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Steven VanRoekel

Maker, Investor, Philanthropist

Steven VanRoekel

Steven VanRoekel is a maker, investor and philanthropist. In the Obama Administration, Steven was the former Chief Innovation Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). At USAID, Steven helped coordinate the Administration’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including coordinating efforts to clarify and systemize the collection of data from the field and led the maker efforts to redesign the Ebola protective suit.  
Prior to his role at USAID, Steven was the second, and longest-serving Chief Information Officer of the United States, appointed by President Obama in 2011.  


At the White House, Steven led the creation of the PortfolioStat agency review process, launched the “FedRAMP” cloud computing program, co-founded the United States Digital Service and the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, and led the U.S. Government’s Open Data and Mobile policies. Wired Magazine named Steven one of the world’s top 10 influencers of cloud computing. Concurrently, Steven spent six months as the acting Deputy Director for Management for the U.S.  


Before joining the White House, Mr. VanRoekel held two prior positions in the Obama Administration at USAID and the Federal Communications Commission.  
Prior to the Administration, Steven’s entire professional career was at Microsoft Corporation where he held many roles, including Speech and Strategy Assistant to Microsoft founder, Bill Gates.    

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