variety of leadership roles within GPS, including Supply Chain & Operations Competency Leader, Performance Improvement Sub-Service Line Leader and Technology Consulting Service Line Leader.

Paul has 25 years of consulting experience. He has spent his entire career serving Publics Sector clients

Across a variety of areas including: Technology Transformation, Business Process Reengineering/Process Improvement, Cost Management/Cost Reduction, Procurement Transformation, Supply Chain Risk Management, Category Management and Strategic Sourcing, Supplier Relationship Management, Performance Management, Supply Chain Planning and Modeling, Logistics and Distribution Optimization, Supply Chain Performance Measurement

Ann Dunkin

Chief Information Officer, Department for Energy, United States of America

Ann Dunkin currently serves as Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Energy, where she manages the Department’s information technology (IT) portfolio and modernization; oversees the Department’s cybersecurity efforts; leads technology innovation and digital transformation; and enables collaboration across the Department. She served in the Obama Administration as CIO of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Prior roles include Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Dell Technologies; CIO, County of Santa Clara, CA; CTO, Palo Alto Unified School District, California; and various leadership roles at Hewlett Packard focused on engineering, research and development, IT, manufacturing engineering, software quality, and operations.

Ann is a published author, most recently of the book Industrial Digital Transformation, and a frequent speaker on topics such as government technology modernization, digital transformation, and organizational development. Ann received the 2022 Capital CIO Large Enterprise ORBIE Award, and she has been given a range of previous awards, including DC’s Top 50 Women in Technology for 2015 and 2016, ComputerWorld’s Premier 100 Technology Leaders for 2016, StateScoop’s Top 50 Women in Technology list for 2017, FedScoop’s Golden Gov Executive of the Year in 2016 and 2021, and FedScoop’s Best Bosses in Federal IT 2022.

Ms. Dunkin holds a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a licensed professional engineer in the states of California and Washington. In 2018, she was inducted into Georgia Tech’s Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni.

Jen Easterly

Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, United States of America

Jen Easterly is the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). She was nominated by President Biden in April 2021 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on July 12, 2021. As Director, Jen leads CISA’s efforts to understand, manage, and reduce risk to the cyber and physical infrastructure Americans rely on every day. She is a proud Mom, a mental health advocate, a Rubik’s Cube enthusiast, and an aspiring electric guitarist.

Before serving in her current role, Jen was the head of Firm Resilience at Morgan Stanley, responsible for ensuring preparedness and response to business-disrupting operational incidents and risks to the Firm. She also helped build and served as the first Global Head of Morgan Stanley’s Cybersecurity Fusion Center, the Firm’s center of gravity for cyber defense operations.

Jen has a long tradition of public service, to include two tours at the White House, most recently as Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Counterterrorism and earlier as Executive Assistant to National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. She also served as the Deputy for Counterterrorism at the National Security Agency.

A two-time recipient of the Bronze Star, Jen retired from the U.S. Army after more than twenty years of service in intelligence and cyber operations, including tours of duty in Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Responsible for standing up the Army’s first cyber battalion, she was also instrumental in the design and creation of United States Cyber Command.

A distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Jen holds a master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the 2023 Sisterhood Award from Girls Who Code; the 2022 National Defense University Admiral Grace Hopper Award; the 2021 Cybersecurity Ventures Cybersecurity Person of the Year Award; the 2020 Bradley W. Snyder Changing the Narrative Award, and the 2018 James W. Foley Legacy Foundation American Hostage Freedom Award.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a French American Foundation Young Leader, Jen is the past recipient of the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship, the National Security Institute Visiting Fellowship, the New America Foundation Senior International Security Fellowship, the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, and the Director, National Security Agency Fellowship.

Jonathan Finch

Director, Digital Experience, Office of Management and Budget, United States

Jonathan Finch currently serves as the Acting Director of Digital Experience within the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). He helped draft and now leads the government-wide implementation of OMB’s flagship policy on delivering a digital-first public experience. Jonathan also serves as an implementation lead for the customer experience priority area of the President’s Management Agenda. Throughout his career which has spanned both the private and public sectors, Jonathan has helped organizations of all sizes rethink how they engage with and serve their customers. Prior to joining the government, Jonathan worked at Deloitte Consulting, where he served as an advisor to C-suite executives on a range of topics.  Jonathan holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and began his career in public service as a White House intern while at Georgetown.

Laura Gerhardt

As a the Director of Technology Modernization & Data in the White House Office of Management and Budget’s the Federal Chief Information Office, Laura oversees a broad portfolio of initiatives focused on driving better mission enablement through accelerated delivery, driving greater return on investment, and use of data. Previously, she managed teams of engineers and privacy experts modernizing citizen experiences at GSA. She was detailed to support critical Health and Human Services COVID-19 response efforts and helped lead vital public health education campaigns during the pandemic. While at GSA she also served as the Deputy Director of the government-wide login.gov digital identity program where she worked to securely streamline public access to benefits and services online. Laura holds a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley and Bachelor’s from Tufts University.

Greg Gershman

Co-Founder and CEO, Ad Hoc

Greg Gershman is the Co-Founder and CEO of Ad Hoc. Since founding Ad Hoc in 2014, Greg has led the team in growing from a small team to an organization of 500 people working in support of critical government digital services. In his role as CEO, Greg has led Ad Hoc’s growth from a startup into a trusted partner supporting major digital services efforts at the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as other government agencies.

In October 2013, after the launch of HealthCare.gov, Greg—along with Ad Hoc’s Chief Technology Officer, Paul Smith—was part of a small team of technologists sent by the White House to help the government and their contractors stabilize the site so that millions of Americans could enroll in health insurance.

