A little about my professional experience...
My experience has focused on the public sector with concentrations on open innovation (prizes, challenges, citizen science and crowdsourcing), technology development, open government, public private partnerships, grants management, and technology policy.
Currently, I'm on a detail to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as the Assistant Director for Open Innovation where I lead Federal-wide open innovation strategy and channel the energy of thousands of Federal employees to transform the culture of government problem solving and engagement to be more open.
I am detailed from NASA, where for the last three years, I was the Prizes and Challenges Program Executive in the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC. In this leadership and strategy role, I coordinated the use of challenge-driven open innovation methods, such as prize competitions, citizen science, challenges, and crowdsourcing, at NASA. I also led NASA’s formulation efforts for its Grand Challenges: bold, but achievable science, technology, and innovation goals that are specific enough to convey what success looks like and broad enough to capture our imagination while unifying public and private constituencies around a clear “call to action”. NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge to “find all asteroid threats to human populations and know what to do about them” was announced in June 2013.
Before NASA, I was the lead for the strategic engagement and communications practice at Phase One Consulting Group. In that capacity, for the Department of Transportation, I managed the development of the DOT Open Government Plan and its subsequent implementation. I also advised clients on how prizes and competitions can be used by the Federal Government given their existing authorities and the America COMPETES Act. In this role, I worked with several White House level working groups and acted as an advisor on innovation and open government to senior executives and political appointees across the Department.
Prior to that, I spent several years as a Federal employee at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as the senior program analyst for $400 million in annual transportation security grant programs. I was honored as a TSA-wide Unsung Hero for my work on modernizing the grants programs.
I am experienced with social media and have led the development of a federal government blog from conception to operations. I speak often at events and have also authored several papers on many topics including security policy, harnessing public-private partnerships to optimize public service delivery, and the evolution of e-democracy.
A little about my education...
I graduated from the University of Florida with my bachelors degree in aerospace engineering and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with my masters degree in Technology Policy. My graduate thesis focused on public private partnerships, a topic that has continued to be a passion to this day. You can check out my thesis here: http://dspace.mit.edu/bitstream/handle/1721.1/40299/191092130.pdf?sequence=1
A little about my hobbies...
Traveling the world, competitive karaoke fan, gator football, good wine/food. Former design thinking evangelist with http://www.meetup.com/Design-Thinking-DC/