Profiles of Technologist Political Figures

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Chief Information Officer

Steve VanRoekel, US Chief Information Officer (August 2011 - Present)

  • "A Tech Evolutionary" - NextGov, May 1, 2012
  • "White House Names a New Chief of Information" - New York Times, August 4, 2011

Vivek Kundra, US Chief Information Officer (March 2009 - August 2011)

  • "Vivek Kundra Leaving White House for Harvard" - Politico, June 16, 2011
  • "White House Names First Chief Information Officer" - New York Times, March 5, 2009

Deputy Chief Technology Officer

Chris Vein, US Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation (February 2011 - Present)

  • "White House Taps Top City CIO to Replace Beth Noveck as Deputy CTO for Innovation" - Tech President, February 28, 2011

Beth Noveck, US Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Open Government (January 2009 - January 2011)

  • "Obama's Open-Government Director Opens Up" - CNET, December 8, 2009

Andrew McLaughlin, US Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy (July 2009-December 2010)

  • "Former Googler to Resign from White House" - Politico, December 22, 2010
  • "Google's Top Policy Executive to Join Obama Administration" - New York Times, May 29, 2009

Chief Technology Officer

Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer (March 2012 - Present)

  • "US CTO Looks to Scale Agile Thinking and Open Data to Improve Citizen-Centric Government" - Huffington Post, May 31, 2012.

Aneesh Chopra, US Chief Technology Officer (August 2009- February 2012)

  • "Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra to Leave White House" - Politico, January 27, 2012
  • "Obama Selects Chopra, Va. Tech Secretary, as CTO" - PC Magazine, April 18, 2009

Ethics Czar

Norm Eisen, Special Counsel for Ethics and Government Reform (January 2009 - June 2010)

  • "'Dr. No' Becomes Diplomat, Continues A Family Story" - NPR, January 14, 2011 
  • "Office of Counsel to the President Takes Shape" - National Journal, January 28, 2009

Ethics Portfolio

Steve Croley, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Counsel to the President (June 2011 (current assignment) - Present)

Bob Bauer, White House Counsel (August 2010 (picked up ethics portfolio) - June 2011)

  • "White House Counsel Bob Bauer to Step Down" - Politico, June 2, 2011
  • "White House Revamps Ethics Team, Without a Familiar Name" - New York Times, August 6, 2010

Open Government Partnership

Lisa Ellman, Senior Counsel, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and Office of Management and Budget (January 2009 (previous White House position) - Present)

Congressional Staffers

Matt Lira, Director of New Media for Representative Eric Cantor (January 2009 (current position) - Present)

  • "Capitol Hill's Dec. 7 Hackathon Means Government's Getting Geekier" - TechPresident, November 28, 2011

Seamus Kraft, Director of Digital Strategy for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

CIA

Jeanne Tisinger, Chief Information Officer, Central Intelligence Agency (2010 - Present)

New York

Carole Post, Chief Information Office (December 2009 - Present, announced on April 12 that she would step down pending appointment of replacement)

  • "City’s Top Technology Official Resigns Amid Clashes Over Troubled Projects" - New York Times, April 13, 2012
  • "New York City CIO Carole Post Named State’s IT Official of the Year" - Government Technology, April 6, 2011

Rachel Sterne, Chief Digital Officer (January 2011- Present)

  • "City Picks Entrepeneur to Lead Digital Efforts" - New York Times, January 24, 2011

Chicago

John Tolva, Chief Technology Office (May 2011 - Present)

Brett Goldstein, Chief Data Officer (May 2011 - Present)

  • "Mayor-elect Emanuel Names Chicago's Technology Leadership Team" - City of Chicago, May 16, 2011

San Francisco

Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer (January 2012 (current position) - Present)

  • "Gov 2.0 Hero: Jay Nath" - GovFresh, September 10, 2009 (as San Francisco director of innovation)

Jon Walton, Chief Information Officer

  • "Special Report: Can Governments Keep Up Their Open Data Initiatives?" - Government Technology, May 30, 2012
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