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Sanjay Gupta

Chief Technology Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer

SBA

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Editorial Speaker

Sanjay Gupta

Chief Technology Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer

SBA

Sanjay Gupta joined the U.S. Small Business Administration in January 2017 as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) from the private sector. Sanjay is a business driven, results oriented leader, adept at leveraging technology to innovate and deliver results quickly. He brings to SBA an exclusive combination of experiences as a CIO/CTO, Managing Partner Consulting, and as a Research Analyst.

As SBA’s CTO, Sanjay has led major 90-day transformations in each of the last four years. These modernization initiatives with inter-agency collaboration have not only benefited the SBA but have also informed change across the federal government landscape.

Throughout his career, Sanjay has led business/IT transformations across industries. He brings extensive global experience across industries in areas such as IT Strategy, Innovation, Digital Transformation, Architecture, Cloud, Cybersecurity, Agile Development and Open Source.

Sanjay has authored over 20 research white papers focused on advice and guidance for CIOs/Boards. He is a recognized industry thought leader, keynote presenter, speaker and author.

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John Hoffman

Chief Technology Officer & Deputy State Chief Information Officer

Texas Department of Information Resources

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John Hoffman

Chief Technology Officer & Deputy State Chief Information Officer

Texas Department of Information Resources

John Hoffman serves as the Deputy State Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer for the Texas Department of Information Resources.  John joined the DIR team in 2010 and has held various roles within the agency in network and security.  He is responsible for providing comprehensive strategic planning for the state's technology efforts as well as the agency.   John ensures strategic development of contracts and services which DIR offers including enterprise architecture, application management, innovation, and technology implementation.

John brings over 30 years of experience in the technology sector. He has held positions in operations, program management, planning, acquisition, integration, real estate and sales.  John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

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Ann Kim

Deputy Chief Information Officer

Department of Education

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Ann Kim

Deputy Chief Information Officer

Department of Education

Ann currently serves as the Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the US Department of Education (ED). ED is a cabinet level agency with over 4,400 employees – geographically dispersed between Headquarters and 10 regional offices, ~$70B budget, and ~130 information systems that process over $1.0T in federal student aid and grants.  In concert with the CIO, Ann oversees a roughly $800M information technology (IT) portfolio.  She provides leadership for the planning and execution of enterprise-wide IT governance, information management, cybersecurity, and IT operations.  In her role, she serves as a principal advisor to the CIO and ED leadership with respect to the effective and efficient use of IT to support and enable the Department’s mission and business processes.

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Rep. Jim Langevin

Representative, (D-RI-2)

U.S. House of Representatives

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Rep. Jim Langevin

Representative, (D-RI-2)

U.S. House of Representatives

Congressman Jim Langevin is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems (CITI) Subcommittee and also serves on the Subcommittees on Seapower and Projection Forces and Strategic Forces. A national leader on securing our nation’s technology infrastructure against cyber threats, Langevin is one of four legislative members of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and the author of the National Cyber Director Act. In 2008, he co-founded the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus to increase awareness around the issue and co-chaired the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency, which made policy recommendations to President Obama.
 
As co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus, Langevin advocates to improve and increase access to training that gives students and workers the skills that best fit the needs of expanding industries. He is a strong advocate for inclusion and independence for people with disabilities and helped pass theADA Amendments Act that strengthened the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
 
Langevin was inspired to enter public service by the tremendous outpouring of support he received during the most challenging time of his life, after a gun accident paralyzed him at age 16 and left him a quadriplegic. After serving as secretary for the state’s Constitutional Convention in 1986, Langevin won election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives, and in 1994, became the nation’s youngest Secretary of State. He served in that role until winning election to Congress in 2000.

Editorial Speaker

Tim Persons

Chief Scientist

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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Tim Persons

Chief Scientist

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Dr. Timothy M. Persons is the Chief Scientist and Managing Director of the Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics team of the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO - the oversight, insight, and foresight entity of the U.S. Congress). Dr. Persons is the founder of GAO’s Innovation Lab – an exploratory research and development environment for advanced data analytic activities as well as the exploration of emerging technologies such as machine learning systems, blockchain, and cloud cybersecurity research at GAO. He also is the managing executive director of GAO’s science, technology, and engineering portfolio – including technology assessment, technical assistance, and engineering in support of the Congress and GAO. In these roles he leads a large interdisciplinary technical team that advises Congress, generates policy options, and informs legislation on topics in the computational sciences (such as artificial intelligence and advanced data analytics), physical sciences (such as sustainable chemistry and nuclear waste management), life sciences (such as epidemiology of emerging infectious diseases and biosurety of Select Agents), and engineering (such as IoT, 3D printing, and hypersonic systems). He also directed the production and release of GAO’s Best Practices Guides – Cost, Schedule, Technology Readiness Assessment, and Agile Software Development. Prior to joining GAO, Dr. Persons served as the Technical Director for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) as well as the technical lead for Quantum Information Sciences and Biometrics research groups for the Information Assurance Directorate at the National Security Agency.

