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Women Tech Leaders Working Group

Mission: Harness the collective power within the federal government to highlight existing workforce gaps in tech and present meaningful solutions to recruit, retain and amplify women in technology.

About: The Women Tech Leaders Working Group is a group of highly successful women leaders from across the federal government. These Women Tech Leaders members will work with GovCIO Media & Research to tackle important conversations around workforce equity, women in STEM, IT leadership in the federal government and more. The group meets regularly to dive into specific topics, and the insights coming out of these meetings will inform broader conversations at our Women Tech Leaders Summit in April 2023 and beyond. 

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Members

 

Jessica “Jess” N. Berrellez is the Executive Officer for the Office of Digital Transformation at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Jess has broad leadership experience in a variety of areas and currently oversees strategic initiatives, organizational effectiveness, strategic communications, high priority change initiatives, events and engagement, human capital management, learning and development, and administrative operations. She was previously ODT’s Executive Director for Strategy and Operations, Senior Advisor to the Chief Information Officer, Senior Advisor to the Principal Deputy Commissioner, and Director for Program Evaluation and Process Improvement. Jess is the recipient of agency, federal, and industry honors and has received national recognition for her volunteer work. She is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and also earned an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership. Jess holds a M.A. and M.S. from the University of Arizona and earned a B.A. from Indiana University.

Executive Officer, Office of Digital Transformation, FDA

With over 25 years of experience, Jothi Dugar is a leading cybersecurity executive who knows what it’s like to be the only female executive in the room. She is a catalyst for change, inspiring transformational leadership as a holistic wellness specialist and coach, author, international public speaker, and a mom of three. She is passionate about empowering women to take charge of their lives and break through the glass ceiling. Jothi leverages her expertise to serve as Chief Information Security Officer at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Center for Information Technology (CIT) and raises the bar on cybersecurity every day using her holistic and forward-thinking mindset to provide innovative thought leadership.

Before joining CIT, Jothi served as the CISO at the NIH Clinical Center for eight years. During her tenure there, she developed and led the Information Security Office. In this role, she was responsible for securing Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) systems that store sensitive information, including one of NIH’s High Value Assets, several thousand workstations and servers, numerous medical instruments, mobile devices, portable media, third-party systems, and other IT systems.

Prior to her time at the Clinical Center, Jothi held numerous positions outside of NIH, including project manager at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and several senior information assurance, program management, and management consultant positions at a variety of private sector firms.

Jothi holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland.

CISO, Center for Information Technology, NIH

Alyssa Feola is a Cybersecurity Advisor for the Innovation Portfolio within GSA. She focuses on injecting Cyber Risk Management practices into the software development process.  Alyssa is currently working on software assurance activities and frequently collaborates with GSA OCISO’s office to manage security authorizations, standing up a DevSecOps program or working through various supply chain management activities.   FLASH:Users:admin:Downloads:alan_thomas_flag_web (1).jpg


Before becoming the Security Lead for the Innovation Portfolio, Alyssa was the Deputy Director of the Technology Portfolio and Cybersecuirty Advisor within the Technology Portfolio team in the Technology Transformation Services. She focused on simplifying procurement, security, and compliance of the Software as a Service so that internal users within the Technology Transformation Services can focus on their individual missions.


With over ten years of experience, Alyssa came to the GSA after supporting the United States Air Force for ten years and the Federal Aviation Administration for two years. She brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience in the areas of acquisition, information technology and cybersecurity. Her passions lie with innovation and modernizing government technology.

Cybersecurity Advisor, GSA

Andrea Fletcher is a global health expert, focusing on epidemiology and health information systems. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Digital Service at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In this role she is responsible for leading digital modernization efforts at CMS, which promote interoperability and public access to health data.

Prior to her digital service role, Andrea spent most of the last 10 years traveling around the world building digital health systems across 20+ countries, primarily working in sub-Saharan Africa. She has built mobile apps for healthcare workers, integrated biometric IDs into electronic health record systems, designed national-level interoperability layers, and deployed new disease surveillance systems making contributions to pandemic responses in Ebola, HIV, and COVID-19.

