January 23, 2015
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Mr. Darren B. Ash is the Deputy Executive Director for Corporate Management in the Executive Director's Office of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Mr. Ash provides policy direction, leadership and oversight for information technology (IT), information management, information systems security, space planning and facilities management, rulemaking, acquisition management, centralized administrative service, and human capital management at the NRC. He also serves as the Agency's Chief Information Officer, Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer, and Senior Accountable Official for Open Government.
Prior to joining the NRC, Mr. Ash worked as Department of Transportation's (DOT) Associate Chief Information Officer for IT Investment Management. For close to two years, he led DOT's information assurance & security, privacy, enterprise architecture, capital planning, and information resource management activities. He began working at DOT in 2003, where he led their capital planning and enterprise architecture efforts, in response to the Clinger-Cohen Act and the E-Government Act of 2002.
Mr. Ash began his government career with the Internal Revenue Service where he supported the agency's modernization program, with a focus on project management, economic analyses, and capital planning. In 1998, he joined the Department of Treasury and supported the Chief Information Officer on all capital planning and IT budget matters.
Mr. Ash is a native Californian, he grew up in Napa where he graduated from Vintage High School. In 1990 he received his Bachelor of Arts International Studies from American University in Washington, D.C. He holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University (1991), and a Master of Science in Information Systems Technology from George Washington University (2004). He is also a graduate from the American Council for Technology/Industry Advisory Council's Partners Program (2005).
Managing Vice President, Technology
Brian Cobb is Managing Vice President of Technology for Capital One Financial Corporation, a diversified bank with 65 million customer accounts worldwide and 1,000 branch locations in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Capital One's subsidiaries offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels.
In this capacity, Mr. Cobb provides oversight for the company's core technology platform services: mainframe, servers, virtualization, storage, backup, databases, cloud computing, big data, and data center facilities. Mr. Cobb also has responsibility for voice and data network management, as well as oversight and integration of primary service providers and technology acquisitions.
Prior to joining Capital One, in July 2011, Mr. Cobb was Senior Vice President and Head of Operations for all of Fannie Mae's mortgage business, including the Single Family and Multifamily Divisions. For both business lines, he managed Application Development and Testing, Mortgage Acquisitions and Delivery, Mortgage Servicing, and Bond Administration for Fannie Mae's entire $3.1 Trillion book of business of 18+ million loans.
Previously, Mr. Cobb was Fannie Mae's Senior Vice President - Information Technology. Mr. Cobb was responsible for the operational, as well as the strategic direction of the technology infrastructure, including engineering and architecture. He led the company's critical technology platforms and functions - including Information Security, Enterprise Architecture, hardware and software systems, networks and telecommunications, end user technology, call centers, command centers, internet infrastructure, and data centers. He was also responsible for application development of Fannie Mae's B2B and B2C portals (efanniemae.com and fanniemae.com) and the company's access and identity management platform.
Mr. Cobb holds a Master of Science in Financial Management and Information Systems from the University of Maryland University College, and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Kettering University. He has an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the School of Mortgage Banking, Mortgage Bankers Association.
U.S. Department of Commerce
Steven I. Cooper was appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the U.S. Department of Commerce by Secretary Penny Pritzker on June 16, 2014. As CIO, Cooper serves as the principal adviser to Commerce's 12 agencies' CIOs and the Deputy Secretary. He also leads development and implementation of the Department's enterprise-wide information technology (IT) strategy and operations, oversees the building and operation of a robust enterprise IT security risk program, and serves as an adviser on mission and business IT systems and services.
Prior to joining Commerce, Cooper served as the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Acting Assistant Administrator for Information Services and CIO. Previously, Cooper was the Deputy CIO, as well as IT Director and CIO of the FAA's Air Traffic Organization, where he oversaw a team of 400 professionals working to ensure the operational excellence of mission support and business systems and the underlying technology infrastructure. In February 2003, Cooper was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the first CIO of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where, among other accomplishments, he developed the Department's first IT Strategic Plan.
Prior to joining DHS, Cooper was appointed Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and served as Senior Director for Information Integration in the White House Office of Homeland Security. In this role, he launched the development of the National Enterprise Architecture for Homeland Security to address information integration within the federal government and the sharing of information with state, local, and relevant private-sector entities.
Cooper also has more than 20 years of private sector experience, including working as Senior Vice President and CIO of the American Red Cross, where, most notably, he helped start the first-ever National Call Center to provide emergency financial assistance during Hurricane Katrina. Cooper was also a founding partner of Strativest, a firm focused on identifying emerging technologies applicable to homeland security, emergency response and preparedness, served as President of Fortified Holdings, and worked as CIO for Corporate Staffs at Corning, Inc. Previously, he also served in senior management roles with Eli Lilly Inc., Computer Sciences Corporation, MAXIMA, Inc., and CACI, Inc.
In 2007, Cooper was named one of the Top 100 CIO's in America by CIO Insight. He was also named Government Civilian Executive of the Year by Government Computer News in 2003; a Titan of Technology by the Northern Virginia Technology Council; was a recipient of the Fed 100 Award recognizing the 100 Most Influential People in Federal Government Technology; and was named by the Washington Post as one of the Five to Watch while serving in the White House. Cooper has served as a board member and officer of several nonprofits and humanitarian organizations working to more effectively help people and emergency responders prepare for and respond to natural disasters.
Cooper received a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University, and was honorably discharged as a Naval Air Reserve petty officer following service during the Vietnam War.
Vice President and Business Information Officer
Dr. Michael O. Willis is an internationally recognized business executive and management consultant with over 30 years of experience helping organizations plan and achieve their strategic objectives. Over these three decades he has developed a reputation as a results oriented leader and strategic thinker with a primary focus on the healthcare industry, information technology, and organizational development. He currently serves as Vice President and Business Information Officer at Kaiser Permanente.
Prior to joining Kaiser, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for AmeriHealth Mercy and Executive Vice President and Senior Fellow for Henry Consulting. He has held executive management positions with IBM and EDS where he had global operational responsibility for technology and consulting services for healthcare and the life sciences. He has consulted and lectured globally on strategic technology planning, leadership development, large scale business transformation, and organizational effectiveness. Dr. Willis' experience in many of the aforementioned competencies was further strengthened when he was selected to work with Dr. Stephen Covey and The Franklin Covey Company as Executive Vice President where he had operational responsibilities in 44 countries worldwide.
Dr. Willis is well grounded in the academic community. He has been a visiting professor and program chair of business and management at several universities. As a former Army Combat Engineer he continued his dedication to our military by serving as Associate Professor and Program Director at the School of Business at American Military University. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Business Administration and The Decision Sciences, an MBA in Management Science, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He has focused a great deal of his research and professional activities on improving the diffusion and adoption of technology within the healthcare industry. In this capacity he has placed a particular emphasis on reducing health disparities in underserved communities.
Acting Assistant Administrator and Acting Chief Information Officer
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Reneé Wynn is the Acting Chief Information Officer for EPA and the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Environmental Information. She's been serving in this capacity since July 2013. Her position of record is the Deputy Chief Information Officers and Deputy Assistant Administrator.
Ms. Wynn has been with EPA for more than 24 years, and joined the Office of Environmental Information in April 2011. Beyond the experience she has gained since joining the information management and technology arm of the Agency, Ms. Wynn has served in EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response and the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
Ms. Wynn has managed program administration for science, information management, and international programs; regulatory management; budget formulation and execution; contracts, grants and interagency agreements; long term strategic planning and analyses; and environmental and administrative policy.
Ms. Wynn is a graduate of EPA's Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from DePauw University, Indiana.