Rising Stars

Top leaders are important, but it’s the rank-and-file talent that truly drives innovation in government. The Rising Star awards recognize those outstanding early-career individuals who are doing great things today — and who are likely to be filling the senior slots tomorrow.

Congratulations to the 2018 Rising Stars, who are listed below. Each will be profiled in more detail this fall, and honored in person at the Nov. 8 Government Innovation Awards dinner.

Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi
Global Emerging Technology & Innovation Strategist, Senior Advisor Manager, Government & Public Services, Deloitte

Qituwra Anderson
Content Designer, 18F, Technology Transformation Services, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration

Jeremiah Burch
Scrum Master, TCG

Capt. Keely J. Carrigan
Operations Flight Commander, 707th Communications Squadron, U.S. Air Force

Michael B. Cox
Data Scientist and Team Lead for Internet of Things, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Senior Airman Christopher R. Deforge
Geospatial Analyst/Full-Motion Video Screener, 45th Intelligence Squadron, U.S. Air Force

Anjelica B. Dortch
Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Federal CIO, Office of Management and Budget

Akoua Enow
Management and Program Analyst, Office of Information Technology, Transportation Security Administration

Benjamin Franich
Business Development Manager, Edgewater Federal Solutions

Ryan Hillard
IT Specialist/Systems Developer, Business Technology Solutions, Office of the CIO, Small Business Administration

Nicholas Holtz
Digital Services Expert, U.S. Digital Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs

Daisy O. James
Project Manager, Enterprise Services, Office of Information and Technology , Passenger Systems Program Directorate, Customs and Border Protection

Danielle Lauhoff
Project Manager, Telos Corporation

Katherine M. Katina
Business Development Associate, SAIC

Oki Mek
Chief Product Officer, Division of Acquisition, Department of Health and Human Services

Taylor C. Roberts
Cybersecurity Advisor, Office of Management and Budget

Capt. Anthony N. Rodriguez
Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, 24th Air Force, U.S. Air Force

Sunil Sadasivan
Senior Engineering Lead, Nava Public Benefit Corporation

Henry Sowell
Chief Information Officer at Hortonworks Federal and Technical Director, Hortonworks

Drew Zachary
Program Director, Opportunity Project, and Co-Managing Director, Census Open Innovation Labs, Census Bureau, Department of Commerce