Speakers

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Scott Bollinger
NASCA Secretary | Treasurer
Commissioner, Bureau of Administration
State of South Dakota
Scott Bollinger began his duties as the Commissioner of the Bureau of Administration on March 1, 2017.  He previously served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Administration from January 11, 2016 – March 1, 2017.  He also served as the Director of Operations for the state Department of Corrections from October 1991 – January 2017.  He was also the Finance Administrator for the Bureau of Administration from June 1987 – October 1991 and a budget analyst with the Bureau of Finance and Management from May 1983 – June 1987.

Scott is a Woonsocket, South Dakota native and graduated with a BS in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD.

Scott and his wife Deb live in Pierre and have four adult sons.  Scott enjoys time with family, golf, reading and volunteers with his church, the Knights of Columbus and the Pierre Tennis Association.
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Christi Branscom
Commissioner, Department of General Services
State of Tennessee

Christi Branscom is a native Knoxvillian with an honors degree in finance from the University of Tennessee and a law degree from the University of Memphis. She has enjoyed a successful career as COO / General Counsel and Principal Managing Real Estate Broker at Partners Development for more than 20 years. 

In 2012, she left her work in the private sector to dedicate herself to public service, and she joined the City of Knoxville administration as the Senior Director of Public Works.  Fifteen months later was promoted to Deputy to the Mayor/ Chief Operating Officer.  Branscom is the first woman to have been named to either position in Knoxville history. 

While at the City of Knoxville, Branscom spearheaded a large number of visible and complex development projects, including negotiating the deal to transfer ownership of Lakeshore Park from the state to the city and preparing it for development; hammering out an agreement for Regal Entertainment Group to move its headquarters to the South Waterfront; and planning and overseeing construction of the city’s new Public Works Service Complex.

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Ronald Bye
Senior Vice President, Global Capital Planning Practice Lead
JLL
Ronald Bye has over 45 years of experience and is the global Capital Planning Practice Lead for JLL.  He has responsibility for developing the process, technology, methodologies and business development efforts for JLL’s capital planning practice. Mr. Bye developed an algorithmic approach to project prioritization providing an objective process for capital allocation decisions.  In the last four years Mr. Bye and his teams have vetted and prioritized over 200,000 projects with a combined value of 
$40 billion.
 
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Paul Campbell
Adjunct Professor
Northwestern University
Silos drive me crazy.  Decades of experience across three overlapping and interconnected disciplines – government, business and law, has taught me cross-sector partnerships are required to build innovative and sustainable solutions. 

I started my career as a federal agent investigating public corruption and procurement fraud.  I learned how government often fails to select the right partner.  I then became a prosecutor and later returned to private practice representing businesses as a Partner at DLA Piper in Chicago.  This work taught me how partnerships are mismanaged and destroyed. 

To build on my business experience, I returned to school and earned my MBA at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.  I then joined the leadership team of Central Management Services (CMS), a $12B state agency in Illinois.  We led a major initiative to create an enterprise-wide shared services organization building many successful cross-sector partnerships.  I was later appointed Director of CMS and worked to institutionalize private sector best practices into government operations. 

In 2007, I returned to the private sector with UnitedHealthcare to build a new business-to-government (B2G) capability for state and local government.  A government relations role focused exclusively on business development.  I worked nationally on the political, business and legal issues that drive growth in the state and local government markets.  I also accepted a role as Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government and more recently an appointment as an Adjunct Professor at Kellogg. 

My work as a federal agent, prosecutor, commercial litigator, chief administrator, senior fellow at UPenn, director with UnitedHealthcare and Adjunct Professor at Kellogg helps me understand how government and business can leverage each other’s strengths to find the best solution. I work to advance better government through cross-sector partnerships.
 
