Christopher Long, Chairman of Board and President of CPPI
Christopher Long serves as President and CEO of the Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI). Mr. Long brings years of experience in building successful models of collaboration between industry, government, academic and civic sector stakeholders.
In addition to his work with CPPI, Mr. Long is President and CEO of Washington Resource Associates (WRA). Founded over 15 years ago, WRA is a leading public affairs consulting firm specializing in strategy and planning, public policy education, communications, and collaboration between industry, government, and the civic sector.
A longtime Virginia resident, Mr. Long is a trusted advisor to many senior federal and state officials on matters related to technology policy and homeland defense.
A visionary in building successful and innovative partnerships and coalitions, Mr. Long founded the Digital Dialogue Forum, a public-private partnership between world-leading technology companies and senior federal decision makers. He also founded the highly acclaimed Homeland Security Dialogue Forum, which promotes meaningful collaboration between the public and private sectors to address critical homeland security issues.
For more than a decade, Mr. Long has worked with public officials and community-based organizations across the country to unleash the power of technology to deliver free online tax assistance to millions of lower and moderate income Americans. In the process, Mr. Long created a powerful nation-wide grassroots network and helped develop innovative, strategic approaches to corporate philanthropy.
Board of Directors
John Backus, Founder and Managing Partner, New Atlantic Ventures
John Backus is a seasoned technology investor and entrepreneur with more than 24 years of experience investing in and managing rapidly growing, high-technology companies. Prior to founding New Atlantic Ventures in 1998, Mr. Backus was a founding investor and the President and Chief Executive Officer of InteliData Technologies, a Fast 50 growth company in both 1997 & 1998. Mr. Backus led InteliData's predecessor, US Order, through a successful $65 million IPO in 1995.
Backus currently manages a $225 million venture portfolio at New Atlantic Ventures. He currently serves on the board of directors of AppTap, Invincea, Koofers, My Wines Direct, & Qliance. He is the past Chairman of the Wolf Trap Foundation Board of Directors, the past Chairman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Board of Directors, the founding Chairman and current Board member of the NVTCTechPAC, and was appointed by former Virginia Governor Mark Warner to co-chair the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission which he served on for four year.
John Backus began his career at Bain & Co. and Bain Capital, where he was the first Bain & Co. management consultant to take a full time operating role as CFO in a portfolio company.
Backus holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and a M.B.A. from Standard University Graduate School of Business.
Jerry Buckwalter, Director of Strategy, Northrop Grumman
Gerald (Jerry) E. Buckwalter is Northrop Grumman's Director of Strategy based in McLean, Virgina. In this capacity, Buckwalter serves as Northrop Grumman's chief strategy person for homeland security solutions.
Buckwalter has worked for many years coordinating company-wide homeland security business with the Department of Homeland Security, as well as Department of Defense Anti-Terrorist Offices, other federal agencies, Homeland Security programs at the state and local level and International Resilience Programs, covering all functional areas.
Buckwalter has also served in several advisory roles throughout his career including as Chair of the 2009 industry study on "Critical Infrastructure Resilience" delivered to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. He also has been the primary point of contact for the National Infrastructure Advisory Council reporting to the White House and the Secretary of Homeland Security and also serves as a Board member for the University of Maryland University College, Graduate School of Management and Technology.
Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Buckwalter was President and General Manager of AvinStream, LLC, a company specializing in remote wireless security management systems; and was a Vice President and General Manager for Securicor's United States-based security business. He also held positions for Johnson Controls World Services, Inc., serving as Vice President and General Manager, Municipal Division, and as Vice President of Marketing for the Federal Division; and for Lockheed Martin, where he served as Program Development Manager for the Electronic Systems Division. Jerry started his career as an engineer with the U.S. Army's Communications and Electronics Command.
Buckwalter earned a degree in Physics from Monmouth University and has extensive continuing education at George Washington University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Randy Dove, Director of Government, Affairs Hewlett Packard
Randy Dove is Director of Government Affairs for Hewlett Packard. In this role he and his team are responsible for relations with the U.S. Congress and the federal government. He is also responsible for a number of international and policy issues.
He is immediate past chairman and current board member of the Canadian-American Business Council as well as a board member of the Congressional Management Foundation, the commercial sector board of the Information Technology Association of America and on the advisory committee of the Coalition of Service Industries. Dove is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America. He is also a member of the Advisory Council to the Congressional Internet Caucus, the Online Privacy Association, the National Press Club and the National Foreign Trade Council's Doha Working Group. He is a lecturer on media relations and crisis communications.
He joined EDS (acquired by HP in 2008) in 1988 as manager of media relations for federal government business. From there, Dove became manager of public relations for EDS Washington, manager of corporate communications for the government business and East Coast director of public relations.
Prior to joining EDS, he was a special assistant and press secretary to U.S. Senator Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. (R-Maryland). In addition to press relations, Dove handled technology, government, military and economic development issues.
Dove holds a B.A. degree in political science from McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) and has attended the London Business where he studied corporate strategy. He and his wife and son live in Laurel, Maryland.
