Speakers

July 13, 2021

Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Department of State

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Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Department of State

Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, a 30-year diplomat, is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Department of State and was the longest serving U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Malta. Through a series of senior positions that included advising the Commander of U.S. cyber forces on our foreign policy priorities, expanding our counterterrorism partners and programs as Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism, and Coordinating the largest evacuation of American citizens from a war zone since WWII, her professional life has played out almost daily in international media.

She began her formal work in teaching and leadership development as Chairwoman for Middle East Area Studies at the prestigious Foreign Service Institute where U.S. diplomats are trained. Earlier in her career, she served in Baghdad, Jakarta, and Cairo before taking on the position of Special Assistant to the Secretary of State for the Middle East and Africa. Her Middle East assignments include election monitoring in the Gaza Strip and an extraordinary assignment where she actively supported gender equality in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the first woman to lead a diplomatic mission there. In addition to the State Department, she has held senior positions at the Defense Department and at the National Security Council of the White House. Prior to that, she was a fellow on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the then Ranking Member, Senator Joseph Biden. Ms. Abercrombie-Winstanley is the recipient of the Maltese Order of Merit, Department of State Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards, including “For acts of courage during an attack on the U.S. Consulate General, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on December 6, 2004 by al-Qa’ida terrorists.”

Over the years, Ms. Abercrombie-Winstanley has been a keynote speaker for a variety of organizations including IESAbroad, The Cleveland City Club, TrueBlue Inclusion, Harvard University, The University of Denver, The University of Malta, and Johns Hopkins University. She is an in-demand panelist and moderator at some of the most respected international think tanks including The German Marshall Fund, CSIS, The Brookings Institution, The World Affairs Council, and The Council on Foreign Relations on issues ranging from U.S. Mid-East Policy, how diversity and inclusion improve U.S. foreign policy making, cyber security challenges, and counterterrorism. She is a strong proponent of excellence through inclusion across organizations and strives to break down barriers to the full participation of women and minorities. She was Ambassador-in-Residence at Oberlin College for 2020 and served as the Co-Chair of the Diversity in National Security working group for the Biden-Harris campaign.

Ms. Abercrombie-Winstanley, a Cleveland native, has degrees from The George Washington University and The Johns Hopkins University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has been an active Board member on several organizations committed to excellence in educating and leadership development including the Forum for Education Abroad, College Now Greater Cleveland, and the International Career Advancement Association. She also served on the boards of the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art and the Middle East Policy Council. She sings with the Washington Performing Arts Society and has been published in the New York Times Opinion and The Foreign Service Journal. She is the co-author of two papers published in the New York Review of Science Fiction on “Diplomacy in Star Trek” and “The Representation of Disability in Star Trek.” In 2019, she was voted into the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Michael Bailey

Vice President, Young Government Leaders & Legislative and External Affairs Liaison

Washington Department of Revenue

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Michael Bailey

Vice President, Young Government Leaders & Legislative and External Affairs Liaison

Washington Department of Revenue

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Danette Campbell

Director, Telework Program Office

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

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Danette Campbell

Director, Telework Program Office

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Danette Campbell is the Telework Director at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive telework and hoteling programs for agency employees in order to address productivity, employee retention, and space management issues, overseeing the Telework Enhancement Act Pilot Program, creating the USPTO Telework Annual Reports, and maintaining agency telework data. Formerly, at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, she was responsible for the oversight of public and private sector telework in the Washington metropolitan region.

Ms. Campbell testified before the Congressional Committee on Government Reform’s Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce and Agency Organization on the USPTO’s teleworking program. During her testimony, Ms. Campbell provided information to the Committee about the Trademark Work at Home program and the Patents Hoteling Program, explaining the benefits that these programs have for employees and for the USPTO.

Ms. Campbell has provided expert advice to numerous foreign governments. She has spoken about telework to representatives of the French Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle (INPI), IP Australia, Japan Patent Office, South Asian IP Office, Rospatent (the Russian Patent Office), the Indian Patent Examiners, the European Patent Office, the Japan Unisys Users Association, the Canadian Intellectual Property Organization, the ASEAN IP Office, the Singapore IP office (IPOS), the Federal Real Property Advisory Committee, numerous Federal agencies, and has been a featured speaker at the Boston Collaboration Summit, as well as at the Future of Continuity of Operations and Telework Training Conference.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has received numerous telework awards including the Constance L. Belfiore Quality of Life Award, the 2013 Department of Commerce Energy and Environmental Stewardship Award, the 2010 Tele-Vision Award, and the Federal Telework Driver Award, to name a few. Considered an expert in her field, Ms. Campbell has been interviewed by several media outlets and was featured in a 2012 Washington Post article, Telework Guru Takes Phoning It to New Levels at Patent Office.

