Dr. David A. Bray serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Federal Communications Commission, overseeing the Commission’s efforts to modernize legacy systems and transform technology partnerships in telecommunications, broadband, competition, the spectrum, the media, public safety, and security. He was selected to serve as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and as a Visiting Associate for the Cybersecurity Working Group on Culture at the University of Oxford in 2014. He also has been named the number 3 “Most Social CIO” globally and one of the top 70 Most Social U.S. federal technology professionals, tweeting as @fcc_cio.
He has worked in the public and private sectors since 1993 providing strategy on crisis response, collaboration, cybersecurity, and civilian IT advances. He previously served as Executive Director with the National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs of the U.S. Intelligence Community and later received the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal. The interagency team he directed also received the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation in 2013.
Dr. Bray deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 as a Special Advisor to STRATEGIC EFFECTS for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, with the task of helping to “think differently” on critical military and humanitarian efforts. He later chaired initial White House efforts from 2010-2011 focused on improving relations between the information integration, network interoperability, and civil liberties activities of the U.S. government. Per audience votes, he jointly received “Best Cyber Presentation” in a 2010 public talk with the DHHS CIO emphasizing the need to advance shared services that protect civil liberties, individual privacy, public safety, and our national security.
Dr. Bray served as IT Chief for the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he led the technology aspects of the bioterrorism program’s response to 9/11, anthrax in 2001, SARS, and other outbreaks. He received the CDC Director’s Award for Service to public health in 2004 and later was named as one of 13 individuals across the entire federal workforce to receive the 2012 Arthur S. Flemming Award for Leadership.
He also was one of two career Senior Executives to receive the Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership in 2013. He holds a PhD in information systems, a MSPH in public health informatics, and a BSCI in computer science and biology from Emory University, as well as two post-doctoral associateships with MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence and the Harvard Kennedy School.