Now, that's what we call a talent pipeline!
Each year, the Rising Star Awards recognize early-career individuals who are having an outsized impact – both with their accomplishments over the past year and for their leadership potential in this community.
As the 20 winners on year's list makes clear, there's tremendous talent coming up through the ranks.
These early-career phenoms from civilian and Defense agencies as well as contractor partners have worked in government IT for less than 10 years, yet are already having a powerful and positive impact. Whether improving user experience, fast-tracking job applicants, integrating emerging technologies or bringing complex processes into the 21st century, these Rising Stars are the rank-and-file talent that makes agencies run.
Join us in honoring tomorrow's top IT leaders:
Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi
Global Emerging Technology & Innovation Strategist, Senior Advisor Manager, Government & Public Services, Deloitte
Content Designer, 18F, Technology Transformation Services, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration
Scrum Master, TCG
Capt. Keely J. Carrigan
Operations Flight Commander, 707th Communications Squadron, U.S. Air Force
Michael B. Cox
Data Scientist and Team Lead for Internet of Things, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Senior Airman Christopher R. DeForge
Geospatial Analyst/Full-Motion Video Screener, 45th Intelligence Squadron, U.S. Air Force
Anjelica B. Dortch
Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Federal CIO, Office of Management and Budget
Management and Program Analyst, Office of Information Technology, Transportation Security Administration
Business Development Manager, Edgewater Federal Solutions
IT Specialist/Systems Developer, Business Technology Solutions, Office of the CIO, Small Business Administration
Digital Services Expert, U.S. Digital Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs
Daisy O. James
Project Manager, Enterprise Services, Office of Information and Technology, Passenger Systems Program Directorate, Customs and Border Protection
Project Manager, Telos Corporation
Katherine M. Katina
Business Development Associate, SAIC
Chief Product Officer, Division of Acquisition, Department of Health and Human Services
Taylor C. Roberts
Cybersecurity Advisor, Office of Management and Budget
Capt. Anthony N. Rodriguez
Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, 24th Air Force, U.S. Air Force
Senior Engineering Lead, Nava Public Benefit Corporation
Chief Information Officer at Hortonworks Federal and Technical Director, Hortonworks
Program Director, Opportunity Project, and Co-Managing Director, Census Open Innovation Labs, Census Bureau, Department of Commerce
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