Ms. Campbell is a Senior Level employee who holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Lynchburg College, Certified Public Manager certification from George Washington University, and who has completed the Women Emerging in Leadership program at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. She is a 2012 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals finalist.

Scott McMillion

Chief Diversity Officer

Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Scott McMillion

Chief Diversity Officer

Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

Rita Sampson

Chief of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

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Rita Sampson

Chief of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Ms. Sampson is the Chief of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity (EEOD) within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). She is the principal advisor to the Director of National Intelligence on all matters relating to diversity within the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). Ms. Sampson also oversees compliance with the federal EEO laws, policies, and directives that impact the ODNI workforce and the IC. She serves as the Chair of the IC EEOD Council (comprised of senior EEOD leaders from all 17 IC elements), and leads the implementation of strategic diversity initiatives aligned with the IC EEOD Enterprise Strategy (2015-2020). Promoting greater transparency outreach, and awareness of opportunities for employment and advancement within the IC is one of Ms. Sampson’s key priorities. She advances the IC’s commitment to hire, promote, and maintain a highly-skilled, diverse, and including IC workforce, and engages key stakeholders through partnerships that enable innovative approaches and leverage best practices for achieving EEOD objectives.

From 2010 to 2013, Ms. Sampson served as a Senior Civil Liberties Advisor in the ODNI’s Civil Liberties and Privacy Office. She supported efforts to ensure that the IC maintained effective safeguards to protect the civil liberties and privacy rights guaranteed by the Constitution, Executive Orders, and federal laws. She also led IC initiatives to provide greater public transparency into IC programs and activities, evaluated compliance, and served as the lead for intelligence oversight reporting.

Prior to joining the ODNI, Ms. Sampson served in various capacities within the U.S. Department of Justice. As an Assistant Director within the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA), she served as the Agency’s EEO Officer, and led all aspects of the Agency’s EEO program covering 94 offices. Ms. Sampson also served as an Assistant General Counsel within EOUSA, specializing in government ethics and employment litigation. Before joining EOUSA, she worked in the Office of the General Counsel at the Federal Bureau of Investigation where she litigated a range of civil matters, including complaints related to excessive use of force, Federal Tort Claims Act, and Title VII civil rights violations. Ms. Sampson was an Assistant Attorney General in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Office of the Attorney General, where she litigated complex civil litigation matters.

Ms. Sampson is a member of the Virginia State Bar, National Bar Association (NBA), and served as Special Counsel and Executive Board member of the NBA. She formerly served as President of the Greater Washington Area Chapter of the NBA, Women Lawyer’s Division. She earned her juris doctorate degree from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Government from the College of William and Mary.

Rob Shriver

Associate Director, Employee Services

Office of Personnel Management

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Rob Shriver

Associate Director, Employee Services

Office of Personnel Management

Shelly Steward

Director of Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative

Aspen Institute

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Shelly Steward

Director of Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative

Aspen Institute

Shelly Steward is an economic sociologist and applied scholar who studies the changing nature of work. She is the Director of Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative, where she leads work identifying the challenges faced by workers today and developing policy-based solutions to address those challenges and build a more equitable economy. She is also a research associate with the Fairwork Project based at the Oxford Internet Institute and teaches courses on technology and tech policy for the University of California’s Washington Program. She is an expert on nonstandard work arrangements the gig economy and the impact of technology on work. In collaboration with Cornell University’s ILR School, she is lead author of the Gig Economy Data Hub. Shelly received her PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. She holds an AB with highest honors in sociology from Harvard. Prior to graduate school, she was a middle school science teacher in South Dakota through Teach for America. Outside of work, she volunteers at the National Zoo and enjoys swimming, sewing, and cookies.

Clo Taylor

Chief Learning and Engagement Officer

Department of Homeland Security

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Clo Taylor

Chief Learning and Engagement Officer

Department of Homeland Security

 

Jay Teitelbaum

Chief of Finance & Operations

United States Digital Service

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Jay Teitelbaum

Chief of Finance & Operations

United States Digital Service

Jay Teitelbaum, Chief of Finance & Operations, United States Digital Service

Mini Timmaraju

Senior Advisor to the Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

Office of Personnel Management

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Mini Timmaraju

Senior Advisor to the Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

Office of Personnel Management

Mini Timmaraju is Senior Advisor to the Director at the Office of Personnel Management, under the Biden-Harris Administration. In this capacity she advises the OPM Director and agency leadership on various initiatives with a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility policy, strategy, and best practices.

