Deputy Chief Data Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce

Lynn Overmann serves as the Deputy Chief Data Officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she helps lead efforts to accelerate progress toward opening the most useful data to American businesses and entrepreneurs, spur innovation from our in-house talent, and work with leading-edge experts from the Department’s Data Advisory Council.  Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Ms. Overmann served as a Senior Advisor to the United States Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), where she led OSTP’s Jobs and Skills Open Data Initiative, working to bring innovation and technology to bridge the skills gap and better match job seekers with available jobs.  Ms. Overmann also worked closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs and leading technology companies to better map and understand Veterans unemployment and advance accelerated learning approaches to provide Veterans with in-demand IT skills and opportunities.

Ms Overmann also led the White House's efforts to use technology to combat human trafficking, working closely with state, local and federal law enforcement agencies to help better focus investigations, more effectively identify victims, and better share information across jurisdictional lines.  Prior to joining OSTP, Ms. Overmann worked as a Policy Specialist in the Office of the Vice President, addressing issues of Violence Against Women. Ms. Overmann previously worked at the U.S. Department of Justice addressing issues of access to justice, increasing legal services for Veterans, and improving indigent defense.  Prior to joining the Administration, Ms. Overmann was a civil rights and criminal defense attorney.   Ms. Overmann holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr University