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Maria Roat

Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer

Office of Management and Budget

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Maria Roat

Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer

Office of Management and Budget

Maria is the Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of the Chief Information Officer.  She was previously the Small Business Administration Chief Information Officer, and served at the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Transportation in a number of technology leadership positions.  Maria began her career in the United States Navy as a Data Processing Technician and later worked for the Department of the Navy in various technology and engineering positions.  She was in the private sector for 5 years deploying and managing global enterprise technology programs.  Maria retired from the U.S. Navy in 2007, with 26 years of active duty and reserve service, in which she obtained the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, Information Systems Technician. 

Maria is a graduate of the University of Maryland earning a Bachelor of Arts in Information Systems Management, Harvard Business School Executive Education Program for Leadership Development, and the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy.   

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Michael Peckham

Acting Chief Financial Officer and Director of the Financial Management Portfolio

DHHS Program Support Center

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Michael Peckham

Acting Chief Financial Officer and Director of the Financial Management Portfolio

DHHS Program Support Center

Michael Peckham is the Acting Chief Financial Officer and Director of the Financial Management Portfolio for the DHHS Program Support Center.

He is a champion for positive change, creating new approaches to old problems through human-centered design, agile methodologies, microservices architecture, and applying emerging technology to promote data driven business decisions. 

Mr. Peckham has successfully led multiple agency-wide initiatives including the ReImagine HHS ReInvent Grants Management transformation and the HHS DATA Act initiatives. 

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Carlos Rivero

Chief Data Officer

Commonwealth of Virginia

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Carlos Rivero

Chief Data Officer

Commonwealth of Virginia

Carlos Rivero is the Chief Data Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to his appointment, Rivero served as Chief Data Officer and Chief Enterprise Architect for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration in Washington, D.C. Rivero has also worked at the National Oceanic and AtmosphericAdministration’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, Florida, as a physical scientist and as a Research Associate at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, where he developed a passion for geospatial information systems, ecological modeling, and data. Rivero earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Florida International University and a Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics from Saint Joseph’s University, focusing on database design, data management, business intelligence, big data, and data analytics.

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Lieutenant Colonel Todd M. Watson

Materiel Leader for the Enterprise Cloud Services Branch, Enterprise Information Technology and Cyber Division, Command Control Communication and Intelligence Directorate, Air Force Lifecycle Management Center

Hanscom Air Force Base

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Lieutenant Colonel Todd M. Watson

Materiel Leader for the Enterprise Cloud Services Branch, Enterprise Information Technology and Cyber Division, Command Control Communication and Intelligence Directorate, Air Force Lifecycle Management Center

Hanscom Air Force Base

Lieutenant Colonel Todd Watson is currently the Materiel Leader for the Enterprise Cloud Services Branch, Enterprise Information Technology and Cyber Division, Command Control Communication and Intelligence Directorate, Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. He provides oversight for a $400M portfolio delivering world-class, secure infrastructure capabilities that assure state-of-the-art cloud computing platforms, technologies, approaches and solutions. The portfolio houses the Cloud One, D1scovery, Global Combat Support System – Air Force, and Capabilities Integration Environment programs. The programs deliver Secure Cloud Hosting, Cloud Onboarding, Cloud Migration as a Service, Secure Cloud Data Transport, delivery of timely and accurate Business Intelligence solutions, and a myriad of data platform services.

Lieutenant Colonel Watson was commissioned in 2002 as a graduate of the Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. While awaiting his opportunity for Air Battle Management training amid a deep backlog of students, and anxious to begin contributing, leadership quickly reclassified him to the Acquisitions career field to leverage his industry experience and business management background. Since then, he has served in a variety of assignments spanning from Air Force Weather, Live-fly Joint Experimentation, Cyber Defense, Academia, Space terminal programs, to the Pentagon. This included service as a Program Manager for numerous efforts, Program Element Monitor (PEM) for the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisitions (SAF/AQ), Military Assistant to the Director for Information Dominance, Executive Officer for Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command’s Executive Director, and Instructor duty at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). Furthermore, he deployed to Iraq in 2010 and served as Defense Contract Management Agency’s Quality Assurance Lead supporting four forward operating bases in Iraq’s Northern region.

