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September 23, 2021

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Chad Clifford

Executive Director of Grants Quality Service Management Office (QSMO)

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

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Chad Clifford

Executive Director of Grants Quality Service Management Office (QSMO)

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Chad Clifford is the Executive Director of the Grants Quality Services Management Office (QSMO) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In his role as Executive Director, he leads the Grants QSMO’s efforts to establish and manage a marketplace of customer-focused solutions, drive burden reduction for applicant and recipients, increase efficiencies for agencies, and leverage grants data to unleash innovative solutions.

Chad has over 15 years of experience leading in fast-paced environments to resolve complex problems facing the Federal Government. Prior to joining HHS in late 2020, he completed a year-long fellowship with OMB as part of the White House Leadership Development Program (WHLDP). There he worked in the Office of Federal Financial Management and helped lead government-wide efforts to operationalize grants management data standards and to establish a robust marketplace of shared technology solutions and services for grants. Before that, he served in various leadership roles in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Office of Chief Counsel and worked in nearly all of FEMA’s public facing mission areas, including: disaster response and recovery, mitigation and floodplain management, protection and national preparedness, environmental planning and historic preservation, as well as legislative affairs.

Chad has a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School (Washington, D.C.), and a B.A. in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA).

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Marty LaMar

Chief Economic Development Officer

City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Marty LaMar

Chief Economic Development Officer

City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Marty LaMar is the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Chief Economic Development Officer. In this role, Marty has strategic oversight of two of the city’s authorities (Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh and Urban Redevelopment Authority), as well as, the city’s Planning and Permits, Licensing, and Inspections departments with emphasis on environmental, social, and business continuity criteria. With more than 20 years of broad-based experience in real estate (operations, development, financing, and acquisition) and resource stewardship and economic development, Marty’s professional responsibilities provide full-management responsibility and oversight of the financial, operational, marketing, and budgetary aspects. Additional and continuous career focal points have been, creating and building assets, resource stewardship, securing meaningful community relationships, program innovation, developing and impacting public policy, fostering civic engagement, asset management, government affairs, public-private (P3) partnerships, sustainability, and human capital. Prior to this role, he held in executive roles in Saint Louis, Philadelphia, and Atlanta.

Marty is an alumnus of the Alabama A&M University, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Finance. Following his undergraduate studies, he went on to receive University of Washington Masters degrees in
Social Policy and Public Administration, as well as, a Master of Business Administration from Brenau (GA) University.

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Rohit Tandon

Assistant Commissioner and State Chief Information Security Officer

State of Minnesota

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Rohit Tandon

Assistant Commissioner and State Chief Information Security Officer

State of Minnesota

Rohit Tandon is the Chief Information Security Officer of the State of Minnesota. Rohit has 17 years of information security experience in both the public and private sector. Rohit has worked for global healthcare providers to build secure systems for Electronic Health Records and championed Medical Device security. Before he joined the State of Minnesota to protect his fellow Minnesotan’s data, Rohit served as the Information Security Leader at a multinational institution and supported the merger of information security departments of two large entities. He is also an adjunct professor for the past ten years at Metropolitan State University where he enjoys sharing his knowledge to build the nation’s future cyber workforce.

Dovarius Peoples

Chief Information Officer/G6

US Army Corp of Engineers

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Dovarius Peoples

Chief Information Officer/G6

US Army Corp of Engineers

Mr. Dovarius L. Peoples was selected for the Senior Executive Service in January of 2016. He assumed the position of the Chief Information Officer (CIO)/ G6 in April of 2019 with the US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE). In this role, he serves as the principal advisor to the Commanding General on information technology issues. He is responsible for all aspects of information resource management and information technology for USACE. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Peoples served as the Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S. Army NETCOM. In this capacity, Mr. Peoples provided senior technical leadership to ensure Army Theater level networks were integrated into the Army’s portion of the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN) and enterprise constructs. The command employed over 14,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel located in every theater in 20 countries around the
world and with an annual budget of in excess of $1.4 billion.

