Chief of Staff
Defense Digital Service
Katie Olson is the Chief of Staff for the Defense Digital Service, a team based at the Pentagon charged with driving a giant leap forward in the way the Department of Defense builds, buys, and deploys software. Prior to DDS, Olson led the launch of the City Tech Collaborative in Chicago, a tech organization that remakes essential city services and infrastructure using advanced technology, in partnership with corporations, philanthropies, and universities. Olson holds a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies from American University in Washington, D.C. She also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi.