Speakers

Pamela Isom

Deputy Chief Information Officer for Architecture, Engineering, Technology and Innovation

Department of Energy

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Pamela Isom

Deputy Chief Information Officer for Architecture, Engineering, Technology and Innovation

Department of Energy

In July 2018, Mrs. Pamela K. Isom was selected as Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for Architecture, Engineering, Technology, and Innovation (AET&I) for the United States Department of Energy (DOE).

Mrs. Isom directs digital strategy and implementation of innovative, safe, and mission-focused products and integration services, enabling the DOE to fulfill its enterprise business and IT objectives. As principal corporate officer, she serves as an advisor to and partner with senior executive officials and staff to achieve effective outcomes. Mrs. Isom brings over 25 years of digital transformation, information management, and IT modernization expertise to the agency. Leveraging her strong track record of collaboration, leadership, foresight, and blending business with IT, Mrs. Isom is advancing OCIO’s shift toward a posture of operating as an IT service broker while maintaining exemplary cybersecurity and data stewardship. She is an excellent advisor to Chief Data Officers.

In 2015, Mrs. Isom joined the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) from the private sector and served as the Director of the Office of Application Engineering and Development where she led design, development, and implementation of high quality Patent, Trademark, and Corporate systems in support of federal IT modernization efforts. Her achievements have led to numerous recognitions, including being honored as a part of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) Women of Innovation exhibition, and her selection as a panelist by the Department of Commerce for their “Hidden Figures” event honoring trailblazing women in labor and business.

Prior to joining the federal workforce, Mrs. Isom led business and IT transformation programs and operated as Principal Executive Consultant, Executive Enterprise Architect, and Software Engineer for various large organizations, with a specialization in cloud, data center transformation, and secured information management. She is an author of a book and numerous publications, has been awarded 5 patents, and brings a wealth of private industry knowledge and applied experiences to the federal government.

Mrs. Isom holds a master’s degree in Information Systems Management from Walden University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Chaminade University of Honolulu. In her spare time, she likes to work out, garden, spend time with family, and be a positive role model.

Danielle Brigida

Deputy Director of Digital Strategy

Department of the Interior

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Danielle Brigida

Deputy Director of Digital Strategy

Department of the Interior

Vincent DeLaurentis

Acting Assistant Director for Emergency Communications

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

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Vincent DeLaurentis

Acting Assistant Director for Emergency Communications

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Mr. Vincent D. DeLaurentis has served as the Acting Assistant Director (AAD) for Emergency Communications within the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) since September 28, 2019. In this capacity, AAD DeLaurentis is one of three CISA designated Executive Sponsors as identified in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Act of 2018. AAD DeLaurentis sets the principal direction for the programs and services that CISA delivers both in the field and headquarters — driving and promoting communications for emergency responders and government officials to keep America safe, secure, and resilient.

Mr. DeLaurentis has served as the Deputy Assistant Director for Emergency Communications since April 2018. AAD DeLaurentis also serves as an Acting Board Member on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board. FirstNet’s mission is to develop, build, and operate a nationwide wireless broadband network for first responders.

Prior to CISA, Mr. DeLaurentis established and served as the Chairman and Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Joint Requirements Council (JRC), connecting operational capability needs to acquisition.  In this role, he directed the JRC in analyzing and validating DHS Components’ operational needs and identifying opportunities for interoperable and multi-use capability solutions. This effort enhanced operational outcomes and effectiveness, and created enterprise-wide opportunities for efficiencies across DHS.

Prior to his appointment into the Senior Executive Service, Mr. DeLaurentis served for 30 years in the United States Coast Guard (USCG) in a wide range of leadership positions including operations, enterprise strategy, operational planning and requirements, human resources, and programming and budgeting. Mr. DeLaurentis commanded multiple USCG cutters which involved planning, coordinating, and executing national security and emergency preparedness, response and recovery missions. He also served as a USCG task force Commanding Officer for Operations Unified Response, the international and multi-agency humanitarian response effort to the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Mr. DeLaurentis is a 1985 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy. He also earned a Master’s of Public Administration from George Mason University.

Kristin Galemore

Chief, Special Projects

U.S. Census Bureau

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Kristin Galemore

Chief, Special Projects

U.S. Census Bureau

Kristin Galemore serves as a Chief of Special Projects to the Deputy Division Chief of the Communications Directorate. She leads the national partnership efforts as well as supports the Bureau’s Trust & Safety Team.

As the first digital decennial approaches, Kristin is focused on strategically leveraging partners in both technology and media in order to enhance public perception, increase awareness, reach hard to count populations, and prevent the spread of mis- and disinformation.

Prior to serving this role, she was Special Assistant to the Chief of the Decennial Information Technology Division. She has experience in data acquisitions, labor relations, and organizational development.

Kristin is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a master’s degree in human resources management from University of Maryland University College.

Matthew Harmon

Director, Web Communications

Department of Homeland Security

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Matthew Harmon

Director, Web Communications

Department of Homeland Security

Matt Harmon is the Director of Web Communications in the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security, where he coordinates public web outreach and strategy for the Department and its components and oversees day-to-day operations of the department’s official website DHS.gov.

Prior to joining DHS headquarters, Matt served as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Web Manager, where he directed the federal web response during Hurricane Sandy as well as supported more than 150 disaster declarations. Matt also led the redesign of FEMA.gov using an open source content management system which is now the baseline for all DHS component websites.

Before FEMA, Matt was the Webmaster for the Corporation for National and Community Service where he was responsible for all agency websites and ran Volunteer.gov (later Serve.gov) for the White House. He managed the Federal Government’s “Donate and Volunteer” web portal during Hurricane Katrina and spearheaded the U.S. government’s web response to the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami.

Matt graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Political Science and studied International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University.

Zack Schwartz

Deputy Division Chief, Communications Directorate

U.S. Census Bureau

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Zack Schwartz

Deputy Division Chief, Communications Directorate

U.S. Census Bureau

Zack Schwartz serves as a Deputy Division Chief at the U.S. Census Bureau where he and his teams are responsible for delivering critical systems in support of the 2020 Census. His area is also coordinating national partnership efforts with technology companies.

Zack leads the Trust & Safety Team which serves to protect the Bureau’s reputation and the American public from malicious efforts to undermine the count by spreading mis- and disinformation.

Prior to serving in his role, Zack was the Program Manager over the Decennial IT PMO, managing a complex budget and schedule in support of the 2020 Census systems.

Zack holds a BA in Business Administration from American University and currently resides in Washington D.C. where he is a Sworn Reserve Police Officer.

Colt Whittall

Chief Experience Officer

Department of the Air Force

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Colt Whittall

Chief Experience Officer

Department of the Air Force

Colt Whittall serves as Chief Experience Officer (CXO) of the United States Air Force, the first such position in the Department of Defense and one of only a few in the Federal Government. This role was created to focus on improving the User Experience of Information Technology in the Air Force. Mr. Whittall’s responsibilities include advising senior leaders of the Air Force with respect to user experience; defining the overall approach to transforming user experience; guiding cross-organizational teams working to improve user experience; developing capabilities to manage and continuously improve user experience; guide development of user experience skillsets, tools and resources to support the above initiatives; and advise Acquisitions with regard to user experience.

Previously, Mr. Whittall served as Vice President in the healthcare and federal practices at Isobar, a consulting firm focused on digital experience design and development. In this capacity, Mr. Whittall advised senior executives of client organizations with respect to digital strategy, digital experience design, digital product design and management, and software development. He also served as a senior subject matter expert in several areas including digital strategy, change leadership, digital health and wellness, and integrating behavioral economics into experience design. Within Isobar, he played a senior role in recruiting and professional development, creating new products and services, and business development.

Mr. Whittall is also an angel investor and member of Atlanta Technology Angels. He is an advisor to startups and university programs in User Experience and Digital Marketing. He is also an avid conservationist and leads the Milton Greenspace Advisory Committee in Milton, Georgia, which has acquired hundreds of acres of land in the city for permanent conservation and walking paths. Mr. Whittall holds an MBA and an MS in Telecommunications (Colorado) and is a Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP).

