From cybersecurity to mobile apps to cloud computing, Washington’s tech scene has never been more diverse or inspiring. Here are the people influencing the next generation of technologies and changing how we interact with the world around us. By Garrett Graff

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  • Magid Abraham

    The CEO and cofounder of comScore has carved out an important niche in online marketing, measuring trends and Web traffic across a variety of digital platforms.

  • Reggie Aggarwal

    The founder and CEO of Cvent has built the event-management software company into a global powerhouse—with 1,100 employees as well as customers in more than 100 countries who have helped manage 500,000 events.

  • Stewart Allen

    The chief technology officer of AddThis, formerly Clearspring, is among the biggest brains on the local tech scene. AddThis has one of the Web’s largest data troves, processing 70 terabytes of social data weekly and reaching 1.3 billion Internet users a month.

  • Zvi Band

    The DC tech booster’s own start-up, Contactually—which helps users manage their contacts and relationships—is growing strong, having raised its first million in seed funding. @skeevis

  • Sid Banerjee

    The cofounder and CEO of Clarabridge is helping the customer-feedback-mining company stay at the forefront of a fast-evolving market.

  • James Bankoff

    The former AOL executive has built a Web empire at Vox Media around “passionate” communities of sports nuts (SB Nation), video-game fans (Polygon), and gadget fiends (The Verge)—publishing in all about 400,000 pieces of content in 2012, which attracted 35 million comments. @bankoff

  • Danny Boice

    The cofounder of Speek is trying to revolutionize conference calls with new online tools. @DannyBoice

  • Matt Calkins

    The CEO of the work-automation company Appian provides services to organizations ranging from Amazon to the US Army—and finds time to be a master board-game player, finishing among the top five in the 2012 World Boardgaming Championships.

  • Tom Davidson

    It’s hard for a company to get a stronger vote of confidence than a round of new funding led by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google’s Eric Schmidt, and Twitter’s Evan Williams. Davidson’s online education and financial-literacy company, EverFi—which has reached 5.5 million college students nationwide since its start—got such a boost, to the tune of $10 million. @tommydavidson

  • Mark D. Ein

    The tech entrepreneur—founder and CEO of Venturehouse Group—leads the Kastle Systems security company by day and on summer nights cheers on his professional tennis team, the Washington Kastles, at DC’s Southwest waterfront.

  • Hossein Fateh

    The cofounder of DuPont Fabros Technology, one of Northern Virginia’s largest data-center companies, has deep roots in Washington, and his facilities are the local hubs for companies such as Yahoo and Facebook.

  • Matt Fellowes

    The onetime Brookings fellow was moved to launch HelloWallet, his financial-literacy and personal-budgeting start-up, after realizing that most lower- and middle-class households lacked easy access to financial help. @mattfellowes

  • Raul Fernandez

    The sports-team partner with Ted Leonsis and others is chair of the video-surveillance innovator ObjectVideo and an adviser to the venture-growth firm General Atlantic, among his other projects.

  • Ching-Ho Fung

    The CEO of the Herndon-based customer-service-software company Parature is a longtime Virginia tech player and is known to all of his employees as CHF (pronounced “chef”). @chinghofung

  • Dev Ganesan

    The CEO at the digital publisher Aptara is also involved with a number of start-ups in Washington and Silicon Valley.

  • Miles Gilburne

    The longtime local investor is now CEO of ePals, which connects K-12 students and classrooms around the world.

  • Shane Green

    The cofounder of Personal, a data vault for “everything that isn’t social,” has been working for years at strengthening personal-data ownership and controls. @shanegreen

  • Marci Harris

    The former House Ways and Means Committee staffer—named one of Fast Company’s100 most creative people in business last year—started PopVox to help constituents communicate better with Congress. Photograph by Jake Brewer @marcidale

  • Tim O’Shaughnessy

    The confounder of Living-Social—now its CEO—is a major power in the start-up field, even though his company faces stronger headwinds than it did two years ago. @oshy

  • Michael J. Saylor and Sanju Bansal

    With cofounder Saylor as CEO and Bansal as COO, MicroStrategy booked $595 million in revenue in 2012, and a recent focus on its core business has led analysts to upgrade the outlook for its long-struggling stock. @michael_saylor

  • Bradley and Sheryl Schwartz

    The couple running the government-tech contractor Blue Canopy continue to be recognized for their growth and work, including with last year’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

  • Fred Singer

    The CEO of Echo360, an e-learning company, is helping 500-plus colleges and universities move professors’ lectures online.

