Aspen Tech Policy Hub and Tech Talent Welcome 31 TELI Leaders to Policy Training Network

March 21, 2024

New Tech Executive Leadership Initiatives Participants Graduate as Leaders.

CONTACT: Connie Moore

San Francisco, CA – The Aspen Institute’s Tech Policy Hub and the Tech Talent Project welcome 31 new graduates of the Winter 2024 Tech Executive Leadership Initiative (TELI) program to their alumni network. TELI prepares experienced technology leaders to engage effectively with public sector challenges. The leaders in this fourth cohort come from a wide variety of backgrounds; they serve as start-up executives, product chiefs, cyber professionals, engineering leads, and more. 

This new cohort of TELI leaders completed five weeks of skills-building training, which prepared them to effectively engage with public sector challenges. TELI leaders also completed a final policy project, drafting and presenting policy proposals on artificial intelligence, government technology operations, and tech workforce development to real government bodies.

“I am delighted to welcome this amazing group of executives to our alumni network,” said Betsy Cooper, Founding Director of the Aspen Tech Policy Hub. “I can’t wait to see how they apply their new skills to bear in public service and beyond.”

“We are excited to celebrate this latest group of leaders trained by the Tech Exec Leadership Initiative. Right now, our country truly needs amazing leaders who work at the intersection of technology and public service. This inspiring group of tech leaders has taken their skills and expertise and dedicated both to helping our country serve its people more effectively. What a group,” said Jennifer Anastasoff, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Tech Talent Project. “I am proud of every TELI graduate. Moreover, I can’t wait to see them apply their skills toward making sure Americans have improved access to services like food, healthcare, and housing.”

The Winter 2024 Aspen Tech Policy Hub cohort of leaders are:

  • Dawn Comer, Executive Officer and Senior Director of Digital Inclusion and Innovation, Office of Mayor Karen Bass, for the City of Los Angeles
  • Dave Contreras, Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer at Brightbots
  • Sumant Dhall, Product Management Consultant and Former Associate Director of Product Management at Wayfair 
  • Luis H Gomez, Co-Founder and Chief Product and Innovation Officer at Stealth Startup 
  • Guillermo Fisher, Fractional Chief Technology Officer at Kuzaa LLC 
  • Lili Gangas, Chief Technology Community Officer at the Kapor Foundation
  • Kevin Gautreaux, Manager of OT/IoT Security at FedEx
  • Allan Gomo, Head of Cybersecurity at Hacker.Nexus 
  • Learie Hercules, Chief Executive Officer at Heft IQ and Lifelong Learning Labs 
  • Donnie Hasseltine, Vice President of Security at Second Front Systems
  • Vanessa Kaskiris, Director of People, Finance, and Administration at Stanford Impact Labs
  • Asha Keddy, Senior Technology Executive, Member of the Board of Directors at Smith Micro Software Inc. and Former Corporate Vice President at Intel
  • Nick Kotakis, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Third Party Risk at Northern Trust
  • Rebecca Lawler, Digital Innovation Executive and Former Vice President of Digital Product Management at Target Corporation
  • Ivy Teng Lei, Digital Strategy Leader and Former Vice President of Growth at Exygy 
  • Ted Mandelkorn, Product Management Leader and Founder of Product Path Consulting
  • George Mathew, Chief Medical Officer at Dedalus
  • Angela Mitchell, Product Innovation Leader and Former Senior Director of Technology at Comcast
  • Heather C Morelli, Software Engineering Leader and Former Vice President, Applications and Tools at Pantheon Systems
  • Kalyani Narayanan, Senior Director, Solutions Architecture at Moloco
  • Tatiana Pilon, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at Brightbots 
  • Durreshahwar Qadir, Digital Strategy Consultant
  • Mel Reyes, Global Executive Coach, Trainer, and Keynote Speaker at Elite Technical Concierge
  • Gloria Romeo, Technology Executive and Former Senior Vice President of Product & Development at enGen
  • Raquel Romano, Former Senior Director of Engineering at Fora
  • Clyde Rodriguez, Founder of Ascend Logic and Former Vice President of Engineering and Head of Security at Meta Platforms
  • Leslie Scott, Chief Experience Officer, Advisor, and Founder at Coral Ring Consulting
  • Jodie Cadieux Twitchell, Integrated Eligibility and Enrollment Transformation Projects Director at Washington Technology Solutions
  • Nidhi Wadmark, Product Management Education Director at IBM
  • Sheetal Wrzesien, Marketing Technology Advisor at Google 
  • Janice Zdankus, Board Member, Start-up Advisor, Founder, and Former Vice President of Technology Strategy and Planning at Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Learn more about the TELI program here. Learn more about the Hub’s programs here. You can also read more about the leaders on our website here.


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