Prior to coming to OPM, Mini served as an Executive Director on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team at Comcast Corporation and has held various roles in Congress and advocacy organizations with a focus on gender and civil rights policy.

Mini holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a law degree from the University of Houston. She currently resides in Philadelphia, PA with her husband Ken and their sons Satya and Krishna.

Sharon Woods

Executive Director, Cloud Computing Program Office

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

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Sharon Woods

Executive Director, Cloud Computing Program Office

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

Ms. Sharon Woods is a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and currently serves as
the Executive Director for the Cloud Computing Program Office (CCPO) in the Defense
Information Systems Agency (DISA). In this role, Ms. Woods is responsible for transforming
cloud to enable the Warfighter by overseeing several cloud enabling projects and resolving
enterprise cloud capability gaps in support of the Joint Force. She also oversaw the CCPO team
responsible for deploying the Commercial Virtual Remote environment, the largest Microsoft
365 tenant deployment in the world.
Prior to this role, Ms. Woods served as the General Counsel for the Defense Digital Service
(DDS) where she provided legal counsel and bureaucracy hacking expertise for a team of federal
government technologists working on high impact challenges at the Pentagon. Prior to joining
DoD, she was an attorney for the U.S. Department of the Navy, specializing in information
technology acquisitions.
Ms. Woods holds a law degree from the Washington College of Law, American University and a
bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. She has received numerous awards from the
Defense and Acquisition communities in recognition of her leadership and accomplishments
including the Pinnacle Award for Cloud Government Executive of the Year (November 2020),
Secretary of Defense Coin (January 2017), the Department of the Navy SPAWAR Exemplary
Achievement Award (November 2015), and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award (December
2013).

Courtney Bublé

Reporter

Government Executive

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Courtney Bublé

Reporter

Government Executive

Courtney Bublé is a staff correspondent who covers federal management. Before joining Government Executive, she worked for NBC News. Courtney graduated from The George Washington University in 2018.

Ross Gianfortune

Engagement Editor

Government Executive

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Ross Gianfortune

Engagement Editor

Government Executive

Prior to joining Government Executive’s staff, Ross Gianfortune worked at The Washington Post, The Gazette Newspapers, WXRT Radio and The Columbia Missourian. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of Missouri and a master’s in communications from the American University.

Mila Jasper

Staff Correspondent

Nextgov

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Mila Jasper

Staff Correspondent

Nextgov

Mila Jasper is a staff correspondent at Nextgov. She is interested in covering national security, defense and technology issues. A DMV native, Mila has returned to the area to report after graduating from Northwestern University.

Eric Katz

Senior Correspondent

Government Executive

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Eric Katz

Senior Correspondent

Government Executive

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

Katherine McIntire Peters

Deputy Editor

GovExec

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Katherine McIntire Peters

Deputy Editor

GovExec

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. Before joining Nextgov, she produced a long-form documentary and helped create news at Snapchat and mixed media at NBC. Brandi was named a 2021 Paul Miller Washington Fellow by the National Press Foundation and was awarded SIIA’s 2020 Jesse H. Neal Award for Best News Coverage. She grew up in south Louisiana and received a master’s in journalism from the University of Maryland.

Stephen Ellis

Government Solutions Lead

Zoom Video Communications

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Stephen Ellis

Government Solutions Lead

Zoom Video Communications

Stephen Ellis serves as Zoom’s Government Solutions Lead. He manages market development and strategy across Zoom’s Federal, State, Local and Global government portfolio. He is a recognized public sector IT thought leader and frequent speaker in media interviews and at events & symposia serving this vertical. Stephen comes to Zoom with a robust career history in the government space, most recently with Dell. He has also worked at Deloitte, and as a contractor to the Federal Government, Microsoft, and businesses now part of General Dynamics and Boeing.

Drew Epperson

Sr. Director, Federal Engineering and Chief Architect

Palo Alto Networks Federal

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Drew Epperson

Sr. Director, Federal Engineering and Chief Architect

Palo Alto Networks Federal

Drew Epperson is the Sr. Director, Federal Engineering and Chief Architect for Palo Alto Networks Federal. In this role, Drew leads a team of technical leaders who support a wide range of Federal customers and policy makers. Drew has over 10 years of experience in designing and implementing enterprise cyber solutions for the Federal government. Drew also leads Palo Alto Networks Federal innovation initiatives with a focus on solving the hard problems our customers face in meeting their mission. Before joining Palo Alto Networks, Drew served as the Chief Technical Strategist at McAfee Federal.