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Kevin Chambers
Principal, Supply Chain and Network Operations
Deloitte
Kevin Chambers is a Principal in Deloitte’s Supply Chain and Network Operations practice.  He is responsible for the development of account strategy, recruitment and deployment of team members, and delivery of the Deloitte Sourcing & Procurement Offering throughout the Government & Public Services market space. Kevin has led successful and innovative Sourcing & Procurement projects for Commercial, Federal, State & Local, and Higher Education clients.  A certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute, Kevin provides strategic business advice and consulting services in the areas of Supply Chain Management, Sourcing & Procurement, Grants Management, Strategy & Operations, Data Warehousing, Strategic Planning, Business Process Reengineering, Workforce Development, and Logistics Management.
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Ellington Churchill
Secretary, Department of General Services
State of Maryland
Ellington Churchill, Jr. was sworn in as Secretary of the Department of General Services on 7/2016. He brings extensive experience in large-scale business development, property management and contract negotiation to General Services.
  
The Secretary’s varied responsibilities in the construction industry, proven-effective management and communications skills, and extensive experience working collaboratively with colleagues and clients position him to oversee the department’s operations in a manner that increases customer satisfaction and changes Maryland for the better.
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Keyanna Conner
Secretary of Administration
Commonwealth of Virginia

Dr. Keyanna Conner currently serves as Secretary of Administration for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In her role, she oversees the Department of General Services, the Department of Human Resource Management, the Department of Elections, The Virginia Information Technologies Agency, and the Compensation Board.

Previously, she served as State Director and Director of Government and Community Affairs for U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner, where she was the primary point of contact between the Senator’s office and representatives of state and local governments, public agencies and constituency organizations.

Prior to joining Sen. Warner’s official Senate office, Dr. Conner was a senior advisor on Sen. Warner’s 2014 re-election campaign.

Dr. Conner received her undergraduate degree in chemistry at Hampton University, and her doctoral degree in organic chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University. She grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.


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Jay Dardenne
Commissioner of Administration
State of Louisiana
Jay Dardenne was appointed Commissioner of the Division of Administration in January 2016 by Gov. John Bel Edwards. In this capacity, he serves as the state's chief administrative officer and principal architect of the $25 billion executive budget. Jay Dardenne was elected twice as Louisiana's Lieutenant Governor, beginning November 2010. He previously served four years as Secretary of State, 15 years as a State Senator and three years as a Baton Rouge Metro Councilman. As Lieutenant Governor, he headed the Department of Culture Recreation and Tourism, which also includes State Parks, the Louisiana State Museum System, the State Library, the Office of Cultural Development, the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and Volunteer Louisiana. Louisiana's tourism numbers skyrocketed after he took office, setting records each year, the first such increases since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck in 2005. During his legislative service, he chaired the Senate Finance Committee and authorized legislation granting motion picture tax credits, which paved the way for the film and television industry to bring productions to the state. He also sponsored legislation streamlining the Department of Economic Development, creating a comprehensive Board of Ethics, establishing the Community and Technical College System and providing funding for coastal erosion. In 2003, he was named National Republican Legislator of the Year. In 2012, he received the National Public Leadership for the Arts Award from Americans for the Arts and the President's Award from Louisiana Public Broadcasting. In 2011, he was recognized by the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation for his ""dedication to preserving the cultural heritage and historical resources of Louisiana."" He also was honored for his community and public service by the American Association of State Service Commissions with the inaugural State Leader Award. In 2010, he was named Public Official of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Museums. 
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Brian DeForest
Chief Administrative Officer
State of Oregon

Brian DeForest is the Chief Administrative Officer for the State of Oregon.  A 3rd generation Oregonian, he graduated from Western Oregon State College, now University, in 1990.  (By the way, his grandkids are eighth generation Oregonians on his wife’s side). Brian began his state service 28 years ago as an assistant budget analyst in the Budget and Management Division and will be the first to tell you that “budgets make no cents.”  He has worked as a budget manager for several state agencies including Secretary of State, Department of Human Services – Services to Children and Families, Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) – Building Codes Division and the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and he has served as the director of the Health Licensing Agency and the Department of Aviation.

