Service endeavors

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    Your heart pulses. The stars shine. The internet grows. All of these are code in motion. Beautiful, elegant influences at play in our lives countervailing entropy and connecting global humanity in an increasingly interconnected world. Organizational codes surround us all. What we each do at work, at play, and in our lives shape this shared codebase. I find joy in creative problem solving, particularly in difficult and thorny environments.

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    1992-1994. JASON PROJECT IV. Selected by U.S. Navy to work with Dr. Robert Ballard (discoverer of the sunk Titanic) for the Jason Project IV in 1993 to develop a computer model of tectonic activity and mapped hydrothermal vents around the Sea of Cortez; televised efforts internationally by CNN. Served as a computer programmer and network engineer assisting modeling of and initial testing of circuit board designs for the U.S. Department of Energy's Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility safety measures, should the 4-GeV beam escape containment; gained heavy exposure to networks, UNIX command shell programming, and electrical engineering in 1993. Served as computer programmer and aided implementation of a web-based (pre-Netscape IPO) national U.S. Department of Agriculture database for monitoring crop growth and land usage; provided LAN and PC troubleshooting as part of the Soil Conservation Movement's efforts in 1994.

    ⋄ First Place, Environmental Science for Tidewater Region, Overall Best of Fair, and Spirit of Hampton Roads Award (1993)
    ⋄ First Place, Environmental Science for International Fair, for Northern Virginia Region, and Overall Best of Fair (1994)
    ⋄ First Place, Environmental Science at the Virginia Junior Academy of Science (1993, 1995, 1996)



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    1995-1997. INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIRS. Awarded multiple International Science & Engineering Fairs and Westinghouse awards for environmental computer simulations in 1993-1996; sent as U.S.’s single representative to the South American Science Fair in to Mendoza, Argentina and presented computer model of oil spills to 3,000+ students and teachers; received “El Mejor Trabajo” in 1994. Designed prototype GUI for Walter Reed’s large hospital system facilitating transfer of pre-op medical imagery from remote patients located in the Balkans; presented project to DOD officials.

    APPLICATIONS DEVELOPER, DoD & NIH. Developed a prototype enterprise-scale solution using commercially available, off-the-shield products (WinAPI, VB, C/C++) to employ space-based satellite imagery of a forest fire to detect and model a real-time event; 18 month partially classified research endeavor with the Institute for Defense Analyses. Authored paper on applying computers and satellite imagery to interagency disaster response efforts; received First prize in Environmental Science at the Virginia Junior Academy of Science and Westinghouse semifinalist, though unable to declassify fully at the time given data sources. Developed, constructed, and tested an optimized National Institutes of Health computer model of the 3-D folding of protein lattice conformations mapped to Hamiltonian circuits; programmed parallel routines (FORTRAN, C/C++). Designed, debugged, and performed data-driven computational optimizations of hybridized protein-folding algorithms on clustered UNIX machines in 1997.

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    1998-2000. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTERNATIONAL. Served as a part-time volunteer with annual Jimmy Carter Work Projects and blitz builds from 1998-2001 in the Philippines, Romania, Nepal, Ghana, and South Korea and Hurricane Mitch recovery in Honduras efforts while also doing consulting work. Received Habitat for Humanity’s “President’s Circle” honor. Served with International Committee of the Red Cross, as a volunteer science news reporter for CNN, and as a health correspondent in South Africa covering post-apartheid public health problems in 1998; taught HIV/AIDS prevention to local students in Cape Town.

    PROJECT MANAGER, Microsoft Solution Provider & Yahoo! WebCorps. Produced and deployed enterprise solutions in support of collaboration and knowledge management needs of Fortune 500 companies; served as a consultant with a Microsoft Gold-Certified Partner (IntelliNet) and Solution Provider. Developed, analyzed, and implemented customized enterprise-level solutions; Microsoft Certified Professional, Solution Developer, and Trainer; liaised with Microsoft HQ on new XML technologies. Received “Extensibility Award” and shared in Microsoft Worldwide KM Solution Award in 1999. Invited to serve as a Yahoo! Web Corps consultant for a non-profit’s (Boys & Girls Clubs of America) Internet presence, technology strategy, and future direction; provided technical leadership in designing and coordinating IT project goals for public and internal sites. Served as adjunct IT consultant for similar Doctors Without Borders effort; presented project plans at Yahoo! HQ.


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    2001-2003. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION (CDC). Led CDC’s Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program’s technology response to 9/11, anthrax, West Nile, SARS, monkeypox, ricin, and other international emergencies; received Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award in 2002 for anthrax response the year prior; nominated as Federal Employee of the Year for NCID and shared similar award for SARS and monkeypox response in 2004. Directed advanced “SWAT” team of 21+ technology professionals focused on technology efforts for BT response starting in 2000 with subsequent promotions. Pioneered the U.S.’s electronic mechanisms for lab reporting via the international Laboratory Response Network for Bioterrorism with CDC and DoD; named an Innovations in American Government finalist in 2005.

    INFORMATICS. Completed Master’s thesis on IT, data science, health informatics, terrorism preparedness, and emergency response; studied service-oriented architectures, data science (including SAS, R, MatLab, SPSS), enterprise project management, software lifecycles, biostatistics, geographical information systems, and epidemiology. Graduated with 3.9 GPA, high honors. Received alumni award from the Dean for “making significant contributions toward improving the lives and health of others” in 2005.