Andrea holds a B.A. in Bioethics from Washington and Jefferson College, and a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Emory University, and is currently a PhD student at the London school of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Epidemiology and Population Health.

Executive Director of the Digital Service, CMS

I've spent over 10 years supporting various federal departments, including the Department of State, Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). I am passionate about change management, communications, stakeholder engagement, and recruiting and retaining future generations in the federal workforce. I have presented and advised on public relations and millennial recruitment and retention at the national level, including a recent TEDx talk.

In my current role, I work for VA in the Office of Information and Technology (OIT) as the Chief Strategy Officer for DevSecOps. I specialize in strategic communications, outreach coordination, business operations, change management, and stakeholder engagement. I've recently served as the VHA-OIT liaison for COVID-19 response activities and for MISSION Act go-live activities. I've led as the scrum master for VA OIT's COVID-19 response teams in 2020 and Decision Support Tool (DST) go-live coordination activities in 2019. I also completed a special assignment to VA’s EHR Modernization office as the Director of Communications to lead our strategic communication and stakeholder engagement in support of EHRM’s change management efforts.

I thrive in a demanding work environment and enjoy tackling new challenges. I leverage stakeholder input, collaborate with industry partners, and serve as a catalyst for change and continuous improvement throughout my organization. If you're looking for a grammar guru, I'm probably not the person you need. If you want someone to help shape and craft your internal and external messaging and brand in a way that is strategic and resonates with your audience, I'm your girl!

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Politics from George Mason University and an Executive MBA in Strategic Leadership from the University of Tennessee (go Vols!).

I live in the countryside in Woodford County, KY and I enjoy traveling to exotic places and experiencing cultures and food from around the world. In addition to my traditional work duties, I’m also an active member of Federally Employed Women (FEW), and I advocate for legislation that supports equal pay and paid parental leave.

Commander, Joint Intelligence Operations Center, CYBERCOM
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Nicole Gilbride
Chief Strategy Officer, Office of Information and Technology, VA

Rachelle Henderson is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As the CIO, she leads an Information Technology (IT) organization with over 400 federal employees and approximately 1,000 contractors, providing mission critical IT services for a law enforcement organization with over 20,000 employees. She is privileged to lead an organization dedicated to delivering timely and secure capabilities to our employees and stakeholders. She has also assumed an inter-agency leadership role delivering digital capabilities that are critical for ICE and our partners on the Southwest Border.  

Ms. Henderson joined ICE after serving as the Border Enforcement and Management Systems Executive Director at Customs and Border Protection (CBP), where she led a team of 120 federal employees and 520 contractors with an annual operating budget of $150 million. She delivered IT software solutions for a diverse portfolio that included all CBP operational and mission support organizations. Of note, she was instrumental in creating the Unified Immigration Portal (UIP), serving as both the business and technical lead for the program at multiple stages. This program bridged critical immigration information sharing gaps during an influx in southern border encounters beginning in 2017 and continues to serve as the backbone for current immigration processes among multiple agencies.

Prior to joining the Senior Executive Service, Ms. Henderson supported the legacy U.S. Customs Service and CBP for over 20 years, where she held various leadership roles. In 2005 she was the Branch Director challenged to create a new software development branch responsible for United States Border Patrol (USBP) and Air and Marine Operations (AMO) systems modernization. In 2011, she chose to diversify her experience as CBP’s Regional Director in Arizona and then Texas, directly supporting the IT, surveillance, and tactical communication capabilities for our front-line operators. In 2015, she broadened her skillset as the J-1 Administration Director for the Interagency Joint Task Force West, responsible for budget, human capital, and IT for a newly created inter-agency task force.   

Ms. Henderson holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Montana, a Juris Doctor from the George Mason School of Law, and is a certified Acquisition Program Manager. A Montana native, she and her family in Virginia enjoy the time they spend together in Montana. 

