Clara Tsao

Clara Tsao is a civic technologist and entrepreneur passionate about the intersection of national security and technology. Through the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, Clara has worked across various national security roles in US Government, serving as a senior advisor and Chief Technology Officer focused on emerging technology policy, countering terrorist use of the internet, and foreign influence operations online.

Why Our Country Needs More Civic Tech Leaders

Our country needs more Presidential Innovation Fellows. Our government needs product, engineering, design, technology, and organizational and development leaders who have the experience and management skills to solve critical problems, create new teams, and make a significant impact on the way citizens experience government services. Charles Worthington, Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and former Presidential Innovation Fellow, addressing the 2019 PIFs. (photo credit: Jeff White, GSA) The mission of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program is to transform the federal government from within.

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Out On the Front Lines of Civic Tech

This post was originally published on We have the best jobs in government, period. Each day we wake up empowered to solve critical issues facing public safety, national security, healthcare, and transportation. As Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF), we are part of our nation’s Technology Transformation Services at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). We joined the federal government as entrepreneurs-in-residence to help federal agencies provide more accessible, efficient, and effective products and services to the American people and to tackle tough national problems.

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