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Pam Coleman

Associate Director for Performance Management

Office of Management and Budget

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Pam Coleman

Associate Director for Performance Management

Office of Management and Budget

Pam Coleman is the associate director for performance management at the Office of Management and Budget. She served as a member of New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s cabinet as the Director of the State Personnel Office from Jan. 2019 – Jan 2021. In addition, she also served as the Chair of the NM Statewide Complete Count Commission for the 2020 Census. Pam was a member of the DHS Agency Review Team on the Biden-Harris Transition. She was Special Assistant to President Obama and the first Leadership Development Team Lead in the White House Presidential Personnel Office (PPO).  Pam also served as the Energy & Environment Team Lead in PPO, as White House Liaison at the Department of Homeland Security, and as a Director on the Outreach and Recruitment Team within PPO. Pam served in leadership positions for Organizing for America New Mexico for President Obama’s re-election campaign, has been an Executive Coach and management consultant working with leaders and staff at all levels of organizations in the academic, not-for-profit, and private sectors, and vice president of an apple pie company where she helped the founder turn around a company on the verge of bankruptcy, become a nationally-placed brand, and sell to a publicly-held company. Pam started her career as a lawyer in New York City after earning her B.A. at New York University and her J.D. cum laude from New York Law School.

Capt. Kimberly Elenberg

Principal for Modeling and Analytics, Senior Policy Advisor

Department of Defense COVID-19 Task Force

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Capt. Kimberly Elenberg

Principal for Modeling and Analytics, Senior Policy Advisor

Department of Defense COVID-19 Task Force

Capt. Kimberly Elenberg, DNP, RN is the Principal for Modeling and Analytics and a Senior Policy Advisor on the Department of Defense COVID-19 Task Force and Director of Total Force Fitness. This effort directly supports National Security Strategy and National Prevention Strategy by reforming policy, financial resources, and business practices that impact our Service members’ nutritional, physical, environmental, medical/dental, social, behavioral, psychological, and spiritual fitness.

Elenberg advises the Department on a comprehensive strategy for optimizing the well-being and resilience of Service Members, their families and the entire DoD community. Prior, Elenberg worked for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Defense Health Agency as the Director of Population Health and Medical Management. She was responsible for guiding population health and disease management at 36 military treatment facilities that serve 9.7 million beneficiaries around the world.

Elenberg also has served as Director for Biosurveillance and Emergency response at the Department of Agriculture, where she orchestrated the design and development of nationwide electronic food safety and security systems in addition to assisting with the design of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Biosurveillance Information System.

For her leadership during deployments in 2007 and 2009, Kimberly received the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal. In 2009, she was selected as the USPHS Responder of the Year. In 2014, she received the Military Health System Senior Nurse Leadership Award and in 2020 was recognized by G2Xchange Leading for Impact, Women in IT Leadership award.

Elenberg earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Temple University, Philadelphia, a master’s degree in informatics from the University of Maryland, and graduated summa cum laude with a doctorate in nursing practice from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

Jason Gray

Chief Information Officer

Department of Education

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Jason Gray

Chief Information Officer

Department of Education

Jason Gray was selected in May 2016 to serve as the US Department of Education’s (ED) Chief Information Officer (CIO). As the CIO, he oversees an IT portfolio of more than $844 million in programs and is responsible for protecting more than 100 million social security numbers, distributing over $1.4 trillion in student loans, and servicing the needs of nearly 6000 users. As the CIO, he serves as a principal advisor to the Under Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Secretary with respect to the operational, tactical, and strategic use of IT to exceed the needs and expectations of the Department’s customers. He serves as the day-to-day lead for managing the various functions within the Office of the CIO, providing advice to ED’s senior leadership regarding IT, information management, and information assurance, and website activities management and operations.

Prior to his selection as CIO, Jason served as the associate chief information officer for the Department of Transportation (DOT), where he provided executive leadership on IT policy and oversight for information governance, compliance, and departmental policy, as well as managed DOT’s $3.5 billion IT portfolio.

