Megan Smith

Founder & CEO, shift7

Megan Smith is the founder & CEO of shift7. President Obama named Megan Smith the United States Chief Technology Officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in September 2014. In this role, she focused on how technology policy, data and innovation can advance the future of our nation and guides the Administration’s information-technology policy and initiatives. She was the first woman to hold this position.

Prior to going to the White House, Smith served as a VP at Google, first leading New Business Development — where she managed early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations, and technology licensing across Google’s global engineering and product teams for nine years — and later serving as a VP in the leadership team at Google[x] — where she co-created the company’s “SolveForX” innovation community project as well as its “WomenTechmakers” tech-diversity initiative and worked on a range of other projects. During her tenure she led the company’s acquisitions of major platforms such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and Picasa, and also served as GM of Google.org during its engineering transition, adding Google Crisis Response, Google for Nonprofits, and Earth Outreach/Engine, and increased employee engagement.

Prior to Google, Megan served as CEO of PlanetOut, a leading LGBT online community in the early days of the web, where the team broke through many barriers and partnered closely with major web players. Under Smith, the company’s business outreach grew by 10 times. Before joining Google, Smith was part of designing early smartphone technologies at General Magic and worked on multimedia products at Apple Japan. She has an outstanding commitment to gender diversity and she is one of the few big-name leaders in STEM who is visible in her work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities.