Speakers

Les Benito

Les Benito

Director of Operations, Cloud Computing Program Office

Defense Information Systems Agency

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Les Benito

Les Benito

Director of Operations, Cloud Computing Program Office

Defense Information Systems Agency

Mr. Les Benito currently serves as the Director of Operations for the Cloud Computing Program Office (CCPO) in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Information System Agency, where he leads cloud capability development and delivery, including for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud program. In 2020, Mr. Benito served as the CCPO team lead for the rapid, Department-wide deployment of the Commercial Virtual Remote environment in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 health emergency; the largest Microsoft Teams deployment ever, servicing over 1.1 million DoD users. 

Prior to this role, Mr. Benito served as the Director of Public Web for the Defense Media Activity. In this role, he ran the Public Web program for DoD, which included 680 of DoD’s public websites that are still used as primary communication tools by the Secretary of Defense, military service secretaries, and commanders around the world. With over 4.5 million visitors per week, these DoD sites continue to be some of the most popular government sites on the Internet. Mr. Benito was also DoD representative on the Federal Web Manager’s Council, an interagency group of senior federal government web managers who collaborate to share common challenges, ideas, best practices, and ways to improve the online

Gerald E. Connolly

United States House of Representatives

Sponsor, FedRAMP Authorization Act (HR. 3941)

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Gerald E. Connolly

United States House of Representatives

Sponsor, FedRAMP Authorization Act (HR. 3941)

Congressman Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly is serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 11th District, which includes Fairfax County, Prince William County, and the City of Fairfax in Northern Virginia. Prior to his election to Congress, he served 14 years on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, including five years as Chairman. Throughout his career, protecting and growing Northern Virginia’s economy has been his top priority.

In Congress, he has played a key role in securing federal dollars for transportation improvements in Northern Virginia, including completion of the Fairfax County Parkway, widening the Prince William County Parkway, providing ongoing support for Rail to Dulles, and securing the annual federal commitment of $150 million for the regional Metro system.

Congressman Connolly is a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations. In this role, he is responsible for shaping government-wide policy for a broad range of issues, including federal workforce and federal agency oversight, federal procurement and information policy, national drug policy, regulatory reform, the United States Postal Service, the United States Census Bureau, and the District of Columbia.

Congressman Connolly also serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Using his extensive background in foreign policy, including as a senior staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he has become a leading voice on foreign assistance reform, war powers, embassy security, and democracy promotion abroad.

Congressman Connolly co-authored the bipartisan Issa-Connolly Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), which was signed into law in 2014, and represents the first major overhaul of the federal laws governing IT management since enactment of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996. In 2016, Connolly passed the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, which allows temporary employees of land management agencies to now be eligible for civil servant positions. He also helped pass the Telework Enhancement Act, which requires the federal government to increase the use of telework by federal employees to ensure continuity of operations by federal agencies during emergency situations, enhance recruitment of a quality federal workforce, reduce traffic congestion, and improve the region’s air quality.

For his efforts, he has twice been recognized as a Federal Computer Week Fed 100 winner, was named the 2013 FedScoop Tech Champion of the Year, the 2015 FCW Eagle Award recipient, and received the AFFIRM Award for Leadership in the IT community.

He has also introduced important legislation to streamline and improve our election system, find savings in federal IT procurement and data center consolidation, and reform U.S. Foreign Aid.

In addition to his Committee assignments, Congressman Connolly is a member of the New Democrat Coalition, chair of the Smart Contracting Caucus, co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Korea, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Georgia and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Taiwan.

Congressman Gerry Connolly currently serves as the Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA). The NATO PA is an affiliate organization of NATO and is comprised of more than two hundred and fifty delegates from the parliaments and legislative bodies of the Alliance’s 29 member states. As head of the United States delegation, Mr. Connolly sets the agenda for interaction with the Assembly on behalf of the U.S. Congress. He works in a bipartisan manner to support the values of the Transatlantic Alliance and strengthen Congressional commitment to NATO.