Before founding Ad Hoc, Greg worked more than 15 years as a software engineer in both government and commercial organizations. In 2012, he joined the first class of Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF). As a PIF, Greg led the MyUSA program by conceptualizing and building a platform for government digital services.

Laura Gilbert

Chief Analyst, Director of Data Science, 10 Downing Street, United Kingdom

Dr. Laura Gilbert is the director of 10DS, the data science and analytics team in Downing Street, director of the Incubator for Artificial Intelligence (i.AI), joint Chief Analyst for the Cabinet Office and SRO for the AI for Public Good program. Her teams provide fast-paced modelling and analysis to support policy making and delivery, deliver expert data and AI solutions into public services, and run a radical transformation agenda promoting the better use of evidence, data and technology in government decision making.  She also created and spearheads a broader program of innovation, digitisation and radical upskilling in central government called Evidence House. She holds a doctorate in Particle Physics and is a Visiting Professor at LSE, and holds fellowships of the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Analytics.

Laura has a doctorate in Particle Physics and GRID computing from the university of Oxford, and undergraduate degrees in natural sciences from Cambridge. She held lectureships and a post-doctoral research position at Oxford and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. Laura spent three years as a quantitative analyst in the financial sector, working in modelling, analysis and artificial intelligence before joining a new medical technologies company as the second director. She spent the next decade working as a hands-on CTO bringing the company from start up to SME to acquisition, and has significant experience in software development, wearable technology, systems architecture, data integration and system/data security. She is fluent in seven programming languages, and is named on four patents, including lead inventor on two data security patents.

Betsy Hawkings

Former Fellow – House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

Betsy Wright Hawkings served as chief of staff to four Republican House members over 25 years, including her hometown Congressman Christopher Shays of Connecticut, helping to develop coalitions to pass cross-partisan legislation like the Congressional Accountability Act and legislation to establish the 9-11 Commission and implement its recommendations.  The former Managing Director of Democracy Fund’s Governance Program, she was a fellow on the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress and heads Article One Advisors, providing support to entrepreneurial organizations seeking to foster dialogue across the ideological spectrum; promote more effective congressional systems, processes and procedures; develop innovative programs to deepen leadership development for members of Congress and staff; and reduce incentives for hyper-partisanship and gridlock in government.

Laura has a doctorate in Particle Physics and GRID computing from the university of Oxford, and undergraduate degrees in natural sciences from Cambridge. She held lectureships and a post-doctoral research position at Oxford and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. Laura spent three years as a quantitative analyst in the financial sector, working in modelling, analysis and artificial intelligence before joining a new medical technologies company as the second director. She spent the next decade working as a hands-on CTO bringing the company from start up to SME to acquisition, and has significant experience in software development, wearable technology, systems architecture, data integration and system/data security. She is fluent in seven programming languages, and is named on four patents, including lead inventor on two data security patents.

Mina Hsiang

Administrator, United States Digital Service, United States of America

Mina Hsiang is the third Administrator of the United States Digital Service (USDS) and has been in the role since August 2021. As Administrator, she leads the organization within the Executive Office of the President, charged with tackling government’s most critical technology challenges to deliver simpler, more secure, and more efficient government services for the American public. Core to this work is bringing top technical talent from the private sector into civil service, and rethinking how the government manages and buys digital capabilities. USDS is home to over 200 top technologists working across multiple agencies to tackle dozens of critical problems.

In the private sector, Hsiang was VP of Technology Products and VP of Policy at an integrated insurance and services startup for seniors that she helped start and grow into a 700+ person company. She previously led new product development for the analytics division at a large healthcare technology & services company. She spent time as a venture investor and advisor, helping start and grow companies across multiple industries. Hsiang spent her early career building cutting-edge medical devices including point-of-care diagnostics and robotic prosthetics. 

Hsiang has also held roles that allow her to do work across the federal government.  Beginning in January 2021, she served as USDS’s COVID lead where she oversaw the delivery of the Vaccines.gov integrated consumer experience in collaboration with the CDC and HHS. 

During the Obama Administration, Hsiang was a key member of the HealthCare.gov rescue. She went on to help start USDS, serving as the lead for healthcare projects, which spanned the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Health and Human Services (HHS), where she eventually started HHS’s own Digital Service. Hsiang also served as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer during the Obama Administration, in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she was the technology lead for the Precision Medicine initiative. She served on the DoD’s Defense Innovation Board subcommittee on software development, and on the Biden Harris Transition Team.

Administrator Hsiang held her first government role while studying biomedical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she served as an intern at the Federal Drug Administration.

Mina received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She and her husband, Orin, have two children.

Darren Hutton

Chief Digital Officer, Hippo

Darren, as Hippo’s Chief Digital Officer, is a key member of the executive team, driving digital innovation and strategic growth. With a background spanning nearly two decades in esteemed UK Public Sector institutions like the National Health Service and Department for Work and Pensions, Darren brings invaluable expertise to his role.Under Darren’s leadership, Hippo has not only expanded its end-to-end capabilities but also forged strategic partnerships, enhancing its offerings and reach. Darren’s visionary approach has been instrumental in navigating the complexities of digital transformation and ensuring that Hippo remains at the forefront of the industry.His contributions extend beyond internal growth; Darren’s leadership has solidified Hippo’s position as a trusted partner in digital transformation. In summary, Darren’s strategic vision and expertise have propelled Hippo’s growth and success, making it a leader in the dynamic digital landscape.

