Aneesh Chopra is the former—and first—U.S. chief technology officer. As an assistant to the president, he designed the National Wireless Initiative, helped launch Startup America, and executed an “open innovation” strategy across the government built on private-sector collaboration—opening up data, convening on standards, and staffing “lean government startups.” He is the author of the forthcoming book Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government focused on how we can tap entrepreneurial problem solvers to address challenges in health, energy, and education markets among other public and regulated sectors.

Chopra is currently the co-founder and executive vice president of Hunch Analytics, a startup focused on improving the productivity of public and regulated sectors of the economy through data analytics. In 2011, Chopra was named to Modern Healthcare‘s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare (#39), and in 2008 to Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 in their “Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers” issue. Chopra earned his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University in 1997 and his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1994.