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Adarryl M. Roberts

Program Executive Officer

Defense Logistics Agency

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Adarryl M. Roberts

Program Executive Officer

Defense Logistics Agency

Mr. Adarryl M. Roberts was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and selected as the Program Executive Officer (PEO) for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) on November 4, 2019. DLA is the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)’s combat logistics support agency, providing worldwide logistics support for the material and personnel readiness and sustainment of the Military Departments and the Unified Combatant Commands under conditions of peace and war. It also provides logistics support to other DOD Components and certain Federal agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, and others as authorized.

As the PEO, Mr. Roberts is responsible for the management and oversight of DLA's Major Automated Information Systems programs and special interest programs. He is the corporate provider of acquisition management services and provides overall direction and guidance for the development, acquisition, testing, systems integration, product improvement, and fielding for assigned DLA programs. DLA’s portfolio also includes acquisition projects and programs which Mr. Roberts manages on behalf of DOD wide sponsors.

Before being appointed as the PEO, Mr. Adarryl Roberts served as the Portfolio Manager, Enterprise Sourcing, Medical, and Contingency (ESMC), DLA Information Operations, Program Executive Office responsible for oversight and acquisition expertise across the life cycle in support of the DoD and DLA user communities for 16 programs and 35 applications. Prior to his tenure as the ESMC Portfolio Manager, Mr. Roberts held a variety of increasingly responsible positions at DLA, including Director of the Business Systems Center of Excellence (BSCoE) working with Industry IT Business System partners within DoD to look at innovative ways to development and sustain business systems and Program Manager, Wide Area Workflow (WAWF).

After graduating from Fayetteville State University, Mr. Roberts enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served as the equivalent to a civilian Contracting Officer for the 81st Contracting Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base. Upon separation from the Air Force, Mr. Roberts worked as a Functional Analyst Lead for contract writing at CACI, Inc. He then entered Federal service as a Procurement Analyst with Army Business Center for Acquisition Systems before transferring to the Business Transformation Agency in 2008 serving as DoD agency leads for Federal Procurement Data System Next Generation and Federal Business Opportunities, Deputy Program Manager and later Program Manager of WAWF.

Mr. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Management from Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, NC and he is DAU certified at level three in Contracting. Mr. Roberts awards include the Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon, Outstanding Unit Ribbon, and Air Force Squadron/Group Company Grade Officer of the Year.

Editorial Speaker

Duane Schell

Chief Technology Officer

North Dakota Department of Information Technology

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Duane Schell

Chief Technology Officer

North Dakota Department of Information Technology

As Chief Technology Officer, Duane is responsible for the long term vision and strategic direction for infrastructure and service management across North Dakota’s state government and educational system. This includes acquisition, architecture, management, and operations of the state’s technology infrastructure including both compute and network services, end-user devices, and providing world-class service management in a manner that enables and empowers stakeholders and citizens.  He has been a part of the organization since 2001 and previously served as the director for the network services division since 2009.

A ND native, Duane enjoys many of the outdoor activities the state has to offer.   He is also actively involved in the community youth football program and spends as much of his free time as possible with his two children.  He holds a BS and MBA from the University of Mary and is also a certified public accountant.

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Sid Sripada

Director, IT Modernization Centers of Excellence (CoE)

GSA

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Sid Sripada

Director, IT Modernization Centers of Excellence (CoE)

GSA

Sid Sripada is currently serving as Director at GSA’s IT Modernization Centers of Excellence (CoE) where he engages with various agencies across the federal government to accelerate their technology transformation journey. An Innovative Information Technology Leader, Sid demonstrated success at both the public and private sectors managing complex enterprise level programs and multi-million dollar acquisitions for over 16+ years. Leading technology modernization initiatives across 6 federal agencies spanning 10+ years, Sid supported client IT Portfolio demands at a wide range of organizations from federal healthcare providers and national healthcare programs to media and investment management firms. He’s recognized for building effective partnerships and collaborations that span organizations and agencies while focusing on mission and technology alignment with agency and government standards.  

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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. As a part of this responsibility, Ms. Woods oversees the acquisition and execution of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI Cloud) program, as a critical piece of the overall DoD Digital Modernization Strategy. CCPO is also responsible for deploying the Commercial Virtual Remote environment, the largest Office 365 deployment in the world. CCPO continues to resolve enterprise cloud capability gaps that support the Joint Force. 

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).

Editorial Speaker

Eric Sweden

Program Director, Enterprise Architecture & Governance

National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)

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Eric Sweden

Program Director, Enterprise Architecture & Governance

National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)

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Gindy Feeser

Strategic Client Executive, US Department of Health and Human Services

Oracle

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Gindy Feeser

Strategic Client Executive, US Department of Health and Human Services

Oracle

Gindy Feeser is the Strategic Client Executive for Oracle’s work with the US Department of Health and Human Services. Gindy has over 20 years of experience serving federal customers in both business and technology, most recently in data strategy and innovation for cabinet-level agencies including the Departments of Treasury, Veterans Affairs, and Labor. Gindy began her federally-focused career as part of an Army team, collaborating with universities to expand high-performance computing capabilities to the DoD. In pandemic times, in collaboration with HHS, Gindy has worked with Oracle teams to build cloud systems to manage data for COVID-19 vaccinations, diagnostic test data, and treatment programs.

