Announcing the Tech Executive Leadership Initiative 2023 Leaders and Accessible Futures: Empowering Youth, Fostering Inclusivity Demonstration Day

June 8, 2023

Leaders participate in a 10-week leadership program hosted in partnership with Tech Talent Project, and will present their work on June 28

Contact: Betsy Cooper
Director, Aspen Tech Policy Hub

San Francisco, CA, June 8, 2023 — The Aspen Institute’s Tech Policy Hub and the Tech Talent Project are thrilled to announce the 26 members of the fourth Tech Executive Leadership Initiative (TELI) class. TELI seeks to train experienced technology leaders to engage effectively with public sector challenges and governments. 

The 10-week, part-time program provides tech leaders with experiential learning through real service delivery challenges, hones their skills to work effectively with dedicated public servants, and mitigates risk on technology projects. 

Many of these leaders will present policy projects at our Accessible Futures: Empowering Youth, Fostering Inclusivity demonstration day on Thursday, June 28 from 4-5pm ET. The projects include proposals for the State of Oklahoma’s Human Services agency to improve services for those aging out of foster care and for the Department of Homeland Security’s TSA program to enhance traveler experience at checkpoints. You can register for the free virtual event showcasing these policy projects here

The 26 fellows are:

  • Anita Lynch, Board Member at Nasdaq US Exchanges; Former Chief Data Officer at New Relic
  • Atirek Kumar Sharma, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Apical Apps
  • Badrinath Sridharan, Head of Growth and BizTech Engineering at Gusto Inc.
  • Christian Crumlish, Founder of Design in Product; Service Innovation Lead at the California Office of Data and Innovation
  • Denise Ferebee, Associate Professor of Computer Science and the founding Executive Director of the Center for Cybersecurity at LeMoyne-Owen College
  • Devon Rollins, Vice President of Cyber Engineering and Machine Learning at Capital One
  • Dioselin Gonzalez, Owner and Mixed Reality Consultant at Imagined To Reality
  • Eric Bloch, Former Vice President of Engineering at Udemy
  • Eva Pereira, Chief Data Officer for the City of Los Angeles
  • Ian P. Sharpe, Principal Product Manager at Vectra AI
  • Ivana Ng, Senior Advisor for Delivery at the US Department of Agriculture
  • Jane Yang, Senior Advisor for Data Analytics at the Administration for Children and Families; Impact Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists
  • Jesse Taggert, Design Strategist and Practice Leader
  • Joe Alterio, Vice President of Product Design at Formidable
  • Jonathan T Betz, Fractional Tech Strategy and Operations Leader
  • Kesone Phimmasone, Chief Design Officer for the City of New York
  • Maayan Roth, VP of Engineering at UtilityAPI
  • Marni Wilhite, Digital Services Expert at the United States Digital Service
  • Meghan Cochran, Former Vice President of Product Management and Design at Scribd, Madison Reed, The RealReal, and Netflix
  • Mike Fisher, Technology Organizations and Systems Advisor
  • Mukunda Penugonde, Deputy Director at Technology Transformation Services
  • Nannette Cutliff, Technology Leader and Innovation Advisor
  • Nicole Thompson, Digital Services Expert for the Defense Digital Service
  • Patrick Day, Chief Technology Officer at Tomestic
  • Ray R Hernandez, Product Director at Armaments Research Company
  • Suhas Joshi, Adviser at Prospero Wealth, LLC

For more information about the Tech Executive Leadership Initiative and these leaders, see here.


The Aspen Tech Policy Hub is a West Coast policy incubator, training a new generation of STEM policy entrepreneurs. The Hub takes STEM experts, teaches them the policy process through fellowship and training programs, and encourages them to develop outside-the-box solutions to society’s problems. It models itself after tech incubators like Y Combinator, but trains new policy thinkers and focuses on the impact of their ideas. For more information, please visit The Aspen Tech Policy Hub is an initiative of Aspen Digital.

The Tech Talent Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit project dedicated to increasing the ability of the U.S. government to recruit modern technical leaders in order to achieve critical economic, policy, and human outcomes. It was founded in 2017 by former technology leaders from the Obama and Trump White Houses. For more information, please visit:

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