He has held several leadership roles in the information technology and healthcare administration fields. He has more than 20 years of experience in the planning, development, delivery, and monitoring of technical solutions that address the needs of his customers in support of their missions.

Jason received his M.B.A. from Colorado Technical University, completed the Key Executive Leadership Certificate at American University, and holds a variety of technical and professional certifications, including the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certifications.

Rick Kryger

Deputy Chief Information Officer for Operations

Department of Labor

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Rick Kryger

Deputy Chief Information Officer for Operations

Department of Labor

Rick Kryger is a leader and manager with over 20 years of experience in information technology systems development, maintenance, and operations for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Currently, he serves as the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for Operations in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).

As DCIO, Rick Kryger heads the IT initiative for shared services across DOL’s agencies, particularly the Office of Safety and Health Administration and the Mine Safety and Health Administration. His role in the shared services initiative is to translate the technological needs of each agency and match them to enterprise-wide IT solutions currently in use. He also is responsible for building relationships across agencies.

His previous role at DOL involved being the Director of Survey Processing for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing 13 statistical and administrative data processing systems.

André Mendes

Chief Information Officer

Department of Commerce

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André Mendes

Chief Information Officer

Department of Commerce

André Mendes was appointed Chief Information Officer for the Department of Commerce in April of 2020. There, he has overall responsibility and oversight of all technology systems at the United States Department of Commerce (DOC) and its associated Bureaus (FY2020 Budget $3.8B).

Before, Mr. Mendes was responsible for all global technology platforms and systems for the International Trade Administration (ITA), the DOC bureau that manages global trade issues for the United States of America. There Mr. Mendes oversaw a rapid bureau-wide transformation effort making ITA the first Federal Agency/Bureau to be 100% cloud based, radically changing several workflows, enabling a massive scale-up of service provisioning quality, an unprecedented rise in employee morale and job satisfaction while also lowering overall operating costs to less than 11% of ITA’s appropriation.

Prior to ITA, Mr. Mendes spent eight years at the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) in various executive roles; including CEO, COO, CIO, CTO and CFO. During his time at USAGM, Mr. Mendes managed overall Agency transformation generating over $360 million in savings from 2010 through 2018 through aggressive global technology and facilities optimization with projected 10-year savings in excess of half a billion dollars ($503M). In that timeframe, global weekly audiences grew 78% (165-278M), all while reducing technology and front office staff by over 22%.

Mr. Mendes has also held CXO positions at Special Olympics International, PBS, Pluvita, MRL Pharmaceuticals, USAssist and General Health Inc.

Mr. Mendes received his MBA and BS in Management of Information Systems from University of Maryland Global Campus and an Associate Degree in Biology from Montgomery College. Mr. Mendes also holds certificates in finance and international management from MIT and Antwerpen University.

Mr. Mendes is a recipient of the 2011 Milton F. Clogg Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from Montgomery College, a Trustee with Capitol Technology University and has receive multiple industry awards including an MIT award for IT Innovation and a nomination to the CIO Hall of Fame.

Rob Shriver

Associate Director for Employee Services

Office of Personnel Management

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Rob Shriver

Associate Director for Employee Services

Office of Personnel Management

Rob Shriver has spent his 25-year career working to improve government. He has held senior roles leading legal, policy, operations, and IT teams in the federal, state, non-profit, and private sectors.

Rob is currently the Associate Director for Employee Services at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. In this role, Rob is the lead executive in charge of government-wide HR policy for the Bidden-Harris Administration. His portfolio includes recruiting and hiring, pay and leave, labor relations, performance management, the Senior Executive Service, work-life, telework, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This is Rob’s second stint at OPM. In 2009, Rob joined President Obama’s Administration as OPM’s Deputy General Counsel for Policy. In that role, he led the development, legal review, and implementation of major government-wide initiatives, including:

  • Improving labor relations in the Federal sector;
  • Expanding domestic partner benefits for LGBT Federal employees and their families;
  • Reforming the Federal hiring system, including replacing the controversial Federal Career Intern Program with the new pathways program for students and recent graduates;
  • Increasing diversity and inclusion in the Federal workforce, including improving employment opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities; and
  • Advancing gender pay equality.

From 2012-2014, Rob served as OPM’s Assistant Director for National Healthcare Operations. He led the creation of a new program under the ACA called the Multi-State Plan program. He launched the program within 11 months of his appointment and led its growth to cover 400,000 people in 36 states and the District of Columbia within two years.

Rob then moved to state government, serving from 2014-18 as the Director of Marketplace Innovation, Policy, and Operations at the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority. He oversaw all operations and technology for DC’s on-line health insurance marketplace—DC Health Link. Recognized as one of the top Exchanges in the country, Rob was responsible for the end-to-end experience of the 100,000 customers served by DC Health Link.

In 2018, Rob joined the private sector as the Vice President for Business Development of IdeaCrew, Inc. IdeaCrew is a full-services technology firm specializing in Agile, cloud-based solutions for customers with complex problems. Rob worked with policymakers in state governments across the country on policy, operations, and technology to improve the health care experience of their residents and small businesses.

Rob began his career as an Assistant Counsel for the National Treasury Employees Union, litigating cases at all levels of the Federal judiciary. Over the span of his 13-year career at NTEU, Rob handled many of the union’s highest priority, precedent-setting cases involving labor law, administrative law, and constitutional law.

Dave Zvenyach

Director, Technology Transformation Services

General Services Administration

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Dave Zvenyach

Director, Technology Transformation Services

General Services Administration

V. David Zvenyach (“Dave Z”, he/him) is the Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) and the Director of the Technology Transformation Services (TTS). The Technology Transformation Services applies modern methodologies and technologies to improve the public’s experience with government. TTS helps federal agencies build, buy and share technology to achieve their digital transformation and modernization goals.

Mr. Zvenyach was appointed as Director of TTS in January 2021. In his position, he oversees the Presidential Innovation Fellows, 18F, the Office of Solutions, and the IT Modernization Centers of Excellence, along with other offices that provide support across TTS.

Prior to rejoining TTS, Dave served as a Senior Technical Advisor and Assistant Commissioner to GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service’s Office of Systems Management, Executive Director of 18F, Deputy Commissioner of TTS, Assistant Commissioner to TTS’ Office of Acquisition, General Counsel to the DC Council, Chief of Staff to Councilmember, Mary Cheh, and judicial law clerk to United States District Judge, Yvette Kane.

Dave is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School and has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He lives with his family in Fitchburg, WI.

Jeremy Bash

Founder and Managing Director

Beacon Global Strategies

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Jeremy Bash

Founder and Managing Director

Beacon Global Strategies

Jeremy Bash is a founder and managing director of Beacon Global Strategies, a firm that advises companies on a range of geopolitical and national security issues.  He is also a National Security Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. During the Obama-Biden Administration, Bash served as Chief of Staff at the Department of Defense and as Chief of Staff at the CIA, both under Leon E. Panetta.

Irma Esparza Diggs

Senior Executive and Director of Federal Advocacy

National League of Cities

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Irma Esparza Diggs

Senior Executive and Director of Federal Advocacy

National League of Cities

Irma Esparza Diggs is a seasoned public affairs professional with experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Irma’s incomparable work ethic and strategic political sense have earned her key positions in federal and municipal government, as well as managerial roles in a diverse array of political campaigns across the country.

Currently, Irma serves as a Senior Executive and Director of Federal Advocacy for the National League of Cities (NLC), spearheading and elevating the organization’s grassroots and lobbying efforts on behalf of NLC’s member cities. Her leadership and commitment to community engagement have been instrumental in raising the profile and reach of local elected officials on Capitol Hill, in the White House and across the country.

