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Speakers
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination,
Executive Office of the President
Deputy Assistant to the President for Technology Policy,
The White House
Under Secretary for Policy,
DOT
Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence,
ODNI
Deputy Director,
OMB
Deputy U.S. CIO,
Executive Office of the President
Director of Social Media & Assistant to the President,
The White House
Deputy Assistant Director, Cyber Division,
FBI
Acting Chief, Information Dominance & CIO,
U.S. Air Force
CIO,
Dept. of Energy
Commissioner, FAS,
GSA
Partner,
DIUx
Executive Director, Defense Innovation Board,
DOD
Founder & Chief Brand Officer,
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Commissioner,
Election Assistance Commission
Director, TTS & Deputy Commissioner, FAS,
GSA
Sr. Cybersecurity Advisor, Office of Cybersecurity & Communications, NPPD,
DHS
Founder & CEO,
Scoop News Group
CIO,
Forcepoint
SVP & GM, Federal,
Dell EMC
VP, Engineering,
AWS
Director, Security & Compliance,
Okta
Technical Consultant, Mr. Robot & Global Head of Security,
TLDR Capital
Record Producer/ Songwriter

Chris Liddell

Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination, Executive Office of the President

Chris Liddell currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination in the Executive Office of the President. Prior to this role, he served as Assistant to the President and Director for Strategic Initiatives in the Office of American Innovation at the White House.

Before federal service, Liddell led General Motors' global finance operations. Prior to that, Liddell was an SVP and CFO at Microsoft where, from 2005 to December 2009, he was responsible for leading their worldwide finance organization. His responsibilities included overseeing corporate strategy, acquisitions, treasury activities, tax planning, accounting and reporting, internal audits and investor relations.

Prior to Microsoft, Liddell served as CFO of International Paper. In 2014, he began working as the CFO of WME-IMG, a privately held company in the media, sports and entertainment industry.

In 2012, Liddell was Executive Director of Transition Planning for the Romney Presidential Campaign. Liddell is a recognized authority on presidential transitions and the author of Romney Readiness Project: Retrospectives and Lessons Learned.

Michael Kratsios

Deputy Assistant to the President for Technology Policy, The White House

Michael Kratsios advises the President on a broad range of technology policy issues and drives U.S. technology priorities and strategic initiatives.

Under his leadership, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy encourages the development of emerging technologies in the United States, empowers American companies to commercialize and adopt new technologies, and improves and expands access to the tools necessary for Americans to succeed in the 21st century economy. His office is also responsible for aligning the development of new technologies with the Administration's priorities, including standing up for the American worker, defending American innovations abroad, and protecting the safety and security of the American people.

Prior to joining the White House, Kratsios was a Principal at Thiel Capital, where he invested in and advised technology companies. Kratsios graduated from Princeton University and served as a Visiting Scholar at Beijing's Tsinghua University.

Derek Kan

Under Secretary for Policy, DOT

Derek Kan is the Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy. In this role, he serves as a principal advisor to the Secretary and provides leadership in the development of policies for the Department, generating proposals and providing advice regarding legislative and regulatory initiatives across all modes of transportation. The Under Secretary coordinates the Department’s budget development and policy development functions.

Prior to DOT, Kan served as the GM for Lyft in Southern California. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Amtrak since 2015, for which he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. Previously, he was Director of Strategy at a startup in Silicon Valley and worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company. Earlier in his career, he was a policy advisor to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and chief economist for the Senate Republican Policy Committee.

Before coming to Capitol Hill, Kan served as a Presidential Management Fellow at OMB. Mr. Kan received a B.S. from the University of Southern California, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Sue Gordon

Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, ODNI

The Honorable Susan Gordon was sworn in as the fifth Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI) on August 7, 2017. As PDDNI, Gordon assists the DNI in leading the Intelligence Community (IC) and managing the ODNI.

With nearly three decades of experience in the IC, Gordon has served in a variety of leadership roles spanning numerous intelligence organizations and disciplines. Most recently, Gordon served as the Deputy Director of NGA from 2015 to 2017. Prior to her assignment with NGA, Gordon served for 27 years at the CIA, rising to senior executive positions in each of the Agency’s four directorates: operations, analysis, science and technology, and support. Gordon has been recognized for her creative executive leadership through numerous awards, including the Presidential Rank Award at the distinguished level. Gordon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology (biomechanics) from Duke University.