Prior to his election to Congress, Congressman Connolly served as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in Fairfax County, the largest jurisdiction in the Washington, D.C. metro area with more than 1.1 million residents. He earned a reputation as a pragmatic leader for his initiatives to expand affordable housing opportunities, reduce gang violence, promote reusable energy, and advance critical transportation improvements. During his tenure on the Board, Fairfax was recognized as a Best Managed County.

Congressman Connolly received an M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1979. He received a B.A. in Literature from Maryknoll College in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Congressman Connolly has worked in the non-profit sector, primarily advocating for hunger aid and international assistance. He also has strong ties to the business community having spent two decades working for organizations and companies involved in international trade, regulatory matters, technology, and research.

He resides in Fairfax with his wife Smitty and has a daughter Caitlin.

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Brian Conrad

Brian Conrad

Acting FedRAMP Director and Program Manager for Cybersecurity

GSA

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Brian Conrad

Brian Conrad

Acting FedRAMP Director and Program Manager for Cybersecurity

GSA

Brian Conrad joined the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) team in December 2018, bringing with him a wealth of technical knowledge and leadership experience. Prior to joining the General Services Administration (GSA), Brian served for over 20 years in the United States Marine Corps, gaining experience in leadership, telecommunications/IT, government acquisition, and project management.

Upon his transition from active duty, Brian joined Booz Allen Hamilton where he spent over seven years building his IT, cybersecurity, and project management skills supporting various clients across the Department of Defense (DOD), including the U.S. Marine Corps, United States Navy, and the Chief Information Officer for the DOD. During this time, Brian became recognized as a cloud computing/cybersecurity Subject Matter Expert within the federal government.

At GSA, Brian leads multiple efforts associated with Joint Authorization Board assessment and authorization activities that facilitate the authorization and adoption of commercial cloud services across the federal government.

Brian holds an M.S. in Information Technology Management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and a B.A. in History with a minor in Economics from the University of Memphis.

Leah McGrath

Leah McGrath

Executive Director

StateRAMP

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Leah McGrath

Leah McGrath

Executive Director

StateRAMP

Leah McGrath serves as Executive Director for StateRAMP, a national non-profit advancing cyber security for State & Local Government. McGrath dedicated more than 1,000 hours in 2020 working alongside Steering Committee members to develop StateRAMP’s governance and policy framework. Prior to her work with StateRAMP, McGrath held leadership positions in both the public and private sector, including serving as the first deputy mayor of the City of Fishers, Indiana from 2015 – 2019. During her tenure, Fishers transformed from a town into a smart, vibrant, entrepreneurial city and was named in 2017 the #1 Best Place to Live in America by Money Magazine. In her role, she helped lead modernization efforts and spearheaded city-wide efforts to develop its first long-range comprehensive plan. McGrath’s 20-year career has been focused on working to improve government outcomes at the state and local level, helping shepherd government into the digital age, securely and effectively, for the citizens it serves. McGrath is a graduate of Purdue University and resides in Fishers, Indiana with her husband and three sons.

André Mendes

André Mendes

Chief Information Officer

Department of Commerce

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André Mendes

André Mendes

Chief Information Officer

Department of Commerce

André Mendes was appointed Chief Information Officer for the Department of Commerce in August of 2019.  There, he has overall responsibility and oversight of all technology systems at the United States Department  of Commerce (DOC) and its associated Bureaus (FY2020 Budget $3.8B).

Before, Mr. Mendes was responsible for all global technology platforms and systems for the International  Trade Administration (ITA), the DOC bureau that manages global trade issues for the United States of  America. There Mr. Mendes oversaw a rapid bureau-wide transformation effort making ITA the first Federal  Agency/Bureau to be 100% cloud based, radically changing several workflows, enabling a massive scale-up of  service provisioning quality, an unprecedented rise in employee morale and job satisfaction while also  lowering overall operating costs to less than 11% of ITA’s appropriation.

Prior to ITA, Mr. Mendes spent eight years at the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) in various executive  roles; including CEO, COO, CIO, CTO and CFO. During his time at USAGM, Mr. Mendes managed overall  Agency transformation generating over $360 million in savings from 2010 through 2018 through aggressive  global technology and facilities optimization with projected 10-year savings in excess of half a billion dollars  ($503M). In that timeframe, global weekly audiences grew 78% (165-278M), all while reducing technology  and front office staff by over 22%.

Mr. Mendes has also held CXO positions at Special Olympics International, PBS, Pluvita, MRL Pharmaceuticals,  USAssist and General Health Inc.

Mr. Mendes received his MBA and BS in Management of Information Systems from University of Maryland  Global Campus and an Associate Degree in Biology from Montgomery College. Mr. Mendes also holds certificates in finance and international management from MIT and Antwerpen University.

Mr. Mendes is a member of the CIO Hall of Fame (Class of 2021), a recipient of the 2011 Milton F. Clogg  Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from Montgomery College, a Trustee with Capitol Technology  University and has receive multiple industry awards including an MIT award for IT Innovation, a 2020 Top 150  Global Transformation Executives from Constellation Research, a 2020 FedScoop 50 Federal Leadership  Award the 2005 Technology Leadership Award from Broadcasting and Cable Magazine and the Top 100  Hispanic Executives in IT Award every year between 2009 and 2019.

JR Sloan

J.R. Sloan

Chief Information Officer

State of Arizona

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JR Sloan

J.R. Sloan

Chief Information Officer

State of Arizona

J.R. Sloan is State CIO at the Arizona Department of Administration – Arizona Strategic Enterprise Technology (ADOA-ASET) Office and has over 20 years’ experience in the public and private sector. An accomplished leader, he continues to drive the information technology initiatives that evolve the 130 federated agencies at the State of Arizona. 

Prior to joining the state, J.R. gained experience in both operational and executive roles in product management, marketing, business development, and customer service for enterprise software companies. He has extensive experience in leading cross-functional teams, building consensus, and achieving strategic objectives. 

J.R. is certified in Pragmatic Marketing and Product Management. His educational background includes Electrical Engineering at the University of Arizona and Architecture and Environmental Design at Arizona State University.

Jeff Shilling

Jeff Shilling

Chief Information Officer

National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute

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Jeff Shilling

Jeff Shilling

Chief Information Officer

National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute

Jeff Shilling leads NCI IT which represents centralized and divisional IT staff. Jeff manages the IT infrastructure for the NCI enterprise, including the hardware, software, network, cloud and policies required to support NCI’s scientific and administrative activities. These services play a critical role in supporting and advancing the NCI mission.

Jeff started his career as a biologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He made the transition to IT, early on, enjoying the diverse and fast-paced work. He moved to sunny Research Triangle area in North Carolina to work for NIEHS and the NTP. Jeff has also worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and at the NCI’s Center for Cancer Research (CCR) as an associate director for clinical informatics. 

Jeff grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was the fourth child in a family of nine children. He believes his ability to manage complex and chaotic situations is due to his family and his Midwestern upbringing. Jeff focuses on all staff being part of the team, bringing their unique and diverse skills to bear and drive success.

Alexis Bonnell

Alexis Bonnell

Strategic Business Executive

Google Cloud

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Alexis Bonnell

Alexis Bonnell

Strategic Business Executive

Google Cloud

Alexis Bonnell is a Senior Business Executive and the Emerging Technology Evangelist for Public Sector at Google. Government is navigating unprecedented times, unprecedented opportunity and can leverage unprecedented technology to solve our nations and the world’s most pressing challenges. More than ever, Public Servants are leading the charge to create a better, more equitable, and empowered experience for citizens.

Alexis was one of the first members of the Internet’s original Trade Association, served as a Chief Profit Officer for companies transitioning to a digital existence, applied her communications, project management, innovation and technology application skills in over 20 warzones, global disasters, and major transformation projects for the United Nations. At USAID, Alexis was a public servant who led Transformation and Knowledge Management in the Management Bureau, was the Chief of Engagement for Education, one of the Founders of USAID’s U.S. Global Development Lab, and recently completed her service as USAID’s Chief Innovation Officer.

At Google, Alexis dedicates her time to helping public servants catalyze their missions with technology.