  • Mark Walsh

    The veteran DC tech leader, now president of the start-up FedBid, is building an online marketplace for federal agencies and other big purchasers. In 2012, he helped out with more than $1.4 billion in transactions and 60,000 vendors. @walsh

  • Dan Yates

    The White House has singled out Yates—CEO and cofounder of Opower, which encourages consumer-energy efficiency—as an example of the next generation of start-ups. The firm appears poised for an IPO in the near future, particularly with technologist Alex Kinnier heading its product services. @danjyates

Industry Leaders

  • Anne Altman

    The three-decade veteran of IBM and former general manager of the corporation’s global public-sector business has returned to lead its multibillion-dollar federal-government unit as the budget environment tightens. @AnneAltman

  • Kristine Martin Anderson

    Booz Allen Hamilton’s leader on health IT has spent more than two decades working at the nexus of technology and health care.

  • Teresa Carlson

    Amazon’s vice president for the global public sector has helped the company capitalize on the federal government’s move to cloud computing, including hosting the National Institutes of Health’s 1000 Genomes Project, which provided 200 terabytes of genomics data free online. @teresacarlson

  • Ed Casey

    The CEO of Serco North America continues to expand the government IT contractor, now with $1.4 billion in revenue and more than 8,500 employees.

  • Pablo Chavez and Susan Molinari

    Google is learning that its fate as a growing tech leader is ever more tied to the federal government, in terms of both business and regulation. Chavez, its head of public policy, and Molinari, head of its Washington office, work closely with regulators, the Hill, and their colleague Mike Bradshaw, who leads Google Federal’s business unit.

  • Steve Cooker

    The head of’s Global Government Solutions Division, who also manages, has made veterans’ employment and workforce transition a cornerstone of his programs.

  • John Crupi

    The chief technology officer of the business-intelligence and data provider JackBe continues to impress with the company’s Presto software. @johncrupi

  • Amr ElSawy

    The leader of Noblis, a nonprofit consulting firm born out of the government’s technology challenges in World War II, recently did away with job titles at the organization to encourage a more flexible and entrepreneurial workforce.

  • Fred Humphries

    Microsoft’s vice president for US government affairs—the company’s top representative in Washington—used to work for Congressman Richard Gephardt. Today Humphries collaborates with Ed Ingle, the software giant’s managing director for government affairs, to ensure that its voice is heard. @Fredhum

  • John P. Jumper

    The relatively new head of SAIC has shaken up the science-and-technology company, effectively splitting it into government and commercial divisions.

  • Kay Kapoor

    The new head of $4.5-billion AT&T’s government-services division has spent nearly her entire career in federal IT solutions.

  • Sudhakar Kesavan

    The green-tech consulting firm ICF International continues to grow quickly in a hot industry under Kesavan.

  • Bobbie Kilberg

    Now in her 15th year of leading the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the region’s most influential tech trade group, Kilberg is watching the next generation of her family assume power, too: Daughter Cameron Kilberg is Virginia’s assistant secretary of technology.

  • Marne Levine

    Larry Summers’s former chief of staff on the National Economic Council has added lobbying weight to Facebook as its vice president for global public policy. Meanwhile, the DC political-outreach team of Katie Harbath and Adam Conner is helping train politicians on how to use the platform.

  • Robert Marshall

    Earth Networks, the Germantown company headed by Marshall, runs the WeatherBug network—one of the Internet’s indispensable tools—and is now the official lightning tracker for the National Weather Service.

  • Kristin Muhlner

    The CEO of newBrandAnalytics, who started at the three-year-old firm last fall, helps more than 2,500 companies analyze how their customers are reacting on social media.

