Dr. David A. Bray, Visiting Executive In-Residence, Harvard University

Dr. David A. Bray, People-Centered Internet

Executive Director


Dr. David A. Bray was named one of the top "24 Americans Who Are Changing the World" under 40 by Business Insider in 2016. He was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for 2016-2021. He also accepted a role of Co-Chair for an IEEE Committee focused on Artificial Intelligence, automated systems, and innovative policies globally for 2016-2017 and has been serving as a Visiting Executive In-Residence at Harvard University since 2015. He has also been named a Marshall Memorial Fellow for 2017-2018 and will travel to Europe to discuss Trans-Atlantic issues of common concern including exponential technologies and the global future ahead. Since 2017, he serves as Executive Director for the People-Centered Internet coalition co-founded by Vint Cerf, focused on providing support and expertise for community-focused projects that measurably improve people's lives using the internet. He also provides strategy and advises start-ups espousing human-centric principles to technology-enabled decision making in complex environments.

David enjoys creative problem solving. He began working for the U.S. government at age 15 on computer simulations at a high-energy physics facility investigating quarks and neutrinos. In later roles, he designed new telemedicine interfaces and space-based forest fire forecasting prototypes for the Department of Defense. From 1998-2000 he volunteered as a part-time crew lead with Habitat for Humanity International in the Philippines, Honduras, Romania, and Nepal while also working as a project manager with Yahoo! and a Microsoft partner firm. Dr. Bray then joined as IT Chief for the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leading the program's technology response to during 9/11, anthrax in 2001, Severe Acute Respiratory System in 2003, and other international public health emergencies. He later completed a PhD from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and two post-doctoral associateships at MIT and Harvard in 2008.

David likes to be a digital diplomat and a "human flak jacket" for teams of change agents working in turbulent environments. He volunteered in 2009 to deploy to Afghanistan to help "think differently" on military and humanitarian issues and in 2010 became a Senior National Intelligence Service Executive advocating for increased information interoperability, cybersecurity, and protection of civil liberties. In 2012, he became the Executive Director for the bipartisan National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community, later receiving the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal. He received both the Arthur S. Flemming Award and Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership in 2013. He also was chosen to be an Eisenhower Fellow to meet with leaders in Taiwan and Australia on multisector cyber strategies for the "Internet of Everything" in 2015.

David passions include "near impossible missions" involving humans and technology in challenging circumstances. This included serving as the non-partisan Chief Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission from 2013 to 2017. Through the efforts of a team of positive change agents, he led the transformation of the FCC's legacy IT with more than 207 different systems to award-winning tech. This included rolling-out new cloud-based IT that achieved results in 1/2 the time at 1/6 the cost. He was selected to be one of the "Fedscoop 50" for Leadership in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and the recipient of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association's Outstanding Achievement Award for Civilian Government in 2015. Dr. Bray also received the global CIO 100 Award twice, which usually is awarded to private sector Fortune 500 companies, both in 2015 and 2017, for his transformational leadership in change-adverse settings.

Previously Worked

Chief Information Officer, Federal Communications Commission
Executive Director, National Commission for the Review of the R&D Efforts of the U.S. IC
Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analyses
Special Advisor, NATO International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan
IT Chief - Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control

