Whether it’s the CEO of the company or the President of the United States, change doesn’t happen just because the person in charge declares it should. When bureaucracy gets in the way, what’s in your playbook?
In this speaker series, join Thoughtworks Federal Head of Growth, Jonah Czerwinski, along with special guest hosts Marina Nitze, former CTO of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Nick Sinai, former U.S. Deputy CTO, the co-authors of the recently published "Hack Your Bureaucracy" about proven plays and sensible defaults that can be applied in any industry to transform ideas into measurable impact, in our series of conversations to help you become more impactful and influential within your organization.
We host Mina Hsiang, Administrator of the United States Digital Service (USDS), to discuss how she uses the tools taught in “Hack Your Bureaucracy” to drive innovation across some of the largest enterprises and at the highest levels of government. Hsiang will also bring insights from her experiences, which include rescuing Healthcare.gov from the brink of collapse and bringing product management to Medicare through MACRA implementation, to illustrate the ingenuity and resourcefulness that delivers results.
Mina Hsiang was named the third Administrator of the United States Digital Service (USDS) in August 2021, becoming the first woman and first Asian-American to lead the organization since it started in 2014. Hsiang brings deep technical experience to the position. She has worked across the private and public sectors to help solve complex problems requiring important actions both from the government and the private sector.
Jonah Czerwinski is a recognized leader in government modernization, technology, innovation, and federal public sector management and currently serves as the Federal Practice Leader at the global technology consultancy Thoughtworks where he works with federal agency leaders to transform their organizations into modern digital enterprises. Jonah served in government from 2009 through 2013 as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (SES) and also founded and led the VA Center for Innovation (VACI), serving as its first Executive Director.
Marina Nitze served as the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs under President Obama. Before her VA appointment, Marina was Senior Advisor on Technology in the Obama White House and was the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the U.S. Department of Education. She is a partner at Layer Aleph, a crisis response firm that specializes in restoring complex software systems to service, and a fellow at New America's New Practice Lab, where she works on modernizing America's foster care system.
Nick Sinai served as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States under President Obama. Nick led President Obama’s Open Data Initiatives, co-led the Open Government Initiative, and helped start the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. Nick is a Senior Advisor to global software investor Insight Partners, he serves on the board of Coding It Forward, and is an advisor to the Harvard Open Data Project, Harvard Computer Society's Tech For Social Good, and Upsolve.