Who’s been visiting our Assistant Deputy CTO for Open Government?

The White House began publishing its visitor logs — with sensitive information removed.

Honestly, I don’t really get what the big hubub is over this information. First, are corrupting influences on the administration really going to stop corrupting because of this? And, a corollary, who exactly is in a position to be reading over the records to make sure nothing bad is going on? Who are these visitors anyway?

But I always enjoy playing with data all the same. To do it with a little levity, I thought I would profile Robynn Sturm’s visitors. I met Robynn recently and certainly got the feeling that of all people to hold the title of Assistant Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Open Government for the United States of America, she seemed like a good person to hold the job.

Anyway, in September-October 2009, she had 35 visits. I only have the names and can’t be sure of who they are, but I’ll do my best to give Google search results that might be reasonable. Text comes from the pages I’ve linked to.

Ellen Alberding and Gretchen Sims are the president and education program manager, respectively, of the Joyce Foundation, which supports efforts to protect the natural environment of the Great Lakes, to reduce poverty and violence in the region, and to ensure that its people have access to good schools, decent jobs, and a diverse and thriving culture. Sims donated to the Democrats in the last two presidential elections. (I wouldn’t have mentioned it except that that’s how I found out where she worked.)

Ethan Batraski (@ethanjb): startup co-founder, mathematician, machine learning researcher, techanista, sharing thoughts on product management, startups, venture funding & semantic web

Marc Berejka worked in senior government affairs roles at Microsoft, including eight years as a lobbyist for the high-tech giant. Says Politico: “Opponents of the Obama administration’s position on patent reform say that David Kappos and Marc Berejka, who recently took top jobs in the Commerce Department, are wielding too much influence over a policy that stands to benefit both of their former companies.”

Lawrence Brandt, a co-editor of Digital Government, is a program manager within NSF.

Gerard Fiala is the staff director in the Senate HELP committee’s subcommittee on employment and workplace safety.

Seena Jon Ghaznavi (@sjgood) is a young actor in the movie Death of a President.

Michael Harding – This name is too popular.

Greg Horowitt and Victor Hwang are co-founders and Managing Directors of T2 Venture Capital, a venture fund focused on breakthrough technology spinning out of government and academia. Horowitt is also Director and Co-Founder of the Global CONNECT program based at the University of California, San Diego, and is a key thought leader in the field of ‘innovation systems’, and their relevant applications for sustainable regional economic development through technology commercialization.

Ester Lee might be the Ester Lee that works for AT&T. But maybe not.

Joseph Mancio – another somewhat popular name.

Dominic Mauro (@mynameisdom) is a TA for Internet Law at NY Law School (which, for reference, is the school that Beth Noveck comes from; Beth is Robynn’s boss).

Sara Mirsky is the American Constitutional Society’s NYLS chapter‘s co-president. (See note about about NYLS).

Courtney Patterson (@cnpatterson) is a obsessive-compulsive law student in NYC. (We probably know at which school.)

Gina Wells is another common name.

Phillip Wickham is President and CEO of the Kauffman Fellows Program at the Center for Venture Education in Palo Alto, CA. The mission of the Kauffman Fellows Program is to develop the next generation of leaders in venture capital.

John Bell is way too common a name.

Pamela Frugoli works for the Department of Labor.

Daniel Gomez might be a lawyer.

Melissa Sperry is too common a name.

Meredith Stewart is another popular name.

Haley van Dyck was a part of the Obama 08 campaign team, according to her step-mom’s LinkedIn page, who, btw, is proud of her.

Jing Vivatrat is either an m&a businesswoman or an FCC director, or both.

8 thoughts on “Who’s been visiting our Assistant Deputy CTO for Open Government?”

  1. Greetings, citizens! I come to assure you that my corrupting influence upon your “democracy” will be as benevolent as it is Machiavellian. After I have finished paying off my student loans (in the year 2075), I will commence lobbying your elected officials to force the SyFy network to change its name back, and get Firefly back on the air.


  2. I certainly like the opening up of government data. I agree that this ‘corner’ of data isn’t likely to be mined for anything other than potentially journalistic investigation, in which case, you have started the trend. Very entertaining 🙂


  3. Ok – Let’s count how many mistakes are on your list.. and had you done any real research you could have provided some credibility.

    Michael Harding – DOL – Webbased Tools Team
    Daniel Gomez – Special Assistant to Asst. Sec of ETA
    Gina Wells- Special Assistant to the ETA Administrator
    Gerard Fiala – ETA Deputy Asst. Sec.


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