Raymond Holder

Vice President, Digital Growth, Maximus 

Raymond Holder, an accomplished executive strategist, and visionary technology leader, currently serves as the Vice President of Digital Solutions at Maximus. With a global perspective and a keen focus on growth and innovation, Raymond has made significant contributions to clients spanning over 90 countries and four continents by harnessing the power of technology to drive transformative change within organizations and improve lives.

Before joining Maximus, Raymond served as Principal for U.S. Federal Healthcare at Amazon Web Services (AWS), where he played a pivotal role in advancing healthcare solutions. Prior to that, he held the position of Vice President of Business Development at Perspecta, demonstrating his exceptional leadership and strategic prowess in the tech industry.

Raymond’s career extends beyond borders, as he spent a decade in Europe collaborating with healthcare leaders and foreign nationals across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. His efforts in this arena earned him three Military Healthcare Innovation awards, highlighting his profound impact on the healthcare sector.

He is a Fellow of the American Council for Technology – Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC), reflecting his dedication to advancing technology and innovation. Raymond’s educational background includes as studies in Architectural Engineering at the University of Notre Dame and Computer Science at the University of Buffalo.

Valentina Ion

Public Finance Administration Global Lead at Microsoft

As Senior Director of Public Finance and Administration, Valentina leads the Microsoft sales and industry solutions strategy, enabling a strong organization that supports Ministries of Finance, Tax Agencies, Customs and Trade Agencies, National Treasuries as well as Financial Market Regulators, embarking on the digital transformation journey.

Valentina has a diverse background in industry sales strategy and execution, business management as well as, marketing and product management.

With more than 23 years’ experience in ICT and Business transformation Valentina is passionate about business re-engineering and technology innovation for a better economy and society.

Valentina is energized by people and is a strong believer that women are a cohesion and growth factor in every industry and organization.

Amy Jones

EY US Public Sector AI Market lead

Amy Jones is the EY US Public Sector AI Market lead.  She is dedicated to helping public sector clients utilize data and analytics, with a focus on AI/ML, for informed decision-making, operational excellence, and fostering a technology-literate workforce. Amy serves on EY’s National Women in Technology executive committee, working passionately to improve representation of women in technology across industry. Previously, Amy served as a data scientist in support of the U.S. Navy, developing algorithms to characterize multi-dimensional system performance trade space and optimize performance. Beyond work, Amy is head cheerleader for her three sons and plays doubles tennis in the neighborhood.

Scott Jones

President, Shared Services Canada

Scott Jones was appointed President of Shared Services Canada (SSC) effective September 11, 2023. Previous to this appointment, he was Executive Vice-President of SSC and, concurrently, Associate Deputy Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada.

Prior to April 2022, Scott was the Federal Lead on Proof of Vaccine Credentials and Associate Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). He collaborated with federal partners, provinces and territories to successfully deliver the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination program that is used for travel in Canada and internationally. Scott also led IRCC’s efforts related to digital transformation, modernization, IM/IT and data, as well as the Citizenship and Passport programs.

From October 2018 to August 2021, he was the founding  Head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, Communications Security Establishment (CSE).

Since beginning his career in 1999, Scott has held various positions at CSE. They included Assistant Deputy Minister of IT Security; acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Corporate Services; Chief Financial Officer; and Director General of Cyber Defence, providing leadership in the areas of signals intelligence and IT security. Before that, he worked at the Privy Council Office as a National Security Policy Advisor in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat.

Scott has been with the public service for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, where he earned a Master of Business Administration. Scott also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electronic Systems Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Regina.

Christina Lang

Chief Executive Officer, DigitalService, Germany

Christina Lang is co-founder and CEO of the DigitalService, the internal digitalization unit of the Federal Government of Germany. Providing interdisciplinary product teams, the DigitalService builds user-centered digital public services together with the government. It also drives the digital transformation of public administration through the fellowships Tech4Germany and Work4Germany. In spring 2020, she initiated the #WirVsVirus hackathon of the German Government as a national, coordinated covid response effort. Before founding the DigitalService in 2019, Christina worked at the Federal Foreign Office and as a strategy consultant at McKinsey Company. She is a trained lawyer and holds a Management degree from London Business School.

Jodi Leo

Chief Delivery Officer, Nava

Jodi Leo is the Chief Delivery Officer at Nava, a public benefit corporation which emerged from the effort to help rebuild HealthCare.gov after its troubled launch. Nava exists to address some of the most complex challenges in the public sector and works to make government services simple, effective, and accessible to all. The company’s portfolio spans several projects in the U.S. including Medicare, Veterans Affairs, unemployment benefits, and paid family leave. Nava has helped tens of millions of people enroll in critical programs, streamlined processes to save decades of labor years, and saved government agencies hundreds of millions of dollars.

Jodi is responsible for marshaling the company’s core capabilities in engineering, design, project, program, and product management to deliver better, simpler public services to all people. She has spent the last 10 years establishing highly effective organizations, helping them scale, cultivating leadership, and articulating a vision for the future. Previously, Jodi spent 15 years deep in the delivery environment with users, teams, and stakeholders. She shipped improved user experiences and achieved numerous industry awards, improved regulations, plus earned two patents and a challenge coin from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Digital Services team. Jodi is a professor at the School of Visual Arts Masters Interaction Design, where she trains future digital services talent, and is a critic at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Andy Lewandowski

Chief Digital Experience Officer, Department of the Interior, United States

Andy Lewandowski serves as the first Chief Digital Experience Officer at the United States Department of the Interior. In this role, he is responsible for digital strategy and delivery across the agency’s public-facing services and customer experiences, including for more than 300 million annual visitors of National Parks.

