June 1, 2012
Edward M. Swallow
Vice President, Business Development
Civil Systems Division
Information Systems Sector
Ed Swallow is vice president, Business Development for the $1.7 billion Civil Systems Division of Northrop Grumman's Information Systems sector. In this role, Swallow leads all business development activities across the division and is responsible for building and executing a business development strategy across the civil, state and local, and international government marketplaces.
Prior to this role, Swallow was a vice president in the business development organization of Northrop Grumman's Information Systems sector. He held prior positions in Northrop Grumman Information Technology and the TASC business unit. He was previously employed by Steven Myers and Associates, Space Applications Corporation and Logicon Corporation.
Swallow has a bachelor's degree in physics and astronomy from State University of New York, College - Oneonta and graduated from Air Force ROTC at Syracuse University, where he received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He has a master's degree in systems management from the University of Southern California. He is a graduate of the Air Force Squadron Officer's School and Air Command and Staff College, and the Defense Acquisition University's Systems Acquisition Management for Flag Officers course. Swallow is a retired Air Force Reserve officer.
Swallow is chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association's (NDIA's) Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce division. He is a director of the National Guard Youth Foundation and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation. Swallow is a frequent speaker on STEM workforce topics and business to government marketing and sales strategies.
Chief Information Officer
Arlington County, Virginia
Jack Belcher is Arlington County's first chief information officer (CIO) for Arlington County, appointed in August 2000. The CIO serves both as the department director for the Department of Technology Services and as the County's enterprise resource for technology guidance and consultancy. The responsibility of the CIO is to understand the business needs of both the County Government and the residents of Arlington County and to identify technology solutions to best meet the needs of both constituencies.
Belcher came to Arlington County from the International Monetary Fund, where he led the effort to streamline the creation, review, dissemination and publication of Fund information. Prior to that he served at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, where he led the efforts to begin the modernization of the Commission's internal mission system infrastructure. The majority of his professional experience has been with the United States House of Representatives where he was recognized by Federal Computer Week
as one of the Federal 100 top executives for his innovative work in deploying electronic mail and Internet access to the Congress.
As Arlington County's CIO he has demonstrated continued excellence and innovation and has proven an invaluable asset to the community. On September 11, his office provided direct technological support for the County's First Responders and the County's Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which coordinated the region's response to the Pentagon crisis. Within 40 minutes of the first attack on the World Trade Center, the EOC was up and operational providing necessary coordination for all first responders. Consequently, he and his staff were recognized for their assistance and innovation in extending wireless connectivity to the Pentagon.
Active in community youth sports, Belcher has served as the president of the Arlington Girls Softball Association, as a board member of the Better Sports Club, and as a tournament Fastpitch coach in both Arlington and Fairfax Counties. Before coming to the County Government, he was recognized as one of the Volunteers of the Year for his civic efforts. He is also a member of the 2004-2005 Class of Leadership Arlington. Belcher holds both a master's degree and doctorate from Georgetown University.
Chief Technology Officer
Fairfax County, Virginia
Wanda Gibson has enjoyed a 28-year career as a technology executive in both private and public sector organizations. She joined Fairfax County Government in May 1999 serving as director of the Department of Information Technology (DIT). Gibson is responsible for leadership, technology innovation, and management of a comprehensive portfolio of projects, systems, capabilities and services using contemporary technologies across the County's enterprise for all agencies, and online services for constituents. She directs the efforts of more than 450 employees and contract staff in the DIT and county agencies, including strategic planning and advanced innovation, policy development, standards compliance and program management for all technology disciplines in a comprehensive enterprise-wide technology architecture that includes technology infrastructure, communications systems and applications in all government business practitioner arenas. She also is responsible for the e-government program, IT security and the County's IT investment portfolio.
In her dual role, Gibson is also the County's chief technology officer, responsible for developing an enterprise technology environment that leverages the County's IT investments and is well-suited for the vast array of needs throughout County agencies well-positioning the County to take advantage of relevant IT trends and directions. She advises executive County management on information technology matters. She serves on and manages the agenda of a number of County-wide IT governance committees, and is a member of several professional groups.
Under Gibson's leadership, Fairfax County has enjoyed numerous state and national awards and recognition for its IT and e-government programs. Gibson has a B.S. in psychology and an MBA from Howard University, and advanced certificates in software engineering and technology planning from a professional institute at MIT
Samuel A. Nixon
Chief Information Officer
Commonwealth of Virginia
Samuel A. Nixon Jr. was appointed chief information officer (CIO) of the Commonwealth by Gov. Bob McDonnell. He is Virginia's first CIO to be appointed by the governor under new legislation passed by the 2010 General Assembly. As CIO, he also serves as head of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) and oversees the information technology infrastructure (IT) transformation partnership with Northrop Grumman.
Prior to his appointment as CIO, Nixon served nine terms beginning in 1994 in the Virginia House of Delegates representing central and northeast Chesterfield County. He served as chair of the House Republican Caucus from 2008 until his appointment as CIO.
Nixon has more than 25 years of private sector IT business experience. He was senior consultant with CapTech Ventures, an IT and management consulting firm based in Richmond, Va., where he utilized his skills in project management, business process re-engineering and change management for Fortune 100 clients.
A native of Martinsville, Va., Nixon is a graduate of James Madison University and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing.
Director of Information Technology
Loudoun County, Virginia
Eugene D. Troxell has served as the Loudoun County government's director of information technology since 1989. Prior to that, he served in a similar capacity with Loudoun County Public Schools where he first worked as a high school teacher, assistant principal at a high school, a central office supervisor and ultimately, director of computer services.
Troxell earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University. He has been a governor-appointed member to state advisory committees and is currently active in multiple state and regional organizations including the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Chief Information Officers Committee. Troxell is past president of the Virginia Association of Local Government Information Technology Executives and has been recognized by Computerworld as one of the business world's Premier 100 Information Technology leaders.
Troxell's department is responsible for the operation and support of more than 100 information systems used throughout the departments and agencies of the Loudoun County government and public schools. Additional responsibilities include network management, video services, telecommunications and management of the county's public safety radio communications systems. In 2008, the Center for Digital Government and National Association of Counties ranked Loudoun County number one in its population category in their annual Digital Counties Survey.