Frank Briguglio

Frank Briguglio

Global Public Sector Strategist

SailPoint

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Frank Briguglio

Frank Briguglio

Global Public Sector Strategist

SailPoint

Frank Briguglio is a recognized thought leader and authority in Identity, Credentialing and Access Management (ICAM). Throughout his career he has been involved in the design and implementation of identity-centric technologies and the development of identity standards. As a Lead Architect for the Department of Homeland Security, Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program – he was instrumental in the convergence of ancillary Federal programs and standards. Frank has supported the Federal ICAM Subcommittee (ICAMSC) as a Subject Matter Expert and was involved in the development of the FICAM Roadmap, the Federal and DoD Public Key Infrastructures and Federated Identity Standards.

Frank has over 24 years’ experience supporting Federal Civilian, Department of Defense, and the Intelligence community in the deployment of identity and security solutions. He has worked for industry leaders in the Security, Identity and Access Management market segment and is currently the Global Public Sector Strategist at SailPoint.

Frank is a frequent presenter and panelist at global industry events such as Identiverse, ISACA, AFCEA, Federal Computing Weekly, Government Computing Network, Federal News Network Radio, and, Australian Information Security Association (AISA) – Cybersecurity Conference, and Cyber Security in Government (Canberra, AUS).

Tyler Bursee

Tyler Bursee

Public Sector Partner Technical Enablement

Amazon Web Services

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Tyler Bursee

Tyler Bursee

Public Sector Partner Technical Enablement

Amazon Web Services

Tyler Bursee is Technical Partner Enablement Manager supporting AWS Worldwide Public Sector. Today, Tyler works alongside AWS’s Government System Integrators, Managed Service Providers, and Distributor partners— enabling them to provide solutions to accelerate customer time to value and mission goals using AWS services.

Hunter Downey

Hunter Downey

Vice President

SAP NS2

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Hunter Downey

Hunter Downey

Vice President

SAP NS2

Hunter Downey is the Go-To-Market Cloud Vice President for the Secure Cloud portfolio. He has been with SAP for over 12 years and has extensive experience with different solutions including ERP, Business Intelligence, HANA and cloud architecture. His role focuses on helping Federal and Aerospace & Defense customers understand the process and benefits of moving into the cloud. He also has deep knowledge of different cloud hyperscalers including Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure.

Sean Frazier

Sean Frazier

Federal Chief Security Officer

Okta

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Sean Frazier

Sean Frazier

Federal Chief Security Officer

Okta

Sean Frazier is Federal CSO at Okta. In his role, Sean acts as the voice of the CSO for Okta’s federal business. Prior to joining Okta, Sean spent more than 25 years working in technology and public sector security for companies such as Duo Security, Netscape, LoudCloud/Opsware, Proofpoint, Cisco & MobileIron. Sean has helped lead numerous projects used by the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, including the Fortezza Crypto Card, Defense Messaging System (DMS) and many others. He also has extensive experience in identity and public key infrastructure (PKI), network, applications, mobile and IoT. Sean has testified in front of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on the importance of public/private partnership in protecting the nation’s digital infrastructure. Sean also advises public/private partnership working groups including ACT-IAC, ATARC and many others.

Clint Funk

Clint Funk

Senior Solutions Consultant

Adobe Federal

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Clint Funk

Clint Funk

Senior Solutions Consultant

Adobe Federal

Clint Funk is an Adobe Senior Solutions Consultant for the public sector. He has a long history of using Adobe Creative Cloud and Document Cloud applications and over 20 years experience as an Adobe consultant and full-time employee. His informative and entertaining presentations have helped thousands of government employees make the digital transformation.

David McNeely

David McNeely

Chief Technology Officer

ThycoticCentrify

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David McNeely

David McNeely

Chief Technology Officer

ThycoticCentrify

David McNeely is Chief Strategy Officer at Centrify, where he is focused on helping customers meet the evolving security needs of the modern enterprise, while contributing to the strategic vision of the company’s product portfolio. David has been with Centrify for over 17 years, contributing to the company’s high growth via product innovation. Prior to joining Centrify, he served in a variety of product roles at AOL and Netscape Communications (acquired by AOL).