Prior to joining NLC, Irma served as Chief of Staff in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs at the Department of Education under Secretary Arne Duncan and John King. Other roles she served include Executive Director of the U.S. House Democratic Caucus, D.C. City Council Chief of Staff, Congressional Liaison at the Department of Commerce during President Clinton’s Administration, aide to Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson from her home state of Texas, and as a key operative for the American Federation of State and County Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Irma earned her BA from The Catholic University of America and an MPA from American University.

Chris Dougherty

Senior Fellow, Defense Program

Center for a New American Security

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Chris Dougherty

Senior Fellow, Defense Program

Center for a New American Security

Chris Dougherty is a Senior Fellow in the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. His research areas include defense strategy, strategic assessments, force planning, and wargaming.

Prior to joining CNAS, Mr. Dougherty served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development at the Department of Defense (DoD). During this time, he led a handful of major initiatives including the development and writing of major sections of the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS), including the Global Operating Model, the Force-Management and Planning Construct, and the Force-Planning Priorities. He also developed the wargaming and analytic inputs to the NDS. Prior to the NDS, he wrote the FY2018 Defense Analytic Guidance, which revamped the previous force-planning construct and mapped out major reforms to DoD’s analytic enterprise. He conducted several assessments of the Joint Force’s ability to execute the defense strategy, and led analysis and wargaming on a broad range of topics including deterrence in Eastern Europe and East Asia.

Before serving in DoD, Mr. Dougherty was a research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). At CSBA, he co-authored reports on special-operations forces, directed-energy weapons, and defeating Iranian anti-access/area-denial strategies in the Persian Gulf. He published on protracted warfare in The National Interest and on the need for the Army to rethink its roles and missions in Defense News. He assisted with scenario development, game design, and post-game analysis for numerous wargames on topics including proxy warfare, future maritime competitions, and operational logistics.

Mr. Dougherty served as an airborne infantryman with the 2Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Lewis, WA from 1997-2000.

Mr. Dougherty holds a master’s degree with distinction in international studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in international studies from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

Todd Harrison

Director, Defense Budget Analysis, Director, Aerospace Security Project and Senior Fellow, International Security Program

Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Todd Harrison

Director, Defense Budget Analysis, Director, Aerospace Security Project and Senior Fellow, International Security Program

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Todd Harrison is the director of Defense Budget Analysis and director of the Aerospace Security Project at CSIS. As a senior fellow in the International Security Program, he leads the Center’s efforts to provide in-depth, nonpartisan research and analysis of defense funding, space security, and air power issues. He has authored publications on trends in the defense budget, military space systems, threats to space systems, civil space exploration, defense acquisitions, military compensation and readiness, and military force structure, among other topics. He teaches classes on military space systems and the defense budget at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Mr. Harrison joined CSIS from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, where he was a senior fellow for defense budget studies. He previously worked at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he consulted for the U.S. Air Force on satellite communications systems and supported a variety of other clients evaluating the performance of acquisition programs. Prior to Booz Allen, he worked for AeroAstro Inc. developing advanced space technologies and as a management consultant at Diamond Cluster International. Mr. Harrison served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with both a B.S. and an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics.

Lieutenant General Tony Ierardi

U.S. Army (Retired)

Chief of Staff, Rebellion Defense

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Lieutenant General Tony Ierardi

U.S. Army (Retired)

Chief of Staff, Rebellion Defense

Lieutenant General (Retired) Tony Ierardi departed active duty in the U.S. Army in August 2019. Tony subsequently joined Rebellion Defense, a software products company oriented on the missions of Defense and National Security, and currently serves as its Chief of Staff. Over the course of his military career, Tony served in a uniquely diverse set of assignments where he led challenging missions in strategically important Army and Joint units and organizations. As a General Officer, Tony served in critical assignments at the DoD, Joint and Army enterprise-levels related to requirements, capabilities and the strategic allocation of resources. Tony’s culminating military assignment was as the Joint Staff’s J-8 Director where he oversaw JCS analytic assessments and all matters related to current and future requirements for forces, capabilities, budgets and resources for the U.S. Joint Force. Tony led Army units at every level from platoon to division, in the U.S. and abroad, including commanding the First Cavalry Division. He has a bachelors degree in business from Washington & Lee University, and Masters degrees from Georgetown University and the Naval War College.

