Currently I'm the Chief Enterprise Architect at the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Previously, I served as the Cloud Policy Lead for the Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer (OFCIO) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where I led the White House's efforts on Cloud and data center policy. As architect of the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy (Cloud Smart), I worked with cabinet-level agencies to drive IT modernization and maturity across the Federal enterprise.
At heart, I believe in openness, collaboration, equity, and transparency to make things better — software, teams, and government. You can read all about everything I've done below, or download my resume.
U.S. Small Business Administration Director of IT Services (acting)
I currently am acting as Director of IT Services for SBA, overseeing every aspect of our IT portfolio. This includes our enterprise-wide upgrade to Windows 10, Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) and software-defined networking (SD-WAN), implementation of Zero Trust Networking, consolidation and optimization of our data centers, and migration to commercial Cloud services. In this role, I manage a budget of nearly $25 million, and oversee a staff of over a dozen direct reports and nearly 50 contractors.
Chief Enterprise Architect
My official position is to lead EA efforts for SBA, planning IT modernization and evaluating possible future states. A key part of this program is implementing Cloud Smart, DCOI, and the Application Rationalization Playbook which I worked on in my previous role at OMB.
Office of Management and Budget Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer Cloud Policy Lead
As Cloud Policy Lead for OFCIO, I worked with stakeholders across the Federal Government to drive mature practices in infrastructure, a portfolio of approximately $20 billion annually. I also acted as Mission Operations Lead, managing our teams working on workforce reskilling, shared government-wide services, network modernization, and migration to cloud services. I created the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy (Cloud Smart) to address the three largest barriers to IT modernization - cybersecurity, procurement, and workforce skills. This strategy was enthusiastically endorsed by the Administration, our agency partners, and private industry.
I also ran the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI), overseeing the management of 12,000 data centers, which has saved taxpayers $2 billion over the last two years. Since data center management and cloud strategy both are a question of application and data placement, I worked with the CIO Council and GSA to create the Application Rationalization Playbook, based on industry best practices.
In my first year at OMB, I received the prestigious Professional Achievement Award — an honor usually given after three years of exceptional service — for my innovative, collaborative approach to this work. In 2019 I was also named to the Federal 100 list.
- 2019 Federal 100
- 2018 OMB Professional Achievement Award
- Federal Cloud Computing Strategy (Cloud Smart)
- M-19-19 Update to Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI)
United States Digital Service Department of Veterans Affairs Digital Services Expert
In 2017, I served a tour of duty with USDS at the Department of Veterans Affairs. During my time at the VA, I worked closely with the modernization teamson several technical policy initiatives, including identity management, authentication, mobile application strategy, patient scheduling, and open data.
Sunlight Foundation Senior Technology Adviser
The Sunlight Foundation is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses civic technologies, open data, policy analysis and journalism to make government and politics more accountable and transparent to all. I served as Senior Technology Adviser through their board transition, working with the Labs Director to shut down their technology program responsibly. This involved transferring their dozens of projectsto new maintainers, and ensuring that all of their tools were released as open source software for the public to use. Kat Duffy and I were named Legal Hackers of the Year 2016 by DC Legal Hackers for this work.
- 2016 Legal Hacker of the Year (DC Legal Hackers)
OpenGov Foundation Lead Developer
The OpenGov Foundation was founded by Congressman Issa in 2013, as an outgrowth of the effort to fight SOPA and PIPA. Today, OpenGov works to create policy and tools for government openness and transparency. As Lead Developer, I worked with officials at all levels of government – local to federal, both nationally and abroad – to make the law open and accessible to everyone. I oversaw the development of our two flagship applications, Madison and The State Decoded, which are used by governments and organizations all over the world. I was also an original member of the Free Law Founders, working on open law, legislation, data policy, and open standards.
- Free Law Founders (original member)
- The State Decoded
- Project Madison
WillowTree Apps Lead DevOps Engineer
WillowTree Apps is one of the largest and fastest-growing mobile app companies in the country. As Lead DevOps Engineer, I oversaw and architected dozens of projects to deliver high- availability Cloud-based solutions for some of the most popular mobile apps and best-known brands in the world. I also spent time with the Web Application Team, building bleeding-edge, mobile-first and responsive websites.
Boyd Caton Group Lead Developer
BCG is a government contractor focusing on transportation oversight, with clients including the Federal Transit Administration and WMATA. During my time as Lead Developer, I lead the team working on several Federal safety websites, met with top agency officials, lead the rebranding and redesign of our company website, and created a series of data visualization dashboards and tools for safety and security information for a variety of audiences.
Hotelicopter Lead Developer & QA Manager
Hotelicopter was a hotel booking startup with over 20 partners and many times the inventory of its contemporary, Kayak. Serving the dual roles of Lead Developer and Quality Assurance Manager, I ran several international teams, integrating three shifts across overlapping timezones. Hotelicopter was acquired in 2012 by a joint venture group consisting of Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and others.
Category 4 Senior Programmer
Category4 (now called Convoy) is one of the longest-running web development shops in Virginia. I worked with dozens of clients during my years here, building a variety of applications to suit different project needs. In the time before Etsy and Shopify, we built one of the first reusable, customizable e-commerce engines, and I created one of the first applications to show real estate listings on the internet. Category4 won the Gold award from the American Marketing Association two years in a row for websites that I worked on.
- 2005 American Marketing Association Gold Award
- 2004 American Marketing Association Gold Award
Munk & Phyber Programmer
One of the earliest web development companies, Munk & Phyber built some of the very first e- commerce websites in the world, as well as making sites for local non-profits and artists. M&P was one of the first companies to use PHP – a relatively unknown programming language at the time, but which now powers over 80% of websites in the world.
I've spent over two decades building hundreds of sites and applications for a variety of clients. Throughout my work, I’ve stayed current with the latest cutting-edge tools. I've created plugins and themes for popular content management systems, built custom applications in a dozen different programming languages, and written many articles about various topics from technology to management to data standards policy.
Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC) Government Advisory Board Liaison
Free Law Founders Member
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Annotation Working Group Subject Matter Expert
- George Washington University Law School
- Harvard Berkman Klein Center