CIO, ICE

Karen S. Howard is the Director of the Office of Online Services for the IRS (Internal Revenue Services).

Ms. Howard joined the IRS in August of 2020 with over 35 years of private sector retail, manufacturing and financial services consumer direct operations and marketing leadership experience.

In her public service role with the IRS, she and her team are charged with translating the taxpayer community’s voice and behavior, and internal stakeholder requirements, into an empowered user experience that enables easy access to tax-related information and simplified ways to fulfill tax obligations with digital tools and services.

Karen has a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Carolina University and several industry certifications in various project management methodologies and master data management.

Director, Office of Online Services, IRS
Brooke Jordan
Brooke Jordan
Lead, Stakeholder Engagement, VA

 

Cynthia Kaiser is Deputy Assistant Director with FBI Cyber Division. She has covered cyber, technology, and counterintelligence issues for over 16 years for the FBI and has led FBI cyber threat analysis since 2017. In this role, she serves as an FBI lead for cyber threats to elections, meets regularly with the private sector and state and local government officials, promotes information sharing across all levels of government, and collaborates with partners to help place the FBI in the best position possible to impose risks and consequences on malicious cyber actors. Cynthia holds a Master’s degree in security policy focused on science and technology, and an Executive Master’s degree in leadership.

Deputy Assistant Director, FBI Cyber

Krista Kinnard is the Chief of Emerging Technologies at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in the Office of the Chief Information Officer. In this role, she leads the organization’s discovery and adoption of new technologies and solutions to meet the unique business challenges faced by DOL agencies. She helps foster the use of artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotic process automation (RPA) and other emerging technologies across the organization in support of mission work.

Prior to joining the Department, Krista was a Director of the General Service Administration’s (GSA) Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence, where she partnered with federal agencies to foster the adoption of AI and automation capabilities. She played a critical role in DOL’s standing-up of a robotic process automation capability for procurement and IT based processes. Additionally, she helped lead the Artificial Intelligence Community of Practice (CoP) for GSA.

Krista has several years of experience as a data scientist and technical project lead in the private sector, leading the design and development of machine learning based systems for government clients.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology, a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Science degree in Data Analytics and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

Chief of Emerging Technologies, DOL

Monica Langley was appointed as FEMA’s Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) in January 2020 after serving as Acting Deputy CIO in the months prior. As Deputy CIO, Ms. Langley provides leadership and oversight for Information Technology (IT) Management, including resource planning, strategic and capital investment planning, enterprise IT procurement, customer relationship management, and help desk support. Ms. Langley’s portfolio focus covers budget, governance, and policy to enhance IT management, reduce audit findings, and improve FEMA’s Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) scorecard.

Ms. Langley completed a one-year rotational assignment as the Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Operations (A); where she led the management, operations, and maintenance of FEMA information systems, networks, and IT services that provide critical IT and communications infrastructure for both steady-state and disaster operations. 

Ms. Langley has served in multiple federal agencies over her 30 years in government, starting her service in 1988 as a United States Marine where she was the first woman to become a Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival. Ms. Langley went on to serve as a primary developer for the Corporate Information Management System at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and Chief of Information Resources Management for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Public Affairs, before joining FEMA as the Office of Response and Recovery’s Information Technology Management Branch (ITMB) Chief in August 2016.

Ms. Langley holds a Master of Science in Software Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management. She is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, Harvard Business School for Executive Education, and holds a Chief Technology Officer Certificate from the National Defense University.

Deputy CIO, FEMA

Jarah leads the crowdsourcing, citizen science and prize competition open innovation portfolio at GSA that includes the Challenge.Gov and CitizenScience.gov. Previously, she led the innovation sourcing program at the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation and this portfolio included prize competitions, broad agency announcements, and pay for success/social impact financing. The AAAS Science and Policy Technology Fellowship brought her to the federal government at the US Agency for International Development 10 years ago where she led a large-scale desalination technology development prize competition. Jarah earned her PhD in Cancer Biology at the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and is an Air Force Veteran.