Greg Farmer, Vice President for Government Affairs, Qualcomm
Greg Farmer is Greg Farmer, Vice President for Government Affairs, Qualcomm. In this capacity, Mr. Farmer leads Qualcomm's Washington, DC office and manages the legislative agenda for the company with respect to federal government and the United States Congress.
Prior to joining Qualcomm in October of 2009, Farmer served as the Senior Vice President for Global Government Relations for Nortel. In this role, Farmer was responsible for working with U.S. government leaders and governing bodies around the globe, coordinating the company's positions on international trade, communications and high tech, tax and other issues.
Prior to returning to Nortel in 1996, Mr. Farmer was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Under Secretary of Commerce. He convened the first-ever Ministerial that helped map a regional economic strategy for the western hemisphere and used technology early to establish a worldwide website providing information on U.S. destinations, products and services to more than 35 million worldwide residents.
Farmer served as Florida's Secretary of Commerce with responsibility for promoting a comprehensive economic development program for the state. He had oversight of international trade, industry development, tourism, business assistance as well as sports, film and motion picture development. He fostered a market-driven, customer-focused, measurable approach to government in Florida. He privatized traditional government functions and incorporated public-private partnerships that were later copied by other States.
Farmer serves on the Board of the Telecommunications Industry Association, Business Council for International Understanding and the Center for National Policy. He was appointed by the U.S. Commerce Secretary as a Member of the U.S.-Iraq Business Dialogue. He also serves on the Board of Ford's Theatre. Farmer has had articles published over the past ten years in a number of media outlets, including Vital Speeches. He is a graduate of Florida International University and earned his master's degree from Florida State University. He has been selected as an Outstanding Alum by both universities.
Becca Gould, Vice President, Global Government Affairs and Public Policy, Dell
Becca Gould founded and has led Dell's global government affairs and public policy team for over a decade. As Vice President of Global Government Affairs and Public Policy, Gould steers Dell's policy advocacy, support, and positioning efforts and communicates Dell's business strategy and impact with elected officials, policymakers, and stakeholders worldwide.
Gould and her staff in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America have led numerous industry-wide coalitions promoting policies that recognize the beneficial leveraging role of information technology in improving healthcare, education, and government services; fostering competitiveness, innovation, and entrepreneurship; and protecting intellectual property rights. Gould and her team represent Dell within such key policy organizations as the Technology CEO Council (chaired by Dell Chairman and CEO Michael Dell), the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the Business Roundtable, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Information Technology Office. She chairs the Technology CEO Council's Policy Committee, serves on the board of directors of ITI, and founded and serves on the board of Dell's Women in Search of Excellence (Wise) employee resource group.
Prior to joining Dell, Gould was the Vice President for Public Policy for the Business Software Alliance (BSA), where she spearheaded public policy programs in more than 60 countries. She previously practiced law at Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand, and she served as a counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Gould earned her LL.M. in International Law from the Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from the Washburn University School of Law, and a B.G.S. from the University of Kansas.
David Macklin, Senior Policy Advisor, Digital Dialogue Forum
David Macklin is a respected leader on matters related to technology policy. He serves as Senior Policy Advisor to the Digital Dialogue Forum, Washington DC's premier technology policy round table. Comprised of world-leading technology companies, the Digital Dialogue Forum promotes sensible public policy while strengthening relations between the high tech industry and government.
Macklin also serves as a Senior Vice President at Washington Resource Associates (WRA) where he manages WRA's state government affairs programs and strategic philanthropic initiatives. Under his leadership, WRA has cultivated a nationwide network of senior state legislative and executive branch officials and community-based organizations. Through this network, WRA is able to communicate quickly and effectively either to targeted audiences or broadly to educate and build support for client initiatives.
Macklin has traveled throughout the country participating in media and public affairs events, speaking on behalf of the industry in support of innovative public-private partnerships.
Prior to joining WRA, Macklin served as a senior aide to former Congressman Robert J. (Bob) Mrazek of New York, where he specialized in immigration and education issues.
Macklin graduated from the University of Vermont in 1986 with a B.A. in Political Science, and completed graduate courses in American Government at The American University in Washington, DC.
Jason Mahler, Vice President, Government Affairs, Oracle Corporation
Jason Mahler manages government affairs for Oracle Corporation. He is responsible for formulating the company's global public policy agenda and communicating those policies to lawmakers and government agencies at all levels of government.
Before joining Oracle in 2010, Mahler served for six years as Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (14th District, California - Palo Alto) in her Washington office.
Prior to joining the Congresswoman's staff, Mahler was Vice President and General Counsel of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), a major Washington technology and telecommunications trade association. From 1995-1999 Mahler served on the staff of Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (16th District, California - San Jose) as Legislative Assistant and Counsel, and he also served on the staff of Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (New Jersey) as a Legislative Assistant and Fellow. Mahler has also practiced law in Washington, D.C.
Mahler graduated from Duke University in 1987 (A.B., Psychology), and from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1990 (Juris Doctor).