Steven VanRoekel Departs USAID as Chief Innovation Officer

Steven VanRoekel
Steven VanRoekel

Steven VanRoekel, chief innovation officer of the U.S. Agency for International Development, has departed the agency, FedScoop reported Tuesday.

Greg Otto writes VanRoekel began his public sector career in 2009 as managing director of the Federal Communications Commission, where he helped to reform various technical platforms.

VanRoekel served as USAID’s executive director of citizen and organizational engagement before his appointment in 2011 as the federal chief information officer, according to the report.

He joined USAID again in September 2014 to aid in the agency’s efforts to stop the spread of Ebola virus, Otto reports.

At the USAID, VanRoekel coordinated the administration’s response to Ebola and also served as senior adviser to Rajiv Shah, USAID administrator, according to a Politico report.

VanRoekel served as a strategy assistant to Microsoft founder Bill Gates before he joined the public sector, FedScoop reports.

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