Speakers

Francis Rose

Host

Government Matters

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Francis Rose

Host

Government Matters

Francis Rose is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, speaker, writer, and host of Government Matters on Washington, DC’s ABC7 and WJLA 24/7 News. He has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He was host of “In Depth with Francis Rose” on Federal News Radio from 2008 to 2015 after joining the station in 2006. His guest list has included virtually every important name in the federal government.

Francis’s first book, “The OPM Cyber Breach: An In Depth Look at the Worst Cyber Attack in Government History” is available on Amazon. Francis is highly sought-after as a speaker and moderator of high-profile events in the federal community. His 30-year broadcast career includes stops at America’s leading broadcasters, including ABC Radio, CBS Radio, Westwood One, and C-SPAN.

News and talk radio trade magazine Talkers selected “In Depth with Francis Rose” for its list of the 250 most important talk shows in America in 2012.

Craig P. Abod

President

Carahsoft

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Craig P. Abod

President

Carahsoft

Craig P. Abod is president and founder of Carahsoft Technology Corp., a Reston, Virginia-based firm that has become one the nation’s most respected and fastest growing Government-focused IT solutions providers. In founding Carahsoft, Abod combined his entrepreneurial spirit and 25+ years of experience in government sales, marketing and contract management to create a new company that has redefined the way technology is marketed and sold to the public sector market. 

In just 15 years, Abod has grown the company from $0 to more than $6.5 billion in bookings by providing federal, state, and local governments and academic institutions with IT solutions that best fit their needs and budgets. As a top-ranked GSA schedule and SEWP contract holder, Carahsoft now employs more than 1,500 people. 

The company has established strategic, long-term relationships with the industry’s leading software manufacturers including Microsoft, VMware, Adobe, Micro Focus Government Solutions, Dell EMC, Google Cloud, McAfee, ServiceNow, Veritas, Symantec, Amazon Web Services, Palo Alto Networks, F5 Networks, SAP, and Splunk, among others, and supports an ecosystem of thousands of value-added resellers, system integrators and consulting partners.

In recognition of his accomplishments, Abod has received the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Greater Washington Region and The Federal 100 Award. Carahsoft is also consistently recognized as the top performing partner for many of its vendor partners, and is listed among the top government contractors and industry’s fastest growing and largest firms by CRN, Inc., Forbes, Washington Technology, The Washington Post, and the Washington Business Journal.

 

 

Gerald E. Connolly

United State House of Representatives

Sponsor, FedRAMP Authorization Act (HR. 3941)

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Gerald E. Connolly

United State House of Representatives

Sponsor, FedRAMP Authorization Act (HR. 3941)

Congressman Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly is serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 11th District, which includes Fairfax County, Prince William County, and the City of Fairfax in Northern Virginia. Prior to his election to Congress, he served 14 years on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, including five years as Chairman. Throughout his career, protecting and growing Northern Virginia’s economy has been his top priority.

In Congress, he has played a key role in securing federal dollars for transportation improvements in Northern Virginia, including completion of the Fairfax County Parkway, widening the Prince William County Parkway, providing ongoing support for Rail to Dulles, and securing the annual federal commitment of $150 million for the regional Metro system.

Congressman Connolly is a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations. In this role, he is responsible for shaping government-wide policy for a broad range of issues, including federal workforce and federal agency oversight, federal procurement and information policy, national drug policy, regulatory reform, the United States Postal Service, the United States Census Bureau, and the District of Columbia.

Congressman Connolly also serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Using his extensive background in foreign policy, including as a senior staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he has become a leading voice on foreign assistance reform, war powers, embassy security, and democracy promotion abroad.

Congressman Connolly co-authored the bipartisan Issa-Connolly Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), which was signed into law in 2014, and represents the first major overhaul of the federal laws governing IT management since enactment of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996. In 2016, Connolly passed the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, which allows temporary employees of land management agencies to now be eligible for civil servant positions. He also helped pass the Telework Enhancement Act, which requires the federal government to increase the use of telework by federal employees to ensure continuity of operations by federal agencies during emergency situations, enhance recruitment of a quality federal workforce, reduce traffic congestion, and improve the region’s air quality.

