Don Brown

Director of the Data Science Institute and William Stansfield Calcott Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia

Dr. Donald Brown is the recipient of the IEEE Joseph Wohl Career Achievement Award for his work in systems engineering and data fusion, the IEEE Norbert Wiener Award for Outstanding Research in the areas of systems engineering, data fusion, and information analysis, and the IEEE Intelligence and Security Informatics Award for outstanding research achievements in security, law enforcement, and intelligence. He serves as President of Commonwealth Computer Research, Inc. which provides data analysis and technical services for numerous private and governmental organizations. Dr. Brown has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator for over 90 research contracts with federal, state, and private organizations. He has over 100 published papers and two edited books.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE and has served on the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Transportation Security, the National Academy of Sciences' panel on High Performance Computing and Crisis Management, as well as, the NRC Committee on Surface Transportation Infrastructure Security.


photo of speakerAneesh Chopra

President, NavHealth and former (and first) U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Aneesh is the former (and first) U.S. Chief Technology Officer. As an Assistant to the President, he designed the National Wireless Initiative, helped launch Startup America, and executed an “open innovation” strategy across the government built on private sector collaboration – opening up data, convening on standards and staffing “lean government startups.” He is the author of the book,“Innovative State: How New Technologies can Transform Government” focused on how the country can tap entrepreneurial problem solvers to address challenges in health, energy and education markets among other public and regulated sectors.

In 2011, Chopra was named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare (#39) and in 2008, to Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue. Chopra earned his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University, and his bachelor’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University.


Hudson Hollister
Executive Director, Data Coalition
Executive Director Hudson Hollister founded the Data Coalition in 2012 to serve as the leading industry advocacy group for open data in government. He has helped to craft landmark U.S. government data reforms, including the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) and the Financial Transparency Act. He received the FCW Federal 100 award in 2015 and was a Fastcase 50 winner in 2016.
Prior to founding the Data Coalition, Hudson served as counsel to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives and as an attorney fellow in the Office of Interactive Disclosure at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Before his government service, he was a securities litigator in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins LLP. Hudson can be reached at hudson.hollister@datacoalition.org.

Karen Jackson

Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth

Prior to her appointment, she served as the Commonwealth’s Deputy Secretary of Technology and Vice President of Broadband Programs for the Center for Innovative Technology.  

Ms. Jackson serves as a senior advisor to the Governor on technology matters including innovation, data analytics, telecommunications, cybersecurity, and unmanned systems. She is also responsible for overseeing the Commonwealth’s IT infrastructure. 

As Secretary, she is responsible for policy and legislative initiatives as well as developing programs to facilitate innovation, entrepreneurship, technology development, and adoption. Ms. Jackson also serves as the Virginia lead for the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP), and co-chaired the Virginia Cybersecurity Commission.

Ms. Jackson has been actively engaged in the federal policy initiatives including the development of the National Broadband Plan. She received a 2009 IP3 award from Public Knowledge for her work in information policy, and was named to Government Technology's 2010 list of the top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers. In 2015, she was named to The Governing Institute Women in Government Leadership Program Class, and she was recently named as one of State Scoops’ GoldenGov State Executives of the Year for 2016.

Ms. Jackson serves on a number of Boards including the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Center for Innovative Technology. She also serves as Governor McAuliffe's representative to the FCC's Intergovernmental Advisory Committee and is a member of the Virginia Research Investment Committee.

She holds a bachelor's of science in business management from Christopher Newport University and a master's of business administration from The College of William and Mary.