Previously, Mr. Lewandowski served as Digital Experience Advisor to the United States CIO in the White House. He was the chief architect of Memorandum M-23-22, “Delivering a Digital-First Public Experience” (Sept. 2023), a 10-year digital delivery policy framework that includes more than 100 actions and standards for federal agencies to implement. He was also a co-architect of Presidential Executive Order 14058, “Transforming Federal Customer Experience and Service Delivery to Rebuild Trust in Government” (Dec. 2021).

A former product and design lead at the United States Digital Service and technology consultant, Mr. Lewandowski is a public interest digital leader and agile business, product, and customer experience strategist who uses technology and human-centered design to deliver better experiences to the public when they interact with the government. He’s worked at the federal level on diverse digital transformations including reimagining the immigration experience for the 21st century, creating novel ways to deliver benefits and health care to veterans, modernizing customer call centers with integrated self-service digital tools, and harnessing data to power modern workforce experiences. He’s also worked on innovative products and programs in hospitality and higher education.

Mr. Lewandowski holds an M.A. from Georgetown and a B.A. from San Diego State. A California native, he is an avid cyclist and hiker and a budding surfer and golfer.

Ann Lewis

Director, Technology Transformation Services, General Services Administration, United States of America

Ann Lewis is the Director of Technology Transformation Services (TTS) at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and runs a team of ~600 technologists working on a variety of platforms, products and programs that bring tech industry best practices and tools into government. Ann is a tech industry veteran, and has held a variety of tech leadership roles, including 2 CTO roles, and Senior Advisor for Technology and Delivery at the U.S. Small Business Administration. Ann is passionate about shipping great products, building great teams, and using tech as a force for good. Ann is based in DC, and holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Vigdís Jóhansdóttir

Chief Marketing Officer for Digital Iceland, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Iceland

Chief Marketing Officer for Digital Iceland, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs.

Vigdís is the Chief Marketing Officer of Digital Iceland where she leads internal and external communication, branding, culture, education and strategy.

Vigdís began her career in media where her focus was on branding and communication for both television and radio, as well as producing and hosting tv shows. A decade in media life led her into advertising where she was a senior adviser and Chief Operation Officer at one of Iceland‘s top advertising agencies. In 2016 Vigdís was the campaign mangager for Halla tómasdóttir, presidential candidate, who grew from inital following of 1% to becoming the runner-up with nearly 30% of the vote.

Vigdís has been with Digital Iceland since spring of 2020 taking part in building the strategy and being instrumental in growing the impact of Digital Iceland with special focus on the change management needed for the project to succeed.

Vigdís has over 25 years of experience in communication, marketing, and branding. Experienced strategist and in change management, project management, human resource management, service management and company culture.

Vigdís holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with specialization in management from the University of Reykjavík, jointly finishing her master’s in international Relations from the University of Iceland.

Vigdís is married with two children plus two stepchildren from the age of 16-31.

Gulsanna Mamediieva 

Adviser to the Vice Prime Minister for Innovations, Development of Education, Science & Technologies — Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine

Currently Gulsanna is CEO at Digitality. GovTech Center of Excellence, Brussel`s-based nonprofit aimed to enhance digital transformation of the public sector. She is also Fellow at Better Governance Lab, Tech and Public Policy Program and Adjunct Professor at the McCourt School for Public Policy, Georgetown University. Gulsanna also serves as Adviser to the Vice Prime Minister for Innovations, Development of Education, Science & Technologies — Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine. Previously she led the strategic planning, European and NATO integration of Ukraine’s digital sector as Director General for European and NATO integration at the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine in 2019-2023.

Catherine Manfre

Chief Transformation Officer, Office of Personnel Management, United States

Catherine Manfre serves as Chief Transformation Officer at the Office of Personnel Management under the Biden-Harris Administration where she supports initiatives related to customer experience, data leadership, employee experience, and agency modernization. She also has developed and executed strategies related to data-driven products and multiple government-wide initiatives. Before this role, Catherine served as a Senior Advisor for Transformation supporting a number of agency priorities and the President’s Management Agenda Workforce Priority including employee engagement and retention, mental health and well-being, and making data-driven decisions.

Prior to joining OPM, Catherine was a Partner at the Boston Consulting Group advising both large private and public sector clients on strategy, transformation, data & analytics, and operational improvements. While at BCG, she authored several articles on executing a successful Presidential transition and other workforce development topics. She also led diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts focused on recruiting, mentorship, and career development.

She graduated with Honors from New York University and has an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Seeyew Mo

Associate National Cyber Director for Workforce, Training and Education Office of the National Cyber Director, United States of America

Seeyew Mo serves as the Assistant National Cyber Director for Cyber Workforce, Training and Education at the Office of National Cyber Director (ONCD). In his role, Seeyew leads and supports the creation and implementation of the National Cyber Workforce and Education Strategy. He believes in taking a holistic view – doctrine, people, and technology – to making advancements in cyber workforce and digital safety awareness. He is an expert in the intersection of cybersecurity, technology, and national security with 17 years of experience that spans tech development, policymaking, and political campaigning.

Prior to ONCD, Seeyew was at the Office of Senator Mark Warner as a TechCongress fellow, where he served as Senior Fellow in Cybersecurity, Technology, and National Security. In that capacity, he worked on cyber workforce, health care cybersecurity, and competition with China legislation. Prior to that, he led engineering teams at Salesforce to integrate cybersecurity features on mobile applications. Prior to Salesforce, Seeyew co-founded an advocacy group to organize and empower families on education and economic issues, ran for office, and worked on various presidential and congressional campaigns. Seeyew began professional career in with building AI-powered Optical Character Recognition technology for checks-scanning.

