Alan S. Wernick

FSB FisherBroyles LLP

Alan S. Wernick is a partner in the law firm FSB FisherBroyles, LLP.  His multidisciplinary background in law, technology, and accounting helps clients meet their business and technology objectives, and manage their legal strategies and risks. 

Wernick has more than 30 years experience. His leadership roles including: the practice of law in information technology and intellectual property, in-house general counsel,  the successful handling of numerous large complex transactions and due diligence involving technology acquisitions, and  dispute resolution including litigation/appeals and ADR.  For information about Wernick's practice and his lectures and publications, please visit WWW.WERNICK.COM.  For information about FSB, please visit WWW.FSBLEGAL.COM


Anna M. Gomez

Deputy Assisant Secretary
National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Anna Gomez joined the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in February 2009. In her role at NTIA, Gomez handles a wide range of communications and Internet policy issues with a particular focus on spectrum management, public safety communications, and NTIA efforts to expand broadband access and adoption for all Americans. She previously served as acting administrator of the agency through June 2009, overseeing NTIA’s enhanced TV Converter Box Coupon Program during the nation’s successful transition to digital broadcasting.

Gomez was previously the vice president of government affairs at Sprint Nextel. Prior to her work in private industry, Gomez served for 12 years in various management positions at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Gomez also served as the senior legal advisor to former FCC Chairman William Kennard. In addition, Gomez was the deputy chief of staff in the National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration; staff counsel in the U.S. Senate for the Subcommittee on Communication, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; and an associate at the law firm of Arnold & Porter.









Barbara Rosewicz

Research Project Manager, Research & Information
Pew Center on the States

Barbara Rosewicz is currently a senior editor and researcher on state fiscal matters at the Pew Center on the States.
As a project leader within the research and information unit, Rosewicz helps initiate and oversee collaborative efforts between research teams and writers to produce and publish  analysis, information and 50-state reports on a range of fiscal health issues.
Rosewicz previously served for six years as managing editor of Stateline.org, Pew’s online news site that specializes in state policy and politics. From 1984–1996, she was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, first as a Middle East correspondent based in Cairo and then in the Washington bureau.


Bryan Sivak

Chief Innovation Officer
State of Maryland

Bryan Sivak was appointed by Governor Martin O'Malley in April 2011 as the first chief innovation officer for Maryland. Sivak is responsible for executing the Governor's innovation agenda, to look across the breadth of the Maryland bureaucracy to identify programs which can be accelerated through innovative and creative ideas, and to challenge the entrenched bureaucratic status quo.

Prior to this appointment, Sivak was appointed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in October 2009 to the cabinet post of chief technology officer for the District of Columbia.

Sivak has over 15 years of international experience in building software and internet technologies and organizations. In 2002, he founded and developed InQuira, Inc.


Burke T. Ward

Professor, Villanova University School of Business
Villanova University

Burke Ward is a professor of business law and taxation in the Villanova University School of Business. He is also a principal in WFG Associates, LLC, which focuses on estate and business succession planning.

Burke is a graduate of Villanova University. He received his law degree from Seton Hall University Law School, and his LL.M. in taxation from NYU Law School.

Burke has published extensively. He has taught, lectured and spoken globally.


Carlos Ramos

Secretary, California Technology Agency
State of California

Throughout his career, Carlos Ramos has been a leader on many of California's key technology initiatives. He has served as Director of the Office of Systems Integration - with a $4.5 billion portfolio of California's largest technology projects. He also concurrently held the position of Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services and was the Agency's senior technology executive. Carlos was the principal technology advisor to the Secretary and was responsible for the entire HHS IT portfolio. He helped architect the consolidation of the state's largest data centers and the creation of California's Department of Technology Services.
Carlos served as Director of the then Teale Data Center - one of the largest public-sector data centers in the world with an annual budget of $200 million and over 200 government agency customers. He also previously served as the CIO for California's Department of Social Services, managing a large computing infrastructure and a statewide data communications network.


Chris Buse

Chief Information Security Officer
State of Minnesota

Christopher Buse is the chief information security officer for the state of Minnesota. In this capacity, Buse is responsible for designing and implementing the enterprise security architecture for state government. Before accepting this position, Buse served as the manager of information technology audits for the Minnesota office of the legislative auditor.
Chris is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.  Buse is active in many professional organizations and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.