  • Robert Musslewhite

    As CEO, he has transformed the Advisory Board Company—founded and taken public by David Bradley—from a health-care consulting firm to a business-technology provider. Nearly half of all hospital inpatient admissions in the US are now run through the company’s software. @rmussle

  • James Patterson

    The “entrepreneur in residence” at Capital One Labs is trying to reimagine how the financial company’s customers use and manage their money. @jamesppatterson

  • Vijay Ravindran and Yuvi Kochar

    The Washington Post Company’s chief digital officer and chief technology officer are well-respected local tech thinkers. @vijayravindran @yuvikochar

  • Adam Sharp

    The first hire in Washington for Twitter, Sharp now leads the microblogging site’s government, news, and social-innovation team, aided by respected GOP new-media expert Mindy Finn. @AdamS

  • David W. Thompson

    Orbital, the Dulles satellite-launch company headed by Thompson, recently completed a rocket test at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, the launch facility at Wallops Island, Virginia.

  • Steve Trundle

    The CEO of the security company has built a platform used by more than a million customers to access their home security systems remotely.

  • John Wood

    The Telos Corporation CEO has a strong portfolio in cyber- and network-defense technologies and plays a large philanthropic role with organizations including Wolf Trap and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. @john_b_wood

Government 2.0

  • Keith Alexander

    The four-star general and head of the National Security Agency oversees the US Cyber Command, making him the nation’s first line of defense—and offense—in the emerging cybersecurity threat.

  • Sheila Campbell, Bev Godwin, and Gwynne Kostin

    The three tech leaders at the General Services Administration are helping federal Web managers implement new technologies and better inform the public. @sheliadcusa @BevUSA @gwynnek

  • Cristin Dorgelo

    Her title is a mouthful—assistant director for grand challenges in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy—but the more than 200 challenges in search of solutions she has issued to the American public at, under the direction of John P. Holdren, have pushed US innovation forward on everything from energy-efficient light bulbs and air-pollution monitoring to arms control and health care. @cristindorgelo

  • Patrick Gallagher

    The physicist turned director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology has a critical—and underappreciated—role in infrastructure protection.

  • Bob Goodlatte

    The 11-term Republican congressman from Roanoke, now chair of the House Judiciary Committee, is cochair of the Congressional Internet Caucus and one of its leading voices on high-tech issues such as intellectual property. @RepGoodlatte

  • Tag Greason

    The Virginia state delegate from Ashburn has been instrumental in helping the Washington area’s booming business in data centers, an industry he knows well as an executive at Quality Technology Services. @TagGreason

  • Pete Jobse

    The president of Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, Jobse plays a crucial role in early-stage seed funding, including a new state-sponsored cyber-accelerator program that will create 15 to 20 cybersecurity companies a year. @petejobse

  • George Kurtz and Dmitri Alperovitch

    The cofounders of CrowdStrike—which is developing a reputation at the leading edge of the shadowy cybersecurity-and-cyberwarfare sphere—are building one of the industry’s most intriguing teams, including former FBI executives Shawn Henry and Steven Chabinsky. @George_Kurtz @DmitriCyber

  • Matt Lira

    The new deputy executive director of the National Republican Sentaorial Committee is hoping to revive and rebuild the GOP’s online efforts after getting out-organized in 2012. @MattLira

  • Jennifer Pahlka

    The founder and executive director of Code for America is reimagining government for the 21st century, and CFA’s fellowships, now in their third year, have brought talented developers and programmers into public service. @pahlkadot

  • Alan Paller

    The founder of the SANS Institute, a graduate school in Bethesda for training cyberwarriors, has become an international leader, preparing more than 100,000 cybersecurity technologists in 72 countries.

  • Macon Phillips

    The White House director of digital strategy has helped Barack Obama build his own pipeline to the public and push government-wide adoption of new technologies. @macon44

  • Logan Powell

    His LinkedIn profile lists him simply as a “pragmatist,” but people across the government have come to respect the Census Bureau public-affairs specialist for his work making census data available online. @logantpowell

  • Arati Prabhakar

    The first woman to head the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a position she held from 1993 to 1997, the physicist and engineer now leads the US military’s well-funded top inventor, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

    PhD: Her 1985 Caltech doctoral dissertation was the first by a woman in the university’s applied-sciences department.