Seeyew prides himself in bringing an inclusive lens, understanding, and humility fostered by life experiences as a child of working-class parents into policy discussions. When his family first immigrated to the United States, they survived by operating a fruit stand in New York City, and the lessons learned served as the basis for his continued public service and to create positive social impact. He is the first person in his family to graduate from high school and college.

Travis Moore

Founder and Executive Director, Tech Congress, United States of America

Travis Moore is the Founder and Executive Director of TechCongress, which places computer scientists, engineers, and other technologists to serve with Members of Congress on tech policy matters in order to galvanize Congress to invest in tech talent. Since 2015, TechCongress has sent 95 technologists into Congress. In 2020, in the face of COVID-19, TechCongress launched a one-time Congressional Digital Service Fellowship to meet the urgent digital capacity needs revealed by the pandemic. Congress created the House Digital Service as a result, which is the first digital service office in a legislature in the United States. Travis worked on Capitol Hill for six years and was the Legislative Director for Rep. Henry A. Waxman, the former Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Travis is the Co-Founder of the Congressional Staff Alumni Council and #CongressToo, a group of 1500 former Congressional staffers that brought the #MeToo movement to Capitol Hill and spearheaded a reform overhaul signed into law in late 2018. @travismoore

Chandler C. Morse

Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Workday

Chandler C. Morse serves as Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Workday, a leading provider of enterprise cloud services delivering financial management, human capital management, and analytics applications. Mr. Morse stood up the Washington, DC office for the company in late 2018 and was elevated to lead Workday’s U.S. and Global policy teams as well as Sustainability practice and reporting. Workday play a leadership role in privacy and data flows, artificial intelligence, workforce, sustainability, cybersecurity, and inclusion issues.

Prior to joining Workday, Mr. Morse spent more than a decade on Capitol Hill, working for Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) for more than thirteen years. He served as the Chief of Staff and was the Senator’s legislative director prior to that. He oversaw the legislative staff in Washington, DC and directly handled issues related to Senator Flake’s work on select international trade, U.S.-Cuba policy, immigration reform (including high-skilled immigration), and homeland security. Mr. Morse handled immigration during the introduction of the STRIVE Act in the House and was the primary negotiator for the Senator during the passage of S. 744, comprehensive immigration reform legislation, in the Senate.

Before assuming his role as Legislative Director in the Flake Senate office, Mr. Morse served as a Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director in then-Congressman Flake’s office, starting as a legislative assistant in May of 2005. In addition, Mr. Morse served as Policy Director for the Congressional Western Caucus from May 2005 through October 2007. He joined Congressman Flake’s staff after serving as a regulatory policy analyst for the National Association of Home Builders for two years. He also worked for Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan, a Washington, DC engineering consulting firm.

Mr. Morse graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in environmental policy and from the University of Maine with an M.S. in environmental science. Mr. Morse is the fifteenth member of his family, spanning three generations, to graduate from the University of Maine. He now lives in Baltimore with his wife Annie and their two children Parker and Talie and serves on the board of the National Immigration Forum.

Tim Newton, Captain (Ret)

Industry Advisor Manager, Microsoft

An experienced executive leader, Tim is currently an Industry Advisor Manager at Microsoft, where he is responsible for developing strategy and driving digital transformation from national-level agencies to state and local governments. His areas of focus include Public Safety & Justice, Public Finance, Critical Infrastructure and Public Health & Social Services. Tim retired from the Coast Guard in 2021 with 26-years of distinguished service.

His military career was highlighted by command assignments afloat and ashore, as well as joint postings at the White House, Naval Sea Systems Command, and the U.S. European Command. His experience provided unparalleled exposure to interagency and joint operations with domestic and international agencies, presenting a unique opportunity to foster cooperation, commitment, and unity of effort throughout government.

Tim and his wife, Maryse, live in York, ME with their youngest son Charlie, yellow lab Holden and Bean the cat. Their daughter Sophia is pursuing a Master’s Degree at The University of Edinburgh and their son Bradford is serving in the Coast Guard on CGC TAHOMA homeported in Newport, RI.

Andrew Nielson

Director of the Government-wide IT Accessibility Program, Office of Government-wide Policy, General Services Administration, United States of America

Andrew is the Director of the Government-wide IT Accessibility Program in GSA’s Office of Government-wide Policy, which has the mandate, under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to provide technical assistance to federal agencies and individuals in meeting Section 508 requirements. Andrew is an expert in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessibility. He is Co-Chair of the annual ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium, which brings together other experts from around the world in the field of ICT accessibility testing to exchange academic analysis of current ICT accessibility testing issues and explore approaches to improve accessibility testing practices. He is a principal co-author of the current version of the Harmonized Processes for Revised Section 508: Baseline Tests for Web Accessibility (aka the “ICT Baseline”). Andrew was also the coordinator and facilitator of the inter-agency team of experts that developed both the Baseline and the current version of the “Trusted Tester” accessibility testing process, which is recognized across the federal government as a leading practice in accessibility testing.

Matthew Graviss

Chief Data and Artificial Intelligence Officer, Office of Management and Strategy and Solutions, Department of State, United States

In December 2020, Dr. Matthew Graviss became the Chief Data and Artificial Intelligence Officer of the Department of State. In this role, Dr. Graviss is responsible for making data accessible, interoperable, and actionable across the Department of State. He also serves as the Managing Director for the Office of Management Strategy and Solution’s Center for Analytics (CfA), which aims to imbue the Department with a data focused culture and corresponding talent, advance data governance, expand analytics capability, and modernize data technology solutions. 