Elizabeth Kellar

Director of Public Policy

International City/County Management Association

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Elizabeth Kellar

Director of Public Policy

International City/County Management Association

Elizabeth Kellar is Director of Public Policy and oversees disaster recovery programs for the International City/County Management Association where she also has served as Deputy Executive Director and Ethics Advisor. With advice and guidance from ICMA’s 13,000 members, she works with local and state government organizations to bring the local government management voice into national policy debates over legislative, regulatory, and Supreme Court matters. She co-led ICMA’s 2018 assessment project for FEMA and the Rand Corporation of Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities in Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Ms. Kellar represents ICMA on the National Homeland Security Consortium

She also is Senior Fellow for the Center for State and Local Government Excellence, an organization she helped launch, having served as its first President/CEO, from 2006-2016. Ms. Kellar is a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration and has served as chair for NAPA’s Standing Panel on the Federal System. She speaks and writes about workforce, public policy, leadership, ethics, and intergovernmental issues for a variety of audiences.

Ms. Kellar has engaged in a variety of volunteer activities, including two terms on the Montgomery County, Maryland, Ethics Commission. She presently serves on two county advisory groups. Prior to joining ICMA, she was responsible for community relations for the city of Sunnyvale, California. She has a master’s degree in journalism and political science from Ohio State University.

Diem Salmon

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Defense Program, Center for New American Security

Strategy and Business Development, Anduril Industries

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Diem Salmon

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Defense Program, Center for New American Security

Strategy and Business Development, Anduril Industries

Diem Salmon currently works at Anduril Industries, a defense technology company, and is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for New American Security (CNAS). Diem has worked in the national security field for over 10 years, including the private sector, non-profit, and Congress, with a specific emphasis on defense budgets and requirements. Currently at Anduril, Diem is responsible for shaping business investment to best serve the needs of the Department of Defense.

Prior to that, she was the Budget Director and Deputy Policy Director for the Senate Armed Services Committee. While there, Diem worked on five annual National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAAs) and navigated the committee and NDAAs through three separate budget deals. Her work at the committee included advocating for higher defense budgets, including the increase for FY 2018 and FY 2019, and passed legislation requiring the Department of Defense to reevaluate force design in light of the new National Defense Strategy. Diem was previously a Senior Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation and worked at The Avascent Group, a management and strategy consulting firm.

Diem received a master’s degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a concentration in International Economics and Strategic Studies. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine, the home of the anteater.

Andrew Quarnstrom

Chair, National Association of Local Boards of Health

Township Supervisor, City of Champaign, Illinois

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Andrew Quarnstrom

Chair, National Association of Local Boards of Health

Township Supervisor, City of Champaign, Illinois

Andy Quarnstrom is the City of Champaign Township Supervisor in Champaign, Illinois. In that role he is also a board member with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. He has been with the National Association of Local Boards of Health since 2017 and is the current Chair of NALBOH. In addition to his role in public health and local government, Andy is a 25 year veteran of the Champaign Fire Department currently holding the rank of Battalion Chief. Andy and his wife Erin have two high school age kids and enjoy watching their kids participate in sports and travel extensively.

Irwin Redlener, M.D.

Founding Director

National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia University’s Earth Institute

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Irwin Redlener, M.D.

