Speakers

It's early days! We're still gathering leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to share the secrets behind their success. Here are the speakers we've confirmed for 2016. Check back soon for more.

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Virginia Hamilton

Regional Administrator for the Employment and Training Administration
U.S. Department of Labor

Virginia serves as the Regional Administrator for the Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor. The Region covers 8 Western states, including Hawaii and Alaska, and 4 territories in the Pacific. Her office oversees the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Job Service, Unemployment Insurance, Trade Act, and discretionary grants such as the TAACCCT, Youth Build, Ex-Offender, and National Emergency Grants.

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V. David Zvenyach

Director of Acquisition Management
18f Consulting

V. David Zvenyach is the Director of Acquisition Management for 18F Consulting. Dave is focused on ways to improve the ways the government purchases digital services. “Historically, the government has not been a particularly good purchaser or provider of digital services," Dave says. "It has led to bad websites, needless expense for taxpayers, unhappy government employees, and vendors who bear high risks while working with the government. My goal is to help the government buy better, through time-tested techniques, best practices, and a little innovation."

Sessions:

1. How to write RFPs for tech projects that work

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Rachel Coldicutt

Director of Products and Services
Doteveryone

Rachel Coldicutt is Director of Products and Services at Doteveryone, a UK charity working to solve the digital deficit. She has spent the last 20 years helping organizations adapt to the digital world. 

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Dr. DJ Patil

Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy.
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

DJ advises on policies and practices to maintain U.S. leadership in technology and innovation, fosters partnerships to maximize the Nation’s return on its investment in data, and helps to attract and retain the best minds in data science to serve the public.

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Kathryn Kuhn

Director - Services, Agile Business Unit
CA Technologies

Kathryn is a Services Director in the CA Technologies Agile Business Unit. In her role she works with teams all over the world—from small research teams working on Horizon 3 product inventions to large-scale product development teams—helping them see how to develop products more nimbly and with more resilience.

Sessions:

3. Intro to agile for government

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Laura Melle

Senior Procurement Lead
City of Boston, Department of Innovation and Technology

Laura Melle is the Senior Procurement Lead for the City of Boston's Department of Innovation and Technology. She works with teams across the City to articulate the challenges faced by Bostonians and find the best partners to help solve them using technology.

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Andrew Nicklin

Open Data Director
Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University

Andrew Nicklin is the Open Data Director at the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University. 

Sessions:

10. Running a successful open data program

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Beth Blauer

Executive Director
Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University

Beth Blauer is one of the nation’s leading experts on government performance programs. In March 2015, she was tapped to lead the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University. As GovEx’s first Executive Director, Blauer and her team help governments make decisions and create policies rooted in evidence, transparent accountability, and citizen engagement.

Sessions:

2. Using data and analytics to measure program success

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Ben Hecht

President & CEO
Living Cities

Mr. Hecht was appointed President & CEO of Living Cities in July, 2007. Since that time, the organization has adopted a broad, integrative agenda that harnesses the collective knowledge of its 22 member foundations and financial institutions to benefit low income people and the cities where they live. Living Cities deploys a unique blend of more than $140 million in grants, loans and influence to re-engineer obsolete public systems and connect low-income people and underinvested places to opportunity.

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Tom Loosemore

Co-Founder
UK's Government Digital Services (GDS)

In 2010 Tom co-founded the UK's Government Digital Service (GDS), and served as its deputy director until late 2015. 

GDS was established to make sure that the UK government offers world-class digital services that meet people’s needs. GDS is now recognized as a world-leader in digital transformation, and has been cited as a model by the US, Australian and Singapore governments who have since established their own digital departments. 

Sessions:

9. From insurgency to the new normal

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Susan Clark

Founder and Director
Common Knowledge

Susan Stuart Clark has over 25 years of experience in social and consumer marketing, as well as pioneering work in “community-driven design.”

Sessions:

5. Online tools to expand public participation

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Cecilia Muñoz

Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council
White House

Cecilia Muñoz coordinates the domestic policy-making process in the White House.

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Marina Martin

Chief Technology Officer
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Marina is currently serving as the Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs. She was formerly Senior Advisor to US CTO Todd Park, with a portfolio focusing on both the VA and liberating government data to fuel innovation, create jobs, and improve the lives of everyday Americans. 

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Marybel Batjer

Secretary
California Government Operations Agency

Secretary Batjer was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. to serve as the first-ever Secretary of CalGovOps, an agency established as part of Brown’s comprehensive overhaul of state government responsible for administering state operations including procurement, real estate, information technology, and human resources.

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Simon Wardley

Researcher
Leading Edge Forum

Simon is a UK-based researcher for the Leading Edge Forum. Simon’s focus is on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies.

Sessions:

7. Developing your digital strategy: Value mapping government technology

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Meghan Casey

Content Strategist
Brain Traffic

Meghan helps a wide variety of clients—startups, nonprofits, colleges and universities, Fortune 50 companies, and everything in between—solve the messy content problems most organizations encounter every day.

Sessions:

8. Why your site needs a content strategy

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Mai-Ling Garcia

Online Engagement Manager
City of Oakland

Mai-Ling serves as the City of Oakland’s Online Engagement Manager where she works to innovate and untangle complex government processes and support the City in presenting community issues and services in a digestible way. She oversees a key City initiative ‘Digital Front Door’ which is reinventing the way American cities provide digital services to their constituencies in partnership with Code for America. 

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