 

Previous Assignments include: September 2009 – April 2010: Information Systems Security Engineer, National Security Agency (NSA), Washington, D.C.; April 2010 – February 2013: Information Assurance Division Chief (IAM), USCYBERCOM J6, Fort Meade, Md.; February 2013 – November 2013: Lead Architecture Engineer, Mobility PMO, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Fort Meade, Md.; November 2013 – August 2015: Deputy Director Operations, US Army Information Technology Agency (ITA), Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; August 2015 – January 2016: Deputy Director Cyber Solutions, Joint Service Provider Pentagon (JSP), Washington, D.C.; January 2016 – July 2018: Associate Chief Information Officer, Office of Personnel Management, Washington, D.C.; July 2018 – April 2019: Deputy to the Commanding General, US Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM).

 

Mr. Peoples’ education includes a Master of Science in Information Technology, with an
emphasis in Information Assurance, from the University of Maryland, University College, College Park, Md., awarded in 2012. Mr. Peoples’ also has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, from Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Va., awarded in 2009.

 

Significant Training taken by Mr. Peoples includes the Advanced Program Manager Course, Defense Acquisition University. His certifications include: Program Management, Acquisition Professional Development Program; ITIL Foundations V.3.

 

Awards and Honors include the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

Mr. Peoples is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM).

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Julius Chang

Director of Strategic Initiatives, System and Support Services Division

Grantsolutions.gov

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Julius Chang

Director of Strategic Initiatives, System and Support Services Division

Grantsolutions.gov

Julius has been delivering sophisticated IT solutions to meet public sector infrastructure, security, and data management needs for more than 15 years. He began his career improving state government IT services at the University of Maryland before working at
USDA and FDIC.

At GrantSolutions.gov Julius is currently leading the development of Recipient Data Insights, a risk management tool set to launch in fall of 2021. Recipient Data Insights gathers key data regarding grant recipients from a variety of data sources and integrates risk management intelligence with financial assistance award processes to
support robust, data-driven decision-making. Julius is also working on developing services focused on evaluating program outcomes; providing agencies automated tools to collect program management outcome data and report on broad program performance metrics over the life of a grant. This data is used to help improve program evaluation and future grant award decisions through predictive analytics.

Marcus Moffett

Senior Director, System Engineering and Architectures & CTO US Public Sector

Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Marcus Moffett

Senior Director, System Engineering and Architectures & CTO US Public Sector

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Marcus Moffett is a proud member of the US Public Sector Team. Mr. Moffett has been identified as a Teacher/ Provider, which captures what he loves most about his job; partnering with people to advance their careers. 

Mr. Moffett began his career out of high school at an offshore oil rig, where he learned that hard work, teamwork, discipline and mental toughness are necessary for success and safety in his field. After more than eight years offshore, he joined the US Air Force and served in System Engineering. He joined 3Com in 1996 and Cisco 1999, working as a Systems Engineer, SE Manager, Senior SE Manager, and now SE Director. 

Within his roles, Mr. Moffett has seen first-hand the impact that Cisco has on customers in transforming the way that they #ProtectServeEducate. He is inspired by the people he works with and is motivated by his ability to make a difference every day in how the government and education customers leverage technology to impact students and citizens.

When he is not working, he participates in some of his favorite hobbies: crossfit, running, cycling, hiking, and working on his farm.

Kevin Chin

Director, Artificial Intelligence IT Operations

Leidos

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Kevin Chin

Director, Artificial Intelligence IT Operations

Leidos

Kevin Chin is a proven leader in today’s IT industry. With 23 years experience, Kevin has successfully delivered large-scale, complex, mission critical information systems using Open Standards & Cloud technologies. Kevin has a unique blend of technical, business, and management skills. He prides himself at not only being able to be customer-facing to drive the overall direction of a program, but also being able to drill down as needed and relate to the technical leads and implementers. This is evident with his educational background and proven track record in previous roles. Overall, Kevin provides both the business and technical leadership needed to successfully deliver programs.

