5 Experts To Know About

Archana Vemulapalli​, the CTO of Washington, D.C.

The Implementer:

Archana Vemulapalli is the DC Chief Technology Officer. More than just a visionary, Vemulapalli is an expert team leader who gets things done. Most recently her office has embarked on a smart city initiative for the District, which has built a number of prototypes in the area from energy-generating sidewalks in Dupont Circle to smart streetlights on Pennsylvania Ave. But none of these things would have been possible without the 12 different DC offices in DC government which Vemulapalli brought together to innovate and create a safe and secure smart city.


Lexi Alexander, business strategist

The Strategist:

Lexi Alexander is, without a doubt, one of the top business strategists in govcon today. Alexander has revamped business pipelines and growth strategies for multiple companies, including L3 Communications and SERCO North America. Currently, she applies her expertise as a senior vice president at ASRC Federal managing pipelines, processes and tools, business development and corporate strategy.



Amanda Rousseau, world-class malware expert

The Threat Hunter:

Amanda Rousseau- known by some as “Malware Unicorn” for the unicorn text she inserts in her code- is a world-renowned malware expert who got her start on digital forensics and malware reverse engineering at the Defense Department’s Cyber Crime Center. She’s continued to work in both the public and private sectors on cyber threat detection, response and attribution. Now she’s part of a team at Endgame, and presents their findings at conference around the globe.

Rousseau’s moniker came from her signature code unicorns

The Force Multiplier:

Kelly Olson, GSA’s force multiplier

Kelly Olson has brought a whole new meaning to “power of the people” in her role at the General Services Administration. She oversees 12 programs and initiatives in the Innovation Portfolio: a digital connection point between federal innovation hubs, government employees and change agents to share resources, trainings, and innovative best practices. Among her projects is the award-winning Challenge.gov, which helps agencies to leverage competitions and citizen crowd sources in order to innovate.



Camille Tuutti, executive editor at Nextgov

The Communicator:

Camille Tuutti is a familiar face in the Washington, D.C. government tech scene. She’s the executive editor at Nextgov, as well as the force behind their innovative engagement program “Tech & Tequila.” Tuutti has created a community of collaboration by bringing experts from industry and government together. She is always ready for the next big idea, and to share it with the world.



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