Founding Director

National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia University’s Earth Institute

Irwin Redlener, M.D., is a pediatrician and founding director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and director of the Center’s Pandemic Resource and Response Initiative.Since 2019, Dr. Redlener has been serving as an on-air public health analyst for NBC & MSNBC. He is also President Emeritus and Co-Founder of the Children’s Health Fund, a philanthropic initiative that he created in 1987 with singer/song-writer Paul Simon and Karen Redlener to develop child health care programs in 25 of the nation’s most medically underserved urban and rural communities. He currently serves as a special advisor on emergency preparedness to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and regularly communicates with leadership in U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, as well as Homeland Security. He was an advisor to then Vice President Joe Biden, and, in 2015, served as an advisor to the federal czar on the Ebola outbreak. In 2019 Dr. Redlener worked with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in repeated efforts to stop inhumane treatment of immigrant families and children on the SW U.S. border.

Mark Ritacco

Director of Government Affairs

National Association of Counties

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Mark Ritacco

Director of Government Affairs

National Association of Counties

Mark Ritacco joined NACo in March 2020 and serves as director of government affairs. He directs NACo’s Government Affairs Department which includes legislative and executive branch outreach, coalition building and advocacy on behalf of the association’s legislative priorities and policy development.

Before joining NACo, Mark spent over a decade working in both the U.S. House, Senate and on political campaigns. Most recently, Mark served as director of strategic initiatives for Sen. Chris Murphy from Connecticut, where he directed the senator’s appropriations and workforce development work. Mark earned a degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Jeff Schlegelmilch

Research Scholar and the Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Columbia University’s Earth Institute

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Jeff Schlegelmilch

Research Scholar and the Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Columbia University’s Earth Institute

Jeff Schlegelmilch is a Research Scholar and the Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. In this role he oversees the operations and strategic planning for the center. Before becoming director, he served as the center’s deputy director for more than five years. He also oversees projects related to the practice and policy of disaster preparedness, including the multi-award winning Resilient Children / Resilient Communities Initiative. His areas of expertise include public health preparedness, community resilience and the integration of private and public sector capabilities. Prior his work at Columbia, he was the Manager for the International and Non-Healthcare Business Sector for the Yale New Haven Health System Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response. He was also previously an epidemiologist and emergency planner for the Boston Public Health Commission.

He has advised leaders on preparedness systems and policy at all levels of government. He is an Opinion Contributor with The Hill and is frequently utilized as a subject matter expert for numerous media outlets. He is also the author Rethinking Readiness: A brief guide to twenty-first-century megadisasters published by Columbia University Press.

He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from UMASS Amherst in Health Policy and Management, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Quinnipiac University.

Kevin Baron

Executive Editor

Defense One

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Kevin Baron

Executive Editor

Defense One

Kevin Baron is the founding executive editor of Defense One. Baron has lived in Washington for 20 years, covering international affairs, the military, the Pentagon, Congress, and politics for Foreign PolicyNational JournalStars and Stripes, and the Boston Globe, where he ran investigative projects for five years at the Washington bureau. He is a frequent on-air contributor and previously was national security/military analyst at NBC News & MSNBC. Baron cut his muckraking teeth at the Center for Public Integrity and he is twice a Polk Award winner and former vice president of the Pentagon Press Association. He earned his M.A. in media and public affairs from George Washington University, his B.A. in international studies from the University of Richmond, and studied in Paris. Raised in Florida, Baron now lives in Northern Virginia.

Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor for Technology and Events

Nextgov

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Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor for Technology and Events

Nextgov

Aaron Boyd is an award-winning journalist currently serving as senior editor for technology and events at Nextgov. He primarily covers federal government IT contracting and cybersecurity issues affecting both civilian and defense agencies. As a lifelong nerd and policy wonk, he feels right at home covering the intersection of technology and policy in the nation’s capital.