  • Joe Rospars

    The cofounder of Blue State Digital is best known as the chief digital strategist for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns. @rospars

  • Patrick Ruffini

    As the GOP remakes itself for the digital age—and for younger voters—Ruffini’s firm, Engage, is playing a key role. @PatrickRuffini

  • Bryan Sivak

    The new CTO of the Department of Health and Human Services is helping push the medical world online—particularly developing the online tools to navigate the President’s health-care reform. @BryanSivak

  • Teresa M. Takai

    A veteran of Ford Motor Company and California’s former chief information officer, the Defense Department CIO oversees a huge slice of the area’s tech spending.

  • Jeanne Tisinger

    The CIA’s chief information officer has a reputation for innovation and is pushing the boundaries of the intelligence community’s tech involvement through partnerships with such entities as Amazon’s cloud-computing services.

  • Ken Ulman

    The county executive of Howard County teamed up with his CIO, Ira Levy, to launch a stimulus-funded intercounty broadband network that will bring 800 miles of new fiber to ten Maryland jurisdictions this year. @kenulman

  • Steven VanRoekel and Todd Park

    The nation’s chief information officer and chief technology officer, respectively, are helping the government adapt to the world of cloud computing, mobile apps, and “big data.”
 @stevenvDC @todd_park

  • Mark Warner

    The Virginia governor turned senator has found the US Senate frustrating and therefore has focused on areas such as tech and competitiveness where he feels he can make a real difference. @MarkWarner


  • Errol Arkilic

    The director of the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps—now in its second year of a three-year pilot phase—aims to connect academic researchers with the marketplace, tying promising studies to commercial enterprises.

  • Peter Barris

    A longtime fixture on the local venture scene, New Enterprise Associates—led by Barris, its managing general partner—shows no sign of slowing down. Last year, it closed its 14th fund, worth about $2.6 billion, one of the largest local ones ever.

  • Steve Case

    The longtime local leader and AOL cofounder has taken on a national profile in recent years, heading the Startup America Partnership and pushing federal policies to encourage entrepreneurship, even as his day job as CEO of Revolution continues to thrive under the stewardship of Tige Savage and Donn Davis. @SteveCase

  • Brooke Coburn

    The managing director of the local powerhouse Carlyle Group handles the venture-capital firm’s growth-capital arm, focused on small-cap technology, education, and media companies.

  • Christopher Darby

    Founded amid the dot-com boom of the 1990s, In-Q-Tel—the CIA’s equivalent of a venture-capital firm—tries to identify and increase technologies to help the intelligence world, giving CEO Darby one of the most intriguing portfolios of any local funder.

  • Ted Leonsis

    Washington may now think of him mostly as a sports-team owner (go, Caps!), but the billionaire AOL executive remains intimately involved in the technology world, including heading the start-up SnagFilms and stepping in this spring as acting co-CEO at Groupon to help the daily-deals company recover from its falling stock price. @TedLeonsis

  • Mike Lincoln

    The partner at the law firm Cooley, who is deeply involved in the local venture-and-entrepreneur community, is the go-to dealmaker for tech mergers and acquisitions. @lincolnmr

  • Robert McHale

    The Reston-based technology headhunter for the global search firm Korn/Ferry International, McHale scours the region for top talent.

  • Dan Mindus

    The cofounder of NextGen Angels is trying to organize young tech minds to provide crucial early-stage funding. @DanMindus

  • Don Rainey

    A general partner at Grotech, Rainey has helped establish the venture company as one of the region’s hottest backers and, in addition to various side projects with the military, sits on the boards of LivingSocial, HelloWallet, and Clarabridge, among others. @drainey1

  • Ralph Terkowitz

    The general partner at the late-stage-venture-capital firm ABS Capital Partners has a broad portfolio, from the advertiser Vibrant to the “social intelligence” firm Syncapse. @rterkowitz

Community Leaders

  • Michael Beckerman

    The head of the new Internet Association—which has unified more than a dozen Internet giants including Amazon, Google, eBay, and Yahoo into a single lobbying powerhouse after last year’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) fight—brings with him more than a decade of Hill experience, mostly with the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

  • Evan Burfield and Donna Harris

    Burfield and Harris’s still-nascent “accelerator,” 1776, is part of DC’s dream to expand its tech sector, an effort led by David Zipper, the District’s director of business development and strategy. @eburdield @dharrisindc

  • Mary Ellen Callahan

    As the longest-serving chief privacy officer for the Department of Homeland Security—the first statutorily mandated privacy office in a federal agency—Callahan had skills in high demand when she left the government last year. She’s now a partner at the law firm Jenner & Block.

