Government Innovation Awards

Congratulations to the 2020 Rising Stars

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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
    MetroStar Systems
  • Kelsey Werder Monaghan
    Federal Account Manager, Department of Energy & NASA
    Dell Technologies
  • Jamie Mullaney
    Manager
    Jefferson Consulting Group
  • George Nicol
    Program Specialist, Solutions for Enterprise Wide Procurement
    NASA
  • 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
    Vice President
    C2S Consulting Group
  • Sherri Sokol
    Innovation Lead
    Defense Information Systems Agency
  • Ashley Strickland
    CACI Agile Solution Factory Growth & Communications Lead
    CACI

About the Author

Troy K. Schneider is editor-in-chief of FCW and GCN, as well as General Manager of Public Sector 360.

Prior to joining 1105 Media in 2012, Schneider was the New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company. The founding editor of NationalJournal.com, 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, National Journal, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.

Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.

Click here for previous articles by Schneider, or connect with him on Twitter: @troyschneider.


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