Alisha Powell Gillis

Senior Editor

Route Fifty

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Alisha Powell Gillis

Senior Editor

Route Fifty

Alisha Powell Gillis is the senior editor at Route Fifty where she is responsible for programming live and online events content, moderating panel discussions, soliciting, editing and writing analytical pieces and overseeing the annual Navigator Awards program. Before joining Route Fifty, Alisha was the director for community impact at the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) where she worked to connect urban public libraries to critical issues in state and local government and led event programming. Prior to ULC, Alisha served the nation’s governors for nearly a decade at the National Governors Association where she specialized in homeland security, emergency management and cybersecurity issues. Alisha holds a master’s degree in global security studies from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hofstra University.

Eric Katz

Senior Correspondent

Government Executive

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Eric Katz

Senior Correspondent

Government Executive

Eric Katz writes about federal agency operations and management. His deep coverage of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Postal Service has earned him frequent guest spots on national radio and television news programs. Eric joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 and previously worked for The Financial Times. He is a graduate of The George Washington University.

Frank Konkel

Executive Editor

Nextgov

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Frank Konkel

Executive Editor

Nextgov

Frank Konkel is Nextgov’s executive editor. He writes about the intersection of government and technology. Frank began covering tech in 2013 upon moving to the Washington, D.C. area after getting his start in journalism working at local and state issues at daily newspapers in his home state of Michigan. Frank was born and raised on a dairy farm and graduated from Michigan State University.

Katherine McIntire Peters

Deputy Editor

Government Executive Media Group

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Katherine McIntire Peters

Deputy Editor

Government Executive Media Group

Katherine is deputy editor of Government Executive Media Group where she oversees editorial coverage for GovExec.com. She previously was executive editor of Nextgov.

Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor

Defense One

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Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor

Defense One

Patrick Tucker is technology editor for Defense One. He’s also the author of The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? (Current, 2014). Previously, Tucker was deputy editor for The Futurist for nine years. Tucker has written about emerging technology in SlateThe SunMIT Technology ReviewWilson QuarterlyThe American Legion MagazineBBC News MagazineUtne Reader, and elsewhere.

Jonathan Alboum

Principal Digital Strategist, Federal Government

ServiceNow

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Jonathan Alboum

Principal Digital Strategist, Federal Government

ServiceNow

Jonathan Alboum is the Principal Digital Strategist for the Federal Government at ServiceNow. In this role, Jonathan works with federal agencies to deliver digital workflows that create great experiences and unlock productivity.

Before joining ServiceNow, Jonathan was the Public Sector CTO for Veritas Technologies.

In addition, he has held a variety of senior executive positions in the federal government. His Federal government tenure includes serving as the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he led the development of USDA’s IT Modernization strategy, including Cloud computing, network modernization, and enhanced information security protections for a $3 billion annual technology spend. In addition, he served as a leader in USDA’s Acquisition community, supporting the oversight, assessment, and strategic planning of an acquisition portfolio of more than 70,000 awards, worth $6 billion annually.

Jonathan also worked at GSA as the Associate CIO for Enterprise Governance and Planning and led the creation of GSA’s consolidated IT organization. He began his federal career at the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), where he served as Deputy CIO and CIO. Before government, Jonathan worked as a management consultant for both PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ventera Corporation.

He earned a MS in the Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Kevin Brooks

DOD/IC Digital Strategist

ServiceNow

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Kevin Brooks

DOD/IC Digital Strategist

ServiceNow

Kevin is a seasoned professional with more than 28 years as a military and federal leader of organizations and teams who builds large-scale transformation initiatives. He has a proven track record of leveraging his skills to implement people and process solutions that increase satisfaction and drive growth. During his career he has served increasing levels of responsibility while leading and developing high performing teams of cross functional experts in challenge environments. He was the functional implementation lead of an Air Force-wide updated of the MyPers (HR) system, moving the platform to the Oracle Service Cloud and posturing it for future expansion as a modern HR system. While serving as Career Field Manager for USAF Force Support personnel, he championed the development of a more analytics savvy workforce across all levels of operations to better leverage emerging gains in predictive analytics and data focused decision making.