  • Andy Carvin

    The NPR social-media strategist, who all but invented Twitter as a news source during the Arab Spring, continues to pioneer the coverage of breaking news from afar. @acarvin

  • Vint Cerf, Steve Crocker, and Robert E. Kahn

    The trio who helped invent the Internet—no, really—are all still active members of the tech community and among its smartest minds: Cerf is vice president and “chief Internet evangelist” at Google; Crocker is chair of the board of directors of ICANN, which oversees the Internet’s naming system; and Kahn is CEO of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives.

  • Aneesh Chopra and Pete Snyder

    One of the most interesting political stories of the year will be the Old Dominion’s race for lieutenant governor, which might end up as a battle between two Northern Virginia tech leaders—Democrat Chopra, President Obama’s first US chief technology officer, and Republican Snyder, who founded the social-media marketing firm New Media Strategies. @aneeshchopra @petesnyder

  • Jen Consalvo and Frank Gruber

    The cofounders of Tech Cocktail have developed what was a casual professional networking group into a coast-to-coast forum for start-ups, with events—from small-scale mixers to big tech festivals—in 20-plus cities. @noreaster @FrankGruber

  • Elana Fine

    The head of the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship is encouraging more education aimed at start-ups and commercializing students’ ideas. @elanafine

  • Michael Goldstein and Jonathon Perrelli

    Goldstein’s accelerator, Exhilarator, and Perrelli’s Fortify Ventures both aim to launch the next hot local tech company. @mgoldie @perrelli

  • Stephanie Hay and Rebecca Thorman

    These two leaders of the DC Lean Startup Circle help early-stage entrepreneurs and companies bring their ideas to market. @steph_hay@kontrary

  • Alexander B. Howard

    The Washington correspondent for the tech powerhouse O’Reilly Media is a respected trend-spotter and chronicler of government’s use of new media. @digiphile

  • Allyson Kapin

    The founder of the Women Who Tech conference has turned to helping nonprofits grow online with her consulting firm, Rad Campaign. @WomenWhoTeach

  • Kay Koplovitz and Amy Millman

    The chair and president of Springboard Enterprises are connecting women entrepreneurs with investors. @KayKoplovitz @amillman

  • Walt Mossberg

    The Wall Street Journal’s personal-tech columnist, who works from Washington, is still the man to know if you’re launching anything, from an iPad to a new Microsoft Word, and his AllThingsD conference and website are a force throughout Silicon Valley. @waltmossberg

  • Shawn Osborne

    The CEO of TechAmerica, who joined the industry group last year, has tried to re-focus the sprawling organization on tech advocacy and public policy.

  • Gary Shapiro

    The CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, which runs January’s massive Consumer Electronics Show, has been an outspoken industry voice on competitiveness and the innovation agenda. @GaryShapiro

  • Chris Soghoian

    As Internet-privacy issues come to the fore, the American Civil Liberties Union’s tech-privacy expert is a leader in the debate, from such gonzo-style tactics as creating fake airline boarding passes to pioneering the widely adopted “do not track” browser mechanism. @csoghoian

  • Charles Steger

    The president of Virginia Tech, a long way from DC in miles, has taken the Washington area by storm with his expanding cyberprograms at the university’s Northern Virginia campus.

