2016 CompTIA DC Fly-In • February 9-10 • Washington, D.C.

Speaker Biographies

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JasonBoxtJason Boxt

Managing Director
Glover Park Group

Jason Boxt leads The Glover Park Group’s Research Division, providing public opinion research, message development and issue advocacy expertise. Working for a range of clients from the UN Foundation, JPMC, PhRMA, the A&E Network and the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, Jason helps clients develop communication and advocacy outreach strategies, core messaging and brand positioning through the use of the most up to date quantitative and qualitative public opinion research methods – including digital and social research – being employed today.

Michael-BurgessCongressman Michael Burgess (R-TX-26)


Congressman Michael Burgess has served the constituents of the 26th District since 2003 in the United States House of Representatives. He currently serves on the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee where he serves as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade and sits on the Subcommittees on Health and Oversight and Investigations. In addition, he is a member of the Rules Committee and the Helsinki Commission. In 2009, Congressman Burgess founded the Congressional Health Caucus, on which he serves as co-chairman.

Due to his medical background, Congressman Burgess has been a strong advocate for health care legislation aimed at reducing health care costs, improving choices, reforming liability laws to put the needs of patients first, and ensuring there are enough doctors in the public and private sector to care for America’s patients and veterans. He has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act 54 times and has played an important role in bipartisan efforts to reform the Food and Drug Administration.

Since he came to Congress, he has made repealing Medicare's Standard Growth Rate (SGR) formula a top priority. He has also successfully amended the Highway Bill to include development credits, design-build, and environmental streamlining. He is a proponent of a flat tax and has introduced a flat tax bill every term he has served in Congress. Congressman Burgess follows a strict adherence to the Constitution and opposes unnecessary expansion of the federal government’s control over the personal freedoms of Americans. Instead, he believes in giving people more control over their lives and their money. He is also committed to reducing illegal immigration into our country and has taken action to ensure our borders are secure and our immigration laws are enforced. He strongly opposes any proposal to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.

During his time on Capitol Hill, Congressman Burgess has earned a reputation as a problem-solver who seeks sensible solutions to the challenges Americans face and have received several awards including the Guardian of Small Business award by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); the Spirit of Enterprise award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and the Taxpayer Hero award from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste; among others. In 2013, he was named to Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders.

Today, he represents the majority of Denton County, and parts of Dallas County and Tarrant County. He was raised in Denton, and attended The Selwyn School, graduating in 1968 as valedictorian. In addition, he graduated with both an undergraduate and a master’s degree from North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas.

Congressman Burgess received his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and completed my residency programs at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He also received a master’s degree in Medical Management from the University of Texas at Dallas, and in May 2009 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center.

Congressman Burgess has been married to his wife, Laura, for 41 years. They have three children and two grandsons.

Ryan-BurkeRyan Burke

Senior Policy Advisor
White House National Economic Council

Ryan Burke is a Senior Policy Advisor with the National Economic Council (NEC) at the White House where she works primarily on job skills and opportunity and the intersection of technology and skill development. While at the White House, Burke launched the TechHire initiative, which is working with 35 cities and states across the country to expand accelerated training and innovative hiring strategy to open up new pathways to tech jobs. Previously, she was the Director at Hope Street Group where she launched a $2 million program on Jobs and Workforce, before that she worked with McKinsey & Company as an Associate serving primarily energy, telecom and consumer goods companies, and as the Chief of Staff for McKinsey’s Global Social Sector Office focused on education and economic development. She has a degree in finance from the University of Virginia.

ChrisCalabreseChris Calabrese

Vice President, Policy
Center for Democracy and Technology
Chris Calabrese is the Vice President for Policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) where he oversees CDT’s policy portfolio. Chris has long been an advocate for privacy protections, Internet openness, limits on government surveillance, and fostering the responsible use of new technologies.

Chris has testified before Congress and appeared in many media outlets, including CBS Evening News, Fox News and National Public Radio, discussing technology and privacy issues. He has also been quoted in a variety of publications including the New York Times, Washington Post and Associated Press. He was named one of Washington’s Top Lobbyists by The Hill newspaper in both 2012 and 2013. Chris also sits on the Consumer Advisory Committee of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Scott Cheney

Policy Director for Pensions, Workforce and Economic Development
Senator Patty Murray and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

Scott Cheney is the Policy Director for Pensions, Workforce and Economic Development for Senator Patty Murray and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Previously, he served as a Senior Advisor to Senator Patty Murray on the Senate Budget Committee, and prior to that as her Staff Director for the HELP Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety. Scott has over 25 years of experience in the broad areas of workforce, skills, and talent development, post-secondary education and training, and their intersection with economic development and regional competitiveness.

Ruthbea-Yesner-ClarkeRuthbea Yesner Clarke

Research Director, Smart Cities Strategies
IDC
Ruthbea Yesner Clarke is research director of the global Smart Cities Strategies program at IDC. In this program, Clarke discusses the strategies and execution of relevant Smart City technologies including the non-technology best practice areas, such as governance, innovation, partnerships and business models essential for Smart City development. Clarke's research includes the Internet of Things, Big Data and Analytics, cloud computing, mobility and social media in public works, intelligent transportation systems, intelligent public safety, smart water and citizen engagement and Open Data initiatives. She contributes to consulting engagements to support state and local governments' Smart City strategies and IT vendors’ overall Smart City market strategies.

Clarke has had several roles at IDC over the past 12 years. She helped launch the IDC end-user research Vertical Group as the Director of Vertical Views following five years as a Consulting Director for large-scale international projects that provided strategic and tactical marketing services, including market opportunity assessments, competitive analysis, and cost/benefit analysis. She joined IDC following work as a product manager in Internet start-ups in Silicon Valley. Prior to that, she worked in state social services as a director of programs serving young adults and adolescents diagnosed with substance abuse and mental health issues. Clarke holds a BA from Wesleyan University, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston College with an MBA and MSW joint degree.

Charles Cooper

Executive Vice President
McBee Strategic

Charles Cooper joined McBee Strategic in 2010. Cooper brings over ten years of bicameral Congressional experience to the firm, including three years within senior Republican leadership. Most recently, he served as Chief of Staff to Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL). Through his work with Rep. Putnam, he both served as Policy Director at the House Republican Conference and served as Chief of Staff to the Republican Policy Committee. Prior to this, Cooper served as Legislative Director for Rep.Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), where he was responsible for the Congressman’s work on the Budget Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He also served as Legislative Assistant for Rep. Felix Grucci (R-NY), where he handled the Congressman’s housing portfolio on the House Financial Services Committee. Cooper started his career on Capitol Hill working within the U.S. Senate for Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Senator Connie Mack (R-FL). He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Suzan-DelBeneCongresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA-1)

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene represents Washington’s 1st Congressional District, which spans from northeast King County to the Canadian border, and includes parts of King, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties.

First sworn into the House of Representatives on November 13, 2012, DelBene brings a unique voice to the nation’s capital, with more than two decades of experience as a successful technology entrepreneur and business leader in the private sector. Her depth of experience and focus on achieving concrete results allows DelBene to break through Congressional gridlock and get things done, earning her praise from the Everett Herald, who called her “the most prolific, effective member of her freshman class.” DelBene takes on a wide range of challenges both in Congress and in the 1st District. When the I-5 Bridge collapsed in May 2013, Congresswoman DelBene fought to secure emergency funding to immediately rebuild the bridge and help ensure that the Skagit Valley stayed open for business. And in the aftermath of the mudslide in Oso, DelBene worked to ensure the federal government did everything possible to help victims, their families, and all those affected by one of Washington’s worst natural disasters.

Congresswoman DelBene is a strong voice on the House Agriculture Committee for Washington’s farmers and growers. She was the only Member of Congress from Washington state on the bipartisan Farm Bill conference committee, which successfully negotiated a 5-year Farm Bill that was good for farmers and ranchers, preserved nutrition benefits for working families and children, and included $200 million for DelBene’s legislation to expand job-training opportunities for SNAP recipients. Washington recieved $22 million for its job-training pilot. At the start of the 114th Congress, she was named Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research.

Through her role on the House Judiciary Committee, DelBene is at the forefront of issues relating to technology and privacy, and has become a leading voice in the House calling for greater transparency and oversight of the NSA to restore American’s privacy rights, which passed. She is also focused on advancing common-sense immigration reform and is a lead sponsor on H.R. 15, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, a comprehensive immigration reform bill with more than 200 cosponsors.

DelBene was appointed to serve on President Obama’s Export Council, the President’s advisory committee on international trade. She also serves as co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s 21st Century Job Skills Working Group, and co-chair of the Women's High Tech Caucus, Internet of Things Caucus, Trademark Caucus, and Aluminum Caucus.

She spent part of her early childhood in Newport Hills and Mercer Island before her father, an airline pilot, lost his job. After fourth grade, her family moved all over the country in search of work. With hard work and financial aid, such as student loans and work study programs, she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Reed College.

Following Reed, DelBene worked in the biotechnology industry before earning an MBA from the University of Washington and embarking on a successful career as a technology leader and innovator. In more than two decades as an executive and entrepreneur, she helped to start drugstore.com as its vice president of marketing and store development, and served as CEO and president of Nimble Technology, a business software company based on technology developed at the University of Washington. Suzan also spent 12 years at Microsoft, most recently as corporate vice president of the company’s mobile communications business. In 2010, she was appointed by Governor Gregoire to be the Director of the Washington State Department of Revenue. During her tenure, she proposed reforms to cut red tape for small businesses. She also enacted an innovative tax amnesty program that generated $345 million to help close the state’s budget gap, while easing the burden on small businesses.

DelBene’s mix of real world experience in the private and public sector gives her a deep understanding of how to build successful businesses and create jobs, implement real fiscal accountability, and adopt policies that provide individuals with access to opportunity.

She knows what it will take to ensure that our nation and this region lead in creating high-wage 21st century jobs—great educational opportunities for our children and ongoing training for adults; a financial system that is fair, strong, and transparent; incentives that foster research, innovation, and entrepreneurship; and a health care system that works for everyone. She will continue fighting for these priorities in the other Washington.

DelBene was named a Champion of Main Street Businesses by the Washington Retail Foundation, and received the 2014 Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) for her work to expand access to care for our nation’s most vulnerable communities. She was also awarded the President’s Award from the NAACP for her work on behalf of veterans and their families.

DelBene and her husband, Kurt DelBene, have two children, Becca and Zach.

Tim HerbertTim Herbert

Vice President, Research & Market Intelligence
CompTIA

Tim Herbert serves as vice president of research and market intelligence at the CompTIA. Under his leadership, CompTIA produces a wide range of research and analysis to further the understanding of technology, channel and workforce trends. Herbert regularly pens articles for industry publications, presents at industry conferences and in his 18 years as a technology analyst has been cited in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED and many others. Prior to joining CompTIA, Herbert directed the research program and was a lead analyst at the Consumer Electronics Association, producer of the International CES, the largest technology event in the world. He also co-founded two startups: eBrain Market Research and the Memory-on-Demand cloud service. Herbert holds a degree in economics from John Carroll University and an MBA from George Mason University.

Sallie-KellerSallie Keller, Ph.D.

Director of the Social and Decision Analytics Lab,
Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech

Sallie Keller, Ph.D., is professor of statistics and director of the Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory within the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech. Formerly, she was professor of statistics and Academic Vice-President and Provost at University of Waterloo, director of the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute, and professor of statistics and the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering at Rice University. Her other appointments include head of the Statistical Sciences group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Statistics at Kansas State University, and statistics program director at the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Keller has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications, has chaired the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics, and the Committee on National Statistics. Her areas of expertise are social and decision informatics, the statistical underpinnings of data science, uncertainty quantification, and data access and confidentiality. She is a national associate of the National Academy of Sciences, fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, elected member of the International Statistics Institute, and member of the JASON advisory group. She is also a fellow and past president of the American Statistical Association. She holds a Ph.D. in statistics from the Iowa State University of Science and Technology.

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI)

Congressman Jim Langevin is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, where he is the Ranking Member of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, and of the House Committee on Homeland Security. A national leader on securing our nation’s technology infrastructure against cyber threats, Langevin co-founded the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus to increase awareness around the issue and co-chaired the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency, which made policy recommendations to President Obama.

As co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus, Langevin advocates to improve and increase access to training that gives students and workers the skills that best fit the needs of expanding industries. He has successfully fought for strong CTE funding under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act and, in Rhode Island, has worked to foster employer-educator partnerships and career training programs across a variety of career fields.

A voice for those facing serious challenges, Langevin championed passage of a bipartisan bill to expand services for families caring for their elderly and disabled loved ones and authored a breakthrough law to protect foster youth. He is a strong advocate for inclusion and independence for people with disabilities, and helped pass the ADA Amendments Act that strengthened the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Langevin was inspired to enter public service by the tremendous outpouring of support he received during the most challenging time of his life, after a gun accident paralyzed him at age 16 and left him a quadriplegic. He is driven by a belief that everyone deserves a fair opportunity to make the most of their talents.

After serving as secretary for the state’s Constitutional Convention in 1986, Langevin won election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives, and in 1994, became the nation’s youngest Secretary of State. His leadership resulted in reforms to Rhode Island’s outdated election system and a landmark report documenting widespread violations of the state’s Open Meetings Law. He served in that role until winning election to Congress in 2000.