Drew is a member of two NSTAC subcommittees: Software Defined Networking and Communications Resiliency. He holds a B.S in IT Operations from Bellevue University and a Master of Information Assurance and Cybersecurity with an emphasis in Cyber Analytics from Penn State University.

Walter Maikish

Director of Civilian Operations

Cisco

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Walter Maikish

Director of Civilian Operations

Cisco

 

Jason Waldrop

President of Managed Services

Red River

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Jason Waldrop

President of Managed Services

Red River

Jason Waldrop is the president of Red River’s Managed Services division, responsible for delivering exceptional service to Red River’s customers through our Network Operations Centers, Help Desk, maintenance, cloud delivery and support operations.

Jason was previously CEO of CWPS, a solutions integrator in the Washington, D.C. area, before the company was acquired by Red River. Jason was instrumental in building the business CWPS business, with a focus on automation tools and technology adoption. Under Jason’s leadership, CWPS has been recognized with numerous industry awards to include Cisco New Partner of the Year, Cisco US and Canada SMB Partner of the Year, Cisco North America Commercial Partner of the Year, Washington Business Journal Top 25 Technology Firms, VAR Business Top 100 VARs, CRN Fast Growth Solution Provider and Kaseya 10 Best MSPs Nationwide.

Jason received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech 1996. He is active in both local youth sports as well as the Prader-Willi Foundation.

Kate Anderson

Director of Programming

GovExec Media

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Kate Anderson

Director of Programming

GovExec Media

 

James Hanson

Group Publisher, Federal

GovExec

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James Hanson

Group Publisher, Federal

GovExec

 

George Jackson

Director of Events

GovExec Media

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George Jackson

Director of Events

GovExec Media

George Jackson is the director of events at GovExec Media – the largest and most-influential media company in the public sector marketplace. George joined GovExec in October of 2020 to enhance the scale of their events and audience experiences.

He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in English. In 2006, he earned his master’s in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.

George spent the first five years of his journalism career at WJHL-TV in Johnson City Tenn. – beginning as an overnight producer for the station’s 6 a.m. broadcast. He advanced to lead on-air reporter for WJHL’s 11 p.m. newscast.

As a reporter, George examined the earnings of two non-profit hospital systems, felony charges filed against a local sheriff, predatory paving companies, a health benefits backlog for local veterans, and a series of cold-case murder investigations. He received an honorable mention for Best TV Reporter in the 2011 Tennessee AP Broadcast awards and won a Best Investigative Reporting award from Media General in 2010.

George joined DC’s ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in 2012 to produce Capital Insider, which won him an Emmy award. One year later, he developed and recorded the pilot episode of Government Matters – a program about the business of government. It debuted as a weekly show on Sunday, August 4th of 2013. George led Government Matters through September of 2020, expanded its reach to a daily worldwide audience, and produced its first feature-length documentary “The Dawn of Generation AI.”

George is from Toledo, Ohio. He lives with his wife, twin daughters, and a pair of rescue dogs in Northern Virginia.

March 30, 2021

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Michele Bartram

Customer Experience Officer (CXO)

U.S. Census Bureau

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Michele Bartram

Customer Experience Officer (CXO)

U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau’s first Customer Experience Officer, Michele Bartram currently leads CX and related digital transformation strategies. Prior to joining the Census Bureau, she served in senior customer experience, digital transformation and communications roles in three other federal agencies, including recently in the Commerce Department’s BusinessUSA, winning the President’s Award for Customer Service. Prior to that she served in the Government Publishing Office (GPO) overseeing the U.S. Government Online Bookstore and related marketing. Her first government role was with the United States Mint where she launched the first digital division and ecommerce site in federal government. She started her career in IBM’s National Federal Marketing Division in Maryland as a systems engineer and technology solution consultant for federal agencies such as HHS, SBA, NCUA plus the World Bank. After that, she led major digital and marketing initiatives—including Top 30 ecommerce businesses— in the US and Europe with such major brands as: Lane Bryant, Sears, Rand McNally, Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein, iVillage.com, Reeds Jewelers, Seagram’s, and Baskin Robbins International. Ms. Bartram earned a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a James M. Johnston Scholar.

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Dr. Tim Persons

Chief Scientist and Managing Director of the Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics team

GAO

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Dr. Tim Persons

Chief Scientist and Managing Director of the Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics team

GAO

Dr. Tim Persons is the Chief Scientist and Managing Director of the Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics team at GAO.