EDUCATION

  • 1997 Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
  • 2003 Aerospace Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 2008 Master of Business Administration, International Finance, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • 2010 Squadron Officer School, Correspondence, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 2013 Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 2020 Air War College, Correspondence, Maxwell AFB, AL

ASSIGNMENTS

1. September 2002 – January 2003, Student, Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, AL

2. January 2003 – January 2004, Student, Air Control Squadron, Air Education and Training Command, Tyndall AFB, FL

3. January 2004 – January 2006, Lead Command Manager, New Tactical Forecast System, Air Force Weather Agency, Offutt AFB, NE

4. January 2006 – January 2007, Executive Officer, Plans & Programs Directorate, Air Force Weather Agency, Offutt AFB, NE

5. January 2007 – January 2008, Program Manager, Life Cycle Program Management Support System, Air Force Weather Agency, Offutt AFB, NE

6. February 2008 – June 2009, Program Manager, Experimentation & Demonstration Flight; 644 Electronic Systems Squadron, 653 Electronic Systems Group, Hanscom AFB, MA

7. June 2009 – March 2010, Program Manager, Command & Control (C2) Constellation, Enterprise Integration Division, Hanscom AFB, MA

8. March 2010 – September 2010, Quality Assurance Lead, Defense Contract Management Agency, Camp Taji, Iraq

9. September 2010 – January 2012, Satellite Communication (SATCOM) Program Manager, Family of Beyond-Line-of-Sight Terminal (FAB-T) Program, Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom AFB, MA

10. January 2012 – June 2014, Instructor, Acquisition Management, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

11. January 2013 – June 2014, Course Director, Intelligence in Acquisition, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

12. June 2014 – August 2015, Chief, Special Plans & Programs, Directorate of Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements & Analyses, HQ Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB OH

13. August 2015 – June 2016, Executive Officer to the Executive Director, HQ Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Wright-Patterson AFB OH

14. June 2016 – July 2017, Program Element Monitor, Directorate of Information Dominance, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (SAF/AQ), Pentagon, Washington DC

15. July 2017 – July 2018, Military Assistant to the Director, Directorate of Information Dominance, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition), Pentagon, Washington DC

16. July 2018 – May 2019, Program Manager, Air Force Cyber Defense Program, C3I Infrastructure Division, Air Force Materiel Command, Hanscom AFB MA

17. May 2019 – Present, Materiel Leader, Enterprise Cloud Services Branch, C3I Infrastructure Division, Air Force Materiel Command, Hanscom AFB MA

ACQUISITION CERTIFICATION

Program Manager Level III

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

  • DoD Software Innovation Team Award
  • David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award
  • Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

AFSCs

  • 63S0 – Materiel Leader / Squadron Commander
  • 63A4 – Program Management
  • T63A3 – Acquisition Management Instructor
  • 97E – Executive Officer
  • 13B – Air Battle Manager

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

  • Second Lieutenant December 22, 2002
  • First Lieutenant December 1, 2004
  • Captain December 1, 2006
  • Major November 1, 2012
  • Lieutenant Colonel September 1, 2017

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Colonel Elizabeth Sweet

Defense Engagement Lead

Defense Innovation Unit

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Colonel Elizabeth Sweet

Defense Engagement Lead

Defense Innovation Unit

Elizabeth Sweet serves as the Defense Engagement Lead for the Pentagon’s commercial technology hub, the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). An active U.S. Army Reserve Colonel, she has served in several military operations including Joint Operation Safe Haven Panama, Joint Guardian, Kosovo and Operation Enduring Freedom. In her civilian career, she served as a crime intelligence analyst in South Florida and as an R&D Manager in the Department of Defense as a civilian, providing subject matter expertise in applying science and technology to operations for geographic information, geospatial and imagery science.