Kevin has hands-on experience with today’s leading technologies such as Service Oriented Archiecture (SOA), Cloud Computing focused on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cloud Migration, microservices, and Containerization strategy. This experience enables him to successfully manage both the technical team and business outcomes because he is able to speak both technical and non-technically to understand the needs of all stakeholders. Kevin is currently a Sr Systems Manager and Cloud Architect with Leidos Innovations and has previously held roles as Technical Architect on commercial contracts, and Chief Engineer for Federal Government contracts.

Kevin possesses excellent PMO skills to actively engage teams and provide value to stakeholders. He previously managed large programs (up to $70M) with on-time & on-budget delivery. Kevin is process-oriented and versed in Earned Value Mgmt, Agile, and DevOps. He has held roles in both Human Resource management and Delivery Management for a 100+ person team consisting of 10+ Systems Engineers, 40-50 developers, and 20+ Testers.

His specialties include: Hands-on experience with tools including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Putty, Docker, Git, DevOps and Agile methodologies, Jenkins, Rundeck, Bash, Microsoft Office, MS Project, Oracle, PL/SQL, SQL, UNIX Admin.

 

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Tifani O'Brien

Chief Engineer

Leidos AI and Machine Learning Accelerator

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Tifani O'Brien

Chief Engineer

Leidos AI and Machine Learning Accelerator

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David Marsh

Director, Industry Principal (Federal)

Pegasystems

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David Marsh

Director, Industry Principal (Federal)

Pegasystems

David Marsh joined Pega in January of 2020 as the Industry Principal for Pega’s Federal Civilian line of business. His responsibilities include: setting and updating go-to-market strategies; developing targeted applications of the Pega Government Platform that address specific needs; and cultivating new channels of revenue via forward-looking industry groups and innovative acquisition vehicles. 

David is a decorated combat veteran of the U.S. Navy. He graduated with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania and has over two decades of Legislative, Defense, IT Security, and National Security consulting experience. Post Navy, he worked with Big 5 Consulting firms before starting a software and services company with fellow Navy Veterans that was acquired in 2010. David then spent nine years working with Veteran- and Minority-owned companies in the IT industry. He enjoys playing baseball and spending time with his family in Arlington, VA.  He can also be found on a local golf course, sometimes to the left – but mostly to the right of the fairway.

 

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Terry Halvorsen

General Manager

U.S. Federal IBM

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Terry Halvorsen

General Manager

U.S. Federal IBM

Mr. Terry Halvorsen started with IBM on 12 October 2020 as GM for Client and Solutions Development  Federal and Public.  Prior to joining IBM he was with Samsung electronics as Executive Vice President for the Business to Government group and CIO.  

Mr. Halvorsen Served as the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer from March 8, 2015 to February 28 2017.  He previously served as the Acting Department of Defense Chief Information Officer from June of 2014 until March of 2015.  He was the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer from November 2010 until May of 2014. 

As DoD CIO, Mr. Halvorsen was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for information Management / Information Technology and Information Assurance as well as non-intelligence space systems; critical satellite communications, navigation, and timing programs; spectrum; and telecommunications.  He provided strategy, leadership, and guidance to create a unified information management and technology vision for the Department and to ensure the delivery of information technology-based capabilities required to support the broad set of Department missions. As the Department of Navy CIO, Mr. Halvorsen was the principal Information Technology, Information Assurance and privacy policy advisor to the Secretary of the Navy. 

Before serving as the Department of the Navy CIO, Mr. Halvorsen was the Deputy Commander, Navy Cyber Forces.  He began serving in that position in January 2010 as part of the Navy Cyber reorganization.  Previous to that, Mr. Halvorsen served as the Deputy Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command.  He was responsible for providing leadership for over 16,000 military and civilian personnel and supporting over 300 ships and approximately 800,000 globally dispersed computer network users.  In this position he was responsible for the business performance of Navy network operations, space operations, information operations and knowledge management. 

Mr. Halvorsen served as an Army intelligence officer active and reserve in a variety of assignments, including Operations Just Cause and Desert Storm.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Widener University and a master’s degree in educational technology from the University of West Florida.  He is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and an Excellence in Government Leadership Fellow.  He has been awarded the Distinguished and Meritorious Presidential Rank Awards for Civilian Executive Service.