Craig Orgeron

Executive Director and Chief Information Officer
State of Mississippi

Dr. Craig Orgeron has over 22 years of information technology experience in both the private sector and the federal and state level of the public sector. Orgeron began his career as a communications-computer systems officer in the United States Air Force. Currently, Orgeron provides statewide leadership in the provision of services that facilitate cost-effective information processing and telecommunication solutions for agencies and institutions. He has participated in numerous government information technology task forces and committees, such as the Mississippi Broadband Task Force, the Digital Signature Committee, the Electronic Government Task Force, and the Governor’s Commission on Digital Government.


David Burhop

Deputy Commissioner and Chief Information Officer
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

With nearly 30 years of  IT experience, Dave Burhop has served as the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Information Officer for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles for the past eight years.
He began his career as a programmer/analyst in the defense industry and most recently served as CIO at Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Disability Services for eight years. 
He is a member of Virginia’s CIO Council and has also served on various technology committees for the Governor’s Cabinet, the Virginia General Assembly, as well as the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. 


David Gustafson

Chief Information Officer
Enterprise I.T. Services, State of Nevada

David Gustafson is the CIO for the state of Nevada enterprise I.T. services division where he is responsible for enterprise IT operations of the state government including: the management of the state data centers, mainframe computing, wide area networking, microwave technology, server hosting, and DBA and programmer support. 
Gustafson has held numerous IT leadership roles over his career and is a certified project manager with the Project Management Institute. Prior to joining state government, he worked in the private sector as the director of IT for EMPLOYERS and has worked at Microsoft Licensing and Accenture consulting.


David L. McClure

Associate Administrator
U.S. General Services Administration Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies

Since taking his position at GSA position in 2009, David McClure has transformed his office into a powerful engine for making government operations more open, transparent, and participatory. Through the use of innovative technologies, the office connects the public to government information and services through the Internet, collaborative Web 2.0 and public dialogue tools, call centers, and other emerging new media and citizen engagement technologies. His office also runs several award-winning web sites, including USA.gov, Data.gov, Challenge.gov, USABusiness.gov and several others. In addition, he oversees the Federal Cloud Computing PMO which drove the creation of the Apps.gov cloud services on-line storefront, creation of FedRamp, and assists OMB in coordinating government-wide data center consolidation. He serves on the Federal CIO Council Executive Committee.


Dick Clark

Chief Information Officer
State of Montana

Dick Clark was hired by Governor Brian Schweitzer on November 15, 2005, to be Montana’s second state chief information officer. Taking over the operation of information technology in December 2005, Clark is responsible for establishing, approving, and enforcing statewide information technology architecture, policies and standards for the executive branch and for working closely with the courts, legislature and university system to coordinate IT in Montana. He is a member of the governor’s cabinet and testifies regularly before legislative committees on Information Technology.
Clark was selected to serve on the National Geospatial Advisory Committee in August 2008. In December 2009, he was honored for his service and contributions to the geospatial community as a charter member.


Donna Roy

Executive Director, National Information Exchange Model
Department of Homeland Security

Donna Roy joined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in December of 2006 and currently serves as the CIO’s executive for Information Sharing.  She is actively engaged in helping DHS lay the foundation and building blocks for an information sharing environment and drives DHS technical policy development as well as coordinates with the White House National Security Staff and the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment. Under her leadership are the oversight and operation of the program management offices for the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) and the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM).  

Roy served as the VP of Product Development for a Fortune 200 company as well as serving as the VP for a major data operations division. 



Doug Robinson

Executive Director

Doug Robinson serves as executive director for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. Robinsons is a frequent speaker, panelist and author representing NASCIO issues, state CIOs, IT policy, trends and state government issues  Among his recognitions, he was named to Government Technology magazine’s 2006 Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers. 

His career spans over thirty years in state government, higher education and public sector IT consulting.  Prior to joining NASCIO in 2004, he served as an Executive Director in the Governor's Office for Technology, Commonwealth of Kentucky.  His previous leadership positions in state government include executive director of the Kentucky Information Resources Commission and executive director of the Kentucky Office of Geographic Information.



Eric Avakian

Chief Information Security Offcer
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Erik Avakian was named chief information security officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in June 2010. Prior, Avakian served as deputy CISO since 2007, and has been with the commonwealth since 2005. Avakian leads a successful team of information security professionals who were named finalists in the 2008 SC Magazine Awards for “Best Security Team.” In 2009, his team won the “ISE Project of the Year” award for "Safeguarding Citizen Data." He has assembled a vast array of experience and expertise in areas of security design, architecture, risk assessment, policy, compliance, incident response, and forensic investigations. He holds industry certifications for CISSP, CISM, CISA and GIAC.