Prior to joining the State Department, Dr. Graviss spent 13 years in leadership positions at the Department of Homeland Security, as well as time in the private sector. Most recently, Dr. Graviss spent two and a half years as the first Chief Data Officer at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services within DHS, where he led data management and analytics services for USCIS’ 20,000 person workforce.  

Graviss holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University, and a doctorate in systems engineering from George Washington University. He is a Level 3 certified acquisition professional in program management, systems engineering, and test and evaluation. He is also a graduate of American University’s Key Executive Leadership program.

Tom Read

Chief Executive Officer, Government Digital Service, United Kingdom

Tom Read became the Chief Executive Officer of the Government Digital Service (GDS) in February 2021. Tom joined GDS from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) where he was Chief Digital and Information Officer. While at MOJ he spearheaded reforms to modernise technology used across prisons and the legal aid service.

Tom is a digital technologist by background with experience across a range of industries including banking, media, and consulting. Tom was Head of Applications at the Guardian Media Group from 2008 before joining HMG as Cabinet Office Chief Technology Officer in 2013.

 

Jeff Seaton

Chief Information Officer, NASA, United States

Jeffrey “Jeff” Seaton is NASA’s Chief Information Officer. Seaton was named CIO in January 2021. Prior to his appointment as NASA’s CIO, Seaton served as acting CIO since May 2020 and as deputy CIO before that. Seaton supported the leadership and integration of NASA corporate and mission critical IT functions and capabilities and oversaw NASA’s annual information technology (IT) spending of more than $2 billion. He collaboratively provided oversight for agency wide, mission-enabling functions related to IT investments, modernization efforts, cybersecurity and the delivery of enterprise-wide IT and information solutions. From 2011 to 2018, Seaton served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at NASA’s Langley Research Center. During that time, he led transformative change efforts in both the Langley and CIO enterprise across the Agency to increase effectiveness, and accountability of the services provided by the organization. Prior to the CIO role, Seaton served as the Chief Technology Officer at Langley Research Center, responsible for planning and coordinating center investments in high value technologies for future NASA missions. He has also held various technical leadership positions since joining NASA in 1991 as an electrical engineer conducting robotics research. Seaton is a 2014 recipient of NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal. In June 2008, he was selected to participate in NASA’s Senior Executive Service Career Development Program. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Virginia Tech in Electrical Engineering.

Paula Scher

Partner, Pentagram

Paula Scher is one of the most acclaimed graphic designers in the world. Since 1991, she has been a principal in the New York office of the distinguished international design consultancy Pentagram, where she develops brand identities, signage, packaging and publications for a wide range of clients. With fearless simplicity, her work makes unknown brands iconic, and iconic brands epic. Her identity systems for organizations such as the Public Theater, the Museum of Modern Art, Shake Shack, Citibank, Microsoft, Tiffany & Co., and the High Line have become landmarks of modern branding.

Scher has been the recipient of hundreds of industry honors including the National Design Award, the D&AD Special President’s Award and the AIGA Medal. Her designs are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Library of Congress, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and other institutions. A documentary on Scher and her work can be seen in the Netflix series “Abstract: The Art of Design.”

Aaron Snow

former Presidential Innovation Fellow (PIF), founder and head of GSA’s 18F, and former CEO of the Canadian Digital Service

Aaron Snow (he/him) is a Fellow at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University, where he divides his time between the Digital Service Network and the Intergovernmental Software Collaborative.

Aaron has led digital service teams for two national governments. In 2014 he co-founded and then led 18F, the US government’s in-house technology and design consultancy, and was the first Deputy Commissioner of the Technology Transformation Service. In 2018, he became the first CEO of the Government of Canada’s Canadian Digital Service. He has twice been named one of the “World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government.”

Before 18F, Aaron was a 2013 Presidential Innovation Fellow. Before entering government service, he developed software and managed product development for small and large enterprises, including Microsoft, and co-founded Daring Software, building the back-end for its flagship Arro shopping app. He serves on the Advisory Boards of gov.uk and FWD50.

Aaron is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he is based in Kensington, MD.

Conrad Stosz

Director of Artificial Intelligence, Office of the Federal CIO. Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, United States of America

Conrad Stosz is the Director of Artificial Intelligence in the Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer (OFCIO) at the White House. Conrad is focused on developing and issuing policy to advance federal agencies’ use of AI to improve customer experience and support agency missions, while protecting the public from AI risks. Previously, he was an AI Policy Advisor for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and oversaw a multi-billion dollar intelligence program for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and developed legislation specific to Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, and Geospatial Intelligence. He also served as a policy fellow for the Defense Innovation Board and built data science tools for the Open Source Enterprise within the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Digital Innovation. Before entering government service, Conrad held a number of leadership positions in the private sector where he managed teams of software engineers as they built cutting-edge AI tools and received recognition from Massachusetts’s Institute of Technology’s Start Up Exchange as one of 25 “industry ready” start ups poised for significant growth. Conrad holds an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University.

Kirsten Tisdale

Managing Partner, EY Government and Public Sector

Kirsten has spent three decades helping build stronger, smarter, modern governments across Canada and around the world. As a former Deputy Minister in British Columbia, she has driven transformation from the inside, and as a strategic advisor she has partnered with senior government executives to help achieve their digital ambitions. Kirsten is driven by a core belief that all positive change comes down to humans becoming more confident, empathetic leaders and collaborating to achieve incredible outcomes.

During her career moving between senior executive roles within both federal and provincial government, as well as leading EY’s GPS teams at both a national and global level, Kirsten has helped drive better outcomes for citizens at every level of government. She has a global perspective, informed by her work in more than 20 countries.