Margaret Weichert

Deputy Director, OMB

Margaret Weichert currently serves as Deputy Director for Management at OMB. Weichert is a seasoned business executive who served as Principal at Ernst & Young, LLP since 2013. In her 25-year professional career, Weichert has also held executive leadership positions at Market Platform Dynamics, First Data Corporation, Bank of America, and Andersen Consulting focused on strategy, innovation, and business process improvement in banking and payment technology. As innovator and entrepreneur, Weichert also co-founded an Internet company, Achex, Inc., and sold that company to First Data in 2001. As a result of her innovative work in payment technology, Weichert has been named an inventor on 14 successful U.S. patents. She holds a B.S. of Foreign Service (Magna Cum Laude) from Georgetown University, a post-graduate diploma in Economics with distinction from the University of Sussex (UK) and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

Margie Graves

Deputy U.S. CIO, Executive Office of the President

Margie Graves is the Federal Deputy CIO of the United States. Graves was previously selected in September, 2008, to serve as the DHS Deputy CIO. As the Deputy CIO, she oversees an IT portfolio of $5.4 billion in programs. In addition, Graves manages the operations of the OCIO, which covers the functional areas of Applied Technology, Enterprise Architecture, Data Management, IT Security, Infrastructure Operations, IT Accessibility, Budget and Acquisition.

Graves has 20 years of 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 systems engineering, business process reengineering, strategic planning, financial management, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital planning. She worked for several firms in the National Capital Region such as Technology Applications, Inc., Advanced Technology, Inc., and Planning and Research Corporation. She dedicated 10 years with A.T. Kearney, Inc. working for clients in the chemical, utility and medical services industries as well as holding positions in financial and administrative management. Graves holds a M.B.A. from the University of Virginia Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and a B.S. in Chemistry, also from the University of Virginia.

Dan Scavino Jr.

Director of Social Media & Assistant to the President, The White House

Dan Scavino, Jr. is the White House Director of Social Media and Assistant to the President. His appointment was announced on December 22, 2016. Previously, he was director of social media for the Donald Trump Presidential Campaign, 2016. Scavino, Jr. graduated from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 1998 with a B.A. in communications. He previously worked at Coca Cola Enterprises, Galderma Laboratories and was General Manager of Trump National Golf Course in Westchester. Scavino, Jr. is a supporter of Lyme Disease Awareness.

Eric Welling

Deputy Assistant Director, Cyber Division, FBI

Eric Welling services as Deputy Assistant Director of the Cyber Operations Branch, responsible for managing FBI Cyber operations. Welling joined the FBI in 1995 and was assigned to the Cleveland Division. Welling investigated and managed a number of FBI priorities over the years as a leader of both field office and headquarters-based personnel. Prior to the FBI, Welling was a Police Officer in Ohio and Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service. Welling holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Masters in Adult Education.

Bill Marion

Acting Chief, Information Dominance & CIO, U.S. Air Force

Bill Marion is currently the Acting Chief, Information Dominance and CIO. Marion assists in leading three directorates and supports 54,000 cyber operations and support personnel across the globe with a portfolio valued at $17 billion. He provides oversight of the Air Force’s IT portfolio including the investment strategy, networks and network-centric policies, communications, information resources management, information assurance, and related matters for the Department of the Air Force.

Marion has held various headquarters, major-command, center, group and squadron assignments, often interacting with national intelligence agencies. In these capacities, he has led technical and systems architectures, obtained funding for a multimillion-dollar network infrastructure programs, developed numerous IT and CIO policies and led web, portal and server consolidation efforts. Marion holds a BA in Mathematics, Summa cum Laude, from Incarnate Word College and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems, distinguished graduate from St. Mary's University, both in San Antonio.

Vicki Hildebrand

CIO, DOT

Vicki Hildebrand was named CIO of the U.S. Department of Transportation by Secretary Elaine Chao. As the CIO, she is the principle advisor to the Secretary on all IT-related matters. Prior to her position at the DOT, Vicki served as the VP for Customer & Partner Advocacy at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE).

Hildebrand's career includes over three decades at Hewlett-Packard. Her experience includes management of R&D, Software Development, Operations and Support, Architecture, Program Management, and Acquisition Integration. Hildebrand holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont and a Master's degree in Technology Management from Columbia University, with a focus on Digital Transformation. She recently led the College of Engineering Board of Advisors at the University of Vermont for 10 years and is a National Figure Skating Judge after several years as a competitor and coach.

Max Everett

CIO, Dept. of Energy

Max Everett was selected in July 2017 to serve as CIO for the Department of Energy. In this position, he oversees the Department's IT portfolio, serves as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary and Secretary, and leads and manages the various functions within the OCIO.

