Peter H. Aiken is an acknowledged Data Management (DM) authority. He is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), past President of the International Data Management Association (DAMA-I) and Associate Director of the MIT International Society of Chief Data Officers. As a practicing data consultant, professor, author and researcher, he has studied DM for more than 30 years. International recognition has come from assisting more than 150 organizations in 30 countries including some of the world's most important. He is a dynamic presence at events and author of 10 books and multiple publications. Peter also hosts the longest running and most successful webinar series dedicated to DM (hosted by dataversity.net). In 1999, he founded Data Blueprint, a consulting firm that helps organizations leverage data for profit, improvement, competitive advantage and operational efficiencies.
Todd is the Managing Director of Grist Mill Ventures, LLC in Reston, Virginia. Prior to this, Todd was the Chief Data Officer (CDO) for New York State, where he orchestrated work to design and implement a data management regime for the Empire State. Todd’s work included developing a data strategy, framework, establishing data governance, and producing a roadmap, defining a unified information architecture, realizing master data, coordinating data sharing, and establish a state-wide data analytics community of practice. Todd was also a senior Federal Government official based in the Washington DC metropolitan area, where he led big data analytic efforts and work to establish data strategies, business frameworks, and data management platforms, which helped provide a reliable basis for answering questions from Congress, organizational leaders, and mission partners.
Todd is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Program Management Professional (PgMP), Scrum Master (CSM), and Chief Information Officer (CIO) with the Project Management Institute and National Defense University, respectively. Todd is also a certified Data Management Professional (CDMP) and Data Governance and Stewardship Professional (DGSP) with the Data Management Association (DAMA). Todd currently holds 4 graduate degrees in information systems, project management, business administration, and government information leadership.
Ed Kelly has over 30 years' experience in business and information technology. He currently serves as the Statewide Data Coordinator for the Department of Information Resources (DIR). In his role, he works with agencies and institutions of higher education to collaboratively develop data policies, standards, and best practices to improve data governance and integrity statewide. Ed is also responsible to seek out opportunities for data sharing across government agencies, to increase government transparency, reduce duplicative information collection, and improve data management and analysis.
Prior to joining DIR, he held positions with the Texas Department of Agriculture as Chief Administrative Officer and with the Texas Department of Public Safety as Chief Information Officer. Ed’s experience includes a variety of roles in the private sector including State Street Bank and Trust Company, Fidelity Investments, Dell Computer, Dell Financial Services, and Unisys Corporation.
Burt Walsh brings over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry in various technical and management roles. He has extensive knowledge of programming languages, enterprise systems, technology frameworks, data conversion, operating systems and design methodologies.
Prior to joining AST, Burt served as Development Lead — Cloud Services with Amazon Web Services and Principal Software Engineer with Computer Science Corporation. Some of his previous roles include Lead Architect with the Office of Early Learning, Lead Architect/Project Manager with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and various roles with Bank of America.
Burt holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the Florida State University and a Master of Science in Computer Science.
Kathy Walter has a decade of experience managing IT projects, first as a COBOL programmer in the Utilities industry, then as an IT Project Manager in a variety of website consulting firms and the financial services industry. She also worked for nearly a decade in product management and development as a Technical Product Manager at Instinet Corporation, Associate Brand Manager at Gillette and Proctor & Gamble, and as a Senior Product Manager for Iron Mountain, before branching into education working as the Executive Director, Product Development for the NYC Department of Education. Kathy started her own company, Nsoma, working with schools and education companies on their data and technology issues.
Kathy currently works as an attorney for the State of New York focused on issues of consumer protection and data privacy. She also works with businesses and non-profits on their corporate issues, including intellectual property protection and on pro bono clients with credit debt, housing, immigration, and family law matters.
Kathy has a B.S. in Applied Math from Union College, an M.B.A. From NYU’s Stern School of Business, and a J.D. with a concentration in Information Law and Intellectual Property from Fordham University School of Law. Kathy also has a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and has been an ESL Educator at Northeastern University and Cambridge Learning Center; an ESL curriculum consultant with the YearUp program in Boston; and a program developer for several teaching projects in Uganda.