Kirsten is active in her community, as the recent past Chair of the British Columbia Cancer Foundation and director for Smart Prosperity, a national green innovation research organization. She enjoys going on hiking and biking trails with her two teenage boys.

Wes Turbeville

Senior Vice President, Federal, ID.me

Wes is Senior Vice President, Federal, at ID.me, where he leads digital identity services for fifteen federal agencies. Wes has over 20 years of experience shaping how the federal government buys and builds national security technology. Prior to joining ID.me, Wes was a consultant at McKinsey & Company where he advised public sector and private equity clients on defense and security topics in the US and Europe. Wes is also a retired Navy Commander. As a Navy test pilot, he flew nearly 2,000 hours in over 30 different types of aircraft. He has engineering degrees from the US Naval Academy and Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from London Business School.

Tim Paydos

Vice President, Global Public Sector Mission Solutions, ServiceNow

Tim recently joined ServiceNow to lead Mission Solutions as part of Raj Iyer’s Global Public Sector organization.   In this role he will lead a team to define ServiceNow’s Mission Solution Strategy, and to develop a robust set of solutions to support Government agencies in their Digital Transformation journey.

Tim spent 25 years at IBM working in the Government industry, though not contiguously—he left briefly in 1999 to try his hand at a startup before rejoining IBM three years later.   Tim has a degree in Government from Harvard University, where he studied international relations, and became obsessed with deterrence theory and nuclear war-gaming. 

Tim served as IBM’s Global General Manager for Government, Healthcare & Life Sciences, a role in which he led sales leaders and enterprise architects in helping government agencies across the world harness the value of Hybrid Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Information Management, and Enterprise Security to transform the business of Government.    As part of this role Tim wrote IBM’s strategy for supporting government leaders in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and later shifted the approach to preparing the government ecosystems for future shocks (https://www.businessofgovernment.org/blog/preparing-governments-future-shocks)

He has had the honor of working personally with several hundred government agencies both in the United Stated and abroad, across the national, provincial and local levels.   While fluent in all segments and levels of government, Tim’s particular passion lies in supporting intelligence, defense, public safety, and emergency management leaders in protecting the society they serve.     Throughout his career Tim has led a range of strategy and marketing, solution sales, services and technical teams across several business divisions. 

He is recognized as a government digital transformation leader globally and is frequently found keynoting or serving as a panelist at industry events.  Recently he participated in a live tabletop exercise along with senior leaders from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Centers for Disease Control and Federal Emergency Management Agency, in which the panel simulated incident management and government emergency response to a hypothetical outbreak of hemorrhagic fever after a professional basketball game in a major U.S. city. “This was one of the few times where my professional life at IBM intersected with my hobby as a fire rescue instructor and fire officer,” Tim says. “It was an incredible experience to have earned a seat at the tabletop exercise with such experienced government leaders.”

Dr Pramod Varma

Co-Chair at Center for DPI

Pramod Varma has been the Chief Architect of most of India’s DPI efforts starting with Aadhaar – India’s unique ID system that covers 1.4 Billion people; eSign – an interoperable digital signature protocol which is used few 100 million times every month; DigiLocker – digital credentialing and wallet system in India which is used by 250 million people having 6.5 Billion credentials; and UPI – the unified payment system that was launched in 2016 doing 13.5 Billion transactions every month. He also played a key role in designing and architecting India’s indirect tax (GST) system, vaccination and immunization infrastructure, and world’s largest school learning platform DIKSHA.

In addition, he Co-founded and created Beckn Protocol, an open source protocol effort that helps create decentralized, peer-peer transaction networks. Beckn protocol is the basis for India’s new efforts such as ONDC (decentralized commerce), Namma Yatri (decentralized mobility), and the newly live decentralized energy network (UEI).

He is an adjunct faculty at IIIT Bangalore, Co-Chair at the global Center for DPI (CDPI), and an advisor to many entities and initiatives in India and globally.

He holds a Master’s and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science along with a second Master’s in Applied Mathematics. He is passionate about technology, science, society, and teaching.

Mark Vermeer

Director, Digital Government, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Netherlands

As the director of Digital Government, Mr Mark Vermeer is responsible for a digital government that works on a value-driven and open basis for all citizens and businesses. This work includes the promotion of a transparent and open government, a digital identity, the control of citizens over their digital lives, and the accessibility and innovation of digital public services.

Mark Vermeer previously worked in diverse positions at the Municipality of Rotterdam, including as the Director of innovation, information and research and as the Chief Information Officer. Mark Vermeer holds a Master of Science in Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, and a PhD from the Faculty of Computer Science of the University of Twente.

Traci Walker

Executive Director, Digital Services Coalition, United States of America

Traci Walker is a procurement guru and visionary leader in the digital services industry. With over 20 years of experience in the federal government, she now serves as Executive Director at the Digital Services Coalition, a nonprofit trade association dedicated to driving digital transformation in the public sector. Before transitioning from government to industry, she was the Director of Procurement at the United States Digital Service (USDS) and one of its original members. While there, Traci created the Digital IT Acquisition Professional (DITAP) training & development program, which has helped 1000+ acquisition professionals understand and purchase digital services more effectively, leading to higher quality outcomes and better value for taxpayers. With a focus on improving government acquisition practices through incorporating industry best practices, Traci has been instrumental in driving progress in this field. Prior to her work at the USDS, Traci served as a Senior Contracting Officer for the Office of Administration at the Executive Office of the President (White House) and the General Services Administration (GSA).