Director of Open Innovation, Technology Transformation Services, Challenge.Gov & CitizenScience.gov, GSA

Dr. Jennifer Moser is the Associate Director of Scientific Programs for the Million Veteran Program (MVP) in the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Office of Research and Development (ORD).   Over the past thirteen years, she has helped manage various aspects of the program including strategic planning, policy development, data generation and access, and executing multi-million-dollar contracts to support genetic data generation from MVP biospecimens. 

Jenny has been instrumental in developing and implementing new funding opportunities and policies to increase access to MVP data.  She also spent time in ORD’s Biomedical and Laboratory R&D Service managing the review panels and portfolios of Epidemiology, Hematology, and Immunology. She has also facilitated MVP partnerships with Lockheed Martin/Leidos, 7 Bridges Genomics, the Department of Energy, and National Institute of Aging (NIA).

Before joining ORD, Jenny received her Ph.D. in Functional Genomics from North Carolina State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Laboratory of Allergic Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH.

Associate Director of Scientific Programs, Million Veterans Program, VA

Lt. Gen. Mary O’Brien is the Director of Command, Control, Communications and Computer (C4)/Cyber, and Chief Information Officer, J6, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. She develops C4 capabilities, conducts analysis and assessments, provides Joint and Combined Force C4 guidance, and evaluates C4 requirements, plans, programs and strategies for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Lt. Gen. O'Brien received her commission upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. She has served in a variety of command and staff assignments. Her commands include the 22nd Intelligence Squadron, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland; 691st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, Royal Air Force Menwith Hill, United Kingdom; 70th ISR Wing, Fort George G. Meade; and Twenty-Fifth Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Lt. Gen. O’Brien has also served in numerous staff leadership positions including the Joint Staff, the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force Legislative Liaison, Headquarters U.S. Air Force and Air Force Space Command and served as the U.S. Cyber Command Director of Intelligence.

Prior to her current assignment, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR and Cyber Effects Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, responsible to the Secretary and Air Force Chief of Staff for policy formulation, planning, evaluation, oversight and leadership of Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, cyber effects operations, and electromagnetic spectrum superiority capabilities.

In October 2019, Lt. Gen. O’Brien volunteered to serve as the general officer champion for the Women’s Initiative Team. The WIT is a Department of the Air Force Barrier Analysis Working Group charged with identifying barriers to women’s service and advocate for policy changes to eliminate those barriers.

Director of Command, Control, Communications and Computer (C4)/Cyber, and CIO, J6, Joint Staff

Lauren Pavlik serves as the Chief for Data and Software Services within the Enterprise Cloud Management Agency under the Army CIO’s Office. In this position she supports the CReATE DevSecOps software environment for the Army, Cloud Cybersecurity modernization and automation, and cData efforts.  

Previously, Ms. Pavlik served as the Chief Information Officer for PEO Soldier. In this position she supported the workforce and the Soldier with cloud technologies, cybersecurity innovation and modernization, enterprise data management strategy and analytics, and network operations. She also served as the Lead CIO for ASA ALT’s CIO Council.  

Ms. Pavlik also held acquisition positions at PEO Enterprise Information Systems to include Deputy Technical Director for Army Leader Dashboard (now known as Army Vantage), Project Manager for the Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud Migration (GFEBS and AESIP), Deputy Knowledge Management Team Lead and Knowledge Management Specialist. Ms. Pavlik successfully led diverse teams to deliver enterprise process automations, data visualization capabilities, multiple cloud migrations to unclassified and classified environments and unified knowledge management in multiple areas. 

In 2012, Ms. Pavlik earned her Master's degree in Information Systems Management from Strayer University. She also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University. Ms. Pavlik is a graduate of the Department of the Army’s Emerging Enterprise Leader program at University of Alabama Huntsville. She is also a member of the U.S. Army Acquisition Core.   

Ms. Pavlik began her career in private industry producing national print, radio, and television campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and non-profits with an average audience of 60 to 180 million. 

