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Meet the 2019 congressional innovation fellows!

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Aaron Barruga, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)   Following 9/11, Barruga felt compelled to join the Army and served as Green Beret in Special Forces. As a veteran, Barruga has started his own company and works as a counter-terrorism consultant supporting law enforcement and Department of Defense agencies.  Aaron is serving Sen. Tom Cotton, supporting on technology and national security.

Aaron Barruga, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)

Following 9/11, Barruga felt compelled to join the Army and served as Green Beret in Special Forces. As a veteran, Barruga has started his own company and works as a counter-terrorism consultant supporting law enforcement and Department of Defense agencies.

Aaron is serving Sen. Tom Cotton, supporting on technology and national security.

Leisel Bogan, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)   Bogan is a technology and policy professional with experience navigating complex operating environments including China, MENA, Europe, Eurasia, and Japan. Previously she served as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s Chief of Staff and Director of Research and collaborated on two of Secretary Rice’s bestsellers.  Leisel is serving Sen. Mark Warner, supporting on cybersecurity, technology, and national security.

Leisel Bogan, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

Bogan is a technology and policy professional with experience navigating complex operating environments including China, MENA, Europe, Eurasia, and Japan. Previously she served as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s Chief of Staff and Director of Research and collaborated on two of Secretary Rice’s bestsellers.

Leisel is serving Sen. Mark Warner, supporting on cybersecurity, technology, and national security.

Allison Hutchings, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)   Hutchings is a former senior project engineer from ATA Engineering. In her nine years at ATA, she had the opportunity to work on the design and analysis of satellites, launch vehicles, military tents, roller coasters, and advanced engineering software.  Allison is serving Sen. Brian Schatz, supporting on emerging issues in technology including AI, facial recognition, and transportation resiliency.

Allison Hutchings, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)

Hutchings is a former senior project engineer from ATA Engineering. In her nine years at ATA, she had the opportunity to work on the design and analysis of satellites, launch vehicles, military tents, roller coasters, and advanced engineering software.

Allison is serving Sen. Brian Schatz, supporting on emerging issues in technology including AI, facial recognition, and transportation resiliency.

Eric Mill, Senate Committee on Rules & Administration Minority Staff and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)   As part of the U.S. General Services Administration and its 18F team, Eric has led government-wide initiatives to improve public technology, cybersecurity, and online privacy. Eric managed Login.gov, a government-wide service offering secure, private authentication to millions of people accessing public services.  Eric is serving on the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Minority staff, under Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), supporting on election security and technology policy.

Eric Mill, Senate Committee on Rules & Administration Minority Staff and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

As part of the U.S. General Services Administration and its 18F team, Eric has led government-wide initiatives to improve public technology, cybersecurity, and online privacy. Eric managed Login.gov, a government-wide service offering secure, private authentication to millions of people accessing public services.

Eric is serving on the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Minority staff, under Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), supporting on election security and technology policy.

Emily Paul, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA)   Emily is a researcher and technologist committed to the equitable design, development, and use of technology. She was most recently a user experience researcher at Salesforce conducting interviews, usability testing, surveys, and site visits to develop user-centered recommendations for product design.  Emily is serving Rep. Mark Takano, supporting on criminal justice and technology issues.

Emily Paul, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA)

Emily is a researcher and technologist committed to the equitable design, development, and use of technology. She was most recently a user experience researcher at Salesforce conducting interviews, usability testing, surveys, and site visits to develop user-centered recommendations for product design.

Emily is serving Rep. Mark Takano, supporting on criminal justice and technology issues.

Maggi Molina, Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD)   Molina, a former Air Force radar technician, attorney, and engineer, has spent the last three years creating programs to help the military community gain technology and entrepreneurial skills. Her focus has primarily been on gaining GI Bill acceptance from code schools across the country.  Maggi is serving Sen. Mike Rounds, supporting on defense and veterans issues.

