U.S. Chief Information Officer (2015-2017), CIO VMWare, Microsoft, GM and The Walt Disney Company
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A pioneer in her field, Megan Smith understands that the future of technology is already here. She shares her catalytic, entrepreneurial, and innovative vision—which has transformed both the public and private sectors—with your organization.
Megan Smith is an award-winning tech entrepreneur, engineer, and evangelist. As the third U.S. chief technology officer, she helped the President harness the power of technology, data, and innovation to advance the future of our nation and the world. Smith recruited top tech talent to serve across government and to collaborate on the most pressing issues of the day, from data science and open source, to inclusive economic growth and criminal justice reform. She focused on broad capacity building by co-creating all-hands-on-deck initiatives, including the public-private program TechHire, the Computer Science for All initiative, and the Image of STEM campaign.
Prior to her role as U.S. CTO, Smith served as vice president of new business development at Google, managing early-stage partnerships across the company’s global engineering and product teams. She led acquisitions of Google Earth, Maps, and Picasa, steered the shift of Google.org to include more direct engineering impact, such as Google Crisis Response, and later served on the leadership team of GoogleX, where she co-created SolveForX and Women Techmakers.
As CEO of PlanetOut, Smith was a leader of the online LGBT community in the early days of the Internet. She also worked as an engineer at General Magic on teams designing early smartphone technologies and at Apple Japan in Tokyo. Today, she is CEO of shift7 and serves on the boards of MIT, the MIT Media Lab, and Vital Voices.
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