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Margie Graves

Partner for Digital Modernization Strategy

IBM Center for the Business of Government

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Margie Graves

Partner for Digital Modernization Strategy

IBM Center for the Business of Government

Margaret (Margie) H. Graves is an executive consultant providing strategic advisory services to corporations and government. She is the former Federal Deputy CIO for the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. The Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer drives value in Federal IT, delivers digital services, protects Federal IT assets and information, and develops the next generation IT workforce. In her previous role, Margie worked to improve the way Government delivers results and technology services to the public. She drove elements of the President’s Management Agenda; IT Modernization, Data as a Strategic Asset and Workforce of the 21st Century.  

Previously, Margie served as the Deputy CIO at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As the Deputy CIO, she had oversight of an IT portfolio of $5.4 billion in programs. In addition, she managed the operations of the Office of the Chief Information Officer, covering the functional areas of Applied Technology, Enterprise Architecture, Data Management, IT Security, Infrastructure Operations, IT Accessibility, Budget and Acquisition. 

Prior to her selection as DHS Deputy CIO, she was the Executive Director of the Enterprise Business Management Office within the DHS Office of the CIO. She developed and executed IT Portfolio strategies in alignment with the DHS mission. She also served as the Deputy Program Manager for the DHS Border and Transportation Security IT Integration Program which established the operational foundation and roadmap for consolidating and securing segments of the DHS application portfolio, data architecture and IT infrastructure. 

Margie has private sector experience in the management consulting industry, where she held executive positions and also performed consulting engagements for clients. She has experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and venture capital planning, systems engineering, business process reengineering, strategic planning and financial management. She worked for several global consulting firms including ten years with A.T. Kearney, Inc. She worked for clients in the chemical, utility and medical services industries, and held leadership positions in technology and financial management. 

She holds a M.B.A. from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia.

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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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Bill Lucia

Senior Editor

Route Fifty

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Bill Lucia

Senior Editor

Route Fifty

Bill Lucia is a senior editor for Government Executive’s Route Fifty. He previously covered Seattle city government for Crosscut.com and holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs.

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Alex Treadway

Associate Publisher

Route Fifty

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Alex Treadway

Associate Publisher

Route Fifty

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Anna Pettyjohn

Senior Vice President, Events

GovExec Media

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Anna Pettyjohn

Senior Vice President, Events

GovExec Media

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Kevin Baron

Executive Editor

Defense One

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Kevin Baron

Executive Editor

Defense One

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George Jackson

Director of Events

GovExec Media

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George Jackson

Director of Events

GovExec Media

June 30, 2021

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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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Bill Lucia

Senior Editor

Route Fifty

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Bill Lucia

Senior Editor

Route Fifty

Bill Lucia is a senior editor for Government Executive’s Route Fifty. He previously covered Seattle city government for Crosscut.com and holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs.

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George Jackson

Director of Events

GovExec Media

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George Jackson

Director of Events

GovExec Media

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G. Nagesh Rao

CIO

Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce

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G. Nagesh Rao

CIO

Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce

Nagesh Rao currently serves as Chief Information Officer for the Bureau of Industry and Security within the US Department of Commerce. Most recently he was Director of Business Technology Solutions (BiTS) at the US Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of the Chief Information Officer, and prior to Chief Technologist & Entrepreneur in Residence within SBA’s Office of Investment & Innovation.

Over the last 20 years, Nagesh has worked for numerous organizations in the public, private, and not for profit sectors. During his time in the public-sector, he co-developed programmatic endeavors such as i6 Green, Patents for Humanity, USAID’s-SBAR Program, and SBA’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. Furthermore he oversaw the creation and issuance of 5 major interagency policy committee reports, regarding the SBIR/STTR programs, for US Congress on behalf of SBA and White House-OSTP; as well he led the revamp and modernization of SBA’s digital platforms including SBIR.gov and SBA.gov. Additionally Nagesh oversaw technology direction, as part of SBA’s COVID-19 leadership response team, with respect to the agency’s Virtual Command Center, PPP and EIDL endeavors as part of the historic CARES Act efforts.