In 2008, Everett served as CIO in the Office of Administration at the White House, managing the technology infrastructure for the Executive Office of the President, the technology requirements of the Presidential transition, and the Presidential records transfer to the NARA. Everett has held additional technology leadership roles at the White House, the Department of Commerce, and on several National Special Security Events.

Everett received a B.A. degree from the University of Texas and a J.D. degree from the University of Houston Law Center and is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

Maria Roat

CIO, SBA

Maria Roat became the SBA CIO in October 2016 bringing 30 years of professional experience in IT. Roat served more than 2 years as the DOT CTO and was responsible for establishing and leading DOT’s technical vision and strategic direction, driving innovation and planning for technology growth supporting internal and external facing mission activities.

Roat served 10 years at DHS, joining in June 2004, in a number of capacities including FedRAMP Director, FEMA Deputy CIO, Chief of Staff for the DHS CIO, USCIS CISO and CIO Chief of Staff, and Deputy Director, Technology Development, for TSA's Secure Flight Program.

Roat 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. Roat is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Harvard Business School Executive Education Program for Leadership Development, and the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy.

Alan Thomas

Commissioner, FAS, GSA

Alan Thomas Jr. was sworn in as Commissioner for GSA's Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) on June 26, 2017. In this position, he oversees the delivery of more than $50 billion of products, services and solutions that save taxpayer dollars and enable federal agencies to accomplish their missions as efficiently as possible. Thomas comes to GSA with more than 20 years of experience in both industry and government. He most recently served as a VP with Artlin Consulting and the COO at Berico Technologies. Thomas was also the VP for defense and intelligence community programs at Data Networks Corporation, an Alliant Small Business prime contract holder. Thomas has also served in a number of roles within the federal government, including in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, service on the Department of Defense's Task Force to Improve Business and Stability Operations in Iraq and as a Presidential Management Fellow. Thomas holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master in Public Affairs from the University of Texas' LBJ School, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Grinnell College.

Mike Madsen

Partner, DIUx

Mike Madsen serves as Partner and head of Washington operations for the Pentagon's commercial technology hub, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx). A retired U.S. Air Force colonel who flew C-17s and led combat missions in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, and ODYSSEY DAWN, Madsen also served as the Legislative Liaison, advising the Secretary of the Air Force and Air Force Chief of Staff on Air Force issues before the Congressional Armed Services Committees.

From 2010 - 2012, Madsen served as the Commander of the 17th Airlift Squadron and Deputy Commander of the 437th Operations Group. Beginning in 2013 he served as the Senior Air Force Advisor to the Director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation. Directly prior to his DIUx role, Madsen was the Executive Director of the Section 809 Panel and Co-Founder of Advance Intelligently. Madsen holds Master’s degrees in National Security Strategy and National Security Studies from the National War College and Naval Postgraduate School, respectively.

Josh Marcuse

Executive Director, Defense Innovation Board, DOD

Josh Marcuse is the Defense Innovation Board executive director and also established and leads the OSD Policy Design & Innovation Practice and is a design thinking instructor and facilitator. Previously, he worked at the management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Marcuse is also an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic & International Studies and is in the 2015 Next Generation National Security Leaders Program at the Center for a New American Security.

Marcuse is a fellow of the Truman National Security Project, where he co-leads the DoD Expert Group and advises the Leadership Development program. He serves on advisory boards of Atlas Corps, the Franklin Project of the Aspen Institute, LearnServe, Luke's Wings, Millennium Action Project, the Next Generation of Government Summit, the Project for the Study of the 21st Century, and Young Government Leaders. Marcuse graduated from Dartmouth College. He is certified in change management from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

Jeni Britton Bauer

Founder & Chief Brand Officer, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni Britton Bauer is an American ice cream maker and entrepreneur. Britton Bauer opened her first ice creams shop, Scream, in 1996, then founded Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in 2002. Her first cookbook, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home, won a coveted James Beard Award in 2012 and became the de facto bible for anybody making their own ice cream or thinking about opening a new-style ice cream shop.

As Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Britton Bauer remains the beating heart of the company, and is in charge of all creative output—from the ice cream itself to the supporting details that enhance the experience of eating it. Britton Bauer is a 2017 Henry Crown Fellow and has been recognized by Fast Company as one of the most creative people in business today.

