Vice President, Public Interest Technology and Local Initiatives, New America
Cecilia Muñoz is Vice President for Public Interest Technology and Local Initiatives at New America. Prior to joining New America in 2017, she served for eight years on President Obama’s senior staff, first as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs followed by five years as Director of the Domestic Policy Council. Before working in government, she was Senior Vice President at the National Council of La Raza (now UNIDOS US), the nation’s largest Hispanic policy and advocacy organization, where she served for 20 years. Muñoz is also a Senior Fellow at Results for America, a nonprofit that advances the use of data and evidence in policy making. She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2000 for her work on immigration and civil rights, and serves on the Boards of the Open Society and Kresge Foundations, as well as the nonprofit Protect Democracy Project. Muñoz, a Detroit native and the daughter of immigrants from Bolivia, is also a wife and mother of two grown daughters. She lives with her husband in Maryland.
Chief Information Officer, City of Austin
Mr. Stephen Elkins serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Austin, Communications and Technology Management department, (CTM). As CIO, Mr. Elkins oversees the Department’s use of information technology to improve performance and manage risk across the City’s overall organization. Mr. Elkins leads the Department’s enterprise architecture, information systems, information technology governance, security, and information resources management programs in collaboration with all organizational components of the Department. Mr. Elkins has been selected for numerous awards since being appointed as CIO. For example, he was named One of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers for 2015 by Government Technology.
Meredith Ringel Morris
Senior Principal Researcher & Research Manager, Ability Research Group, Microsoft Research
Meredith Ringel Morris is a Sr. Principal Researcher and Research Manager at Microsoft Research; she is also an affiliate Professor at the University of Washington in the School of Computer Science and Engineering and in the Information School. Dr. Morris leads MSR’s Ability team, which conducts research in HCI and AI with the goal of developing innovative technologies that extend the capabilities of and enhance quality of life for people with disabilities. She is an internationally-recognized expert in Human-Computer Interaction, and has conducted foundational research in several areas including gesture design, social search, and accessibility. She has served as the general chair for ACM’s CSCW conference, and has previously served as Technical Program Chair of the CHI, CSCW, ASSETS, and Interactive Tabletops & Surfaces conferences. Dr. Morris is a past member of the TOCHI editorial board and of the CSCW and CHI steering committees. She has been recognized as one of Technology Review’s “35 under 35” for her work on collaborative web search, and was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist for her contributions to HCI research. She is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles, many of which have been recognized with best paper awards; her publications are available at http://aka.ms/merrie. Dr. Morris earned her Sc.B. in computer science from Brown University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University.