Dr. David A. Bray began work in public service at age 15 at a 4 GeV accelerator facility, later serving in the private sector before returning as IT Chief for the CDC’s Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program during 9/11, SARS, other outbreaks. He volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan to “think differently” on military and humanitarian issues in 2009. In 2013, he served as the Executive Director for the bipartisan National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs of the U.S. Intelligence Community. He holds a PhD and two post-docs from MIT and Harvard. He has received both the Arthur S. Flemming Award and Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership in addition to the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal.
Dr. Bray currently is a Senior Executive and CIO for the Federal Communications Commission and through the efforts of a team of positive “change agents” he led the transformation of the FCC’s legacy IT to award-winning tech. This included rolling-out new cloud-based IT that achieved results in 1/2 the time at 1/6 the cost. He was selected to be an Eisenhower Fellow to Taiwan and Australia and the recipient of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2015. He presently serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as a Visiting Associate at the University of Oxford, and as a Visiting Executive at Harvard University. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2016.