Brian was the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Oregon for eight years and is the 2017 recipient of the Fred W. Links Service Award from the National Association of State Budget Officers.  This award recognized Brian’s public service and “relentless dedication to perfecting the art of budgeting in the state of Oregon.”

His experiences in State government include implementing the R*STARS accounting system while at the Secretary of State in 1995.  In 2000, Brian was the lead project analysts on the ORBITS project that created the Oregon Budget and Information Tracking System used by all state agencies and the legislature. He is on the Executive Steering Committee for the new Workday personnel system, which was implemented in February 2019, and serves as the Executive Sponsor on two upcoming projects; the OregonBuys procurement project and the Payroll and the Timekeeping Replacement project. 


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Jenny Doherty
Global Solutions Lead for State Government
Amazon Business

Jenny Doherty joined Amazon Business in 2018 to lead the State Government sector.  In her role, she works to bring innovation to state procurement while maintaining the transparency and compliance required for her customers. 

Prior to Amazon Business, Jenny was former Chief Procurement Officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  As CPO for Pennsylvania, she saved over $100 million of taxpayer dollars in just one year through strategic sourcing initiatives including more than 20 reverse auctions.  She also implemented several private-sector procurement best practices such as supplier forums, a streamlined RFP process, and a new e-procurement solution.  Jenny was an early pioneer of B2B online reverse auctions and strategic sourcing as an entrepreneur with FreeMarkets in Pittsburgh, PA.  She guided Fortune 500 companies as they explored strategic sourcing principles using online auctions.  Jenny even contributed to a patent on the functioning of reverse auctions.  

One of her favorite pastimes outside of work is traveling with her husband and teenage daughters - especially to national parks or Pittsburgh Steelers games.  

 
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Shane Evangelist
Chief Executive Officer
NEOGOV
Shane Evangelist is the Chief Executive Officer of NEOGOV, the leading provider of an integrated HR, payroll, and talent management solution for the public sector. Joining NEOGOV in April 2017, Shane has since facilitated the acquisition of High Line Corporation and FirstNet Learning to create a complete integrated, intelligent HR solution.
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Janel Forde
Director, Department of Central Management
State of Illinois

Janel L. Forde is the Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS). CMS is the operational engine enabling the State’s more than 80 agencies, boards, and commissions to deliver efficient, reliable services to all Illinois residents. CMS oversees administrative services for Illinois’ executive agencies with an annual budget of nearly $7 billion. These services include human resources, benefits for employees and retirees, facilities management, diversity leadership for public contracting and State hiring, joint purchasing coordination, fleet management, surplus property administration, communications services, internal audits, and administrative hearings.

At CMS, Janel has focused on expanding and improving administration and operational outcomes through a program called Rapid Results. The program builds the leadership and management skills that enable State executive agencies to continuously improve service processes internally, by identifying and eliminating waste and building service value to the end customer. Rapid Results, to date, has trained more than 2,400 State employees in 35 agencies. These agencies together have identified and eliminated unnecessary costs totaling some $14 million each year, while capturing and reallocating more than 800,000 hours of previously wasted time, annually.

She holds a Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Economics with a dual concentration in Marketing and Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Janel lives in Chicago and enjoys traveling, baking, and all types of arts and crafts.

