Dawn Leaf

Chief Information Officer

Department of Labor

Dawn Leaf is the Chief Information Officer for the United States Department of Labor. She assumed this role in 2014 after having served as the Department's Deputy CIO. In 2014, Ms. Leaf was also named as one of the FCW “Federal 100,” and FedScoop's "DC's Top 50 Women in Tech" in recognition of the difference she has made in the way information technology is used to advance agency missions. As CIO she is leading the transformation of DOL IT.

Prior to her appointment to DOL in 2012, Ms. Leaf served as the Senior Advisor for Cloud Computing in the National Institute of Standards and Technology Information Technology Laboratory. Under her stewardship, NIST achieved international recognition in the arena of Cloud Computing. Ms. Leaf was honored among the ten “Top Women in Cloud” by the CloudNOW organization. She was also recognized as one of the FierceGovernment first annual "Fierce 15," which recognizes some of the ”... most innovative projects and forward-thinking people working in government IT.” Ms. Leaf served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer for the United States Department of Commerce, the Chief Information Officer of the Bureau of Industry and Security, and Chief Technology Officer of the Smithsonian Institution.

Before joining the federal government in 1999, Ms. Leaf acquired broad experience in advanced technology and large scale distributed systems development and engineering. Ms. Leaf's foundation in Information Technology came from her 1981-1995 tenure with the Westinghouse Electric Corporation (Northrop-Grumman). Dawn Leaf holds an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering, and is a cum laude graduate of McDaniel College.