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CDR Pete Ladowicz

Executive Assistant

Chief of Naval Research

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CDR Pete Ladowicz

Executive Assistant

Chief of Naval Research

CDR Pete Ladowicz currently serves as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Research.  Prior to this role, in his civilian capacity, CDR Ladowicz was the Assistant Commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Congressional Affairs. As Assistant Commissioner, Mr. Ladowicz advised CBP and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leadership on all legislative and congressional matters that have a nexus to CBP’s activities, programs, and operations. Furthermore, he oversaw all legislative aspects of key priorities to include appropriations, trade facilitation, and technology acquisition.

Before joining CBP in July 2017, Mr. Ladowicz held numerous positions within DHS. Most recently, he acted as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs where he directly supported the Secretary by devising and implementing a legislative strategy pertaining to the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to that, Mr. Ladowicz was a Director for Legislative Affairs, where he was responsible for managing the congressional priorities for the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Office of Health Affairs, and Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). Mr. Ladowicz also held positions within S&T, first as a Special Assistant to the S&T Under Secretary and later as the S&T Industry Liaison and Deputy Chief Commercialization Officer.

While on active duty, CDR Ladowicz served as Executive Officer of NATO Headquarters Sarajevo, and, prior to that role, piloted UH-3H Sea King helicopters.  As a reservist, he served as the Operations Officer for the Chief of Naval Operations Ops and Plans Reserve Unit, was the Commanding Officer of the Naval Reserve Rota 0169 Unit, and oversaw technology development and coordinated R&D policy for the Office of Naval Research.  A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he was commissioned in May 1999 and received his “Wings of Gold” in April 2001. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two award), the Joint Commendation Medal, the Naval Commendation Medal (three awards) and the Naval Achievement Medal.

Mr. Ladowicz was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Arts in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University. He is also a graduate of the Reserve Component National Security Course at the National Defense University and the NATO Staff Officer School.

A native of Homewood, Illinois, Mr. Ladowicz is married and has three children.

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Ryan Ko

Chief of Staff

Code For America

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Ryan Ko

Chief of Staff

Code For America

Ryan Ko is the Chief of Staff at Code for America. He spent seven years at McKinsey & Company leading teams that supported state governments on large IT megaprojects (with a focus on Integrated Eligibility Systems and Medicaid Management Information Systems), counseled technology firms on strategy and operations, advised non-profit institutions on a variety of education and edtech topics, and published in-depth research on the future of work and automation. Ryan moonlights as a progressive activist, with campaign experience at national, state, and local levels, and is a member of TechEquity Collaborative’s Housing Committee. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT. A lifelong Bay Area native, Ryan enjoys rooting for Bay Area sports teams and can be found playing basketball, poker, chess, or watching reruns of The West Wing.

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Tony Reardon

National President

National Treasury Employees Union

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Tony Reardon

National President

National Treasury Employees Union

NTEU National President Tony Reardon was re-elected National President in August 2019 at NTEU’s 56th convention. 

As the union’s top elected official, he serves as the spokesperson for the union representing NTEU with the media, Congress and agency leadership on issues of importance to union members and federal employees. He leads NTEU’s efforts to achieve dignity and respect for all federal workers. In his more than 25 years with the union, he also served as National Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Executive and Director of Operations.

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Danielle Brian

Executive Director

Project On Government Oversight

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Danielle Brian

Executive Director

Project On Government Oversight

Danielle Brian is the Executive Director of the Project On Government Oversight (POGO). Under her leadership, the organization has grown from two employees and a budget in the thousands of dollars in 1993 to an organization with over forty staff and a budget of six million.

POGO is a nonpartisan independent government watchdog whose investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, and ethical federal government.

Ms. Brian has testified before Congress over 40 times.

In the past decade, POGO’s work has resulted in

  • the passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, the Freedom of Information Reform Act, and the Inspectors General Enhancement Act;
  • exposing and removing of conflicts of interest at the Securities Exchange Commission, the Department of Interior and the FDA;
  • saving the Office of Congressional Ethics and preventing the gutting of the Congressional Budget Office; and
  • training over 2,100 Congressional staff on how to effectively use their oversight powers.

POGO’s investigative work under her stewardship has received journalism awards such as the Sigma Delta Chi award, the Robert D.G. Lewis Watchdog Journalism Award, the Dateline Award, and others. POGO has received the highest reviews for organizational and financial performance from the three largest charity evaluators in the country: Charity Navigator, Better Business Bureau, and Greatnonprofits.org.

