Former Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer Cori Zarek will serve as master of ceremonies at the upcoming AGL Summit on Nov. 7 in Washington, D.C.
“We are honored to have Cori, with her strong leadership and bold vision for the civic tech movement, serve in this important role as we host the first AGL Summit in our nation’s capital,” said AGL Executive Director Aaron Pava. “As the professional association for digital service practitioners, AGL will help forge this community into a thriving partnership with government.”
The AGL Summit will feature more than 25 speakers from federal, state and local government and the civic technology community for a day-long conference on government digital services. See the complete list of speakers here.
“As the digital service movement continues to grow, it’s important to have dedicated gathering spaces for professionals to learn from one another and connect over this work,” Zarek said. “AGL is creating opportunities for more professional development and I look forward to connecting with colleagues and finding new ways to work together.”
The conference will include keynote speeches, lightning talks, and panel discussions on topics such as procurement reform, public service innovation, talent and workforce development, user-centered design, lean methodologies, iterative development, product management, and open and participatory government. Register for the conference here: https://www.agilegovleaders.org/summit/
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.