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Nikki Guilford
Director, Office of Management Consulting & Training
National Governors Association
Nikki Guilford serves as the director of the Office of Management Consulting and Training for NGA. In this role, she serves as management consultant to governors and their senior staff providing guidance and best practices concerning the leadership and management of state government and the organization, operation and staffing of the governor’s office. Guilford is NGA’s primary liaison to governors’ chiefs of staff. She provides on-site tailored consulting and organizes an annual series of professional development seminars for governors’ senior staff. Guilford also coordinates and manages the NGA biennial Seminar for New Governors. Prior to her 11 years with NGA, Guilford has more than 12 years of public service experience in the legislative and executive branches of state government including seven years as the Assistant Director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. In this role, she specialized in managing the business arm of state government including statewide human resources, collective bargaining, procurement, construction, real estate, information technology and equal opportunity. Additionally, she served on two gubernatorial transition teams and two large government reorganization projects. Guilford holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the Ohio State University. She currently resides in Annapolis, Maryland, but will always be a Buckeye at heart.
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Kurt Harris
Systems Engineer Director
World Wide Technology
Kurt Harris is a Systems Engineering Director at World Wide Technology, Inc. covering State and Local Government and Education sectors in the western United States.  Prior to World Wide Technology, Kurt worked at Cisco Systems for 17.5 years covering large ILEC service providers as an engineer and engineering leader as well as over 7 years as the senior engineering leader covering the United States Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps throughout the continental United States, Asia Pacific and Europe.
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Carol Harting
Business Development Manager
World Wide Technology

Carol Harting is a Business Development Manager with World Wide Technology and focuses on State and Local Government and Education Contracts. WWT currently has 120 SLED contracts across the US. Carol holds two Contracting Certificates from the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), as well as a Masters in Contract Management. Prior to coming to WWT Carol worked for a small office supply company where she managed GSA and other Federal Contracts.

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Karen Harvey
Senior Manager
Deloitte

Karen Harvey is a Senior Manager in the Deloitte’s Global Public Sector Supply Chain practice, with over 15 years of management consulting experience focused on helping clients transform sourcing & procurement and supply chain operations.  She has diversified experiences serving clients in State & Local Governments, Federal Government agencies, and Higher Education Institutions. Karen is an accomplished senior strategy advisor with deep experience in leading sourcing and procurement transformation programs and in implementing supplier management programs with industry partners.  She advises clients in areas including strategic sourcing, shared services, supplier relationship management, and supply chain risk management.

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Sarah Hilderbrand
Chief Operating Officer
NASPO ValuePoint
Sarah Hilderbrand is the Chief Operations Officer for NASPO ValuePoint, the cooperative contracting arm of NASPO, the National Association of State Procurement Officials.  Prior to joining NASPO, Sarah served as the Chief Procurement Officer for the state of Idaho; and has been involved in public procurement for over 20 years, at the state, county, city, special district and university levels.  Sarah has also served as legal counsel for a number of cities, counties and special districts.
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Chris Hughes
Director of State Purchasing
State of Utah
Christopher Hughes is the Director for the Division of Purchasing & General Services for the State of Utah.  He has worked for the Division of Purchasing & General Services for the past 5 years.  Prior to the working at the Division of Purchasing & General Services, Chris worked as an attorney for a law firm in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Chris received his law degree from the University of Utah.
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John Hull
Deputy Commissioner, Department of General Services
State of Tennessee
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Laura Jackson
Executive Director, Department of Finance and Administration
State of Mississippi
With almost 30 years of experience in state government, Laura Jackson’s career includes involvement in policy and administration, and a thorough understanding of the fiduciary responsibilities to the taxpayers of Mississippi. Laura’s background is the perfect foundation for her role as the Executive Director for the Department of Finance and Administration—also the State Fiscal Officer for Mississippi.

The Department of Finance and Administration is the executive agency responsible for fiscal management and a wide range of other vital functions necessary to the operation of state government. She manages a staff of over 400 employees and is responsible for, among other things, the oversight of Mississippi’s $20 Billion annual budget. As State Fiscal Officer, she works closely with the State Treasurer and is routinely called upon to advise the Governor and the Legislature on financial matters affecting the State ranging from budget development and 
management to bond issuance.

