Collaborate Council

The Collaborate Council is a group of leaders in technology, government, public policy and entrepreneurship who all share a common goal: encouraging collaboration and innovation across all sectors. 

Adrian Fenty

Adrian Fenty is an American politician who served as the sixth mayor of the District of Columbia. 

Since leaving office, Fenty has become a special advisor at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and a member of the business development team at the law firm Perkins Coie. Fenty has held advisory and business development roles with Rosetta Stone, Everfi and CapGemini. He also serves on the Board of Directors of three nonprofits: Genesys Works-Bay Area, College Track and Fight for Children. 

He has also embarked on a career as a paid speaker, part-time college professor, adviser for the state and local government practice of an information technology consulting firm. Previously, Fenty was a D.C. Council member for six years. A Washington, D.C. native, Fenty is a graduate of Oberlin College and Howard University Law School.


Aneesh Chopra

Aneesh Chopra is the former (and first) U.S. Chief Technology Officer. As an Assistant to the President, he designed the National Wireless Initiative, helped launch Startup America, and executed an "open innovation" strategy across the government built on private sector collaboration - opening up data, convening on standards and staffing "lean government startups." He is the author of the book, "Innovative State: How New Technologies can Transform Government," focused on how we can tap entrepreneurial problem solvers to address challenges in health, energy and education markets among other public and regulated sectors.

Chopra is currently the co-founder and executive vice president of Hunch Analytics, a technology firm focused on improving the productivity of public and regulated sectors of the economy through data analytics. He serves as a Member of the Council on Virginia’s Future. In 2011, Chopra was named to Modern Healthcare's list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare (#39) and in 2008, to Government Technology magazine's Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue. Chopra earned his master's degree in public policy from Harvard University in 1997 and his bachelor's degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994. 


Heather Blanchard

Heather Blanchard serves as the director of Wireless Internet Development (WID) for CTIA - The Wireless Association, focused on spotting emerging trends in wireless and identifying new initiatives for the association to further mobile Internet adoption. Heather's responsibilities include acting as a liaison among CTIA, its members and Internet companies in Silicon Valley as well as engaging the app developer and app storefront communities.

Previously, Blanchard served as a strategic communications consultant for New Cicada, where she cultivated partnerships with mobile Internet companies and worked with the European Commission to provide advice on emerging technologies, web entrepreneurship and innovation. She was the business liaison director for technology and telecommunications at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where she worked on behalf of the Assistant Secretary to build relationships in the technology, telecommunications and wireless Internet sectors. Blanchard has a Bachelor of Science in political science from Radford University and a Master of Arts in global communications from American University of Paris.


Jonathan Aberman

Jonathan Aberman is the founder and Managing Director of Amplifier Ventures, a seed and early stage venture capital organization based in McLean, VA. Amplifier Ventures focuses on commercializing federally-funded technology in various direct and consultative capacities. Jonathan is also the founder and President of FounderCorps, a Virginia not for profit that provides experienced mentors to partners throughout the Greater Washington Region.

Jonathan also the founder and Managing Director of TandemNSI, a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and supported by Arlington County EDA to bring entrepreneurs, universities and national security agencies together to accelerate economic development and national security entrepreneurship in the Greater Washington Region. Through his consulting company Amplifier Advisors he has also worked with the Department of Defense Lab directorate, DARPA, DHS, AFOSR, the Army and other national security agencies on various consulting engagements addressing entrepreneurship and technology creation. 


Julie Kirk

Julie Lenzer Kirk was recently appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Prtizker to lead the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE), an office within the Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA). In her capacity as Director of OIE, she is charged with driving programs and policies that support innovative economic development such as innovation-based entrepreneurship and regional innovation clusters. Her passion is infusing innovation and entrepreneurial mindset coupled with action into individuals, communities, and regions to act as a catalyst for economic growth.

Prior to her appointment, she was the Executive Director for the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE), an initiative of the Howard County Economic Development Authority and also co-chair of Startup Maryland.


Robert Scoble

Robert Scoble is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. He currently works for Rackspace and the Rackspace sponsored community site Building 43 promoting breakthrough technology and startups. He previously worked for Fast Company as a video blogger.


Tien Wong

Mr. S. Tien Wong is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tech 2000, Inc., a Herndon, Virginia-based EdTech company which provides of advanced technology training, mobile e-learning, and mobile content management software to Fortune 500, education, and government clients.  He is also Chief Executive Officer of Appnetic (a division of Tech 2000), a SaaS-based mobile sales enablement platform which enables non-programmer marketing directors and sales managers to create on a self-serve basis, rapidly deployable, custom, robust mobile sales enablement applications which empower teams and provide valuable marketing asset and sales rep usage analytics. 

A recognized international expert in CRM, direct marketing, and BPO, Mr. Wong has presented at dozens of conferences around the world, and has written numerous articles on the CRM and BPO spaces. He has also provided industry commentary on the ABC, Fox, NBC, CNBC, Maryland Public Television, and China’s CCTV networks, as well as for publications such as Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Inc. Magazine, and Success Magazine. 



Leadership Team

Adam Zuckerman, Founder
Frank V. Taylor, Collaborate Conference Director
Brad Herrup, Chief of Staff

Social Media & Marketing 

Overachiever Media

We are a small but nimble team of marketers and media makers who believe that brand isn't a logo or a slogan; it's a relationship between an organization and its audience. We bring a high quality bar and a sense of humor to each of our projects, and we relish a good challenge.


Event Experience Design

Mars On Gravity

"Experiences have the power to change lives..."

Mars on Gravity is an all-inclusive experience consulting and experience production firm that executes stellar events. 

Productions have included large-scale food, beer and wine festivals, 5k races, unique themed parties, multi-day conferences, adventurous day trips and curated weekend getaways. Mars on Gravity is capable of concept generation, contract negotiation, sponsorship acquisition, financial modeling and forecasting, large P&L management, creating unique logistics, developing relationships with partners, hiring, training and managing teams to flawlessly execute the “flavor” of each unique experience.

Branding & Design

Brave UX

We take complex data and make it work - both visually and functionally.  Our best work includes application design and development, branding, and product creation, from strategy and concept through design and build.  We’re a small and talented team that loves figuring out how to make things work better.