Josh Di Frances

    Presidential Fellow, Executive Director


    Joshua “Josh” Di Frances is the Executive Director of the Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) program within the Technology Transformation Services (TTS). The PIF program was established by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2012 to attract into government top innovators from the private sector, capable of tackling issues at the convergence of technology, policy, and process. The program embeds talented technology leaders into agencies to challenge existing paradigms by rethinking problems and leverage novel, agile approaches.

    Mr. Di Frances was hired as the Executive Director of PIF in June 2018. In this position, he leads and manages 65+ fellows annually and the PIF front office staff. He also facilitates key strategic efforts to position the program for success. These efforts Include working with legal counsel, creating partnerships with the White House and federal agencies, and meeting with key federal and external stakeholders to identify projects for Fellows across government and plan and execute recruitment events.

    r. Di Frances previously served as the Deputy Director for PIF where he oversaw the operations and finances for the program. Before joining the federal government, Mr. Di Frances worked at CVS Health to accelerate innovation through healthcare and technology strategic partnerships and investments. He also worked with Mass General Brigham — a Harvard affiliated academic medical center — in the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub where he partnered with Harvard Medical School professors to commercialize technology. Prior to Mass General Brigham, Mr. Di Frances served as Director of Operations for a biotechnology start-up in Cambridge, MA that focused on novel gene editing technology.

    Mr. Di Frances’ expertise is in digital health, health policy, civic technology, healthcare/technology strategy, biotechnology, strategic partnerships, venture capital, joint ventures, and corporate business development.

    Mr. Di Frances has a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Boston University. Mr. Di Frances is originally from Wisconsin, but most recently lived in Boston. He and his wife currently reside in Washington, DC. Josh is also a proud volunteer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.