Chris Vein

Deputy United States Chief Technology Officer for Innovation, USA


Chris Vein is the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, Chris convenes those with transformative ideas that will support the development of innovation ecosystems across the country; supports the testing of those transformative ideas through open systems, repeatable methodologies, and rapid customer-centric iteration; and showcases those that work. Prior to joining the White House, Chris was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City and County of San Francisco (City) where he led the City in becoming a national force in the application of new media platforms, use of open source applications, creation of new models for expanding digital inclusion, emphasizing “green” technology, and transforming government. This year, Chris was again named to the top 50 public sector CIOs by InformationWeek Magazine. He has been named to Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25: Dreamers, Doers, and Drivers and honored as the Community Broadband Visionary of the Year by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). Chris is a sought-after commentator and speaker, quoted in a wide range of news sources from the Economist to Inc. Magazine. In past work lives, Chris has worked in the public sector at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), for the American Psychological Association, and in a nonpolitical role, at the White House supporting three Presidents of the United States.

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