Assistant Director of Open Innovation,White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Ms. Gustetic is the Assistant Director for Open Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she is responsible for scaling the use of open innovation approaches like prizes, crowdsourcing, and citizen science across the Federal Government

Prior to this position, Ms. Gustetic was the Prizes and Challenges Program Executive in the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, where she served as NASA’s principle advocate, advisor and strategist for open innovation methods, such as prize competitions and crowdsourcing. Ms. Gustetic also led NASA’s formulation efforts for its Grand Challenges: bold, but achievable science, technology, and innovation goals that are specific enough to convey what success looks like and broad enough to capture our imagination while unifying public and private constituencies around a clear “call to action”. NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge to “find all asteroid threats to human populations and know what to do about them” was announced in June 2013. 

Additionally, Ms. Gustetic has consulted several Federal Government agencies on open government issues such as the Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development as the Associate Director for Strategic Engagement and Communications at Phase One Consulting Group. She also served as a Federal employee at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as the senior program analyst for $400 million in annual transportation security grant programs. She was honored as a TSA-wide Unsung Hero for her work on modernizing the grants programs. 

Ms. Gustetic holds a bachelors degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in technology policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.