Will Markow

Senior Analyst
Burning Glass Technologies

Will Markow is a Senior Analyst with Burning Glass Technologies’ Applied Research Division where he leads Burning Glass’s research in the IT, energy, manufacturing, and public sectors. While at Burning Glass, Markow’s research has been featured in dozens of national and regional media outlets, and he has lead custom research projects for numerous private employers, educational institutions, workforce development organizations, and government agencies.

Prior to joining Burning Glass, Markow analyzed the energy sector for multiple policy institutions and clean technology startups, with a special emphasis on the solar industry and the impact of energy policy on small businesses. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Managerial Economics and Quantitative Analysis from Bentley University.

Nick-MaynardNick Maynard, Ph.D.

CEO & Co-founder
Saros Intelligence

Prior to launching Saros, Nick Maynard was Assistant Director for telecommunications R&D at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he focused on broadband adoption and R&D policy. While at OSTP, Maynard championed a $610 million new investment for a photonics research institute and led the team that built a telecom market platform for the Department of Defense. Previously, Maynard spent more than 10 years in communications industry before becoming a member of the National Broadband Taskforce, where he led the analysis on business broadband usage and launched a public-private partnership for small business technology training. Maynard received his BA in Political Science and MA focused on international development from the University of Chicago and a Public Policy PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Terrell McSweeny

FTC Commissioner

Terrell McSweeny was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on April 28, 2014, to a term that expires on September 25, 2017. Prior to joining the Commission, McSweeny served as Chief Counsel for Competition Policy and Intergovernmental Relations for the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. She joined the Antitrust Division after serving as Deputy Assistant to the President and Domestic Policy Advisor to the Vice President from January 2009 until February 2012, advising President Obama and Vice President Biden on policy in a variety of areas, including health care, innovation, intellectual property, energy, education, women’s rights, criminal justice and domestic violence.

McSweeny’s government service also includes her work as Senator Joe Biden’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director in the U.S. Senate, where she managed domestic and economic policy development and legislative initiatives, and as Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she worked on issues such as criminal justice, innovation, women's rights, domestic violence, judicial nominations and immigration and civil rights. She also worked as an attorney at O'Melveny & Myers LLP. McSweeny is a graduate of Harvard University and Georgetown University Law School.

Randi-ParkerRandi Parker

Director, Public Advocacy
CompTIA

Randi Parker focuses on cybersecurity and workforce development issues. This includes career and technical education, job training and certification, as well as STEM education and immigration priorities. She advocates on behalf of the IT industry to members of Congress, the Executive Branch and government agencies. Parker serves as the vice-chair for the Cybersecurity Credentials Collaborative and is a member of the IT Sector Coordinating Council executive committee.

Prior to joining CompTIA, Parker served as director of counsel of federal government relations for TechAmerica, before it was acquired by CompTIA. In this role, Parker was responsible for issues related to cybersecurity, immigration, smart grid, and STEM education. She managed various association committees while actively lobbying on Capitol Hill.

Parker began her career in Washington as legislative counsel to Congressman John Shadegg (R-AZ). She was the Congressman's lead staffer on the Energy & Commerce Committee's Communications, Technology and Internet Subcommittee, as well as the office attorney. In addition, she was responsible for judiciary, immigration, national security, and foreign relations issues. Parker graduated cum laude from American University and holds a law degree from New York Law School.

Rob-PRob Pegoraro

Journalist

Rob Pegoraro tries to make sense of computers, consumer electronics, telecom services, the Internet, software and other things that beep or blink through reporting, reviewing and analysis–from 1999 to 2011 as the Washington Post’s tech columnist, now for a variety of online and print outlets.

David-PereraDavid Perera

Cybersecurity Reporter, Politico
Co-Author of Inside Guide to the Federal IT Market

David Perera is a cybersecurity reporter for POLITICO Pro. He has reported on all things federal agency and information technology related since January 2004, and watched the important of cybersecurity grow exponentially during that time. He’s co-author of "Inside Guide to the Federal IT Market," a business book explaining the intricacies of this particularly complex market. He thinks you’d find it a decent read. He is based in the Virginia side of greater metro Beltwayland, and grew up in Colorado. In his spare time, he likes to have spare time.