Prior to coming to DFA, Laura served as Deputy State Treasurer under the term of Treasurer Lynn Fitch. She also served as Bond Advisory Director for DFA where she served as an advisor to the State Bond Commission and was responsible for pre-issuance of state debt, including compilation of official documents and structuring of general obligation bond issues.  Laura started her career in state government with the Office of the State Auditor, working as a staff auditor and eventually serving as an Audit Manager, adding more experience in the financial and compliance issues of state government.
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Sid Johnson
Public Service Assistant; State Services And Decision Support
Carl Vinson Institute of Government
Sid promotes the Institute of Government’s public service mission through leadership development training and technical assistance to state and local government agencies. Prior to rejoining the Institute of Government in April 2017, Sid served a variety of leadership roles in state government, including commissioner of the Georgia Department of Administrative Services, director of Stimulus Accountability, and director of implementation for the Commission for a New Georgia.
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Scott Kibler
Assistant Director Building & Grounds
State of Washington
Scott Kibler is the Assistant Director for the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services Buildings and Grounds Division.  He has 28 years of state government service spread among three service sectors: financial, medical and facility maintenance.  For the last 3 years he has led the Buildings and Grounds division through a cultural and business transformation that is reshaping and redefining facility service delivery for the Capitol Campus.  
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William Kilmartin
North America Lead
Accenture
Bill Kilmartin provides strategic guidance to state and local governments with an emphasis on financial, human resource, and procurement transformation. Bill works with public sector organizations to drive innovation by leveraging sophisticated strategies, tools, and methods, including business process redesign, best practices, benchmarking, business case development, organizational change management, effective use of technology, and development of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions.

Prior to joining Accenture in 2001, Bill enjoyed a 23-year career in public service with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, serving as the State Comptroller from 1989 to 1999. In this capacity, he directed the Commonwealth's efforts leveraging information technology to transform the statewide administrative and financial processes.
 
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Daniel Kim
Chair, NASCA Programs Committe
Director of Department of General Service
State of California
Daniel C. Kim was appointed director of the Department of General Services (DGS) on May 29, 2015. As the director of DGS, Kim serves as the business manager for the state of California, overseeing a $1 billion annual budget and 3,500 staff who perform a vast array of services for Californians. DGS provides procurement and acquisition solutions; real estate services; facility management; design and construction services; environmentally friendly fleet management; professional printing, design and web services; administrative hearings; legal services; building standards; oversight for structural safety, fire-life safety and accessibility for the design and construction of K-12 public schools and community colleges; and funding for school construction. Prior to his appointment at DGS, Kim served as chief deputy director of operations at the California Department of Public Health. He also served as deputy director at the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance, and as budget and legislative affairs manager at the San Francisco Department of Human Services. His experience also includes time with Price Waterhouse and the California Legislative Analyst’s Office. Kim has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy of Industrialized Societies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
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Gary Lambert
Assistant Secretary of Operational Services
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Gary J. Lambert, Assistant Secretary for Operational Services (OSD) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, has influenced policy and attitudes to help create dynamic work environments in both the private and public sectors for more than 35 years.  His combined expertise in public sector strategy, spend management and procurement, as well as his focus on analytics focused outcomes and exceeding customer expectations, have resulted in a complete transformation across the Operational Services Division, creating a high performing model department for the Commonwealth. 

In addition to his leadership of the Operational Services Division, Gary currently serves as a member of the Commonwealth’s Community Compact Cabinet, chaired by the Lieutenant Governor, Governor’s Cross Secretariat Operations Council, and a member of the Governor’s Office of Access and Opportunity Steering Committee. He also has served as a key participant on a number of statewide initiatives including the Commonwealth’s Performance Management initiative, the Executive Office for Administration and Finance’s Business Process Reengineering Initiative, and the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security’s  IT Advisory Investment Board. On the national level, Gary is a member and past president of the National Association of State Procurement Officials, and a number of other national associations.