Graham Waller

Vice President and Executive Partner
Gartner Executive Programs

Graham Waller supports CIO clients across variety of industries, assisting them in honing leadership skills, forging winning relationships and maximizing IT value.  He is a co-author of Gartner’s latest book, The CIO Edge: Seven Leadership Skills You Need to Drive Results.  Waller also serves on the faculty of Gartner’s CIO Academy.
Waller came to Gartner as part of the META Group acquisition, where he led CIO-level research on transformational change as part of META Group’s Executive Directions services.  Waller has more than 20 years of experience in driving business results and achieving measurable value from IT-enabled transformation.  He has held both IT and business leadership positions within end-user and IT service provider Fortune 100 companies.


Greg Hughes

Delaware Government Information Center

Greg Hughes is the Director of the Delaware Government Information Center.  The GIC is responsible for facilitating easy and organized access to government services and information online as well as leading Delaware’s eGovernment initiatives.  His group is also responsible for managing the design and content of Delaware’s award winning website, Delaware.gov.  Hughes has over 20 years of state service, during which he has served several state agencies in a variety technology centered roles


Gwynne Kostin

Director, Mobile
U.S. General Services Administration

Gwynne Kostin is director, Mobile in the Office of Citizen Services & Innovative Technologies at the U.S. General Services Administration. She is working with federal agencies to help make government information and services available anytime, anywhere and on any device.

Kostin previously was director of GSA’s Center for New Media and Citizen Engagement. She launched the government’s “build-a-blog” platform and the contest platform challenge.gov. As director of New Media for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, she drove the use of new technologies--creating the department’s social media strategy, developing a cross-agency web communications model for disaster response, and leading new media communications and strategy for 22 agencies.


Jeremy Grant

Senior Executive Advisor
National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)

 Jeremy Grant was selected to manage the establishment of a National Program Office for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST).
Grant began his career as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate. He then spent three years with Washington Research Group. Most recently, Grant served as Chief Development Officer for ASI Government, a consulting firm focused on helping government agencies improve results through the application of better acquisition, organizational and program management practices.

Jeremy is a former co-chair of the Identity Management Committee at TechAmerica.


Jim Earl

Chief of Staff
Nevada's Enterprise IT Services

Jim Earl is the chief of staff of Nevada Enterprise IT Services. He was the State Department telecommunications attorney from 1984 to 1991, and later served in the FCC’s general counsel office. He negotiated interconnection agreements for Covad at home and overseas. He worked abroad for two international organizations, Inmarsat and the MFO, which oversees the Camp David Accords.


Lisa Schlosser

Deputy Associate Administrator
Office of Management and Budget

Prior to her current position, Lisa Schlosser served as the principal deputy associate administrator for the  Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education, and as the director for the Office of Information Collection, the Office of Environmental Information and for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Schlosser was also the chief information officer for the  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the  associate chief information officer for the U.S. Department of Transportation  and the associate CIO for IT Security for the U.S. DOT.

Schlosser also worked in the private sector as vice-president for business operations for Global Integrity and as a senior manager for Ernst & Young LLP.

Before entering the commercial sector, Schlosser served as a military intelligence officer and continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. 



Marc Burris

Chief Information Officer
North Carolina State Board of Elections

Marc Burris is the chief information officer at the State Board of Elections with responsibility for all technology use in elections in the state of North Carolina. Burris has over 17 years of information technology experience with over 13 years in elections and over 4 years as the CIO. His experience includes all area of technology including development, database administration, security, networking and infrastructure. Notable achievements include serving in the United States Army during the first gulf war in the early 1990’s and is a founding father of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at the University of Delaware.


Michael F. Wood

Executive Director
Recovery Accountability & Transparency Board

Michael Wood is the executive director of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board.  He coordinates the board’s activities working with OMB, Congress, federal agencies, the states, award recipients, and the public to ensure the board carries out its transparency and accountability missions in overseeing the $840 billion dollar recovery program.  Prior to this, Wood served as director of Recovery.gov for two years. In that role he provided executive leadership for development and implementation of the board’s award winning web systems, FederalReporting.gov and Recovery.gov. Wood has 34 years of experience with the federal government and has served as a senior executive in three agencies


Neil Bonner

Program Manager
Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security

Neil Bonner works in the information technology field as program manager for the Transportation Security Administration. His focus is on mobile, rapid applications development, social media and collaboration platforms. He manages a portfolio of applications that are internal and citizen-facing. In 2011 he was recognized as a “Federal 100 Award Winner” for his work with the “MyTSA” iPhone app.


