Government Innovation Awards
Congratulations to the 2020 Rising Stars
- By Troy K. Schneider
- Oct 16, 2020
Each year, the Rising Star Awards recognize individuals who are early in their federal IT careers yet already are having an outsized impact. The women and men listed below have been selected both for their accomplishments over the past year and for their leadership potential in this community.
These awards are part of our larger Government Innovation Awards program. A joint effort of FCW, GCN, Washington Technology and Defense Systems, these awards also recognize the companies supporting the government’s transformation and the most innovative technology initiatives across the public sector.
The 2020 Public Sector Innovation winners and Industry Innovators were announced today as well. You can learn more about the overall Government Innovation Awards here.
We'll be running full profiles of the 2020 Rising Stars in early November. Until then, here's a quick salute this year's winners — a dozen individuals we're confident you'll be hearing about for years to come:
- Arvin Baroni
Senior Product Manager, Product Lifecycle Management
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Katie Boeckl
Privacy Risk Strategist
National Institute of Standards and Technology
- Liz Dean
Senior UX Strategist
- Kelsey Werder Monaghan
Federal Account Manager, Department of Energy & NASA
- Jamie Mullaney
Jefferson Consulting Group
- George Nicol
Program Specialist, Solutions for Enterprise Wide Procurement
- Meikle Paschal Jr.
Robotic Process Automation Product Owner
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- Nicholas Shields
Research Analyst/Data Scientist
Department of the Air Force
- Douglas Smith
Project Manager, FEDSIM
General Services Administration
- Kevin Smith
C2S Consulting Group
- Sherri Sokol
Defense Information Systems Agency
- Ashley Strickland
CACI Agile Solution Factory Growth & Communications Lead
Troy K. Schneider is the Editor-in-Chief of both FCW and GCN, two of the oldest and most influential publications in public-sector IT. Both publications (originally known as Federal Computer Week and Government Computer News, respectively) are owned by GovExec. Mr. Schneider also serves GovExec's General Manager for Government Technology Brands.
Mr. Schneider previously served as New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company, where he oversaw the online operations of The Atlantic Monthly, National Journal, The Hotline and The Almanac of American Politics, among other publications. The founding editor of NationalJournal.com, Mr. Schneider also helped launch the political site PoliticsNow.com in the mid-1990s, and worked on the earliest online efforts of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. He began his career in print journalism, and has written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, WashingtonPost.com, Slate, Politico, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.
Mr. Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.