Matt Goodrich

Principal Solutions Engineer

Salesforce

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Matt Goodrich

Principal Solutions Engineer

Salesforce

Matt Goodrich is a Principal Solution Engineer and Security Specialist for Salesforce’s Global Public Sector. Mr. Goodrich is a demonstrated trailblazer and thought leader with experience in
developing, implementing, and managing cloud computing and cybersecurity standards at the intersection of government, law, public policy, and acquisition.

Prior to his time at Salesforce, Mr. Goodrich spent almost a decade working for the US Federal Government across posts at the White House and US General Services Administration. During
his tenure he focused on helping the government modernize information technology via cloud computing.

Mr. Goodrich developed, launched, and managed the Federal Risk Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), a globally recognized standard for cybersecurity of cloud computing
solutions. FedRAMP has been a game changer for both government and industry by keeping cybersecurity protections rigorous while also reducing overall cost and level of effort for
government and industry alike.

Additionally, Mr. Goodrich authored and contributed to the following US Government policies on cloud computing, acquisition, and cybersecurity: 25 Point Plan to Reform Federal IT; Federal Cloud Computing Strategy; FedRAMP Policy Memo; How to Buy IT as a Service.

Mr. Goodrich resides in Washington DC with his partner. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems from the University of Miami in Coral Gables,
Florida and a Juris Doctor from Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.

John Peluso

John Peluso

Chief Product Manager

AvePoint Public Sector

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John Peluso

John Peluso

Chief Product Manager

AvePoint Public Sector

John is a Technology professional with 25 years of experience helping organizations understand how they can drive secure collaboration and business productivity through an effective use of technology. With a technical background in the Microsoft stack of collaboration products, and having held both technical and business management roles, John has a deep understanding of the priorities and concerns of both sides of the organization. In his current role as Chief Product Officer for AvePoint, John is responsible for both leading product vision and development as well as helping customers balance innovation and governance in their journey to the cloud.

Craig P. Abod

President

Carahsoft

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Craig P. Abod

President

Carahsoft

Craig P. Abod is president and founder of Carahsoft Technology Corp., a Reston, Virginia-based firm that has become one the nation’s most respected and fastest growing Government-focused IT solutions providers. In founding Carahsoft, Abod combined his entrepreneurial spirit and 25+ years of experience in government sales, marketing and contract management to create a new company that has redefined the way technology is marketed and sold to the public sector market. 

In just 15 years, Abod has grown the company from $0 to more than $6.5 billion in bookings by providing federal, state, and local governments and academic institutions with IT solutions that best fit their needs and budgets. As a top-ranked GSA schedule and SEWP contract holder, Carahsoft now employs more than 1,500 people. 

The company has established strategic, long-term relationships with the industry’s leading software manufacturers including Microsoft, VMware, Adobe, Micro Focus Government Solutions, Dell EMC, Google Cloud, McAfee, ServiceNow, Veritas, Symantec, Amazon Web Services, Palo Alto Networks, F5 Networks, SAP, and Splunk, among others, and supports an ecosystem of thousands of value-added resellers, system integrators and consulting partners.

In recognition of his accomplishments, Abod has received the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Greater Washington Region and The Federal 100 Award. Carahsoft is also consistently recognized as the top performing partner for many of its vendor partners, and is listed among the top government contractors and industry’s fastest growing and largest firms by CRN, Inc., Forbes, Washington Technology, The Washington Post, and the Washington Business Journal.

 

 

Kevin Brooks

Kevin Brooks

Principal Digital Strategist, DoD & U.S. Intelligence Community

ServiceNow

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Kevin Brooks

Kevin Brooks

Principal Digital Strategist, DoD & U.S. Intelligence Community

ServiceNow

Kevin is a seasoned professional with more than 28 years as a military and federal leader of organizations and teams who builds large-scale transformation initiatives. He has a proven track record of leveraging his skills to implement people and process solutions that increase satisfaction and drive growth.  During his career he has served increasing levels of responsibility while leading and developing high performing teams of cross functional experts in challenge environments.  He was the functional implementation lead of an Air Force-wide updated of the MyPers (HR) system, moving the platform to the Oracle Service Cloud and posturing it for future expansion as a modern HR system. While serving as Career Field Manager for USAF Force Support personnel, he championed the development of a more analytics savvy workforce across all levels of operations to better leverage emerging gains in predictive analytics and data focused decision making.