Maggi Molina, Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD)

Molina, a former Air Force radar technician, attorney, and engineer, has spent the last three years creating programs to help the military community gain technology and entrepreneurial skills. Her focus has primarily been on gaining GI Bill acceptance from code schools across the country.

Maggi is serving Sen. Mike Rounds, supporting on defense and veterans issues.

Frank Reyes, House Committee on Homeland Security Majority Staff   Frank Reyes, a former U.S. Navy Electronics Technician, served as a Senior Relationship Manager for Dun & Bradstreet’s (D&B) in their Government Solutions office. In this role, Reyes was responsible for partnering with Federal Agencies in applying emerging technologies to commercial business data and advance analytics to address national security challenges.  Frank is serving the House Committee on Homeland Security Majority staff, supporting on cybersecurity, defense technology procurement, and federal IT modernization issues.

Frank Reyes, House Committee on Homeland Security Majority Staff

Frank Reyes, a former U.S. Navy Electronics Technician, served as a Senior Relationship Manager for Dun & Bradstreet’s (D&B) in their Government Solutions office. In this role, Reyes was responsible for partnering with Federal Agencies in applying emerging technologies to commercial business data and advance analytics to address national security challenges.

Frank is serving the House Committee on Homeland Security Majority staff, supporting on cybersecurity, defense technology procurement, and federal IT modernization issues.

Nate Wilkins, House Committee on Energy & Commerce Minority Staff   As a Navy SEAL and Information Systems Technician, Nathan Wilkins became a Technical Subject Matter Expert in his 11 years of Active Duty. His prior experience as an Information Technician with the conventional Navy led him to understand advanced technical concepts in all areas of offensive and defensive information warfare.  Nate is serving the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Minority staff, supporting on technology and cybersecurity issues.

Nate Wilkins, House Committee on Energy & Commerce Minority Staff

As a Navy SEAL and Information Systems Technician, Nathan Wilkins became a Technical Subject Matter Expert in his 11 years of Active Duty. His prior experience as an Information Technician with the conventional Navy led him to understand advanced technical concepts in all areas of offensive and defensive information warfare.

Nate is serving the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Minority staff, supporting on technology and cybersecurity issues.

2019 CONGRESSIONAL Innovation Scholars

Joshua Vasko, Congressional Innovation Scholar, Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN)   Joshua is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University receiving his Masters in Information Security Policy and Management. During his time at CMU, he spent time working at the Software Engineering Institute researching insider threats in addition to studying tech policy and risk.  As a recent graduate, Vasko spent time pursuing coursework concerning the effect of technology on the domains of security, healthcare, and privacy.

Joshua Vasko, Congressional Innovation Scholar, Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN)

Joshua is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University receiving his Masters in Information Security Policy and Management. During his time at CMU, he spent time working at the Software Engineering Institute researching insider threats in addition to studying tech policy and risk.

As a recent graduate, Vasko spent time pursuing coursework concerning the effect of technology on the domains of security, healthcare, and privacy.

Katerina Sedova, Senior Congressional Innovation Scholar, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Minority Staff   Katerina is a mid-career technologist and international security policy professional. She recently earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service with distinction from Georgetown University. She combines focus on the intersection of cybersecurity, diplomacy, and countering emerging threats in the digital domain, with regional expertise on Russia, Ukraine, and NATO. Prior to graduate school, Katerina had a thirteen-year career as an engineering manager on the networking, security, privacy, and performance layers of the Internet Explorer browser at Microsoft.

Katerina Sedova, Senior Congressional Innovation Scholar, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Minority Staff

Katerina is a mid-career technologist and international security policy professional. She recently earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service with distinction from Georgetown University. She combines focus on the intersection of cybersecurity, diplomacy, and countering emerging threats in the digital domain, with regional expertise on Russia, Ukraine, and NATO. Prior to graduate school, Katerina had a thirteen-year career as an engineering manager on the networking, security, privacy, and performance layers of the Internet Explorer browser at Microsoft.