Thomas Hicks

Commissioner, Election Assistance Commission

Thomas Hicks was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by unanimous consent of the Senate on December 16, 2014 to serve on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). Prior to his appointment with EAC, Hicks served as a Senior Elections Counsel and Minority Elections Counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration.

Prior to joining the U.S. House of Representatives, Hicks served as a Senior Lobbyist and Policy Analyst from 2001 to 2003 for Common Cause, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that empowers citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest. Hicks served from 1993 to 2001 in the Clinton Administration as a Special Assistant and Legislative Assistant in the Office of Congressional Relations for the Office of Personnel Management.

Hicks received his J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and his B.A. in Government from Clark University (Worcester, MA). He also studied at the University of London (London, England) and law at the University of Adelaide (Adelaide, Australia).

Joanne Collins Smee

Director, TTS & Deputy Commissioner, FAS, GSA

Joanne Collins Smee currently serves as Director of Technology Transformation Services (TTS) and Deputy Commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service FAS at GSA. Collins Smee oversees a team whose primary mission is to transform the way government agencies build, buy and share technology. She is also responsible for implementing the recently announced IT Modernization Centers of Excellence which house centralized technical talent, products and acquisition vehicles to assist agencies with major technology transformation projects.

Prior to joining the Federal government, Collins Smee spent 25 years in the private sector at IBM. Most recently, Joanne served as the General Manager of IBM’s Globally Integrated Capabilities and was responsible for managing an annual budget of $2.5B, as well as business control responsibility for the unit’s personnel and client deliverables. Collins Smee holds an MBA from New York University, an MA from Columbia University and a BA from Boston College.

Matt Masterson

Sr. Cybersecurity Advisor, Office of Cybersecurity & Communications, NPPD, DHS

Matthew Masterson joined the DHS office that coordinates the agency's election cybersecurity programs in 2018 as Sr. Cybersecurity Advisor, Office of Cybersecurity & Communications in the National Protection and Programs Directorate. Previously, Masterson served as an EAC Commissioner from December 16, 2014 until March 23, 2018. He was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by unanimous consent of the United States Senate on December 16, 2014.

Prior to the EAC, Masterson served as Interim Chief of Staff for the Ohio Secretary of State, previously serving as Deputy Chief of Staff and CIO from 2013 to 2014, as well as Deputy Director of Elections from 2011 to 2013.

Prior to the Ohio Secretary of State's Office, Masterson was Deputy Director for the EAC's Voting System Testing and Certification Program. Prior to this position Masterson joined the EAC in 2006 as a Special Assistant/Counsel to Chairman Paul DeGregorio. Masterson received BS and BA degrees from Miami University in Oxford, OH and a JD from the University of Dayton School of Law.

Goldy Kamali

Founder & CEO, Scoop News Group

Goldy Kamali is founder and CEO of Scoop News Group, the leading public sector tech media company in the country. SNG is comprised of CyberScoop, FedScoop, StateScoop and EdScoop and engages top CIOs, CTOs and CISOs from the public sector and tech community both online and in-person every single day through news, events, radio and TV. Kamali is known for her ability to bring the brightest and most influential IT leaders from The White House, government agencies, and tech industry together in innovative ways to exchange best practices and collaborate to achieve common goals. Hosting regular VIP gatherings, on top issues facing the community, she concentrates on the key IT priorities of the Administration, so they remain front and center.

Prior to launching FedScoop, Kamali spent over 12 years in leadership roles in the tech industry most recently as Executive Director of the American Electronics Association-the largest tech association in the country where she led the association's Government and Commercial Markets Group and worked closely with C-Level executives from the tech industry and government agencies.

Meerah Rajavel

CIO, Forcepoint

Meerah Rajavel is the CIO for Forcepoint. In this role she leads internal cybersecurity, IT and customer cloud operations teams that support Forcepoint's global employees as well as its human-centric cybersecurity strategy, product portfolio and services. Rajavel brings more than 25 years of experience in IT to Forcepoint. Most recently, she was the CIO at Qlik, a visual analytics company; before joining Qlik, Rajavel led IT cloud services for all McAfee products at Intel Security.

Earlier in her career, she held IT leadership, research & development and product development roles at Cisco Systems, Infosys, Nortel, Cybersource and Solix. Rajavel holds a Bachelor in Computer Science & Engineering from the Thiagarajar College of Engineering at Anna University in Chennai, India. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.

