Veteran government technology executive Cori Zarek has joined the AGL Association Board of Directors. The former Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer will serve as a chief advisor to the nonprofit that formed in 2018 to serve the professional digital services community.
“We are honored to have Cori in a leadership role with the AGL Association, to help guide us through a new important phase of the organization,” said Executive Director Aaron Pava. “With her strong leadership and bold vision for the civic tech movement, we are optimistic about the future of government digital services that help constituents across federal, state and local agencies.”
“I am committed to working with the AGL Association and other nonprofits in this space to make government digital services a universal practice that transforms the way government serves the people,” said Zarek. “AGL is creating opportunities for more professional development and I look forward to helping the organization grow.”
Zarek works on technology and policy projects with a goal of helping governments better serve the public. She is the Director of the Digital Service Collaborative at the Georgetown University Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation and previously served as the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer.
Before joining Georgetown, Cori led the principles and practices work for Code for America and was a Mozilla fellow. From 2013-2017 at the White House, Cori advised the U.S. Chief Technology Officer and led the team’s work to build a more digital, open, and collaborative government including helping to stand up and support the U.S. Digital Service, 18F and the Presidential Innovation Fellows. Cori also led the U.S. government’s development and implementation of commitments to the Open Government Partnership.
Previously, Zarek was an attorney at the U.S. National Archives, and before that, at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press where she worked on free press, free expression, and freedom of information issues. She has consulted on civic tech, tech policy, press freedom and freedom of information issues with leaders in countries around the world and teaches First Amendment law as an adjunct professor. She is the President of the Board of Directors for MuckRock, a nonprofit, collaborative news site in the U.S. that promotes transparency for an informed democracy, and also serves on the Advisory Council for the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law.