Kindness as a Driver for Innovation

As a tech and innovation leader, Megan Smith champions radical inclusion and connection—of people, networks, ideas, needs, and resources—to accelerate positive change in the world.

None of the things that I do I could have done alone. We do them in community and teams.

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Megan Smith

  • 3rd U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the Former President Obama

Quick Fact

  • Megan was captain of the varsity swim team at MIT

Megan Smith was the third US Chief Technology Officer of the United States and Assistant to the President (Obama). As the first woman to occupy the highest technology role in the nation, she helped President Obama harness the power of technology, data, and innovation to advance the future of the nation.

Prior to the White House, Megan spent over a decade as a vice president at Google, where she led the new business development team, acquiring platforms like Google Maps and Google Earth.

She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from MIT. She serves on the board of MIT.

Megan is the founder of shift7, a company committed to unlocking the collective genius of community to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.

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