This week’s Q & A is with Dr. Alissa Johnson, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Executive Office of the President/White House.
1. What was a pivotal moment of reinvention for you?
The iPhone. It changed the way I live, and how I manage data.
2. Who has been a valuable mentor or sponsor?
Emma Garrison-Alexander, former Transportation Security Administration CIO.
3. What is your biggest goal right now?
Continue to improve government technology and to work with transformational CIOs in order to embrace the next generation of government technology.
4. What time do you typically wake up? What do you do every morning?
I set my alarm at 6:45 every morning, and snooze every 9 minutes until 7:03 am. As I get ready, I skim the news highlights that are in my inbox and get on twitter to see what the 140 character snippets are for the day.
5. What challenge / achievement are you most proud of?
Being responsible for the White House technology services, as Deputy CIO.
6. What was the last business book you read?
7. What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
I am a huge Judge Judy fan! “Beauty fades, dumb is forever.” Hence the PhD.
8. What is your “keep me going” quote?
“The powerful play goes on and you must contribute a verse. What will your verse be?” – Dead Poets’ Society
9. What is your secret indulgence?
Starburst Crazy Beans
10. Who on the list of 2013 Honorees would you like to meet?