For his efforts, he has twice been recognized as a Federal Computer Week Fed 100 winner, was named the 2013 FedScoop Tech Champion of the Year, the 2015 FCW Eagle Award recipient, and received the AFFIRM Award for Leadership in the IT community.

He has also introduced important legislation to streamline and improve our election system, find savings in federal IT procurement and data center consolidation, and reform U.S. Foreign Aid.

In addition to his Committee assignments, Congressman Connolly is a member of the New Democrat Coalition, chair of the Smart Contracting Caucus, co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Korea, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Georgia and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Taiwan.

Congressman Gerry Connolly currently serves as the Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA). The NATO PA is an affiliate organization of NATO and is comprised of more than two hundred and fifty delegates from the parliaments and legislative bodies of the Alliance’s 29 member states. As head of the United States delegation, Mr. Connolly sets the agenda for interaction with the Assembly on behalf of the U.S. Congress. He works in a bipartisan manner to support the values of the Transatlantic Alliance and strengthen Congressional commitment to NATO.

Prior to his election to Congress, Congressman Connolly served as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in Fairfax County, the largest jurisdiction in the Washington, D.C. metro area with more than 1.1 million residents. He earned a reputation as a pragmatic leader for his initiatives to expand affordable housing opportunities, reduce gang violence, promote reusable energy, and advance critical transportation improvements. During his tenure on the Board, Fairfax was recognized as a Best Managed County.

Congressman Connolly received an M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1979. He received a B.A. in Literature from Maryknoll College in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Congressman Connolly has worked in the non-profit sector, primarily advocating for hunger aid and international assistance. He also has strong ties to the business community having spent two decades working for organizations and companies involved in international trade, regulatory matters, technology, and research.

He resides in Fairfax with his wife Smitty and has a daughter Caitlin.

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Ashley Mahan

Director, FedRAMP and Secure Cloud Portfolio

General Services Administration

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Ashley Mahan

Director, FedRAMP and Secure Cloud Portfolio

General Services Administration

Ashley Mahan is Director of the General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and Secure Cloud Portfolio. Ashley is a trusted liaison between Federal Agencies, Industry Cloud Service Providers, and other stakeholder groups advocating for and facilitating the adoption of secure cloud technologies across the federal Government. Her work drives a dramatic increase in FedRAMP adoption and helps agencies modernize their IT landscapes via cloud technologies. When combined with her natural aptitude for effective and conscious leadership, Ashley is uniquely positioned to continue FedRAMP’s strong growth.

Prior to stepping into the FedRAMP Director role, Ashley served as the program’s first Evangelist. She has earned a number of awards for her leadership, subject matter expertise, and dedication to excellence. Ashley holds an M.S. in Information Technology, B.S. in Business and has a variety of project management and technology industry certifications.

Connect with Ashley on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashleymahan

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David Egts

Chief Technologist, North America Public Sector

Red Hat

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David Egts

Chief Technologist, North America Public Sector

Red Hat

David Egts is the Chief Technologist of Red Hat’s North America Public Sector organization where he directs a global team of technical experts and field product management professionals that help Red Hat’s government clients improve service delivery the open source way. David has achieved Red Hat’s highest level of technical certification as a Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA). He has a BS and MS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and an Executive MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.

Hayri Tarhan

Director of Federal Civilian Solution Consulting

ServiceNow

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Hayri Tarhan

Director of Federal Civilian Solution Consulting

ServiceNow

Hayri Tarhan is the Director of Federal Civilian Solution Consulting for ServiceNow.  He is responsible for pre-sales, go-to-market strategy, and overall growth for ServiceNow’s business in the US Federal Civilian markets.

Hayri helps Federal agencies address their most important challenge – how to transform the future of government.  He and his team work extensively with customers to help them design, evaluate, build, and secure digital workflows that create great experiences and unlock productivity.