Pamela Walker

Government Affairs, NASCIO

Pamela Richardson Walker serves as the first director of Government Affairs for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.. She is responsible for informing the Administration, Congress and strategic partners about state chief information officers issues and priorities.  Before NASCIO, she worked for the American Association of Motor Vehicles (AAMVA) covering federal and state affairs for motor vehicle agencies. She has worked in the government relations field for 15+ years in complex government arenas for non-profit and for-profit environments. She is a co-chair for Women in Government Relations Telecommunication &Technology Task Force.



Peter Harkness

Founder and Publisher Emeritus

Peter Harkness is the founder and publisher emeritus of Governing. Before launching Governing in 1987, he was editor and deputy publisher of the Congressional Quarterly news service, a Washington information company known for publishing what is regarded as the unofficial and independent "bible" covering the U.S. Congress.

Harkness has watched government at all levels, from Washington to the states, cities and counties, for almost 40 years.  His reporting assignments for CQ included the White House, Congress and national politics

He is a recipient of the Raymond Clapper Award for investigative reporting, awarded by the White House Correspondents Association, and is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.



Scott Pattison

Executive Director

Scott D. Pattison was named executive director of the National Association of State Budget Officers in 2001. Founded in 1945, NASBO is the professional organization for budget officers of the states and U.S. territories.

Pattison was previously Virginia’s state budget director and headed Virginia’s Regulatory and Economic Analysis section. He was counsel on financial issues for Virginia’s Attorney General and also served as attorney-advisor for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Pattison serves on numerous boards related to public finance and has been adjunct faculty at the University of Richmond.


Terry A. Sosebee

Special Agent in Charge
Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Terry Sosebee is currently assigned to the Georgia’s Bureau of Investigation’s Office of Privacy and Compliance, in Decatur, Georgia. 
Sosebee has been a special agent with GBI for twenty-eight years. During that time, he has been assigned to various work units across Georgia within the agency, which include the Regional Investigation offices, the Financial Investigations Unit and the Special Investigations Unit, the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad, the State Health Care Fraud Control Unit, the GBI Legal Services Office, the Deputy Director for Investigation’s Staff, and the GBI’s Identity Theft Unit.
Sosebee is a 2000 graduate of the FBI National Academy, 203rd session, in Quantico, Virginia, and the FBI LEEDS program in October 2007. Sosebee is also a 2012 graduate of the FBI Police Executive Fellowship Program.














Tom Baden

Chief Information Officer
Department of Human Services, State of Minnesota

Nearly 30 years of state government experience, an internationally certified martial arts master, and a prolific career as a rock musician, he is a bit different then your run of the mill enterprise architect. Connecting the first computer systems at the local unemployment office  started a career in state government IT. That body of work includes systems for unemployment insurance, appeals, job service, services for the blind, vocational rehabilitation Medicaid management information systems, and hundreds of other state government projects.

Baden was recruited by Gopal Khanna, former Minnesota State CIO to launch a new era in government through enterprise architecture.


Tracy L. Wareing

Executive Director
American Public Human Services Association

Tracy L. Wareing is the executive director of American Public Human Services Association (APHSA). Building on the expertise and experience of the APHSA membership, Wareing is leading the Association’s efforts to drive transformation of the health and human services system to a more sustainable path that is both effective and cost efficient.
Before joining APHSA, Wareing served as a senior adviser to Department of Homeland Security Secretary. Prior to 2009 Wareing served as Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security.  Prior to her cabinet appointment, she served as policy adviser for human services under Arizona Governor Napolitano. She has also served as the lead counsel in the Arizona Attorney General’s office representing child protective services.


Trey Hodgkins

Senior Vice President, Natl Security & Procurement Policy

Trey Hodgkins is the senior vice president for National Security & Procurement Policy at TechAmerica. His focus is on the use of information technology at the Department of Defense and in the intelligence community (IC) and on the acquisition and procurement policies of the federal government. IT-related areas of specific interest within the USG, the DoD and the IC include: procurement and acquisition in the Federal government marketplace, information assurance and cybersecurity, IT acquisition reform, IPv6, the Federal Desktop Core Configuration, Energy Star and Sustainability, business systems modernization, defense logistics modernization, security clearance reform, specialty metals, rare earth and conflict metal use in electronic components, intelligence community reform and acquisition and contracting in the intelligence community.

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