Todd Park Named New U.S. CTO

Former U.S. Health and Human Services CTO Todd Park has been named the new U.S. Chief Technology Officer. The White House announced his appointment on March 9.

The U.S. CTO position was created by President Obama in order to help modernize government and use technology to meet national challenges. The position was originally established when the President announced his Strategy for American Innovation, which emphasizes improvements in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The CTO works in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Park replaces Aneesha Chopra, the first person to hold the title, who stepped down in February. During Chopra’s tenure, the CTO helped design the President’s National Wireless Initiative, established Internet Policy Principles, and led the implementation of the President’s open government strategy.

Chopra is rumored to be considering a run for lieutenant governor in Virginia.

Prior to joining HHS, Park helped co-found Athenahealth and served as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. He was profiled in The Atlantic last summer because of his work on making government data accessible in order to improve healthcare effectiveness and cost.

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