Paul Wagner

Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Digital Service, Canada

Paul N. Wagner is the Chief Executive Officer for the Canadian Digital Service (CDS). In this role, Paul is responsible for leading work to modernize digital service delivery across government departments, improving user experiences, accelerating project timelines and building digital common components that solve common service problems.

With over 20 years experience in the Canadian Federal Public Service, Paul has held executive leadership roles since 2004 including most notably as the Deputy Chief Information Officer of Canada within the Office of the Chief Information Officer, the Chief Information Officer for Justice Canada, Library and Archives Canada and the National Research Council of Canada.  Paul remains very active in the national and international councils and boards related to technology and digital service delivery.

Prior to joining the Public Service, Paul held a number of senior positions spanning a decade in the private sector working on implementing Enterprise Resource Planning systems in the Retail Industry.

Paul holds a B.A. with a major in Economics from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Ottawa’s Executive MBA program.

When not focused on the business of Government, Paul is Chief DIY Officer at home and is very active in the Ottawa sailing community and enjoys racing and cruising sailboats on the Ottawa River and beyond.

Brenda Darden Wilkerson

Chief Executive Officer, AnitaB.org

Brenda Darden Wilkerson is a prominent figure in the tech industry, renowned for her dedication to promoting computer science education for all. She is the current President and CEO of AnitaB.org, a global nonprofit organization that works to connect and empower women and non-binary people in technology, with a vision of intersectional gender equity and pay parity in the tech ecosystem.

With over 30 years of experience in the technology industry, Brenda is a vocal advocate for diversity and inclusion in the field. She is a recognized leader in the movement to make computer science education accessible to all, regardless of gender, race, or socioeconomic background.

Prior to joining AnitaB.org, she spent 11 years managing computer science and information technology for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In 2008, while she was still at CPS, she founded the groundbreaking Computer Science for All program, which aims to maximize the potential of every student through a computer science education defined by equity, empowerment, and opportunity. Also, during that time, Brenda founded the Chicago chapter of Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Through her efforts, she connected with educators and industry leaders to raise awareness about the importance of computer science education and the need to increase access to those opportunities.

In 2016, Brenda was appointed by President Barack Obama to the White House’s Tech Inclusion Task Force, where she worked with other experts to create strategies for increasing diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. She was also a driving force behind the launch of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), which seeks to increase the participation of girls and women in computing.

As the leader of AnitaB.org, Brenda has continued to influence technology equity on a global scale. Under her leadership, the organization has expanded its reach to include programs that support women and non-binary technologists at all stages of their careers, including mentorship, leadership development, and advocacy.

Brenda’s contributions to the field of technology education have been recognized with numerous awards and accolades, including the 2017 Computer Science Education Week Champion of Change Award from the White House and the 2019 Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a passionate advocate for access, opportunity, and social justice in the tech industry, and her work continues to inspire and empower women, non-binary people, and historically excluded groups in technology.

Brenda was named to the 2023 Forbes 50 Over 50 list for Impact. The third annual list is a collection of founders, innovators, and creators and is divided into four broad categories – Innovation, Impact, Investment, and Lifestyle. The women on the 50 Over 50 Impact list are leading the charge for a better world.

Most recently, Brenda was selected as one of five honorees for the 2024 SXSW Community Service Awards.

Cassie Winters

Policy Analyst, Digital Accessibility Policy Lead, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, United States of America

Cassie Winters is currently a policy analyst at the Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer within the Office of Management and Budget, where she works on policies to modernize and secure federal websites, digitize public-facing services, and provide digital experiences that are accessible to all Americans.

Cassie authored and now leads the government-wide implementation of OMB’s policy on strengthening digital accessibility.

Prior to working at OMB, Cassie worked for the House Committee on Oversight and Reform supporting the oversight of federal information technology and customer experience.  Cassie holds a Master of Public Policy degree from American University and began her career in public service as an intern in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Liz Whitefield

Former UK Civil Servant

Liz Whitefield, an Executive Director and co-founder of Hippo brings a wealth of experience and insight to the table, particularly in understanding the challenges of delivery within public services. With over 30 years of experience in delivery, consultancy, and transformation roles, Liz has played a pivotal role in Hippo’s journey from startup to scaled success.

Founded in Leeds 8 years ago, Hippo has since expanded its footprint to include locations across the UK with over 500 consultants. Hippo is a full-service digital consultancy working across both the public and private sectors.
Liz’s deep understanding of the challenges inherent in delivering effective public services underscores her commitment to meaningful transformation. She recognises the complexities and nuances involved, particularly in addressing the needs of citizens who may be most vulnerable.

Leveraging this understanding, Liz and her team build strong and effective relationships with clients, combining data, design, and engineering expertise to support impactful transformation initiatives. Liz’ leadership and expertise have been instrumental in shaping Hippos’ approach to digital consultancy, ensuring that the company remains at the forefront of delivering innovative solutions that make a tangible difference in public services.

Siobhan Benita

Event Moderator, Global Government Forum

Siobhan was a senior civil servant in the UK with more than 15 years’ Whitehall experience. She worked in many of major delivery departments, including Transport, Environment, Health and Local Government. She also had senior roles at the heart of government in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, including supporting the then Cabinet Secretary, Lord O’Donnell, to lead work on civil service reform and strategy. Siobhan left to run as an independent candidate in the Mayor of London election. She subsequently joined her alma mater, Warwick University, as Chief Strategy Officer of Warwick in London and Co-Director of the Warwick Policy Lab.

Submit your interest in GovernmentDX 2025

If you would like more information on this event please contact us
delegate-enquiries@pendragonim.com