A new program that prepares senior technology leaders with the skills critical to government service and public policy

The Tech Executive Leadership Initiative (TELI) is a pilot 8 week skills-building initiative to prepare experienced technology leaders to engage effectively with public sector challenges. The TELI pilot is a collaboration of the Aspen Tech Policy Hub, Project Redesign, and the Tech Talent Project.

The inaugural leadership training program, which was fully remote in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, began on August 22nd and ran part-time through mid-October 2020.

Read the full press release announcing TELI here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Curriculum

TELI provides senior technology professionals with a unique leadership opportunity to build their executive skills through real-world engagement with government, policy, and human-centered design. Through experiential learning with real service delivery challenges, leaders hone their skills to work effectively with dedicated public servants and mitigate risk on technology projects.  

As part of the curriculum, leaders also develop innovative, practical projects to real policy and service delivery challenges that governments are facing. Stay tuned to learn more about these projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Leaders

TELI participants include senior leaders from well-known tech advocacy organizations, non-profit organizations, and private companies; entrepreneurial executives who have built and grown successful startups; and innovators who have led digital transformation efforts at large organizations on their own path to modernization.

As it turns out, optimizing government for human beings is a radical idea. Learning from experts and civil servants dedicated to this idea was eye-opening. Working with fellow techies to try and contribute some ideas of our own was both humbling and exhilarating. – Ashley Llorens

I enjoyed meeting and working closely with CTOs, CIOs, CDOs and others on challenging real-world government problems. It was a great opportunity to leverage the strengths of a broad cross-section of technology executives.  – Anirma Gupta

The TELI program blended industry best practices with a practical overview of federal service exceptionally well. It was a great primer for any tech executive looking to understand government process and shortfalls. – Chuck Borges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Team

Meha Ahluwalia

Program Coordinator, Aspen Tech Policy Hub

Meha Ahluwalia is the Program Coordinator of the Aspen Tech Policy Hub. Previously, she interned at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation, assisted healthcare cybersecurity research…

Meha Ahluwalia is the Program Coordinator of the Aspen Tech Policy Hub. Previously, she interned at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation, assisted healthcare cybersecurity research at MIT, and helped develop a new feature for the Edge browser at Microsoft. Meha holds a BA in Cognitive Science from Wellesley College. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to podcasts, taking long drives, and getting lost in museums.

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Jennifer Anastasoff

Executive Director, Tech Talent Project

Jennifer Anastasoff is Executive Director of the Tech Talent Project. She was a founding member of U.S. Digital Service at the White House and served as Head…

Jennifer Anastasoff is Executive Director of the Tech Talent Project. She was a founding member of U.S. Digital Service at the White House and served as Head of People from 2014 until 2017, increasing the team from three to over 200 and created a diverse, cross-functional pipeline of digital talent from around America into our federal government. She has a Master’s in Public Policy and International Education from Harvard University. Jennifer spends her spare time reading, writing, and attempting to set up online karaoke.

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Dana Chisnell

Partner-Founder, Project Redesign

Dana Chisnell is a Senior Fellow at the National Conference on Citizenship and Partner-Founder at Project Redesign. She’s the lead instructor for human-centered government service delivery for…

Dana Chisnell is a Senior Fellow at the National Conference on Citizenship and Partner-Founder at Project Redesign. She’s the lead instructor for human-centered government service delivery for the Tech Executive Leadership Initiative. She was co-founder of the Center for Civic Design and a founding member of the United States Digital Service. Ask her about her Field Guides To Ensuring Voter Intent being in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian.

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Betsy Cooper

Executive Director, Aspen Tech Policy Hub

Betsy Cooper is founding Executive Director of the Aspen Tech Policy Hub. Previously, she was the founding Executive Director of the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity…

Betsy Cooper is founding Executive Director of the Aspen Tech Policy Hub. Previously, she was the founding Executive Director of the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity and was a policy and legal counselor at the Department of Homeland Security. Betsy has a DPhil from the University of Oxford and graduated from Yale Law School. In her spare time, she likes to run experiments to see if her digital devices are listening to her.

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Ginny Hunt

Partner-Founder, Project Redesign

Ginny Hunt is a Senior Fellow at the National Conference on Citizenship and Partner-Founder at Project Redesign. She was the founding head of Justice & Opportunity at…

Ginny Hunt is a Senior Fellow at the National Conference on Citizenship and Partner-Founder at Project Redesign. She was the founding head of Justice & Opportunity at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a founding director of the US Digital Service, and founding PM of Google’s Public Sector team. Ask her about Tennessee walking horses.

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Madeline Libbey

Program Assistant, Aspen Tech Policy Hub

Madeline Libbey is a Program Assistant with the Aspen Tech Policy Hub. She is a recent graduate from Stanford University where she studied Political Science, Computer Science,…

Madeline Libbey is a Program Assistant with the Aspen Tech Policy Hub. She is a recent graduate from Stanford University where she studied Political Science, Computer Science, and Ethics in Society, and contributed research to the Stanford Global Digital Policy Incubator. Madeline currently attends the Oxford Internet Institute where she studies Social Science of the Internet. When she is not researching tech policy, Madeline can be found biking, hiking, and running around her home town of Sonoma Valley.

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Cassandra Madison

Acting Executive Director, Tech Talent Project

Cassandra Madison is Director of Partnerships at the Tech Talent Project, and is an experienced public servant whose expertise sits at the intersection of technology, operations, and…

Cassandra Madison is Director of Partnerships at the Tech Talent Project, and is an experienced public servant whose expertise sits at the intersection of technology, operations, and policy. She has spent the past 15 years helping to ensure that big ideas get implemented in a way that drives innovation, improves the lives of those accessing services, and builds a positive culture in the workplace.

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Hayley Pontia

Program Assistant, TELI Human-Centered Government Service Design Course

Hayley Pontia is a Student Analyst at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation. Previously, Hayley served as the Communications Intern for the Education Policy Program…

Hayley Pontia is a Student Analyst at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation. Previously, Hayley served as the Communications Intern for the Education Policy Program at New America. Hayley has a BA and BS from the University of Pittsburgh in Communications and Psychology, and an MA from Georgetown University in Communication, Culture, and Technology. On the weekends Hayley enjoys long walks with her dog, antiquing, and spending time taking care of her plants.

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Mai Sistla

Deputy Director, Aspen Tech Policy Hub

Mai Sistla is the Deputy Director of the Aspen Tech Policy Hub. Previously, she was a project manager at the University of Chicago Crime Lab—a policy research…

Mai Sistla is the Deputy Director of the Aspen Tech Policy Hub. Previously, she was a project manager at the University of Chicago Crime Lab—a policy research center that generates evidence to inform crime, criminal justice, and education policy—and a field staffer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mai holds a BA in economics from Northwestern University and an MPP from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. Her favorite hobbies include walking, coffee shops, and walking to coffee shops.

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