EDUCATION

  • MS Telecommunications
  • MBA Finance
  • BA Economics
  • University of Colorado at Boulder

CAREER CHRONOLOGY

  1. June to August 1991, 1992 and 1993, Intern / Policy Analyst, AT&T Government Affairs
  2. June 1994 to August 1994, Intern / Policy Analyst, Federal Communications Commission
  3. August 1994 to May 1995, Consultant II, Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group (Currently Deloitte)
  4. June 1995 to May 1998, Senior Consultant, Deloitte & Touche Management Consulting (Currently Deloitte)
  5. June 1998 to May 2000, Manager, Deloitte & Touche Management Consulting (Currently Deloitte)
  6. June 2000 to May 2001, Manager, Roundarch (Currently Isobar)
  7. June 2001 to December 2005, Engagement Director, Roundarch (Currently Isobar)
  8. January 2006 to July 2018, Vice President (Equity Partner), Isobar (formerly Roundarch and Roundarch Isobar)
  9. October 2018 to Present, Founder & President, Endless Wave Capital LLC
  10. June 2019 to Present, HQE and Chief Experience Officer, US Air Force, SAF/CN

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS

  • Atlanta Technology Angels
  • Georgia Tech HCI Masters Program, Board of Advisors
  • University of North Georgia Digital Marketing Program, Board of Advisors
  • Eletype, Board of Advisors
  • Atlanta Council on International Relations

Elizabeth Becerra

Division Chief, Communications and Project Management Division

Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services

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Elizabeth Becerra

Division Chief, Communications and Project Management Division

Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services

Elizabeth Becerra serves as Division Chief for the Communications and Project Management Division for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS). The Communications team is responsible for developing and managing innovative, technology-driven communication platforms internally and externally, including the Department’s website, social media sites, subscriber newsletters, and video productions. They also create marketing and branding campaigns and strategies, including media relations, to increase public awareness of DPSS-administered benefit programs and encourage enrollment. The Project Management Section is responsible for tracking, monitoring projects and providing project management guidance to the management teams of high impact/priority projects to drive and maintain project success.

Her leadership resulted in the Communications Section’s garnering of numerous awards for their projects: the National Association of Counties Achievement Award, the Henry Reining Outstanding Organization Award from the American Society for Public Administration, and the Productivity and Quality Award from Los Angeles County.

Over the past 34 years in DPSS, Ms. Becerra held numerous leadership positions. As a Division Chief for the Bureau of Workforce Services, she led 2,000 personnel in determining eligibility for applicants and customers enrolled in various benefit programs. Ms. Becerra was also responsible for one of the largest Appeals and State Hearing operations in the State of California with a budget of approximately $13 million.

Thomas Parrish

Acting Chief Information Officer

State of North Carolina

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Thomas Parrish

Acting Chief Information Officer

State of North Carolina

Thomas Parrish IV is acting secretary for the N.C. Department of Information Technology. He currently serves at NCDIT as deputy chief information officer, leading the Enterprise Infrastructure Services Division, which provides mission-critical services.

Parrish is an IT leader with more than 27 years of proven success in varying levels of state and local government, as well as in education settings, enterprise project management, telecommunications and infrastructure management.

Parrish also serves on the faculty at Edgecombe Community College, teaching IT courses including IT management, application development, network operating systems, and aerial remote sensing. He also served as chairman for the Rocky Mount Preparatory school system, where he provided information technology guidance and oversight in launching one of North Carolina’s first distance-learning environments for charter schools.

Parrish’s technology career also includes a span as deputy state chief information officer, where he orchestrated IT operations for the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, N.C. Office of Human Resources, and Office of the Governor. He was also instrumental in launching the Innovation Center in 2013. Prior CIO tours include the City of Rocky Mount, where he launched one of the state’s first 1 GB fiber networks for municipalities.

Parrish earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from North Carolina Central University. He is a certified government CIO and has earned certifications in project management and Lean Six Sigma.

Jim Weaver

Chief Information Officer and Director, Washington Technology Solutions

State of Washington

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Jim Weaver

Chief Information Officer and Director, Washington Technology Solutions

State of Washington

Jim Weaver was appointed Director and State CIO for Washington Technology Solutions in December 2018.

