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Welcoming Adam Neufeld to the Beeck Center

May 9, 2017 | Adam Neufeld Joins Georgetown University as a Senior Fellow

A Joint Announcement from Alexandra Reeve Givens, Executive Director of The Institute for Technology Policy at Georgetown Law, and Sonal Shah, Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation.

The  Institute for Technology Policy at Georgetown Law and the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation are proud to announce the appointment of Adam Neufeld as a joint Fellow. Adam brings extensive experience as an innovator in the public sector to Georgetown’s campus. Through his fellowship, Adam will contribute to the University’s thought leadership in technology policy by producing original articles, opinion pieces and convenings. Adam will apply his unique expertise in big data, tech policy, and government innovation to projects that explore innovative mechanisms to reducing barriers to technology in government, such as implementing effective legal frameworks for sharing data across sectors, and analyzing the regulatory environment of new technology.

Prior to joining Georgetown, Adam worked as the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), where he was the second highest official at the 11,500-employee agency with an approximately $25 billion annual budget. At GSA, he was critical in charting the agency’s transformation over the past several years, playing a vital role in reorganizing and streamlining the agency, increasing efficiencies of government acquisition, and helping agencies transform their space into more efficient, mobile, open offices.

Adam has been at the forefront of efforts to bring innovative new approaches to the federal government, including the Presidential Innovation Fellows and 18F (a 200-person office of coders and designers that work with other agencies), a unit of behavioral scientists, and human resources reform. He also helped reduce federal contracting barriers for innovative technology companies, transition the Presidential Innovation Fellows program to GSA to ensure its long-term sustainability, create an agency-wide data platform, and develop legislation to help finance agency technology modernizations.

Before GSA, Adam served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Management and Budget. In this position, he sought to improve government management and budgetary issues. His efforts addressed issues ranging from improper payments to personnel policy to performance management to customer service. In addition, he has served as a consultant at McKinsey & Co., with a focus on serving the federal government. Previously, he was an honors attorney at the U.S. Department of Labor working on trial, appellate and regulatory matters, as well as a special assistant to the Chairman of the Federal Election Commission.  Adam is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School

“With the world changing at such an exponential rate, it is critical that we build a more innovative and flexible policy environment that can adapt to rapid technological change. Adam has worked at the forefront of this movement, and we are thrilled to apply his expertise to our research,” said Sonal Shah, Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation.  

Alexandra Reeve Givens, Executive Director of The  Institute for Technology Policy at Georgetown Law added, “Adam’s expertise across the public and private sector will bring a powerful perspective to the Institute in advancing the conversation on technology law and public policy. We are honored to have him on board and look forward to sharing his expertise with the larger Georgetown community.”

Adam will host Office Hours at the Beeck Center for students interested in his background and work. Stay tuned for his published office hour schedule as well as an interview on his academic and professional experience.

 

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