Prior to joining ServiceNow, Hayri was the VP of North American Public Sector Security Sales for Oracle.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

 

 

 

Schneider Larbi

Specialist Solutions Architect

Amazon Web Services

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Schneider Larbi

Specialist Solutions Architect

Amazon Web Services

Schneider Larbi is Amazon Web Services Specialist Solutions Architect who focuses on helping World Wide Public Sector customers to design, build and migrate secure, scalable and resilient workloads on AWS Outposts and VMWare Cloud on AWS. Schneider is the IT and Telecom industries veteran with nearly 14 years of experience across both highly regulated commercial enterprises and public sector customers. You can connect with him on LinkedIn from here: linkedin.com/in/schneiderl.

Jose Padin

Director of Public Sector Sales Engineering

Zscaler

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Jose Padin

Director of Public Sector Sales Engineering

Zscaler

Jose M. Padin is Zscaler’s US Public Sector Director of Sales Engineering. Jose is a technology in government thought leader. He engages with government customers at a strategic level to identify solutions to their top IT challenges, including security and compliance, digital transformation, and cloud migration. Jose combines 20 years of IT leadership with more than a decade of experience in the public sector, including the Department of Defense, Federal Civilian agencies, Federal System Integrators and state and local governments.

As SE Director, Jose creates and communicates Zscaler technology vision for the US public sector. He and his team of engineers help government organizations understand how current and upcoming Zscaler technologies can help them fulfill their mission. He is a featured speaker and panel member at numerous industry events.

Jose joined Zscaler in 2020. During his 14-year career with Citrix, Jose has held a number of leadership positions. Earlier in his career, he gained hands-on experience in IT Manager and engineer.

Jose earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management information systems from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is based in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Matt Goodrich

Principal Solutions Engineer

Salesforce

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Matt Goodrich

Principal Solutions Engineer

Salesforce

Matt Goodrich is a Principal Solution Engineer and Security Specialist for Salesforce’s Global Public Sector. Mr. Goodrich is a demonstrated trailblazer and thought leader with experience in
developing, implementing, and managing cloud computing and cybersecurity standards at the intersection of government, law, public policy, and acquisition.

Prior to his time at Salesforce, Mr. Goodrich spent almost a decade working for the US Federal Government across posts at the White House and US General Services Administration. During
his tenure he focused on helping the government modernize information technology via cloud computing.

Mr. Goodrich developed, launched, and managed the Federal Risk Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), a globally recognized standard for cybersecurity of cloud computing
solutions. FedRAMP has been a game changer for both government and industry by keeping cybersecurity protections rigorous while also reducing overall cost and level of effort for
government and industry alike.

Additionally, Mr. Goodrich authored and contributed to the following US Government policies on cloud computing, acquisition, and cybersecurity: 25 Point Plan to Reform Federal IT; Federal Cloud Computing Strategy; FedRAMP Policy Memo; How to Buy IT as a Service.

Mr. Goodrich resides in Washington DC with his partner. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems from the University of Miami in Coral Gables,
Florida and a Juris Doctor from Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.

Matt Lira

Special Assistant to the President for Innovation Policy and Initiatives

White House Office of American Innovation

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Matt Lira

Special Assistant to the President for Innovation Policy and Initiatives

White House Office of American Innovation

Matt is currently at the White House Office of American Innovation, where he works to coordinate priority policy initiatives for the office. For the past decade, Matt’s work has placed him at the cross-section of politics, government and the emerging digital economy. With a unique mixture of experiences in Congressional Leadership and national campaigns, he has gained first-hand insight into our nation’s political and governing institutions.

Previously, Matt has served as Senior Advisor to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Digital Director for then-VP Nominee Paul Ryan and a Senior Advisor to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. In these capacities, he served on the senior leadership staff, participated in daily strategy discussions on the issues facing the House of Representatives and worked to modernize Congressional institutions.

Prior to returning to government, Lira served as the Deputy Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2014 election cycle – successfully defending every Republican Senate seat and gained nine seats, the largest Senate gain by either party since 1980.

