Today, New America welcomed former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park to its board of directors.
Park served as White House technology advisor based in Silicon Valley until January 2017, a role in which he focused on bringing top technology talent and best practices into government. Prior to this role, Park served from March 2012 to August 2014 as U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Park joined the Obama Administration in August 2009 as Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he functioned as an “entrepreneur-in-residence,” helping HHS harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health of the nation.
Prior to joining the federal government, Park co-founded Athenahealth, a leading provider of cloud-based software and services for physicians and health care practitioners. He also co-founded Castlight Health, an online health benefits platform company, and helped start a venture to bring affordable telehealth, drugs, diagnostics, and clean water to rural India.
"I am honored and excited to join the New America team, and look forward to doing everything I can to help advance its work at the intersection of technology, policy, and issues of critical importance to the future of our nation," said Park.
"Todd has a profound understanding of how technology can improve people’s lives," said Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America. "He is one of the most inspiring and dynamic people I know; I am thrilled to have him join the board and help New America pioneer a new approach to solving public problems through the marriage of technology and policy."
The New America board of directors is co-chaired by Reihan Salam and Jonathan Soros, and includes top leaders from media, academia, nonprofits, and the private sector.