 
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Dustin Lanier
Principal
Civic Initiatives

Dustin Lanier is an experienced professional with over 15 years of leadership in large scale organizational change in public sector initiatives of national significance. Lanier’s roles in Texas state government included Director of Strategic Initiatives for the state Chief Information Officer, and Director of the Council on Competitive Government, a managed service procurement group that reported directly to state leadership. As Deputy CIO, Lanier was responsible for IT Governance, oversight redesign, and strategic plan development. As Executive Director for CCG, Lanier was responsible for direct creation of strategic sourcing and spend management efforts.

At Civic Initiatives, Lanier is the principal consultant responsible for the strategy, direction and outcomes of client engagements, with a focus on innovative procurement, program maturity assessments and oversight, optimizing the contract portfolio, and managing vendor relationships. Lanier has personally established and led company projects in the states of Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas.

 
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Bill Leighty
Former Chief of Staff, Commonwealth of Virginia
Bill serves as the Senior Strategic Advisor to the Dean of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.  In addition to his teaching duties, Bill assists the Dean on special projects of significance to the School.

From January of 2002 until September of 2007 Bill served as Chief of Staff to Governors Warner and Kaine of Virginia.  As Chief of Staff, Bill essentially served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Commonwealth.  In 2005 and again in 2007, Governing Magazine named Virginia the “Best Managed State in the Nation” and in 2007, Governing Magazine named Bill one of the nine “Public Officials of the Year” nationally.  For seven years, Bill was the Director of the Virginia Retirement System, where led the agency to three consecutive US Senate Productivity Awards.  

Upon retirement Bill joined DecideSmart LLC consulting.  In April of 2008, he served as Senior Advisor to the Scottish Executive advising the government on how to design and implement Scotland Performs, a national performance management system.  In July of 2008 Bill conducted a performance review of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, a $52 billion pension system.  In 2011, at the request of the National Governors Association, Bill led a 5-person delegation to Nigeria to conduct a “new governors” seminar for the newly elected governors of Nigeria. 

In 2014 Bill completed a manual for the National Governors Association on how to transition in into power. In 2016 Bill was asked to Co-chair the transition committee for the newly elected mayor of the City of Richmond. 

Bill joined state government after serving in the United States Marine Corps.  Bill graduated from Mary Washington College in 1978 and holds an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Chris Liu
NASCA President
Director, Enterprise Services
State of Washington
In 2001, Chris retired from the private sector after serving more than 30 years in executive positions for corporate franchising, venture capital acquisitions, and as an analyst for Walmart International. Since 2001, Chris has served Washington State under three different governors, in several executive cabinet positions. He has been the Director for Washington’s Lottery, Director for the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises, Director for Retail Services at the Liquor Control Board, and since June 1, 2013, Director for the Department of Enterprise Services. In state government, he is known for his Lean management skills and practices. Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from the University of Hawaii, his native state. As the son of a military father, Chris has lived in Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Spain, Canada and Italy as well as other parts of the United States. He holds a private pilot’s certificate and is an avid outdoor enthusiast.
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John Means
Partner
McKinsey & Company
John leads McKinsey’s real-estate work in North America, working across sectors to boost economic, social, and environmental outcomes through improved development and planning. He has worked at all levels of government and with private investors, developers, designers, and construction firms. John helps real-estate organizations to develop strategies, transform their businesses, and deliver strong results in their capital programs.
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Bob Oglesby
Strategic Advisor to the CEO
NEOGOV
Bob is Strategic Advisor to the CEO of NEOGOV, the solely public sector focused full-service HR business partner and technology solution. Prior to NEOGOV, Bob served as Tennessee’s Commissioner of General Services. Bob also served four year on NASCA’s Executive Committee, including roles of Vice-President, Secretary | Treasurer, and founding Chair of the Strategic Partners Committee. He was the 2018 winner of NASCA’s National Walton Leadership Award. 
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Janet Phipps
Director, Department of Administrative Services
State of Iowa
An Iowa native, Janet grew up in Johnston and attended Iowa State University receiving her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Public Administration. Janet’s career has spanned both the public and private sectors. She was director of the Iowa Department of General Services under Governor Branstad. Following her tenure in Iowa, Michigan Governor John Engler named her the director of the Department of Management and Budget. After departing state government, Janet spent a year at Harvard University on a National Security Fellowship with the Department of the Army. She returned to Iowa and attended Drake Law School earning her Juris Doctorate in 2005. After graduation from Drake Law School she worked for McKee, Voorhees & Sease and Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen in Des Moines. Janet joined the Department of Administrative Services in February 2014 when she was named interim director of DAS on April 8, 2014 and named director on May 19, 2014.