  • Christopher Wolf

    As director of Hogan Lovells’ Privacy and Information Management practice group, Wolf is at the leading edge of one of tech’s most critical legal gray areas. @PrivacyWolf

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Magid Abraham comScore
Reggie Aggarwal Cvent
Stewart Allen AddThis
Zvi Band Contactually
Sid Banerjee Clarabridge
James Bankoff Vox Media
Danny Boice Speek
Matt Calkins Appian
Tom Davidson EverFi
Mark D. Ein Kastle Systems
Hossein Fateh DuPont Fabros Technology
Matt Fellowes HelloWallet
Raul Fernandez ObjectVideo
Ching-Ho Fung Parature
Dev Ganesan Aptara
Miles Gilburne ePals
Shane Green Personal
Marci Harris PopVox
Tim O’Shaughnessy LivingSocial
Michael J. Saylor and Sanju Bansal MicroStrategy
Bradley and Sheryl Schwartz Blue Canopy
Fred Singer Echo360
Mark Walsh FedBid
Dan Yates Opower
Industry Leaders
Anne Altman IBM
Kristine Martin Anderson Booz Allen Hamilton
Teresa Carlson Amazon Global Public Sector
Ed Casey Serco North America
Pablo Chavez and Susan Molinari Google Public Policy
Steve Cooker Global Government Solutions
John Crupi JackBe
Amr ElSawy Noblis
Fred Humphries Microsoft
John P. Jumper SAIC
Kay Kapoor AT&T Government Services
Sudhakar Kesavan ICF International
Bobbie Kilberg Northern Virginia Technology Council
Marne Levine Facebook Global Public Policy
Robert Marshall Earth Networks
Kristin Muhlner newBrandAnalytics
Robert Musslewhite Advisory Board Company
James Patterson Capital One Labs
Vijay Ravindran and Yuvi Kochar Washington Post Company
Adam Sharp Twitter
David W. Thompson Orbital
Steve Trundle Alarm.Com
John Wood Telos Corporation
Government 2.0
Keith Alexander US Cyber Command
Sheila Campbell, Bev Godwin, and Gwynne Kostin GSA
Cristin Dorgelo Challenge.Gov
Patrick Gallagher NIST
Bob Goodlatte Congressional Internet Caucus
Tag Greason Quality Technology Services
Pete Jobse Virginia Center for Innovative Technology
George Kurtz and Dmitri Alperovitch CrowdStrike
Matt Lira National Republican Sentatorial Committee
Jennifer Pahlka Code for America
Alan Paller SANS Institute
Macon Phillips White House Director of Digital Strategy
Logan Powell Census Bureau
Arati Prabhakar DARPA
Joe Rospars Blue State Digital
Patrick Ruffini Engage
Bryan Sivak Department of Health and Human Services
Teresa M. Takai Defense Department
Jeanne Tisinger CIA
Ken Ulman Howard County Executive
Steven VanRoekel and Todd Park U.S. CIO & CTO
Mark Warner U.S. Senator
Errol Arkilic NSF Innovation Corps
Peter Barris New Enterprise Associates
Steve Case Startup America Partnership
Brooke Coburn Carlyle Group
Christopher Darby In-Q-Tel
Ted Leonsis SnagFilms | Groupon
Mike Lincoln Cooley LLP
Robert McHale Korn/Ferry International
Dan Mindus NextGen Angels
Don Rainey Grotech
Ralph Terkowitz ABS Capital Partners
Community Leaders
Michael Beckerman Internet Association
Evan Burfield and Donna Harris 1776
Mary Ellen Callahan Jenner & Block
Andy Carvin NPR
Vint Cerf, Steve Crocker, and Robert E. Kahn Google, ICANN, Corporation for National Research Initiatives
Aneesh Chopra and Pete Snyder Northern Virginia Tech Leaders
Jen Consalvo and Frank Gruber Tech Cocktail
Elana Fine Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship
Michael Goldstein and Jonathon Perrelli Exhilarator, Fortify Ventures
Stephanie Hay and Rebecca Thorman DC Lean Startup Circle
Alexander B. Howard O’Reilly Media
Allyson Kapin Women Who Tech
Kay Koplovitz and Amy Millman Springboard Enterprises
Walt Mossberg Wall Street Journal
Shawn Osborne TechAmerica
Gary Shapiro Consumer Electronics Association
Chris Soghoian American Civil Liberties Union
Charles Steger Virginia Tech
Christopher Wolf Hogan Lovells
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