Chloe Kontos

Executive Director, National Science and Technology Council, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
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Chloe Kontos is the Executive Director of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The NSTC is a White House council charged with establishing clear national goals for Federal Science and Technology (S&T) investments, coordinating the S&T policy-making process across the Federal Government, and ensuring that S&T policy decisions and programs are consistent with the President’s stated goals. As the Executive Director, Kontos oversees the day-to-day operations of the NSTC and its 40+ committees and sub-groups.

In her previous role, Kontos served as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Executive Office of the President from October 2015 – 2017. Kontos’ roles and responsibilities at OMB directly supported federal management and oversight of information technology —an $80B portfolio— by the Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer (OFCIO) and the Federal CIO Council (CIOC).

In her role as an Oversight Desk Officer with OFCIO, Kontos worked with the federal CIO and departmental CIOs, Administration officials, and OMB staff to improve federal service to the citizen, investment and acquisition performance, and the effectiveness of cybersecurity. To this objective, Kontos engaged with federal agencies to audit fiscal and management performance, developed investment analyses, and facilitated oversight reviews. Kontos’ IT oversight responsibilities in management and budget span more than $4B in direct investment at the United States Department of Commerce, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Social Security Administration. In addition, Kontos led and participated in special initiatives of the Executive Office of the President, including development of the Shared Services Strategy for Email and Cloud (June 2017), Cybersecurity National Action Plan (February 2016), and cross-agency work with the Office of Science and Technology Policy to develop cloud-based collaboration tools strategy (January 2016).

Previously, Kontos served with the United States Department of the Treasury where she had oversight responsibility of Treasury’s $45M IT Infrastructure portfolio. Kontos began federal service in 2012, with the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). At BLS, Kontos supported program development and oversight of the bureau’s $125M investment in IT application development. Notably, Kontos is also a former Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in the Dominican Republic from 2010 – 2012.

Kontos is a native of North Carolina and a 2009 graduate of the University of Virginia where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics. Kontos was named a 2017 Fed-100 Award winner, presented by 1105 Media to government, industry and academic leaders who have gone above and beyond to make a real difference in the way technology was bought, managed and used in the federal IT community. Kontos is married to Jonathan Hamburg, a Data Scientist with the Federal Reserve Board. Kontos and Jonathan reside in the District of Columbia with their rescue dog, Oso, which Kontos adopted during her Peace Corps Service in the Dominican Republic.