Ms. Brian has been recognized by the National Journal as one of the top 50 people changing the game in Washington, receiving top rankings for her impact and innovation in the field of political activism. She is a member of the Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame, and received the Smith College Medal. Danielle received her Bachelor of Arts in Government from Smith College, and her Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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Elaine Kamarck

Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies Program and Director of the Center for Effective Public Management

Brookings Institution

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Elaine Kamarck

Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies Program and Director of the Center for Effective Public Management

Brookings Institution

Elaine C. Kamarck is a Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies program as well as the Director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution. She is an expert on American electoral politics and government innovation and reform in the United States, OECD nations, and developing countries. She focuses her research on the presidential nomination system and American politics and has worked in many American presidential campaigns. Kamarck is the author of Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Candidates” and Why Presidents Fail And How They Can Succeed Again.” She is also the author of “How Change Happens—or Doesn’t: The Politics of US Public Policy” and “The End of Government-As We Know It: Making Public Policy Work.”

Kamarck is also a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She started at the Kennedy School in 1997 after a career in politics and government. She has been a member of the Democratic National Committee and the DNC’s Rules Committee since 1997. She has participated actively in four presidential campaigns and in ten nominating conventions—including two Republican conventions—and has served as a superdelegate to five Democratic conventions. In the 1980s, she was one of the founders of the New Democrat movement that helped elect Bill Clinton president. She served in the White House from 1993 to 1997, where she created and managed the Clinton Administration’s National Performance Review, also known as the “reinventing government initiative.” At the Kennedy School, she served as Director of Visions of Governance for the Twenty-First Century and as Faculty Advisor to the Innovations in American Government Awards Program. In 2000, she took a leave of absence to work as Senior Policy Advisor to the Gore campaign.

Kamarck conducts research on 21st century government, the role of the Internet in political campaigns, homeland defense, intelligence reorganization, and governmental reform and innovation. Kamarck makes regular appearances in the media, including segments on: ABC, CBS, NBC, the BBC, CNN, Fox News Now New England Cable News, and National Public Radio. Kamarck received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Dr. Ronald Sanders

Director of USF’s School of Public Affairs

University of South Florida

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Dr. Ronald Sanders

Director of USF’s School of Public Affairs

University of South Florida

Leading the USF Cybersecurity for Executives Certificate Program is Dr. Ronald Sanders, Director of USF’s School of Public Affairs. With over 45 years of experience leading, studying, and supporting government organizations, Dr. Sanders has achieved an international reputation as a public management thought leader, visionary, and innovator. He earned his BA from the University of South Florida, his MS from the University of Utah, his Doctorate in Public Administration from George Washington University, as well as completing MIT’s Sloan Program for Senior Executives and a year-long Fellowship with the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.

2010-2017, Dr. Sanders was Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, leading the firm’s organizational transformation, strategic simulation, war gaming, and human capital capabilities. He supported Booz Allen’s most important US and international clients, and was named the firm’s first Fellow in 2011 for his professional accomplishments.

2005 to 2010, Dr. Sanders served as Associate Director of National Intelligence and the US Intelligence Community’s first Chief Human Capital Officer, playing a key leadership role in the post-9/11 implementation of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, as well as the integration of the Intelligence Community. He earned Harvard University’s coveted Innovations in American Government Award in 2008, and was one of four 2010 finalists for the prestigious Service to America Career Achievement Medal.

2002 to 2005, Dr. Sanders served as the US Office of Personnel Management’s Associate Director for Policy, with responsibility for all HR policies and programs affecting the Federal government’s over eight million employees and retirees. He led the design and development of innovative, new-human capital systems for the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense. He was awarded his third Presidential Rank Award, received his first Theodore Roosevelt Award from OPM, as well as the Deputy Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

1998 to 2002, Dr. Sanders served as the US Internal Revenue Service’s first Chief Human Resource Officer, with HR strategy and policy responsibility for the more than 120,000 employees of the IRS. He played a key leadership role in the Service’s landmark transformation, receiving a second Presidential Rank Award and three IRS Commissioner’s Awards.

1991 to 1998, Dr. Sanders served as the US Defense Department’s Director of Civilian Personnel, with HR policy and program responsibility for more than 1.1M DOD civilian employees. He founded and directed the Defense Civilian Personnel Service, which provides shared personnel services to DOD civilians worldwide. He also led the Department’s historic post-Cold War drawdown, reducing its rolls by over 300,000 positions, receiving his first Presidential Rank Award, as well as the Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.

A Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration for over a decade, Dr. Sanders has also served on the faculties of Syracuse University and George Washington University, directing public management research centers at both institutions. He has co-authored four books and written numerous articles and book chapters; books include: Building a 21st Century Senior Executive Service, Wicked Problems: A Practical Guide for Enterprise Leaders, Civil Service Reform: Building a Government that Works.

Formerly a Senior Fellow and Professorial Lecturer for George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, which he founded, Dr. Sanders continues to teach for the Brookings Institution and serves as the Vice Chair of the National Intelligence University Foundation’s Board of Directors. He has also served on the boards of the American Society for Training and Development (2010-2012) and the Senior Executives Association (1991-2001).

​Director & Clinical Professor, USF School of Public Affairs

​As Director of USF’s new School of Public Affairs (SPA), Dr. Sanders oversees the design and delivery of highly regarded graduate degrees in Public Administration/Public Management and Urban and Regional Planning, as well as a number of innovative on-campus and on-line certificate and continuing professional education programs. A Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration since 2006, he also serves as Clinical Professor of Public Administration on the School’s faculty, and in that capacity, teaches graduate courses in executive leadership, human capital/talent management, and public management.

The School of Public Affairs also includes the Florida Institute of Government, which among others things, conducts the influential Sunshine State Survey each year, manages a number of prestigious undergraduate and graduate intern programs, and supports area public officials at all levels of government. In addition to his academic leadership and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Sanders (a 1973 graduate of USF) continues to pursue his research and consulting interests in civil service systems, senior executive leadership, government outsourcing, and cybersecurity workforce development–the latter in conjunction with his membership on the USF/Florida Center for Cybersecurity’s Board of Advisers.

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Patrick Murphy

former Congressman and former Under Secretary, U.S. Army; Senior Managing Director

Akura

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Patrick Murphy

former Congressman and former Under Secretary, U.S. Army; Senior Managing Director

Akura

Patrick J. Murphy is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura based in Philadelphia with an expertise in cybersecurity, data privacy, and strategy. Honorable Murphy was America’s first Iraq War veteran elected to the U.S. Congress, the 32nd Under Secretary of the U.S. Army, and currently serves as a Commissioner on the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission. The U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission is a bi-partisan, bi-cameral, and public-private sector board of 14 commissioners providing strategic guidance to the President and the Congress of the United States. Their 2020 report has several whole-of-nation recommendations that are incorporated into the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act to address the six trillion in annual damages because of cybercrime, the 7.9 billion records exposed in 2019, and the intellectual property theft that has been rampant.

Patrick is currently the Executive Chairman of WorkMerk, the Winning Habits company, serves as General Partner at Stony Lonesome Capital, and on several public boards to include: BAE Systems, Director; Cerner Federal Board, Chairman; Adobe Federal, Director; and a few closely-held for-profit and non-profit boards, including Psych Hub; Widener University, Trustee; Homes For Our Troops; Legal Services Corporation; Association of the US Army, Senior Fellow; U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes; University of San Francisco; Clemson University; Syracuse University, and King’s College. He is also the Distinguished Chair of Innovation at the United States Military Academy at West Point. After serving in Congress, Secretary Murphy served as the 32nd Under Secretary of the Army and Acting Secretary. He led the management and operation of the Army, a Fortune 10-sized organization and the nation’s second largest employer of over 1.3 million. Executing with a budget of $148 billion, he focused on transforming a more innovative and responsive workforce which led to an expansion of the Soldier for Life initiative, saving $340 million in 2016 and reaching recruitment goals for the first time in five years with over 130 thousand millennials hired. Patrick facilitated unprecedented public-private partnerships generating over $250 million in savings, with organizations such as Major League Baseball and 20th Century Fox. His aggressive and authentic use of social media to tell the Army story helped lead to an 18% growth across all platforms.

Patrick is also the founder of an award-winning television and film production company, Taking the Hill Productions, which specializes in bringing to life military and veteran projects, honoring over 22 million American Veterans. TV/film projects include the critically acclaimed Stephen Spielberg film Thank You For Your Service (Dreamworks/Universal, 2017), Alive (Epix, 2019), and Almost Sunrise (PBS, 2017). Patrick also served as host/executive producer for Taking The Hill (MSNBC 2011–2015) and The Triumph Games (CBS Sports, 2015–2016). He authored the book Taking the Hill: From Philly to Baghdad to the United States Congress (Henry Holt, 2008) and coauthored the 2020 U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission Report (2020).