Nagesh’s musings (written and oratorical) have been featured and/or quoted via Wired, TechCrunch, WAMC-NPR, The Scientist, The National Academies, The Hill, FedTech Magazine, DC Inno, Technical.ly DC, NextGov, Daily Mirror (Sri Lankan version), Financial Times (Sri Lankan version), and The Courier-Journal. 

Nagesh is a 2004 Mirzayan Fellow of The National Academies and a 2016 USA Eisenhower Fellow. Among many accolades that Nagesh has received over the years, prominent ones include the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman & Hind Rattan awards from the NRI Welfare Society, Fed 100, ACT-IAC Collaboration Award, BT 150, DC Inno 50 on Fire, 2019 Gears of Government, and the RPI Alumni Key Award.

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David (Dave) Hinchman

Acting Director, Information Technology and Cybersecurity

GAO

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David (Dave) Hinchman

Acting Director, Information Technology and Cybersecurity

GAO

Dave Hinchman oversees the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s government-wide reviews of the IT workforce and critical infrastructure protection, and also leads GAO’s evaluations of the IRS’s IT modernization efforts. He previously led GAO’s body of work on federal data center consolidation and cloud computing. Prior to joining GAO in 2002, Dave worked for several private sector firms, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, and served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. Dave has a master’s degree in business administration from the Eller School of Management at the University of Arizona, and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Vassar College in New York.

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Art Trevethan

Director, Corporate Ventures

US Army Futures Laboratory

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Art Trevethan

Director, Corporate Ventures

US Army Futures Laboratory

Focused on the interface between Army problems and the solver network made up of those small companies who have not done business with the Army before.  Expedition processes in the funding, selection, and success cycle by maintaining the AAL goals of Access, Transparency, and Access to capital.

Senior business operations and opportunity strategist who can analyze new technologies and grasp value for market while planning infrastructures and processes required for profitable commercialization.  Extensive experience in identifying opportunities, commercializing technologies, and breaking into new markets. Organization grower who takes startups to maturity by building teams and creating effective operations needed to drive rapid and sustained expansion.

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Vickie Lonker

Vice President, Public Sector Solutions

Verizon

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Vickie Lonker

Vice President, Public Sector Solutions

Verizon

Vickie Lonker is the Vice President of the Product Management organization at Verizon responsible for delivering communication and IT solutions to U.S. Public Sector customers.    In this role, she leads a nationwide team responsible for enabling State and Local governments, K-12 and higher education, and Federal civilian and military clients to effectively serve their constituents and achieve their missions through best-in-class networks, solutions, and customer experiences.  

 

Prior to this role, Lonker was Vice President, Global Product Management responsible for developing and managing a $32B portfolio of global products leveraging technologies such as 4G/5G, internet, MPLS, wave and Ethernet.  Her scope encompassed wireless/wireline connectivity, wireless business products (including Private LTE, 5G mobile and 5G fixed wireless access), Edge/CPE Solutions, and managed and virtualized services including Mobile Edge Computing, SDN and Software Defined Perimeter. She was the visionary behind Verizon’s Software Defined Networking product strategy and brought to life key offers such as Virtual Network Services and Secure Cloud Interconnect. Her teams of 235+ outstanding humans in ~ 35 countries delivered innovation, P&L and life cycle responsibilities for these portfolios to enable business outcomes for Verizon customers.  

 

Vickie was appointed to the Council on Competitiveness’ National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness Frontier’s working group for Optimizing the Environment for the National Innovation System in 2019.  In 2018, Vickie was named a Top Mover & Shaker in Telecom by Fierce Telecom and to Capacity Media’s Women in Telco list.

Vickie held other Product Management roles including: VP Integrated Network & Security Solutions, Executive Director of Network & Virtual Services, and Director of MPLS, Secure Cloud Interconnect, Mobile Private Network and Access.  Vickie’s career has included leadership roles in Product Management, Finance (Pricing & Contract Management), Solutions Architecture / Deal Development (GID), Marketing, Sales and Sales Engineering. Her tenure at GTE and Bell Atlantic included roles in Customer Network Engineering, Network Planning, Transmission Engineering, and Switching Engineering.

