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Lessons from 5 Years of TOP: A Conversation on the State of the Innovation Ecosystem


Daniel Correa
Partnership for Public Service, Strategic Advisor

Dan Correa is Strategic Advisor at the Partnership for Public Service and Director of the nonpartisan Day One Project. He previously helped shape science and technology policy for the Obama Administration for four years, serving as Assistant Director for Innovation Policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. A 15-year veteran of the S&T policy community,  he holds law and economics degrees from Yale University.

Nico Papafil
GSA, Director of 10x

Nico Papafil is the Director of 10x in the Technology Transformation Services (TTS) within GSA. In 2017, he co-founded the 10x program, an incremental investment program designed to fund, support, and develop ideas from federal employees about how technology can improve the public's experience with the Government. In his role, he administers all TTS start-up technology investments by overseeing the financials, staffing, contracts and business operations. Since 2017, he has managed a portfolio of over $59M in technology investments.

Jennifer Lassiter
Consumer Financial, Chief of Staff and Program Operations Lead, Design + Development, Tech & Innovation

Jennifer B. Lassiter is a cultural strategist, idea generator, and enabler of disruptive innovation based in Washington D.C. She currently serves as a Chief of Staff and Program Operations Lead within the Technology & Innovation division at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). In this role, Jennifer built and now oversees the CFPB’s Tech Sprint Program and oversees the operations for Design + Development, a team of technologists (product, designers and engineers) focused on regulatory technology and consumer education. At the CFPB, she has also acted as Senior Advisor to the Chief Data Officer. Previous to the CFPB, Jennifer worked and lived internationally, as a global operations and strategy manager, in the private sector.  

Drew Zachary
Census Open Innovation Labs, Managing Director

Drew Zachary is Managing Director of Census Open Innovation Labs and Director/Co-founder of The Opportunity Project at the US Census Bureau. Previously, Drew was a Policy Advisor at the White House Domestic Policy Council, senior analyst at the US Department of Commerce Data Service, and worked in health technology R&D. Drew holds an MPP from Johns Hopkins University and is a PhD candidate in social policy at Brandeis University. She has been recognized as one of the world’s 100 most influential young people in government for 2018 by Apolitical, one of 20 rising stars by FCW/GCN’s Government Innovation Awards 2018, and a Federal 100 winner by FCW in 2019.

Radhika Bhatt
The Opportunity Project, Deputy Director

We hope that all innovation enthusiasts will join us for this crossover session co-hosted by the Federal Innovation Summit!

It’s been 5 years since the launch of TOP:  What have we learned? As we cross the finish line of our 12th sprint cycle, with nearly 150 products completed, we’re realizing more than ever what TOP is really about: Changing the way government employees think about collaboration and innovating with data. Changing the way the public thinks about the government’s capacity to support them.  Improving data quality by opening up conversations with end users.  In this transparent conversation with some of our most respected innovation colleagues, we’ll dig into the lasting impacts of TOP and other programs, the remaining challenges of sustaining these efforts, and what new innovation leaders and career civil servants should take away.  Featuring speakers from 10x, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Partnership for Public Service and The Opportunity Project.