Drew Nielsen

Drew Nielsen

Senior Director, Cloud Migration and Technical Enablement

VMware

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Drew Nielsen

Drew Nielsen

Senior Director, Cloud Migration and Technical Enablement

VMware

An accomplished technology and business strategist, Drew Nielsen has spent nearly twenty years advocating for enterprise IT organizations in their quest to reduce costs and improve operational efficiency. His deep experience in cloud and security solutions underpin his expertise in designing and deploying secure storage and network infrastructure. At VMware, Drew leads the company’s efforts to demonstrate the efficacy of running a software defined data center (SDDC) to meet the dynamic and demanding requirements of traditional, business-critical and modern enterprise workloads.

Drew is routinely recognized by customers, partners and peers for his ability to distill complex information into straightforward concepts that enable new routes to innovation. A dynamic speaker and communicator, he is skilled at working with customers to understand key areas of pain and propose simple solutions. He is the author of multiple cloud and security-focused articles and blogs and maintains multiple technology certifications, including a Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP) certification, and is an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner. 

Drew’s career in technology did not immediately take shape, however. After earning a BA in Creative Arts, and a two-year stint caddying for a pro golfer, Drew took his first technology role in 1999. Since then, he has developed his deep expertise in cloud and security through independent and leadership roles at Raytheon (consulting NASA on Windows infrastructure security), Silicon Valley Bank, Hitachi Data Systems, FireEye and Druva. Drew lives and works in the Bay Area.

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Jose M. Padin

Director of Sales Engineering, U.S. Public Sector

Zscaler

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Jose M. Padin

Director of Sales Engineering, U.S. Public Sector

Zscaler

Jose M. Padin is Zscaler’s US Public Sector Director of Sales Engineering. Jose engages with government customers at a strategic level to identify solutions to their top IT challenges, including security and compliance, digital transformation, and cloud migration. Jose combines 20 years of IT leadership with more than 15 years of experience in the public sector, including advising the Department of Defense, federal civilian agencies, federal system Integrators and state and local governments.

As SE Director, Jose creates and communicates Zscaler technology vision for the US public sector. He and his team of engineers help government organizations understand how current and upcoming Zscaler technologies can help them fulfill their mission. He is a featured speaker and panel member at numerous industry events.

Jose joined Zscaler in 2020. Prior to Zscaler, he spent 14-years with Citrix, in various  leadership positions. Earlier in his career, he gained hands-on experience in IT as a manager and engineer.

Jose earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management information systems from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is based in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Drew Reinders

Drew Reinders

Director, Solutions Engineering

Akamai

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Drew Reinders

Drew Reinders

Director, Solutions Engineering

Akamai

Drew Reinders leads multiple teams of Solutions Engineers that specialize in a range of industries at Akamai Technologies.  Drew has supported Public Sector customers for more than 18 years.  While at Akamai for the last 13 years, his Public Sector experience spans supporting Federal Civilian Agencies, the Department of Defense, and State and Local governments.

Drew focuses on building teams to meet the changing market needs while focusing on cloud security and optimizing end-user performance.  He has also been a member of several Public Sector industry working groups spanning from Cybersecurity and IT Modernization to IPv6.

Drew earned a BBA in Computer Information Systems at James Madison University and resides in the Washington, D.C., metro area

Nicholas Speece

Nicholas Speece

Chief Federal Technologist

Snowflake

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Nicholas Speece

Nicholas Speece

Chief Federal Technologist

Snowflake

Nicholas Speece is the technical leader for the Snowflake Federal team. His vast experience of more than 20 years covers the areas of cyber security, enterprise data center hardware and software, software development, data analytics, and artificial intelligence. He is a ten-year veteran of the United States Air Force and a dedicated technologist.