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Tommy Gardner

Chief Technology Officer

HP Federal

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Tommy Gardner

Chief Technology Officer

HP Federal

Tommy Gardner is HP’s Chief Technology Officer for HP Federal, spanning the US Federal Agencies, Higher Education, K-12 Education, State and Local government customer segments, as well as Federal Systems Integrators. His current responsibilities include technology leadership, strategic technology plans, product and technology strategies, sales force technical support, and customer and partner relationships. 

Previously, Tommy has served as the Chief Technology Officer for Jacobs Engineering, Scitor, and ManTech. Earlier in his career he was a senior technical executive at Raytheon. In the U.S. Navy he served as the Deputy for Science and Technology for the Chief of Naval Research. He oversaw the Navy’s Deep Submergence Program as well as its Advanced Technology Program. He also commanded the nuclear submarine, USS San Juan (SSN 751). 

Tommy’s educational background covers multiple disciplines and fields of interest including: cybersecurity, data science, blockchain, quantum information science, artificial intelligence, high performance computing and systems integration.

Tommy holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, an M.S. in Management of Technology from MIT and a Ph. D. in Energy Economics from George Washington University. He is a Professional Engineer, an ASME Fellow, and serves on the ASME Board of Governors, the ANSI Board of Directors and the U. S. Council on Competitiveness as the Co-chair of the Advanced Computer Roundtable.

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Marcus Moffett

Senior Director, System Engineering and Architectures & CTO US Public Sector

Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Marcus Moffett

Senior Director, System Engineering and Architectures & CTO US Public Sector

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Marcus leads System Engineering for US Public Sector. He and his team of 520 Systems Engineering Leaders, Systems Engineers and Architects are responsible for the discovery of business/mission requirements and the design of a secure, intelligent platform to support the digital business journey of our Public Sector customers, both directly and through partners. This business is worth $7B annually to Cisco.

Before his current role, Marc spent six years as a System Engineering Director for the Public Sector State/Local Government and Education sales SE team who were responsible for over $1.8B in annual product and services business. 

As a 20+ year Cisco veteran, Marc has extensive experience in the Public Sector, Enterprise, and Commercial Territory/Select business sectors and has held roles with increasing responsibility starting as a Systems Engineer, SE Manager, Senior SE Manager and now Director. He also achieved his Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert Certification (CCIE #10079) in 2002. 

Marc has 30 years of systems engineering and management experience, serving our country in the US Air Force where he spent more than eight years as a Tech Controller at Clark Airbase in the Philippines and Gunter AFB in Montgomery, AL. 

Marc lives in Southern California with his best half, Christelle Gigant and their dog Lola, and when time permits, he spends time on the family farm in Mississippi working on restoring a historic 1870s era home as well as working on various conservation projects. He is a proud dad to his son Caleb, who attends St. Louis University and grandfather to granddaughters, Mayce and Harley. Marc loves the outdoors where he spends time running, cycling, swimming, hiking, hunting, and fishing.

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Bob Nevins

Director of State and Local Government Strategy

Oracle

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Bob Nevins

Director of State and Local Government Strategy

Oracle

Bob Nevins is the Director of State and Local Government Strategy and Business Development for Oracle Public Sector.  Bob has wide background of experience in the health and human services market both in the private and public sector.  Bob spent over 20 years in a variety of senior leadership roles in Massachusetts state government. He was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Massachusetts Health Connector, which was the first state-based health insurance exchange in the country.   Other senior roles have included the Director of Mass.gov, where he oversaw the ambitious eGovernment initiative, and Deputy Commissioner for the MA Department of Revenue where he drove new and emerging technologies in the child support enforcement and tax administration programs.  Bob began his career in government with the MA child welfare agency.

Editorial Moderator

Mariam Baksh

Staff Correspondent

Nextgov

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Mariam Baksh

Staff Correspondent

Nextgov

Mariam Baksh reports on the development of federal cybersecurity policy for Nextgov. She started covering technology governance in 2014, during the heat of the Net Neutrality debate, and focused her graduate studies at American University on investigative journalism. Learn more here.

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Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor, Technology & Events

Nextgov

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Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor, Technology & 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. Learn more here.

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Frank Konkel

Executive Editor

Nextgov

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Frank 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.To learn more, please visit here

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Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor

Defense One

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Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor

Defense One

Patrick Tucker is technology editor for Defense One. He’s also the author of THE NAKED FUTURE: WHAT HAPPENS IN A WORLD THAT ANTICIPATES YOUR EVERY MOVE? (CURRENT, 2014). Previously, Tucker was deputy editor for The Futurist for nine years. Tucker has written about emerging technology in SlateThe SunMIT Technology ReviewWilson QuarterlyThe American Legion MagazineBBC News MagazineUtne Reader, and elsewhere. Learn more HERE.

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George Jackson

Director of Events

Government Executive Media Group

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George Jackson

Director of Events

Government Executive Media Group

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James Hanson

Group Publisher, Federal

Nextgov

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James Hanson

Group Publisher, Federal

Nextgov