Deputy Director, Office of Venture & Innovation
Department of Homeland Security

Jennifer Hoover is the Deputy Director for the Office of Venture and Innovation in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She is largely responsible for working with DHS components to understand mission needs and help connect them with technology and the venture capital community to meet those needs. The primary purpose of the Office of Venture and Innovation is to help DHS achieve of culture of innovation as part of IT modernization efforts. Jennifer also leads the DHS Open Source efforts as the OMB representative, working closely with the Code.gov team.

Prior to coming to OCIO at DHS, Jennifer was the DevOps project manager at Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Beginning her federal career in program support, Jennifer shifted into project management and became the project manager for the standardized CBP development environment. She successfully led, planned and executed two CBP Hackathons. Jennifer is passionate about Government IT Modernization and how innovation integrates into the long term strategy for Government agencies. She is devoted to mentoring other women in tech, more specifically in the strategy, communications and business perspective of the IT industry. Jennifer holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management.