Greg Elin is an expert on open government data and was one of the first Chief Data Officers in US Federal government. After working a number years in enterprise data and the Web, Mr. Elin came to Washington, DC, in 2006 to start up the Sunlight Foundation's Sunlight Labs which lead the way introducing API and other Web 2.0 technologies to open government and open source developers to civic IT.
Four years later in 2010, Mr. Elin entered civil service as the Chief Data Officer at the Federal Communication Commission. During his time as CDO, the FCC successfully launched it's first data APIs and a variety of new open data applications including the first National Broadband Map; crowdsourced measurements of actual wireline and wireless broadband speeds; developer days; an internal Enterprise Information Catalog; a clearinghouse to track the accessibility features of mobile phones; and the first centralized, online database of 2,000 television stations "public inspection files" including the stations real-time political ad disclosures.
From 2011 to 2012, Mr. Elin served on the White House Task Force for Smart Disclosure and co-chaired the CIO Council's Subcommittee on Data Sharing. Mr. Elin also worked as Chief Technology Officer for United Cerebral Palsy from 2009 to 2010.
In 2014, Mr Elin left the FCC to startup "GovReady", an open-source toolkit and clearinghouse to prepare and certify innovative software and IT systems are secure and approved for government use. GovReady will speed FISMA IT Compliance and create better situational awareness of security and compliance issues.
December 2013 - Present Executive Director, GOVREADY - WASHINGTON, DC
Winner of 2013 John S and James L Knight Foundation News Challenge for Open Government and Grant Recipient to make FISMA certification easier and faster for innovators and modernize government IT. Currently developing the GovReady accreditation-helper toolkit.
July 2010 - December 2013 Chief Data Officer (CDO), FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION - WASHINGTON, DC
The Chief Data Officer is responsible for the vision, policy and practices to make data an asset for daily use throughout the organization. Work with Data Officers throughout the Bureaus and Offices. During my time as CDO, the FCC successfully launched it's first data APIs and a variety of new open data applications including the first National Broadband Map; crowdsourced measurements of actual wireline and wireless broadband speeds; developer days; an internal Enterprise Information Catalog; a clearinghouse to track the accessibility features of mobile phones; and the first centralized, online database of 2,000 television stations "public inspection files" including the stations real-time political ad disclosures.
March 2010 - July 2010 - Associate Managing Director New Media, FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION - WASHINGTON, DC
Part of team to improve Federal Communication Commissions web assets. Developed statement of work for contractor to redesign FCC.gov.
September 2009 - March 2010 Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Executive Director Life Without Limits, UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY - WASHINGTON, DC
United Cerebral Palsy is a respected, 60 year-old organization of more than 100 local affiliates working to improve the lives of people with disabilities. UCP believes the next 5 to 10 years will look very different than the past 60 years, however, as the Internet continues to erase barriers that previously effected many persons experiencing long term disabilities. UCP is expecting far more tech-powered, user-driven future along with major social changes from an aging population demographics.
May 2006 - May 2009 Creator, Sunlight Labs, SUNLIGHT FOUNDATION/SUNLIGHT LABS - WASHINGTON, DC
Created the Sunlight "Mashup" Labs. Successfully introduced grantees and partners to Web 2.0. Spearheaded Sunlight's evolution as a recognized leader in using technology for transparency purposes. Created an innovation and prototyping culture around "one-click disclosure" of campaign finance information. Connected transparency and open source communities. Evangelized and assisted other non-profits in developing Web-service APIs and using Web 2.0 social software and technologies. Emphasized the Web as a strategic, whole-organization asset. Hired technical staff, selected tools, and facilitated subject matter experts working with Web developers as peers on projects.
1998 - PRESENT INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT (FOTONOTES, LLC) - NEW JERSEY & DC
Web-solution and prototyping practice specializing in articulating and designing database, Internet, and network-enabled, user-oriented information services. Shifted from database development to software development with the creation of Fotonotes, an open standard for Web-based image annotation that was popularized by Flickr.
2004-2006 U.S. Naval Research Labs. Image collaboration tools for experimental satellite project, TacSat-1.
2005 National Geospatial Agency Experimental social software server/appliance/website.
2005 Developed AttentionStream, a precursor to twitter and "lifestreams"
1998-2003 New York University. Re-engineered systems admin and support databases campus-wide 20,000 extension phone system. Developed a Web-based tool for maintaining university-wide directory.
1997 DIRECTOR OF CONTENT SERVICES/CONSULTANT, MERCATUS FINANCIAL NETWORK (FIRST ALBANY CORPORATION), NEW YORK, NY
Strategic and editorial content development for startup online brokerage division. Developed 24-month content-rollout and positioning strategy. Designed information services and selected information partners and hired editorial and technical staff.
1996 DIRECTOR OF ONLINE SERVICES, INDIVIDUAL INVESTOR MAGAZINE, NEW YORK, NY
Launched online business unit for monthly financial magazine. Developed business plan for community-oriented online service for investors. Negotiated vendor relationships and executed successful beta test site. Oversaw company's connection to the Internet and company-wide switch to Internet compatible email.
1993 - 1996 TECHNICAL CONSULTANT, MULTIMEDIA LAB, NYNEX SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, WHITE PLAINS, NY
Developed system requirements for NYNEX Video Dialtone service as member of Requirements Team. Worked specifically on requirements for set-top boxes just before Web arrived and Telecommunications Act of 1996. Assisted and/or supervised various field trials of two-way video telecommunication technologies.
References, writing samples, and technical expertise available upon request.