Janet is a retired Brigadier General with the Iowa National Guard. She and her husband live southwest of Adel and have 3 children and seven grandchildren.
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Sarah Razor
Executive Director
NASCA
Sarah Razor is the Executive Director for the National Association of State Chief Administrators, which is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 association representing state chief administrators - public officials in charge of departments that provide support services to other state agencies. NASCA provides a forum to exchange information and learn new ideas from each other and private partners. NASCA is managed by AMR Management Services, an association management company based in Lexington, Kentucky. Sarah has more than twelve years of association experience, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Strategic Communications from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Public Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. She also holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, the highest professional credential in the association industry, obtained by fewer than five percent of association professionals. Sarah serves as the Treasurer for the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass, is a member of the Vestry at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and is a volunteer on the Leadership Lexington steering committee. She and her husband Sam have two lovely daughters, Caroline (7) and Hannah (4).
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Nelson Reichart
Deputy Secretary of General Services
State of Maryland

Nelson Reichart, a project management professional, has significant executive-level experience in state government, including at the DGS Office of Real Estate. While at the Office of Real Estate, he provided policy direction and managed the state’s office space portfolio with an aggregated transactional value of $100 million per year. In this role, Mr. Reichart made formal presentations to the Board of Public Works (Governor, Comptroller and Treasurer) and testified before General Assembly House and Senate committees. 

He has held senior level positions at the Maryland Department of Transportation, including at the Maryland Transit Authority and the Maryland Aviation Administration, and at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. At MDOT, he assisted in the development of an asset management program for the department. While at MTA, Mr. Reichart managed projects to create rail transportation corridors, including directing the acquisition of a 26-mile urban rail corridor for the construction of a regional rail transit system.  

He also brings extensive private sector and non-profit experience to state government. For example, as a real estate officer at Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co. (Baltimore), he supervised the real estate group, which was responsible for managing all trust-held commercial, industrial and residential income-producing properties. He has been a board member and has served as president of the GILD, Group for the Independent Learning Disabled. 

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Jamie Rodgers
Deputy Director
NASCA
Jamie is the Deputy Director of the National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA) overseeing NASCA’s research and policy. Jamie has demonstrated history of leadership across the local and state government. Jamie worked as a Legislative Aide the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government where she served as an adviser to the council member on matters of policy and procedures and staffed a budget subcommittee conducting financial analysis and recommending strategic priorities for eight divisions and six economic partner agencies. Prior to this role, Jamie served as a research fellow at the Legislative Research Commission, a research assistant at the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, a Fulbright Teaching Fellow in Northern Thailand, and a McConnell Scholar at UofL. Jamie graduated with a BA from University of Louisville where she studied abroad in both China and India, and a MPA from the University of Kentucky, receiving three national awards for her master capstone research on performance based budgeting. Jamie is also an adjunct faculty at Georgetown College.
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Aly Spencer
Associate Principal
McKinsey & Company
Aly Spencer leads McKinsey’s procurement service line for state and local government. She works across states, federal agencies, cities, universities and private clients supporting administrators and procurement officials to build their capabilities and increase the value they deliver to their internal customers.
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Simon Threlfall
Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, US State & Local Gov’t Applications
Oracle
Simon Threlfall, Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, US State & Local Gov’t Applications, has more than 20 years of experience working on enterprise application modernization initiatives in a variety of industries, the past 15 years of which working exclusively with Public Sector organizations.  He leads a team of industry and functional experts responsible for Oracle’s go-to-market and growth strategies for State & Local Gov’t, US.  Previous to this role, Simon led the Oracle Insight team for Public Sector, North America, a management consulting service that helps customers understand industry trends and best practices, the key technologies/systems required to enable these best practices and the value of implementing these best practices.  Simon began his career as a Business Analyst for a Caterpillar distribution company in Sydney, Australia, and later returned to the US to earn an MBA from the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business.  Upon earning his MBA, Simon joined Booz Allen Hamilton’s Public Sector Systems Group where he led ERP initiatives at both the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA).  In addition to his MBA, he holds a BA in Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Curt Topper
Secretary, Department of General Services
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Secretary Topper most recently led Georgetown University’s purchasing and contracting functions, including responsibility for construction services and accounts payable. Before Georgetown, he worked as a director at KPMG. Topper previously served the Department of General Services as Manager of Supply Strategies and as Deputy Secretary for Procurement between 2003 and 2008. He has more than 20 years experience leading successful cost reduction efforts in the public and private sectors. Topper holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from Brown University and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
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Ray Walton
NASCA Past President

