White House Profile
Aneesh Chopra
Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Aneesh Chopra was the Chief Technology Officer and in this role served as an Assistant to the President and Associate Director for Technology within the Office of Science & Technology Policy. He worked to advance the President’s technology agenda by fostering new ideas and encouraging government-wide coordination to help the country meet its goals from job creation, to reducing health care costs, to protecting the homeland.

Aneesh was sworn in on May 22nd, 2009. Prior to his appointment, he served as the fourth Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia from January 2006 until April 2009. Prior to his appointment by then-Governor Timothy M. Kaine, he served as Managing Director with the Advisory Board Company, a publicly-traded healthcare think tank. Chopra was named to Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue in 2008.

Aneesh Chopra received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and his M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Aneesh Chopra's Posts

  • Technology

    ExpertNet Wiki: An Update

    Earlier this month, the White House Open Government Initiative and General Services Administration requested your input to help design an effective public engagement tool that will make it simple for public officials to pose questions that you can share your expertise in ways that are timely, relevant and informative for policymaking.


  • Innovations

    Holiday Season Merrimack Making

    On December 8th, along with Harvard Business School Senior Lecturer Shikhar Ghosh, I hosted my second “Entrepreneurs’ Town Hall” to hear first hand about the challenges and opportunities confronting founders on “Main Street".


  • Technology

    CTO Forum: Meeting Held to Discuss Opportunities for Collaboration

    CTO Aneesh Chopra writes about hosting a meeting with Chief Technology Officers from a dozen of the Nation’s most innovative technology firms.


  • Technology

    Designing for Democracy

    Help us design the next generation of citizen consultation tools to enlist your knowledge, experience, and expertise.


  • Technology

    Partnership for Cybersecurity Innovation

    Obama Administration officials released a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the Department of Commerce, the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS/S&T), and the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC).


  • Technology

    President Obama's Strong Commitment to Net Neutrality and an Open Internet

    Today's announcement from the FCC is an important step in preventing abuses and continuing to advance the Internet as an engine of productivity growth and innovation.


  • Economy

    Government as Convener - Fostering Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

    U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra highlights the emerging role of government as convener to catalyze entirely new ideas and business models.


  • Health Care

    ‘Blue Button’ Provides Access to Downloadable Personal Health Data

    In August, President Obama announced the creation of a new “Blue Button”—a web-based feature through which patients may easily download their health information and share it with health care providers, caregivers, and others they trust. Since then, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have beta-tested their respective systems—with great success.


  • Healthy Kids

    The “Apps for Healthy Kids” Envelope, Please

    U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra writes about tomorrow's highly anticipated awards ceremony for the “Apps for Healthy Kids” challenge, where the winners of $60,000 in prizes will be announced for newly created digital games and apps that best empower and inspire kids to eat healthy and get moving.


  • Economy

    Administration Bolstering Efforts on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Fostering innovation and entrepreneurship is one of President Obama’s top priorities. His national innovation strategy identifies three critical roles for government: investing in the building blocks of long-term economic growth, such as research and human capital; creating the right environment to encourage private sector investment; and harnessing innovation to address national priorities such as clean energy and a more efficient healthcare system.


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