Colonel Sweet most recently served in the Chief Innovation Office in the newly formed 75th Innovation Command, as the Operations & Processes Portfolio Lead, liaison to the Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA), and as the Army affiliate of the Undersecretary of Defense Research and Engineering (USD R&E) Joint Reserve Directorate.
She holds a Bachelor of Russian Language from Florida State University and a Master’s of
Science of Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, with a research focus
on innovation, creativity, and technology diffusion in the Intelligence Community.

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Bob Ritchie

VP, Software

SAIC

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Bob Ritchie

VP, Software

SAIC

Bob D. Ritchie is vice president of the software practice with responsibility for leading over 4,000 software engineers in support of executive-level project teams, providing technical direction and expertise for SAIC enterprise modernization initiatives. In this role, he provides the strategic vision and roadmap for the software enterprise including training, investment, and research and development; provides surge support across programs through cross-functional DevSecOps teams; and oversees cloud native, app modernization, scaled Agile, intelligent software, and development accelerator directorates. In addition, he established the Cloud One Community of Practice and holds workshops and information sharing sessions to foster deeper understanding in the broader community.

Ritchie joined SAIC in 2006 as a senior principal software engineer. He has led several Agile teams in developing, modernizing, migrating, and operating resilient, highly available, enterprise-scale software systems across the Navy, Marine Corps, Defense Logistics Agency, and Air Force.

Prior to his current role, Ritchie served as director of software engineering at Capital One, where he provided technical direction within an engineering organization of over 500 spanning multiple areas of expertise. He oversaw and guided the successful completion of major programs, including the enterprise migration of over 400 distributed applications from legacy data centers to 100% cloud infrastructure. He instilled best practices and re-usable artifacts throughout the software engineering practice, highlighted by co-founding the Capital One DevOps Guild, an organization-wide effort to establish and adopt DevSecOps best practices.

Ritchie earned his Bachelor of Science focused in Computer Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He holds all nine AWS certifications.

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Dr. Stephen Russell

Information Sciences Division Chief, US Combat Capabilities Development Command

Army Research Laboratory

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Dr. Stephen Russell

Information Sciences Division Chief, US Combat Capabilities Development Command

Army Research Laboratory

Dr. Stephen Russell is currently the Information Sciences Division Chief at the US Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory. Dr. Russell received a B.Sc. in Computer Science and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Information Systems from University of Maryland. He has published over 100 papers in his primary research areas of decision support systems, machine learning, systems architectures, and intelligent systems. His published research articles appear in Expert Systems with Applications, Decision Support Systems Journal, the Encyclopedia of Decision Making and Decision Support Technologies, and Frontiers in Bioscience, amongst others. He also is a co-inventor of a combined exploratory data analysis recommender system (Patent #10354192).

Dr. Russell leads an ARL research program on the Internet of Battlefield Things, which is focused on multiple challenges to incorporating IoT concepts and capabilities within the battlefield environment. Before coming to ARL, he was a section head at the US Naval Research Laboratory. Dr. Russell has a long history of research in the areas of networking, information management, recommender systems, and network agents. Currently, his research is focused on Internet of Things and its applicability to the US Army and the US Military. After starting his career in the Marine Corps, Dr. Russell worked as an electronics engineer and industry consultant. He has several years of information technology experience in the telecommunications, healthcare, and manufacturing industries. He has also been a serial entrepreneur, owning companies that have specialized in software engineering, information resource management services, and telecommunications equipment manufacturing.

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Doug Robinson

Executive Director

National Association of State Chief Information Officers

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Doug Robinson

Executive Director

National Association of State Chief Information Officers

Doug Robinson has served as Executive Director of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) since 2004. Founded in 1969, NASCIO is the only national organization representing state chief information officers of the fifty states and territories. He is responsible for the overall executive leadership of the association including strategic plan and policy execution, government affairs, strategic alliances, emerging issues and board and committee oversight. He also provides strategic direction for NASCIO’s initiatives and advocacy positions on issues such as cybersecurity, enterprise architecture, IT governance, information sharing and business innovation. Doug is a frequent speaker, panelist, author and recognized national expert representing state CIOs, policy issues, priorities and trends in state government IT.