Patrick’s two-decade legal experience includes practice as a litigation partner at two AmLaw 100 firms and service in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps, where he served two combat operational deployments and advisor at the strategic, operational, and tactical echelons. As a judge advocate, he was the General Counsel at Keller Army Community Hospital, as well as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. During his combat deployment during Operation Iraqi
Freedom, he prosecuted two high-level terrorists in Iraq’s highest court, and a Baghdad District Councilman, earning the Bronze Star for Service. As a litigation partner, representative clients included the Philadelphia 76ers and the Harris Blitzer Sports Group (HBSG), Einstein Health System, Adobe, On Demand Pharmacy, Service Now, and Chimes International.

As the U.S. Congressman for Pennsylvania’s First District, Honorable Murphy was a prolific legislator who served on the Appropriations, Armed Services, and Select Intelligence Committees. In July 2009, Patrick became the lead advocate for a bill that would repeal the Defense Department’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy allowing LGBTQ service members to service in the armed forces. In April 2010, the IMPROVE act (Improving Medicare Policy for Reimbursements through Oversight and Efficiency) was signed into law to help eliminate fraud in the healthcare system and protect taxpayer dollars. Patrick authored the Student Credit Card Transparency Act of 2009, supported the creation of a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and worked with the Secret Service to secure hundreds of thousands of dollars for victims of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. Murphy was instrumental in creating the Washington Crossing National Veterans Cemetery in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and was a co-author of the Post 9/11 GI Bill which has helped millions of Veterans and family members attend higher education.

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Jonathan Benett

Technical Director for Digital Government Solutions

Adobe Systems Federal

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Jonathan Benett

Technical Director for Digital Government Solutions

Adobe Systems Federal

Jonathan Benett is a business and information technology (IT) leader with over 20 years of experience in leadership, IT program and project management, strategic planning, operations, and corporate business development. He specializes in the identification of public sector business requirements and the development of innovative technology solutions to meet the unique challenges of government.  

Jonathan is currently the Technical Director for Digital Government Solutions at Adobe Systems Federal. Prior to Adobe, he was the Chief Enterprise Architect for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) within the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). He also worked at the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in a variety of leadership roles, including Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Administrator, IT Program Manager for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Acting CTO, and Acting Deputy Regional Administrator for FNS’ Northeast Regional Office. Before working at the USDA, Jonathan led the Project Management Office for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, preceded by ten years of successful experience in private industry.  

He is a Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute (PMI). He completed the USDA Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SES CDP) at American University and executive leadership coursework at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Carrie-Anne Mosely

Area Vice President, Federal

DocuSign

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Carrie-Anne Mosely

Area Vice President, Federal

DocuSign

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Brittani Plaisance

Behavioral Scientist

Infor

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Brittani Plaisance

Behavioral Scientist

Infor

Brittani Plaisance, Ph.D., has been with Infor Talent Science for more than 6 years and has extensive experience in data analysis and talent assessment. As a Behavioral Scientist, Brittani works closely with Talent Science customers to create, validate, and ensure the effectiveness of their Custom Success Profiles. During her time with Infor Talent Science, Brittani has designed, conducted, and delivered over 400 validation studies and led various strategic projects supporting Talent Science products. She has advised clients from many different industries, including healthcare, retail, manufacturing, property management, hospitality, and food & beverage in the selection and development of top talent. Brittani earned her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University.

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Lucy Elizabeth Melvin

Senior Manager

Deloitte

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Lucy Elizabeth Melvin

Senior Manager

Deloitte

Lucy Melvin is a leader in Deloitte’s government Human Capital business leading organizational strategies to transform organizations and prepare for the future of work. She leads large-scale transformations for clients across the US Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce and Department of Veterans Affairs. Ms. Melvin holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina.

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Matt Garret

Senior Manager

Deloitte

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Matt Garret

Senior Manager

Deloitte

Matt Garret is a Senior Manager at Deloitte.

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Frank R. Konkel

Executive Editor

Nextgov

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Frank R. Konkel

Executive Editor

Nextgov

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

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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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Ross Gianfortune

Editor

Government Executive

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Ross Gianfortune

Editor

Government Executive

Prior to joining Government Executive’s staff, Ross Gianfortune worked at The Washington Post, The Gazette Newspapers, WXRT Radio and The Columbia Missourian. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of Missouri and a master’s in communications from the American University.

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Erich Wagner

Staff Correspondent

Government Executive

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Erich Wagner

Staff Correspondent

Government Executive

Erich Wagner is a staff correspondent covering pay, benefits and other federal workforce issues. He joined Government Executive in the spring of 2017 after extensive experience writing about state and local issues in Maryland and Virginia, most recently as editor-in-chief of the Alexandria Times. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.