Meet the Speakers

Learn more about all the PIF alumni available for speaking opportunities.

Contact outreach.piffoundation@gmail.com to connect with a PIF.

Download the catalog here.

 

 Rob Baker Washington, D.C.

Rob Baker
Washington, D.C.

Rob Baker

Washington, D.C.

PIF Affiliation: USAID and Political Appointee

Currently consulting

Areas of Expertise: International Development, Mobile Technology, Human Centered Design, Agile Management, Open Data, Mindfulness


 Michael Balint Washington, D.C.

Michael Balint
Washington, D.C.

Michael Balint

Washington, D.C.

PIF Affiliation: Census, NCI, OMB, GSA

Currently HPC at NVIDIA

Areas of Expertise: Accelerated Analytics/Big Data, Software Engineering, Data Science

 


 Sarah Brooks Washington, D.C.

Sarah Brooks
Washington, D.C.

Sarah Brooks

Washington, D.C.

PIF Affiliation: Veterans Affairs

Currently at IBM Design

Areas of Expertise: Service & Regenerative Design, Design Research, Facilitation, Co-Design, Design Strategy, Applying a Living Systems Perspective to Complex Adaptive Challenges, Social Innovation, Social Enterprise, Mindfulness


 Eric A. Daimler New York

Eric A. Daimler
New York

Eric A. Daimler

New York

PIF Affiliation: OSTP

Currently a venture capitalist

Areas of Expertise: Technology and Policy for Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Venture Capital Funding


 Ross Dakin New York City

Ross Dakin
New York City

Ross Dakin

New York City

PIF Affiliation: Census, Commerce, USDA, OCIO (OMB)

Currently at Microsoft and working with startups

Areas of Expertise: Software Engineering and Policy


 Scott Hartley New York

Scott Hartley
New York

Scott Hartley

New York

PIF Affiliation: DPC, USAID

Currently Venture Capitalist & Author of "The Fuzzy and the Techie"

Areas of Expertise: Future of Work, Venture Capital, Human + Machine, Limits of Technology


 Michelle Hertzfeld Tucson, AZ

Michelle Hertzfeld
Tucson, AZ

Michelle Hertzfeld

Tucson, AZ

PIF Affiliation: DOI

Currently at 18F

Areas of Expertise: Product Strategy, Research, Government, Data Services, Workshopping, Leading Iterative Teams, Building Design Orgs, Water Policy


 Ashley Jablow Arlington, VA

Ashley Jablow
Arlington, VA

Ashley Jablow

Arlington, VA

PIF Affiliation: National Archives, EPA, White House, OSTP, Open Ebooks Launch

Currently launching Vizzuality, First US Office for Data Design

Areas of Expertise: Design Thinking, Technology Strategy, Innovation Coaching and Facilitating


 Ian Kalin San Francisco, CA

Ian Kalin
San Francisco, CA

Ian Kalin

San Francisco, CA

PIF Affiliation: Department of Energy & Department of Commerce

Currently Chief Data Officer at eHealth, Inc.

Areas of Expertise: Data, Healthcare, Smart Cities, Technology Policy


 Jackie Kazil Washington, D.C.

Jackie Kazil
Washington, D.C.

Jackie Kazil

Washington, D.C.

PIF Affiliation: FEMA, GSA

Currently Tech Advisor to Executives at Capital One

Areas of Expertise: Python, Data Science, Complexity Science, Machine Learning, Building Consensus, FOIA, Open Records and Data, Journalism, Building Communities, GIS/GE

 


 Erren Lester Fort Washington, MD

Erren Lester
Fort Washington, MD

Erren Lester

Fort Washington, MD

PIF Affiliation: FBI, USDA, Commerce, NDU

Currently still serving as a PIF

Areas of Expertise: Software Product Management, Design Thinking, Software Development, Lean Startup, Health IT, Large Scale Consumer Web Apps


 Diego Mayer New York, NY

Diego Mayer
New York, NY

Diego Mayer

New York, NY

PIF Affiliation: Smithsonian

Currently at Inventively

Areas of Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, Product Management,  Service Design, Open Data, Digitization, Innovation and Product Strategy, Leadership


 Geoff Mulligan Colorado Springs, CO

Geoff Mulligan
Colorado Springs, CO

Geoff Mulligan

Colorado Springs, CO

PIF Affiliation:  NIST - Smart America Challenge

Currently Chairman of the LoRa Alliance; Private Consultant, IoT

Areas of Expertise: Networking, Protocols, Security, Embedded Systems, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Home

 


 Alexandra Pelletier Boston, MA

Alexandra Pelletier
Boston, MA

Alexandra Pelletier

Boston, MA

PIF Affiliation: NCI, DOE, EPA

Currently Digital Health Consulting

 Areas of Expertise: Healthcare, Digital Tech for Health, Organizational Change


 Robert L. Read Austin, TX

Robert L. Read
Austin, TX

Robert L. Read

Austin, TX

PIF Affiliation: GSA, DoLabor, Social Security

Currently Founding a Charity

 Areas of Expertise: Agile, Programming, Robotics, Databases, Science, Mechanics, Computer Science, Algorithms, Performance, Management, Leadership, Culture Change


 Adam Riggs Washington, D.C.

Adam Riggs
Washington, D.C.

Adam Riggs

Washington, D.C.

PIF Affiliation: Treasury and State

Currently Building www.metamap.me

 Areas of Expertise: Bureaucracy Hacking, Product Design, Org Building and Management, Building Teams


 Jason Shen Brooklyn, NY

Jason Shen
Brooklyn, NY

Jason Shen

Brooklyn, NY

PIF Affiliation: Smithsonian Institution & Open Data

Currently CEO of Headlight - a performance-based hiring platform

 Areas of Expertise: Hiring & Recruiting, Product Management, Asian American Advocacy, Workshops & Facilitation


 Clara Tsao Washington, D.C.

Clara Tsao
Washington, D.C.

Clara Tsao

Washington, D.C.

PIF Affiliation: DHS, Treasury, GSA, FBI

Currently still serving as a PIF

 Areas of Expertise: Civic Innovation, STEM Education, Cyber/National Security, Entrepreneurship, Product Management/Government Acquisitions, Women in Tech, Diversity/Inclusion/LGBTQ, Global/Domestic Broadband Access/Connectivity, Counting ISIS/Extremist Groups with Digital Tools, Strategic Partnerships


 Robert Zakon New Hampshire

Robert Zakon
New Hampshire

Robert Zakon

New Hampshire

PIF Affiliation: OSTP, DoD, Treasury, NDU

Currently Entrepreneur, Consultant, Developer, FLL Coach, SCORE Mentor

 Areas of Expertise: Emerging and Advanced Technologies, Cybersecurity, Open Data/Science, Fintech, Cognitive Science, Internet History


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