Jim has over 32 years of experience in the IT industry, having served in various management and technical positions, most notably as the Commonwealth of PA’s Chief Technology Officer, as well as Chief Technology Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer for the commonwealth’s Departments of Human Services, Aging and Insurance.

During his tenure, he had responsibility for planning, directing, and evaluating Commonwealth IT operations and was a key contributor for the IT shared services transformation effort to align technology staff and services into functional matrix-based teams. In his agency roles, Jim was responsible for planning, directing, and evaluating the IT operations of the three agencies which included mainframe and distributed systems platforms, database design and application/software development, telecommunications, IT security and business intelligence.

Jim has proven expertise in successful large scale modernization efforts with an enterprise approach to technology and information security management – many of these efforts have been nationally recognized by NASCIO (2008, 2013, and 2014) and Computerworld Honors (2010 and 2013).  Jim holds numerous ITIL certifications and earned his Certified Government Chief Information Officer qualification from Harrisburg University.

Jim is also an active member of the armed forces serving in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard with over 33 years of experience in personnel information management systems.

Jim and his wife Kellie have 5 children.

Jessica MacLeod

Core Team Member and Leader, Growth and Partnerships

U.S. Digital Response

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Jessica MacLeod

Core Team Member and Leader, Growth and Partnerships

U.S. Digital Response

Jessica MacLeod leads the Growth and Partnerships team at U.S. Digital Response and is a co-host of The Government We Need podcast. Prior to joining USDR, she consulted for state and local government on how to build high performing, data-driven teams. Jessica also spent six years at Socrata (now Tyler Technologies – Data and Insights Division), and worked as a Policy Analyst at the Center for Global Development.

Rita Reynolds

Chief Technology Officer

National Association of Counties

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Rita Reynolds

Chief Technology Officer

National Association of Counties

Rita Reynolds is the CTO for NACo. In this capacity, she oversees the internal technology operations of NACo, as well as leads NACo’s technology programs and initiatives for counties. She is responsible for the new NACo technology blueprint which includes managing the development and delivering of technology programming on initiatives such as cyber security, technology infrastructure and cloud computing. Rita also served on multiple boards and workgroups over the years including the PA Digital Advisory Board, the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center, and the NASCIO Cyber Security Workgroup. Rita currently serves as the staff liaison to the NACo Technology Standing Committee and the GIS Subcommittee.

Before joining NACo, Rita served as the CIO for the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania where she spent twenty years mainly focused on similar initiatives for CCAP and with counties in Pennsylvania. Prior to that, Rita was an independent fiscal and computer consultant working with numerous children and youth agencies in Pennsylvania and designed fiscal and data reporting applications including a statewide AFCARS solution. Rita holds a B.A. in Business Administration with a minor in Political Science from Messiah College, Pennsylvania. Rita has been the receipient of numerous awards over the years including the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania’s 2019 Moxie Award, Government Technology’s 2017 Top 25 Doers, and Dreamers and Drivers.

Jonathan Benett

Technical Director for Digital Government Solutions

Adobe

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Jonathan Benett

Technical Director for Digital Government Solutions

Adobe

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), and 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.

Davide Zanella

Senior Account Executive, Consulting Services

Adobe Public Sector

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Davide Zanella

Senior Account Executive, Consulting Services

Adobe Public Sector

Davide Zanella is a digital innovation enthusiast with over 20 years of leadership. Davide is passionate about technology and served in the past as product, program, project, and delivery manager in high-tech, digital marketing, advertising, and startup organizations with tenures in localization and entrepreneurship.

Davide has been with Adobe for 10 years — first serving in the commercial division of high tech and entertainment customers. For the past 6 years, Davide has been a dedicated Account Executive, customer advocate, and advisor for Adobe Public Sector State and Local verticals in the Central and West regions of the United States.

Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor, Technology and Events

Nextgov

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Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor, Technology and Events

Nextgov

Frank Konkel

Executive Editor

Nextgov

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Frank Konkel

Executive Editor

Nextgov

Alisha Powell Gillis

Senior Editor

Route Fifty

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Alisha Powell Gillis

Senior Editor

Route Fifty

Anna Pettyjohn

Vice President and General Manager of Events

Government Executive Media Group

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Anna Pettyjohn

Vice President and General Manager of Events

Government Executive Media Group