Marina Nitze is a New Practice Lab fellow at New America. She was most recently the chief technology officer of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where she built the first agency digital service team, bringing in top technical talent for tours of duty within the agency to help transform how the United States serves and honors its veterans. She was formerly senior advisor to U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park and also the first entrepreneur-in-residence at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to government, she ran the business process re-engineering firm the Type-A Way and wrote the book Business Efficiency for Dummies. Nitze has volunteered as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for foster children for the last nine years, which is what inspired this project. She currently resides in Seattle, Wash. with her husband Charles, Martini the cat, Mo the doge, and her extensive dry-erase board collection.