Steve Harris

SVP & GM, Federal, Dell EMC

Steve Harris, SVP & GM of Dell EMC Federal is responsible for the full portfolio of client solutions, enterprise systems, software, and services aimed at the U.S. federal customer. In his role, Steve draws on his extensive experience in the federal space to lead his team’s efforts to support and advise government and military customers seeking mission-critical IT solutions.

Prior to his current role, Harris served as the area vice president for Dell's State and Local Government and Education (SLED) business, since 2009. With more than 16 years of sales leadership at Dell, Harris has also served as sales representative, account executive, regional sales manager and a manager for Dell's Advanced Systems Group. Harris is actively engaged in his community, and serves on several boards of directors, including the Veterans Employee Resource Group, Dell Technologies Political Action Committee, the Greater Baltimore Committee, USO Metro, and AFCEA Washington, D.C. Harris earned a bachelor's degree in management science from the State University of New York at Geneseo. He is recognized as an Industry Leader by Fed50 Awards in 2016 and 2017.

Steve Harris

SVP & GM, Federal, Dell EMC

Steve Harris, SVP & GM of Dell EMC Federal is responsible for the full portfolio of client solutions, enterprise systems, software, and services aimed at the U.S. federal customer. In his role, Steve draws on his extensive experience in the federal space to lead his team’s efforts to support and advise government and military customers seeking mission-critical IT solutions.

Prior to his current role, Harris served as the area vice president for Dell's State and Local Government and Education (SLED) business, since 2009. With more than 16 years of sales leadership at Dell, Harris has also served as sales representative, account executive, regional sales manager and a manager for Dell's Advanced Systems Group. Harris is actively engaged in his community, and serves on several boards of directors, including the Veterans Employee Resource Group, Dell Technologies Political Action Committee, the Greater Baltimore Committee, USO Metro, and AFCEA Washington, D.C. Harris earned a bachelor's degree in management science from the State University of New York at Geneseo. He is recognized as an Industry Leader by Fed50 Awards in 2016 and 2017.

Bill Vass

VP, Engineering, AWS

Bill Vass is VP of Engineering at Amazon Web Services. In this role, he oversees a wide variety of service teams focused on automation, streaming, messaging, and storage within AWS. Prior to AWS, Vass was the President and CEO of Liquid Robotics, Inc., a pioneering Data as a Service, cloud-based solutions company that designs and builds autonomous robots that serve a wide range of customers in the energy, shipping, defense, communications, scientific, intelligence, and environmental markets.

Prior to that, Vass was the President and COO of Sun Microsystems Federal. Vass had a lengthy public service career working for the Secretary of Defense in the OCIO, he was responsible for oversight of a $35.5B budget. Vass holds a BS in Computer Science and Geology from Texas A&M University and graduate degrees in Computer Science from the University of Houston and The George Washington University.

Andre McGregor

Director, Security & Compliance, Okta

Andre McGregor manages the security practice for TLDR Capital, a global investment and advisory firm that specializes in blockchain tokenization projects and their interface with public markets. He possesses deep knowledge of cyber-criminal and cyber-counter intelligence techniques used to attack computer networks and infrastructure. McGregor is also the technical consultant for the NBC Universal hit TV show Mr. Robot. In its third season, the Golden Globe award-winning series, Mr. Robot, is a psychological thriller that follows a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and vigilante hacker by night.

Previously, McGregor served as a technically-trained FBI Cyber Special Agent in New York City before being promoted to Supervisory Special Agent at FBI Headquarters in Washington DC. In his role at the FBI, McGregor formed FBI New York’s first cyber national security squad focused on nation-state intrusions from China, Russia, and Iran while later supervising a squad dedicated to cyber terrorism. Before entering the FBI Academy at Quantico in 2009, McGregor studied computer science and politics at Brown University.

Oak Felder

Record Producer/Songwriter

Warren "Oak" Felder's remarkable story wasn't the result of any long-term plan, but more a tribute to his hard work and creativity, which has resulted in having a cadre of Grammy and Billboard award-wining huge hits with artists such as Demi Lovato, Kehlani, Alessia Cara, Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Usher. Felder has crafted hits for the likes of Nikki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Miguel, Jessie J, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Derulo, Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean.

Felder grew up in Istanbul listening to '90s alternative acts, watching MTV Europe, traveling to the continent to attend Ozzfest and learning to play keyboards from his older brother. He graduated Istanbul Technical University, and received a scholarship offer from Georgia Tech. Anticipating upcoming projects with Halsey, Daya, Tori Kelly and ZZ Ward, Oak is also concentrating on growing The Orphanage, his own company which provides a training ground for up-and-coming producer/songwriters.

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