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    2004-2006. CDC AND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY. Directed informatics strategy across 10 different branches with a total $650M+ budget and 600+ personnel focused on HIV/AIDS prevention at the CDC when promoted in 2004; led national informatics initiatives, international outreach, and enterprise change strategies; directed senior staff on organizational transformation, business integration, knowledge management, and innovative S&T endeavors. Oversaw division’s technology assets, capital planning, and OMB submissions for multi-million dollar efforts; brokered new collaborations aided by technology across with the 50 states and internationally; monitored the progress of 220+ different enterprise application efforts. Continued to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity International and other NGOs, both locally and abroad in Afghanistan, Thailand, Mexico, Kyrgyzstan, Brazil, and Peru.

    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. Developed and advised on innovative organizational and web 2.0 technology strategies for the DOE’s Energy and Environmental Security Directorate to test and implement improved: (1) collaborations, business, and “big data” transformations; (2) transnational science and technology indicators; (3) crisis response leveraging scientific expertise; (4) enhanced global security coordination efforts with international partners. Spoke as an invited expert on inter-organizational collaborative leadership at conferences in D.C. and internationally, to include meetings with the Italian Embassy.


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    2007-2008. EMORY UNIVERSITY AND AMBASSADORIAL SCHOLAR. Awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to the U.K; invited speaker at University of Oxford Colleges, British Computing Society’s Sociotechnical Lecturer Series, London Business School, London School of Economics, and several other universities on new paradigms for bottom-up approaches to organizational transformation and knowledge management in 2007. Author of 40+ research papers, peer-reviewed research articles, and technology case studies online; Harvard & MIT Post-Doctoral Associate in 2008.

    Invited public speaker & author while at Harvard & MIT on (1) enhanced national security strategies to emergent threats, (2) better S&T approaches for global crisis response, (3) pioneering strategies for improved data science, organizational decision-making, and shared situational awareness, (4) shared services across gov’t and improving data-driven, public-private partnerships for global benefit. Advised Sermo.com as startup organization on mid- and long-term strategies for an online, knowledge ecosystem of 70,000+ physicians resulting in improved: (1) medical situational awareness leveraging web 2.0 advances; (2) national information sharing related to U.S. healthcare; (3) peer-to-peer healthcare innovations; (4) enhanced decision making across U.S. hospitals and primary care providers. Authored case studies regarding the startup company’s approach to knowledge brokering and information arbitrage among a community of U.S. physicians from 2007-2008.


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    2009-2010. VOLUNTEERED TO DEPLOY TO AFGHANISTAN. Deployed to Afghanistan voluntarily in 2009 as a Special Advisor to a Brigadier General for 120 days overseeing STRAT EFFECTS for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan; tasked by new Presidential Administration to help Generals “think differently” on critical strategies to improve regional military and humanitarian stabilization operations; awarded NATO Service Medal in 2009. Awarded DOD’s Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award, highest-ranking joint civilian service award under authority of combatant commanders, in 2010. Served as Visiting Associate faculty, parallel with full-time work and after deployment, at the National Defense University’s Information Resource Management College starting in 2009. Research recognized as part of McKinsey's “Top Ten Business Trends to Watch” in 2010.

    Served and led as a strategist to POTUS, VPOTUS, DOD, ODNI, NSF, DOE, Treasury, DOS, DOJ, DHS, DHHS, and VA representatives on S&T policy issues to include international crisis response, counter-terrorism, internet healthcare, emergency comms, public-private partnerships, cyber simulations, and continuity of operations. Led multi-team efforts spanning multiple scientific subjects and often under tight timelines; authored PhD-level strategic assessments, policy analyses, and strategic briefings for the Executive Office of the President.


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    2011-2013. SENIOR EXECUTIVE, INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. From 2010-2011 chaired initial White House subcommittee efforts to improve relations among the information integration, network interoperability, and civil liberties activities of the U.S. government post-Wikileaks. Pioneered, directed, and led responsible information sharing efforts across defense, intel, law enforcement, homeland security, and diplomatic communities internationally. Received "Best Cyber Presentation" in a talk with the DHHS CIO emphasizing the need to advance shared services that protect civil liberties, individual privacy, public safety, and our national security in 2010.

    Invited to lead as Principal Strategist and Executive Director with the National Commission for the Review of Research and Development Programs of the U.S. Intelligence Community in early 2012; brokered Commissioner interactions and oversaw a team of interagency assignees working with twelve Congressionally appointed bipartisan Commissioners and across the Executive Branch. Led a team recommending new efforts and reviewing future science and technology plans of the entire IC and its unclassified multibillion FY12 budget, to include In-Q-Tel, IARPA, DARPA, and the National Laboratories. Received the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2013.


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    2013-now. SENIOR EXECUTIVE, @fcc_cio. Named Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Federal Communications Commission after successful completion of the National Commission for the Review of Research and Development Programs of the U.S. Intelligence Community in 2013. Led a team of 375+ technology professionals focused on modular modernization of the Commission’s technology endeavors. Pioneered, developed, and led Information Technology Transformation to include launching “intrapreneurs” within the FCC working with different Bureaus, Offices, and external partners. Presented before Congress and Congressionally appointed Commissioners. Awarded in 2013 the Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership, as one of the youngest executives ever in the history of the honor.

    VOLUNTEER WORK. Selected as a 5-year term member for the Council on Foreign Relations in 2014; also named an Oxford Martin Associate with the University of Oxford focused on Cybersecurity & Culture. Elected to the Board of Directors for the Senior Executive Association (SEA), also lifetime member of the SEA in 2011. Serve on Board of Directors of and mentor/coach to Young Government Leaders, NextGenGovt.com, and MapLarge.com (a data science startup) since 2011. Invited to give keynote addresses to the Arthur S. Flemming award winners on "Transformational Public Service" and at the Oxford Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre on "The Roles and Authority of Nation States and Industry" in 2014.


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