NATOA Congratulates Chris Vein on Appointment
February 25, 2011 1:02 PMFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Alexandria, VA - (February 25, 2011) – NATOA congratulates its long-time member, Chris Vein, on his appointment as Deputy United States Chief Technology Officer for Innovation. Mr. Vein will be serving under Aneesh Chopra at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Mr. Vein, who has announced his resignation as Chief Information Officer of the City and County of San Francisco, is a long-time member of the association, founding Chair of NATOA’s CIO Advisory Board, and recipient of the NATOA’s 2009 award for Community Broadband Visionary of the Year.
During his many years as a NATOA member and leader, Mr. Vein has demonstrated and embodied the notion that technology and broadband innovation happen at the local level. Mr. Vein has been responsible not only for San Francisco’s visionary programs to deliver broadband communications to the neediest San Franciscans, but also for innovative open government programs and solutions that make government data available to the public on an open and transparent basis.
NATOA also congratulates and commends the Obama Administration for Mr. Vein’s appointment to this position in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.
“This is an outstanding appointment,” said NATOA Executive Director Steve Traylor. “And it’s an important recognition by the Obama Administration of the importance of local government efforts in technology and broadband innovation.”
Stated NATOA President Ken Fellman: “Chris will bring to Washington many of the great new ideas for government innovation in technology that are being developed in local communities. He will be a technology innovator for the public interest at the federal level, as he has been for so long at the local level.”