Ray Walton, a native and current resident of Indianola, Iowa joined the public sector in 2007 as the Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) General Services Enterprise.  The following year, Ray was appointed Director of DAS by Governor Culver.  This followed a successful career with General Growth Properties, other real estate and management enterprises and as a member of the staff of then-Congressman (later Senator) Tom Harkin.  In the private sector, Ray was responsible for the operations, leasing, marketing and value creation of more than 100 shopping centers across the nation.

Ray’s experience has involved living in Minneapolis, the District of Columbia and San Diego. 

As Director for DAS, Ray was responsible for an $80-200 million central administrative services agency, providing human resources; technology; accounting; purchasing; fleet; print; construction; and building and grounds management. 

As state government in Iowa dealt with recent recessionary trends, Iowa DAS was at the hub of a significant government reorganization effort that was signed into law in 2010. The plan includes further consolidation of IT, human resources and procurement activities that, combined with an aggressive early retirement plan, were estimated to save the state nearly $300 million a year.

Ray was the Executive Director of the National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA) from February 2011 until February 2015.  The association grew from a handful of state members to more than 30 during this time.  The organization matured into a fiscally sound enterprise which continues to serve its members and sponsors in their professional development.


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Roxane White
Former Chief of Staff, State of Colorado

Roxane White is a results driven strategic advisor and leader with a passion for community engagement and public policy. She has 25 years of executive leadership expertise as the CEO of local, statewide, and national nonprofits, as a Cabinet Secretary, and as Chief of Staff to a mayor and a governor.

From her early career building Urban Peak and Urban Peak Colorado Springs, and merging The Peak with The Spot, to recent work as the Innovator in Residence at The Aspen Institute, she has delivered impactful results to communities across Colorado and the nation. In her almost thirty years as a CEO and a leader, she has encountered difficult situations ranging from managing public relations crises and natural disasters, to strategic redirection and negotiating the first maternal child health pay for success project in the United States. Rox has served in the public sector as a gubernatorial cabinet secretary and Chief of Staff for eleven years and most recently has been supporting state leaders throughout the country to address income inequality.

Rox knows that difficult and interesting challenges require thoughtful leadership and planned processes. She leads with a commitment to hearing diverse points of view in order to support strategic decisions and deliver results. She is as comfortable working with CEOs, mayors, and board members as she is with community activists and people in vulnerable situations. Throughout her career, Rox has led strategic thinking and planning processes for large, multi-state entities, employee groups of over 1,000 and small entities with volunteer staff. This support has resulted in actionable plans and greatly enhanced decision making processes.

She began her career thirty years ago working with teens who were living on the streets and has maintained her commitment to listening to and uplifting people who are experiencing difficulties. She values the thinking of community activists, professional experts and elected and appointed officials. Complicated challenges involving diverse perspectives are her expertise.

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