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  • The St. Regis Hotel 923 16th and K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006 (map)
  • 923 16th and K Street NW
  • Washington, DC 20006
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2019 AFFIRM Leadership Awards Celebration

Celebrating 40 years of government community excellence.

AFFIRM’s 40th Annual Leadership Awards recognizes exemplary performance in government and industry for both individuals and teams.  This year, the awards will be presented at a gala celebration at the lovely St. Regis Hotel in downtown Washington.


Award winners include:

Executive Leadership in Information Technology (Civilian)

  • Steve Rice, Deputy Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Executive Leadership in Information Technology (DOD and Intelligence)

  • Ian Fowlie, Chief, CIO Digital Journey Office, Defense Intelligence Agency

Executive Leadership Award for Industry - Large Business

  • David Young, Senior Vice President, Strategic Government, CenturyLink

Executive Leadership Award for Industry - Small Business

  • Don Tiaga, President, FedBiz IT Solutions, LLC

Congressional Leadership Award

  • Congressman Will Hurd, (TX-23), U.S. Congress

Leadership Award in Acquisition and Procurement

  • Ken Rogers, Deputy CIO, Department of State

Leadership Award for Service to the Citizen and the Country

  • J.S. Shellenberger, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment and Training Service

Posthumous Leadership Award for Service to the Citizen and the Country

  • Chief Steven Elliott, Chief of Police, Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System

Leadership Award in Health Information Technology

  • Jose Arietta, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 Leadership in Technology Innovation

  • Edward Burrows, Robotics Process Automation Program Manager, U.S. General Services Administration

Leadership in Cyber Security

  • Bobby Miller, Sr. Director, Office of Cyber Monitoring & Operations, U.S. Department of State

Leadership in Cloud Computing

  • Damon Bragg, HSIN Service Operations Manager, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

 Leadership in Mobile Computing Technology

  • Joshua Kossoy, Director, Information Technology Infrastructure Operations Department, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Leadership in Big Data and Data Analysis

  • Mark E. Krzysko, Acquisition Data Executive, U.S. Department of Defense

Leadership in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

  • Justin Legary, Branch Chief, U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services

Leadership in IT Modernization

  • Gundeep Ahluwalia, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Labor

Special Leadership Recognition - Science, Innovation and New Technology

  • Dr. Pamela McCauley, Program Director, National Science Foundation

Emerging Leader Award

  • Kristin Solomon-Fish, Manager, IT Performance and Achievement, United States Postal Service

Leadership in Change - #changeagent

  • Alden J. Fry, Division Chief, Spartan Program Management Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

President's Award

  • Confidential until AFFIRM Leadership Awards Celebration on May 23, 2019

Sponsorships are now available.

Support AFFIRM’s leadership awards and scholarship program while showcasing your pride in being part of this august community of leaders. Spend time engaging with awardees and hearing their story at the awards gala. VIP sponsors earn a coveted place at the VIP reception that precedes the Awards event from 5 pm to 6 pm.

Registration is now open.

Celebrate with AFFIRM and our awardees as they are recognized during this, the 40th Annual Leadership Awards gala from 6 pm to 9 pm at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, DC.


  • VIP Reception (by invitation): 5 pm - 6 pm

  • General Admission: 6 pm - 9 pm

Dress code: Business Attire

Guest of Honor


Suzette Kent, Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget

Leadership Awards Selection Committee

AFFIRM’s Selection Committee for our 2019 Leadership Awards include government and industry senior leaders who have the experience and expertise to recognize exemplary performance in our community.  This committee includes: 




Thank you to our sponsors