U.S. CTO Takes New Role in Silicon Valley, Charged With Luring Tech Talent Into Government
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The Obama administration announced Thursday that U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park will take on a new role as a technology adviser in Silicon Valley, confirming earlier reports that he would step down from the government’s top technology job.
In his new position, Park will be responsible for luring tech talent into government and finding ways to improve the government’s digital services. He will take on the role next month.
Fortune first reported last week that Park would leave the position by the end of the year.
In a statement, President Barack Obama said: “From launching the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, to opening up troves of government data to the public, to helping spearhead the successful turnaround of HealthCare.gov, Todd has been, and will continue to be, a key member of my administration. I thank Todd for his service as my chief technology officer, and look forward to his continuing to help us deploy the best people and ideas from the tech community in service of the American people.”
For a deeper dive on Park’s upcoming role, check out Steven Levy’s final piece for Wired, published earlier Thursday.
U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer Nicole Wong stepped down from her position last week. Replacements have not yet been announced for either role.
Park co-founded Castlight Health and Athenahealth before becoming CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2009. Wong previously worked at Twitter and Google.