Chief, Data & Software Services, Enterprise Cloud Management Agency, Army
Laura Prietula
Laura Prietula
Deputy CIO, Electronic Health Record Modernization Integration Office, VA

Ms. Rathbun currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Information Warfare and Enterprise Services (DASN IWAR) on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition. She is also dual-hatted as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) on the staff of the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer.

As DASN IWAR, she supports an $8+B portfolio of programs and projects that deliver the systems for information-centric capabilities, services, processes, and security, including Command and Control; Communications; Networks; Cloud; Cyber; Intelligence; Meteorology and Oceanography; Spectrum; Position, Navigation and Timing; Productivity; Logistics; Personal; Acquisition; Financial; and many other enterprise services. In addition to program support Ms. Rathbun drives key software acquisition reforms and is the Navy’s IT Acquisition Workforce lead.

As CTO she is focused on leveraging modern principles and technologies to drive the modernization of key elements of the DON’s IT Infrastructure to include the establishment of a unified network architecture, movement to a culture of enterprise cloud services and execution of zero trust principles through identity services to enable a mobile, agile, secure and interoperable operational force in meeting their mission.

Prior to selection as DASN, Ms. Rathbun served as the Deputy Director for Defense Business Systems in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for C3, Cyber, and Business Systems (DASD C3CB) within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. She was responsible for shaping the acquisitions of the Department’s major Defense Business Systems and Enterprise IT Infrastructure Services investments, a portfolio valued at over $15B, impacting the readiness of every soldier, sailor, airman and marine, their dependents and military retirees. In addition, she led multiple process improvement efforts focused on modernizing and optimizing the acquisition of business and IT services, software acquisition methods and tools, cloud services, and the management and governance of Defensewide capabilities.

Ms. Rathbun has had a diverse career in the government. Her assignments include: the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces; the Office of the Secretary of Defense Program Analysis and Evaluation as an operations research analyst for readiness and PPBS reform; HQ NASA where she served as a change lead on the SAP enterprise resource planning solution implementation and the Acting Director of Resources, NASA Comptroller; Chief of Staff for the Deputy Secretary of Defense directed initiative, Institutional Reform and Governance Roadmap, where she guided a cross-department team through development of management reforms including implementation of a Capability Portfolio Management process; AT&L as Special Assistant to the Director of Portfolio Systems Acquisition for Program Management Empowerment and Accountability implementing Weapon System Acquisition Reform Act initiatives; Acting Division Chief for the Strategic Capabilities Office in the J1/8 Resources Directorate, United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, leading analysis of assessment of command operations, and alignment and advocacy of resources to the Command Strategy; and Chief of Staff to the DASD C3CB, facilitating the coordination and synchronization of cross-DASD efforts, requirements, and resources, identifying opportunities for process and management improvements focused on optimizing the delivery of program support and advocacy.

Ms. Rathbun received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from John Carroll University and a Master in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She has earned top civilian service awards for her various efforts and contributions. Ms. Rathbun is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certified – Program Management, Level III.

CTO, Department of the Navy
Akanksha Sharma
Akanksha Sharma
Senior Advisor of Human Capital Management, OPM

Teresa Weipert has more than 30 years of strategic government contracting experience in driving dynamic change for teams, customers, and the organizations she leads. Her transformational leadership style is built on bringing key stakeholders from across a business together for open dialogue to identify operational improvements. She excels at building teams that design and deliver innovative, technology-enabled solutions that meet mission-critical business requirements and drive growth.

Today, she serves as the General Manager of the Federal Services Segment, where she is responsible for all operations, financial, and business development activities for the company’s U.S. Federal business. Ms. Weipert joined Maximus in 2021 with a focus on modernizing the company’s digital, enterprise IT, and BPO portfolios and putting the Federal division on a growth trajectory consistent with both the market opportunity and the relevance of the business to Maximus’ growth as a company.

