A Conversation with Chris Vein
about Open Innovation in Government

DHS Vist

Chris Vein
Deputy United States Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation at the Office of Science and Technology Policy
Executive Office of the President

Monday, April 23, 2012

with special guests Bob Samson
and Theresa Pardo

Program runs from 4:30-6:00pm *
Reception to follow from 6:00-7:00pm
D’Ambra Auditorium Life Sciences Research Building University at Albany, Uptown Campus, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12222

*Note: Due to a sudden change in Chris Vein's schedule, we are moving the start time of our program to 4:30pm. Mr. Vein will be joining us live via the Web. A reception with our special guests Bob Samson and Theresa Pardo will follow at 6pm. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes you and hope you'll still be able to join us. We look forward to seeing you at the program. Thank you!

If you have any questions or are in need of directions to the venue, please contact Mary Hunt, director of communications, at (518) 442-5264.

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About Chris Vein

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.

Chris Vein is a member of the National Advisory Committee for the 6th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2012) will take place in Albany, NY, United States from October 22-25, 2012.

Learn more about Chris Vein by visiting his LinkedIn page

About our special guests


Robert Samson
General Manager of IBM’s
Global Public Sector (Retired)

Robert Samson is currently a member of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission to modernize and right-size state government, improve performance, increase accountability and save taxpayers' money. As part of his role on the SAGE commission, he is leading the state's IT transformation effort. Prior to this, Robert was General Manager of IBM's Global Public Sector, retiring after 36 years in August 2009. As General Manager of IBM's Global Public Sector, Robert was responsible for IBM's business with governments, education, healthcare and life sciences industries. He led teams focused on helping governments transform using innovative approaches and technologies. 


Theresa Pardo
Director, Center for Technology in Government (CTG), University at Albany

As director of the Center for Technology and Government, Theresa works with a variety of government, corporate, and university partners to lead applied research projects on the policy, management, and technology issues surrounding information and information technology use in the public sector.

Theresa's current portfolio includes the development of a public value assessment framework for U.S. federal government open government initiatives funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), and the development of models of social and technical interactions in cross-boundary information sharing and integration as well as information technology enterprise governance. Her most recent NSF-funded effort is as the principal investigator for a project to develop a data interoperability framework for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) region by working with stakeholder communities involved in the growth of coffee in Mexico that is distributed, brewed, and consumed in Canada and the United States. In addition to funding from NSF, Theresa’s research at CTG has been funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Library of Congress, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, the United Nations and New York State and local government agencies, among others.

Theresa is a Research Associate Professor at the Rockefeller College of Public Administration and Policy and an affiliated faculty member of the College of Computing and Information at the University at Albany. She is one of the founding developers of the highly ranked Government Information Strategy and Management curriculum at Rockefeller College. The academic program focuses on the policy, management and technology dimensions of information and technology use in the design and delivery of government programs. In 2008, Theresa received the University at Albany’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

For more information contact:

Mary Hunt, Director of Communications
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
(518) 442-5264 | mhunt@albany.edu