Dr. David A. Bray Content

Fighting disinformation (and misinformation) attacks has become a crucial part of information security (Infosec). On this episode of CxOTalk, three experts explain how to disrupt these dangerous attacks.
What is the future of payment and how does the payment processing industry fight fraud for traditional banking, fintech startups, and beyond? Join Industry Analyst, Michael Krigsman, and Guest Co-Host, Dr. David A. Bray, as we explore this topic with a senior executive from ACI Worldwide.
Disinformation presents numerous challenges to business and society. We explore strategies for using data science to uncover patterns and reveal disinformation campaigns.
Cognitive technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) offers businesses an incredible opportunity to rethink traditional processes. Here's what you need to know.
The Internet is among the most profound achievements in human history. We talk with Vint Cerf, the co-inventor of TCP/IP, one of the foundational protocols on which the entire Internet relies.
As artificial intelligence grows in importance, how should we address the impact of AI ethics on the future of work?
Artificial intelligence will have a profound impact on jobs, education, and worker retraining. Industry analyst and CXOTalk host, Michael Krigsman, explores this crucial issue with two experts during an informative and important episode.
The power of artificial intelligence creates opportunities and risks that public policy must eventually address. Industry analyst and CXOTalk host, Michael Krigsman, speaks with two experts to explore the UK Parliament's House of Lords AI report.
How can the government innovate at scale while remaining agile and cost-effective? CXOTalk host, Michael Krigsman, speaks with two prominent leaders to explore this important question.
Myths and hype surround many discussions about artificial intelligence, big data, and modern algorithms. For this episode of CXOTalk, host Michael Krigsman, talk with two extraordinary experts who bust the myths and offer straight talk on technology as we head into 2018.
What is exponential technology and how is it changing the world? Georgetown University’s Dr. Elizabeth “Libbie” Prescott and Harvard’s Dr. David A. Bray tell Michael Krigsman of CXOTalk about rapid changes in exponential technology, its implications on public service and public policy – and the legal or ethical implications.
Energy is a crucial part of modern life. This episode examines the impact of exponential technologies on energy and power for the future along with the public policy implications. Join our great guests for an exciting show!
The automotive industry is undergoing dramatic change based on ACE -- autonomous, connected, electrified vehicles that rely on large datasets to power on-demand mobility services. This episode brings together three top experts to examine the near-term future of vehicles and the auto industry.
AI, machine learning, and predictive analytics rely on massive data sets. While holding the potential for great benefit to society, this explosion of data collection creates privacy and security risks for individuals. In this episode, one of the world's foremost privacy engineers explores the broad privacy implications of data and artificial intelligence.
Data and automation have the power to transform business and society. The impact of data on our lives will be profound as industry and the government make greater use of techniques such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. Explore this important topic with two world experts.
Shari Langemak is a physician, a journalist and a digital health strategist. Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and innovator.
Will A.I. make our government smarter and more responsive – or is that the last step towards the end of privacy? As chief scientist of U.S. Government Accountability Office, Tim Persons conceives its vision for advanced data analytics. Learn about the promise and challenges around government A.I. and what those portend for private sector companies.
Artificial intelligence is primed to pervade everyday life, from autonomous vehicles to intelligent ads that anticipate your desires. How will these shifts vary globally, and what do they mean for the future of work, life, and commerce? Two big thinkers share their views: Darrell West, editor in chief of TechTank at the Brookings Institution, and Stephanie Wander, who designs prizes for XPRIZE. Longtime CXOTALK guest, David Bray, joins the conversation.
Artificial intelligence is fraught with legal, ethical, and public policy challenges. This episode brings two esteemed experts to discuss these issues and present guidance for both commercial companies and the public sector policymakers.
The events of 9/11 changed how we think about leadership, disruption, and the ability of organizations to survive and be resilient in the face of change and even disaster. On the episode, three seasoned leaders from the federal government share their experiences and lessons learned.
To innovate and be responsive, the federal government requires change agents -- people working within the system to drive improvements. In this episode, we talk with two accomplished change agents working in the government.
We stand at an era where our tool-making allows us to produce other tools that can shape the planet.
How can we adapt representative democracies for our changing world?
When does data about your preferences, likes, and activities become another form of “money”?
When does technological change disrupt the successful model of a Westphalian nation-state?
How the internet is transforming open government in Taiwan.
Who will guard your grandmother’s car or refrigerator from being hacked?
Technology itself is amoral, how we humans chose to employ technology determines outcomes.
"We the People": choices and compromises — recognize both as central.
For this special event, three important thought leaders discuss innovation, technology, and change in the federal government.
Dr. David Bray is Chief Information officer at the Federal Communications Commission. Bray holds a a PhD in information systems.During this time, Dr. Bray was also detailed as an Executive Director supporting the National Commission for Review of Research
Dr. David A. Bray is Chief Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission. Dr. Alissa Johnson (Dr. J) is Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for the Executive Office of the President (EOP)