Throughout his work in government, Lira has aimed to forge trust and consensus by bringing people together to find areas where progress can be made. In an era of deep partisanship, his work has frequently earned the support of both sides of the aisle.

In 2015, Matt served as an Institute of Politics Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, focused on the impact of the digital economy on politics and governance. In 2012, Matt was recognized by Tech Crunch as one of the “20 Most Innovative People in Democracy.”

Jeanette Manfra

Global Director, Security and Compliance

Google

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Jeanette Manfra

Global Director, Security and Compliance

Google

Jeanette Manfra is the Global Director for Security and Compliance within the Google Cloud Office of the CISO. Jeanette is focusing on helping customers, particularly those in regulated industries, build and maintain the highest levels of security and trust into their technical infrastructure and services.

Prior to joining Google, Jeanette was the Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity at the Cyber and Infrastructure Agency within the US Federal Government. In that role she was responsible for driving security modernization across Federal civilian agencies as well as enabling the security of critical infrastructure across the US. Jeanette spent more than a decade serving in various roles at the Department of Homeland Security and the White House focused on establishing the nation’s first civilian cyber defense
agency.

Jeanette is a proud veteran of the US Army and alumna of the University of Wisconsin and the Johns Hopkins University

Christopher Niggel

Regional Chief Security Officer for the Americas

Okta

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Christopher Niggel

Regional Chief Security Officer for the Americas

Okta

Christopher Niggel is the Regional Chief Security Officer for the Americas, at Okta. Chris builds trust in Okta’s product and the ability to keep customer data safe through driving improvements in Okta’s security, compliance, and assurance programs to include FedRAMP.

Tony Cossa

Public Sector Chief Technology Officer

Snowflake

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Tony Cossa

Public Sector Chief Technology Officer

Snowflake

Tony Cossa, Public Sector Chief Technology Officer for Snowflake, has a strong track record in public sector data strategy, transformation, modernization, program management, customer experience, and cloud technologies. Cossa joined Snowflake from Oracle, where he was Director, Product Management/Strategy for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI,) supporting global public sector customers. Prior to Oracle, he spent 15 years in various public servant roles, including at United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) where he focused on organizational change, formalizing a CTO role, modernization, customer experience, and cloud strategy as the Chief Technology Officer and as the Cloud Strategy Director. Cossa also held several positions at GSA (FAS CTO, E-Gov Travel Exec Program Director) and at DHS under the CFO driving transformation initiatives.

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Steven Hernandez

Chief Information Security Officer

Department of Education

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Steven Hernandez

Chief Information Security Officer

Department of Education

Steven Hernandez is an information assurance expert serving the past twenty years in a variety of contexts and missions. He has worked on the front lines in operations centers and led research teams attempting to balance security, privacy, and mission delivery considerations. Transforming risk management in international manufacturing, healthcare, non-profits, and governments at the federal, state, and local levels is extensive through his professional portfolio. Leading tactical, day-to-day security operations as well as guiding and influencing broad security initiatives such as the US government’s Zero Trust Architecture approach across large organizations with international presence are areas he’s frequently called upon to support. Presently he is the Chief Information Security Officer and Director of Information Assurance Services at the U.S. Department of Education. Steven also serves as the co-chair of the US Government Federal CISO Council and government chair of the ACT-IAC Cybersecurity Community of Interest. Prior to his position at Education, he held a variety of roles at the Office of Inspector General, US Department of Health and Human Services including CTO, CIO, CISO, Senior Official for Privacy and Chief Services Engineering Officer. He is an inaugural member of the United States Scholarship of Service Hall of Fame. He served on the Board of Directors for the International Information Systems Security Consortium (ISC)2, served on the U.S. (ISC)2 Government Advisory Board for Cybersecurity (GAB), judged for the Government Information Security Leadership Awards (GISLA) and contributed to its Executive Writers Bureau. Mr. Hernandez is the lead author and editor of the third edition of the (ISC)² Official Guide to the CISSP CBK, the (ISC)² Official Guide to the HCISPP CBK, and several published works regarding international information assurance.