Bill Wright

Bill Wright

Director, Federal Government Affairs

Splunk

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Bill Wright

Bill Wright

Director, Federal Government Affairs

Splunk

Bill Wright is Senior Director, North American Government Affairs for Splunk. Prior to this position he was Director, Government Affairs and Senior Policy Counsel at Symantec where he lead the Norton Cybersecurity Institute program and managed a number of global cybercrime and cybersecurity operational and policy relationships with governments and industry. Wright has more than twenty years of experience spanning the legal, policy, and operational spectrums of national security, law enforcement, and international partnerships. Prior to joining Symantec, he was Staff Director and General Counsel for two U.S. Senate Subcommittees focused on homeland security, government IT and oversight.  Prior to the Senate, he worked in the Intelligence Community as a Senior Operations Officer at the National Counterterrorism Center Operations Center (NCTC). Wright holds a BA in political science from Hampden‐Sydney College and a JD from DePaul University College of Law.

Margarite Zettervall

Margarite Zettervall

Senior Director of Department of Defense Joint Accounts

Microsoft

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Margarite Zettervall

Margarite Zettervall

Senior Director of Department of Defense Joint Accounts

Microsoft

Margarite Zettervall is the Senior Director of Microsoft’s U.S. Department of Defense Joint business unit.  She is responsible for the sales of Microsoft products and cloud services to the Joint DoD vertical.  She leads an expert team that works to create the strategy and execution plan of sales, customer success, services and operations to help the DoD transform their mission with advanced cloud technology solutions.

Prior to this role she served as the Account Executive for the Headquarters Air Force, Office of the Secretary of Defense and White House accounts.  She helped lead the largest productivity acquisition in the history of Microsoft and the DoD – with the Joint Enterprise Licensing Agreement and Commercial Virtual Remote (CVR) Environment deployment.

Before joining Microsoft in 2013, she led teams delivering mission critical solutions to the U.S. Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community while working for Booz Allen Hamilton for 12 years.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and is certified as a Project Management Professional since 2008.  Margarite resides in Ashburn, VA with her children.

Francis Rose

Host

Government Matters

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Francis Rose

Host

Government Matters

Francis Rose is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, speaker, writer, and host of Government Matters on Washington, DC’s ABC7 and WJLA 24/7 News. He has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He was host of “In Depth with Francis Rose” on Federal News Radio from 2008 to 2015 after joining the station in 2006. His guest list has included virtually every important name in the federal government.

Francis’s first book, “The OPM Cyber Breach: An In Depth Look at the Worst Cyber Attack in Government History” is available on Amazon. Francis is highly sought-after as a speaker and moderator of high-profile events in the federal community. His 30-year broadcast career includes stops at America’s leading broadcasters, including ABC Radio, CBS Radio, Westwood One, and C-SPAN.

News and talk radio trade magazine Talkers selected “In Depth with Francis Rose” for its list of the 250 most important talk shows in America in 2012.

George Jackson

George Jackson

Executive Producer

GovExec TV

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George Jackson

George Jackson

Executive Producer

GovExec TV

George Jackson is the director of events at GovExec Media – the largest and most-influential media company in the public sector marketplace. George joined GovExec in October of 2020 to enhance the scale of their events and audience experiences.

He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in English. In 2006, he earned his master’s in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.

George spent the first five years of his journalism career at WJHL-TV in Johnson City Tenn. – beginning as an overnight producer for the station’s 6 a.m. broadcast. He advanced to lead on-air reporter for WJHL’s 11 p.m. newscast.

As a reporter, George examined the earnings of two non-profit hospital systems, felony charges filed against a local sheriff, predatory paving companies, a health benefits backlog for local veterans, and a series of cold-case murder investigations. He received an honorable mention for Best TV Reporter in the 2011 Tennessee AP Broadcast awards and won a Best Investigative Reporting award from Media General in 2010.

George joined DC’s ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in 2012 to produce Capital Insider, which won him an Emmy award. One year later, he developed and recorded the pilot episode of Government Matters – a program about the business of government. It debuted as a weekly show on Sunday, August 4th of 2013. George led Government Matters through September of 2020, expanded its reach to a daily worldwide audience, and produced its first feature-length documentary “The Dawn of Generation AI.”

George is from Toledo, Ohio. He lives with his wife, twin daughters, and a pair of rescue dogs in Northern Virginia.