Previously, Ms. Weipert led the management of the healthcare, life sciences, and State, Local, and Education (SLED) service lines at IBM. This robust portfolio included application maintenance and support, custom application, and hybrid cloud services. Preceding her role at IBM, Ms. Weipert served as a Senior Vice President in the government group at Sutherland Global Services. There, she not only created the business unit but, at the same time, drove triple-digit growth in the company’s service center management, contact center management, business process outsourcing, and analytics service areas.  

Prior to her role at Sutherland, Ms. Weipert led the strategic business initiatives in outsourcing for the Health and Public Sector industry at Accenture. She also served as vice president at Unisys, where she led the strategic programs and initiatives for the Global Outsourcing Division.

Ms. Weipert has served on various Cloud Computing Groups and currently serves on the Dean’s Council for the George Mason University School of Management. She is a frequent speaker to educational and community groups on various technical topics, including cloud computing, and is a member of WIT (Women in Technology), AFFIRM, and ACT-IAC.

Ms. Weipert holds an MS in Information Systems from The George Washington University.

General Manager, Federal Services Segment, Maximus

Ms. Lily Zeleke is the acting Deputy CIO (DCIO) for the Information Enterprise (IE). In this role, she provides oversight, policy guidance, and digital expertise for DoD enterprise infrastructure initiatives driving toward the objectives of digital modernization. She leads Department-wide execution of strategic guidance aimed at achieving an operationally effective and secure Information Enterprise in a cost-efficient manner. Areas of priority include network optimization, cloud adoption, software modernization, and IT reform. She recently served as the Principal Director (PD) for the DCIO IE. Prior to these roles, Ms. Zeleke served as the Acting PD for the DCIO for Resources & Analysis (DCIO RA) as well as the Director of Resources, Program, and Budget. She was responsible for the management of DoD CIO’s processes for Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution to include management of DoD CIO’s operating budget; the collection and submission of the DoD IT/Cyberspace Activities Budget to the Office of Management and Budget and Congress; execution of the DoD Budget Certification process; and DoD CIO’s participation in the Department’s Program Budget Review.

From 2009 to 2018, Ms. Zeleke served as the Department’s radiofrequency spectrum policy lead for all matters related to spectrum use, reallocation, and auction. In this capacity, she led the strategic development of the Department’s mobile broadband and domestic regulatory, policy, and legislative initiatives for the DCIO for Command, Control, and Communications (DCIO C3). She functioned as the liaison between DoD and spectrum stakeholders across the Department, national spectrum regulators, White House/Executive Branch agencies, and Congress, and spearheaded a wide range of complex initiatives to evolve traditional spectrum policies and practices to be more responsive to increased demand. She partnered with these stakeholders to forge an innovative solution that resulted in an amicable commercial auction decision of the highly sought 1755-1780 MHz band, expanding commercial Advanced Wireless Services (AWS-3) while preserving military capabilities. The auction brought in $44 billion to the U.S. Treasury and $3.1 billion for DoD. She led a coalition that developed a first-of-its-kind DoD spectrum efficiency principles policy memo, which became the cornerstone of the DoD 2020 Electromagnetic Spectrum Superiority Strategy.

Prior to joining DoD CIO, Ms. Zeleke served as the Deputy Technical Director and International Division Chief at the Air Force Frequency Management Agency where she advised on all matters concerning international telecommunications policy for spectrum use, and led Air Force participation in the International Telecommunications Union World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), a global summit that reviews the international treaty governing the use of radiofrequency spectrum. Previously, she served as advisor to the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Defense Spectrum Organization on international spectrum regulatory policy, as well as a RF product support engineer at Allied Signal Inc.

Ms. Zeleke holds a M.S. in Systems Engineering from George Mason University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas. She is a Senior Executive Fellow of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and has been recognized on numerous occasions for her work including a National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation for her significant contribution to the success of the AWS-3 auction.

Ms. Zeleke is married and has one daughter. She believes a healthy work-life balance is critical to achieving effective productivity.

Acting Deputy CIO, Information Enterprise, DOD

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December 7, 2022 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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July 13, 2023 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM

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September 8, 2023 | 9:30 - 11:30 AM

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