His career spans almost forty years in public sector information technology including positions in state government, higher education and IT consulting. Prior to joining NASCIO he served as Executive Director in the Governor’s Office for Technology, Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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George Batsakis

Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

1901 Group, Leidos

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George Batsakis

Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

1901 Group, Leidos

George leads the company’s overall corporate development and strategy planning process and provides expertise in executive management, operations, new business development, emerging technology and technology partnership to support the company continued expansion in federal and public market.

George is an Army Veteran and brings over 25 years of industry experience with vast executive-level P&L, technology and growth-oriented general management skills. Prior to joining 1901 Group, George was in various of firms including EDS, Northrop Grumman, SRA, CSRA/General Dynamics Information Technology, and most recently Accenture Federal Services. He holds a master’s degree in business from Johns Hopkins University, and an undergraduate degree from Hillsdale College, as well as a program management certification in acquisition management from the Defense Systems Management College.

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Dr. Dan Voce

Senior Vice President, Enterprise & Cyber Solutions

Leidos

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Dr. Dan Voce

Senior Vice President, Enterprise & Cyber Solutions

Leidos

Daniel A. Voce is the Senior Vice President for Enterprise & Cyber Solutions within Leidos Defense. In this role, Dr. Voce manages the Enterprise IT and Cyber portfolio leading large-scale programs across the Army, Navy, Air Force, DISA, NATO, and Defense Agencies. His responsibilities include management and technical performance oversight to ensure performance delivery to our mission partners. Prior to this position, Daniel was the Vice President of DoD Networks, leading the operations, maintenance, transition to service, and network assurance programs for DISA as well as the buildout and test of the IT infrastructure in the New NATO Headquarters, a large-scale IT development program. In 2013, Daniel was appointed to the Director of Engineering for the Enterprise IT Solutions line of business within Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions (LM IS&GS, now Leidos). In this position, Dr. Voce was responsible for the development and oversight of the Enterprise IT integration strategy, technical performance, and alignment to customer objectives.

In his previous position, Dr. Voce served as Chief Engineer for the GSM-O capture and startup effort, a contract with a $4.6B ceiling. He was the technical lead for development of the solution strategy and technical approach. As a Lockheed Martin Senior Fellow, he provided leadership to the program transition, a global multi-site effort spanning Southwest Asia, Europe, North America, and the Pacific theater. With 26 years of experience in IT and Defensive Cyber, Dr. Voce has held various technical and management roles of increasing responsibility for Lockheed Martin IS&GS and Space Systems Company. He served as Sr. Manager for the Advanced Technology Group, a department responsible for driving technology planning roadmaps and portfolio solution development, as well as Chief Network Architect for Iridium NEXT, responsible for the development of the next generation network architecture and supporting satellite payload design for the global mobile network. He also served as Chief Network Engineer for the Transformational Satellite program, a $600M contract in which he led a large network engineering and integration team responsible for the development of space-based communications protocols, resource management algorithms, and an integrated path-to-flight implementation.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 1998, he held Systems and Software Engineering positions with
COMSAT Laboratories and IBM. Dr. Voce holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the State University of New York. He is published in numerous technical journals and holds three patents in network
communications.

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Tommy Gardner

Chief Technology Officer

HP Federal

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Tommy Gardner

Chief Technology Officer

HP Federal

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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.

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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.

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Brandi Vincent

Staff Correspondent

Nextgov

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Brandi Vincent

Staff Correspondent

Nextgov

Brandi Vincent reports on the federal government’s use of and policies for emerging technologies—including but not limited to supercomputing, artificial intelligence, biometrics, and the internet of things. Before joining Nextgov, Brandi helped create news for millennials at Snapchat and mixed media at NBC News. She grew up in south Louisiana and received a master’s in journalism from the University of Maryland.