Sokwoo-RheeSokwoo Rhee, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Cyber-Physical Systems
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Dr. Sokwoo Rhee is Associate Director of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is currently leading the Global City Teams Challenge which aims to create a replicable and scalable model for collaborative incubation and deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) and CPS solutions to improve the quality of life in smart cities around the world. He previously served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow on CPS, a program by the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. Prior to joining U.S. government, he was co-founder and CTO of Millennial Net, Inc., which was one of the first to successfully commercialize low-power wireless mesh/sensor network and Internet of Things technology from academia. His work and achievements have been recognized through awards including MIT Technology Review’s Top Innovators under 35. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jason-WhittetJason Whittet

Director, Intelligent Cities
GE

Jason Whittet is currently part of GE’s Intelligent Cities team. Most recently, he worked with the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) public sector practice where he led local, state and federal government business development for the global technology research and advisory firm. Before IDC, Whittet helped launch the Massachusetts Broadband Institute as Deputy Director and contributed to the successful completion of the $100MM, 1,200 mile MassBroadband 123 fiber-optic network in western Massachusetts. He has also held positions with Comcast in government relations, with the Massachusetts State Senate Ways and Means Committee as Project Director, and with the Allston-Brighton Community Development Corporation as an AmeriCorps Volunteer. Additionally, Whittet served for six years in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. He has a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Northeastern.

Congressman Kevin Yoder (R-KS-3)

Representative Kevin Yoder is a 5th generation Kansan and grew up on a grain and livestock farm in rural Kansas near a town called Yoder. It was on his family farm where he learned the true value of hard work, and saw first-hand the ingenuity and prairie spirit that makes Kansas such a special place. He represents the Third Congressional District of Kansas, which includes Johnson County, Wyandotte County and the northeast corner of Miami County. On January 5, 2011, Yoder was sworn in to serve his first term as a Member of the 112th Congress, where he was selected as one of only three freshmen members to serve on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Thanks to his work on the committee, the federal government is appropriating less money today than it was when he walked into Congress.

In 2015, Yoder returned to the House Appropriations Committee after being sworn in for his third term in the House of Representatives, serving as the Vice Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee. He also serves on the Agriculture Subcommittee and Financial Services Subcommittee, focusing on balancing the federal budget, reducing the national debt, and supporting policies that help private sector job growth. His Email Privacy Act, a bill to extend Fourth Amendment search and seizure protections to our digital communications, is one of the most widely-supported bipartisan bills in the House of Representatives in the 114th Congress.

During his time in Congress, Yoder has focused on being a leading conservative voice in support of increased federal investment in biomedical research and was a long-time supporter of the University of Kansas Cancer Center receiving its National Cancer Institute designation in 2012. He was recently featured as a thought leader in the Science Coalition’s Science 2034 series, and has publicly advocated for increased funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Additionally, as a product of public schools, he has been a strong advocate for early-childhood education programs like Head Start. In 2012, the National Head Start Association (NHSA) presented Yoder with the Kansas State Children’s Champion Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership and a strong commitment to the improvement of the lives of many of the nation’s most vulnerable children, youth, and families. In 2015, for the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Head Start Program, NHSA recognized him as an inaugural recipient of the PROMISE Award, which was created to celebrate this important anniversary and recognize the bipartisan spirit that has kept Head Start strong for 50 years.

Yoder has received several additional accolades and awards for his voting record and leadership on various issues, including the Champion of Change Award from the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), Legislator of the Year Award from the American Society of Transplantation (AST), Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), Friend of Farm Bureau Award from the Kansas Farm Bureau, Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Legislative Excellence Award from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). In 2012, along with Representative Emanuel Cleaver II (D-MO), Kevin received the Consensus Civility Award for his efforts to bring civility to public life as a Member of Congress.

Upon arriving in Washington, he was appointed to serve on the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees. Located in Washington, DC, Gallaudet University is the world’s only liberal arts university for the Deaf community and hard of hearing.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Yoder represented Leawood and Overland Park as a Representative in the Kansas State Legislature, where he chaired the House Appropriations Committee. He is a proud graduate of the University of Kansas where he received degrees in political science, English, and law. He lives in Overland Park with his wife Brooke and their two daughters, Caroline Lucille and Eloise Jane.

David-ZipperDavid Zipper

Managing Director
1776

David Zipper leads 1776’s work in the Cities and Transportation sectors, including venture investments into startups as well as strategic relationships with corporations, associations, and local governments worldwide. He also oversees 1776’s business development, building mutually valuable partnerships with organizations across all of 1776’s target sectors. Prior to joining 1776, Zipper oversaw economic development strategy for two mayors of Washington DC, including the launch of the DC Tech Incentives program and the DC China Center in Shanghai. He was previously the Executive Director of NYC Business Solutions under Mayor Bloomberg in New York City, and he worked with Harvard professor Michael Porter to develop strategies to create jobs across America’s inner cities. A Truman and Gates Scholar, Zipper holds a bachelor’s degree with high honors from Swarthmore College, a MPhil in urban planning from Cambridge University, and an MBA with highest honors from Harvard Business School.

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