A multi-faceted leader who builds strong teams in collaborative cultures, drives breakthrough innovation results with impact and is fueled by new challenges, Ms. Lonker holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Engineering Administration in Industrial and Systems Engineering, both from Virginia Tech.  She also completed business and executive management programs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina.

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Jeremy Mohler

Communications Director

In the Public Interest

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Jeremy Mohler

Communications Director

In the Public Interest

Jeremy Mohler is Communications Director at In the Public Interest. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, USA Today, the Guardian, Jacobin, The American Prospect, El Nuevo Día, and other outlets. He received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland and completed coursework towards a Master’s in Communications, Culture & Technology at Georgetown University.

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Kelly Morrison

Director, Public Sector

Grant Thornton

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Kelly Morrison

Director, Public Sector

Grant Thornton

Kelly is a Director in Grant Thornton Public Sector practice, with over 15 years of federal government experience. She leads the Public Sector’s Technology Business Management (TBM) Strategy & Engagement within the Digital Transformation & Management service line. Kelly joined Grant Thornton from the U.S. Agency for International Development where she served as a Senior Strategic Advisor to USAID’s Chief Information Officer, focusing on a variety of policy, and programmatic implementation efforts. As Foreign Service Executive she led the Organizational Change Management and Communications for the Development Information Solutions, the Agency’s largest project; a mission portfolio management solution to manage the agency’s global development efforts to capture one cohesive development story from strategy to results.

Ms. Morrison joined USAID from the Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. As a Performance Analyst and Branch Chief, she managed a large portfolio including policy initiatives and oversight of the President’s ~$90 Billion IT budget. She was responsible for IT investment and portfolio oversight; monitoring federal agencies performance, and alignment with the Administrations’ technology initiatives. Ms. Morrison led an initiative to transform federal IT Capital Planning & Investment Control policies and processes to drive improved value, and coordinated the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) implementation. She champed increased transparency of IT spending, securing it as a Presidents Management Agency Cross Agenda Priority Goal #10 for agencies, and leading the government-wide communities of practice. Ms. Morrison served for a combined 12 years at the Department of Interior and the Food and Drug Administration leading strategic planning, portfolio management and IT governance. Prior to joining federal service, Kelly worked in private, non-profit, and state government (legislative branch) sectors.

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Russ Ficken

Director of Cybersecurity

Grant Thornton

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Russ Ficken

Director of Cybersecurity

Grant Thornton

Russ has over 20 years of broad Information Technology and Cybersecurity experience with a focus on governance. He has led a variety of initiatives during his government career, such as, software portfolio management, data center consolidation, 24 x 7 information technology service support, capital planning, and FISMA compliance. Serving at the White House brought these experiences together to aid OMB in policy development and agency oversight. Russ also brings a wealth of relevant commercial experience where he managed corporate security governance for Dell Secureworks, a global managed security services provider. In this capacity, Russ ensured the robust software and service offerings developed by Secureworks met corporate security and regulatory requirements.

Throughout his entire career, Russ has led teams to meet a variety of challenges. At the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, Russ managed blended workforces (federal employees and contractors) to deliver services in Cybersecurity, IT Operations, Enterprise IT Project Delivery, Portfolio Management, and IT Governance.

Professional qualifications and memberships
M.B.A., Mount Saint Mary’s University
B.S., Justice Studies and Political Science, Frostburg State University
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Project Management Professional (PMP)

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Laurie Diamond

Vice President of Business Development

GovExec Media

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Laurie Diamond

Vice President of Business Development

GovExec Media

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Bradley Peniston

Deputy Editor

Defense One

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Bradley Peniston

Deputy Editor

Defense One

Bradley Peniston is deputy editor of Defense One. A national security journalist for two decades, he helped launch Military.com, served as managing editor of Defense News, and was editor of Armed Forces Journal. His books include No Higher Honor: Saving the USS Samuel B. Roberts in the Persian Gulf, which has been featured in the Chief of Naval Operations’ Professional Reading Program.

March 18, 2021

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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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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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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.