Get to Know Megan Smith

In September 2014, President Obama named Megan Smith the United States Chief Technology Officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. She focuses on how technology policy, data and innovation can advance the future of our nation. Megan Smith is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, and tech evangelist. She led New Business Development at Google for nine years. Smith was a leadership team VP at Google[x], co-creating the SolveForX innovation community project and the WomenTechmakers tech-diversity initiative. She led the acquisitions of Google Earth, Google Maps and Picasa. Smith also served as GM of, adding Google Crisis Response, Google for Nonprofits, and Earth Outreach/Engine. Smith previously served as CEO of PlanetOut, a leading LGBT online community in the early days of the web, partnering closely with AOL, Yahoo!, MSN and others. She helped design early smartphone technologies at General Magic and worked on multimedia products at Apple Japan. She has contributed to a range of engineering projects, including an awardwinning bicycle lock, a space station construction program and solar cook stoves. She was a member of the MIT student team that designed, built and raced a solar car 2,000 miles across the Australian outback. Smith has served on the boards of MIT, MIT Media Lab, MIT Technology Review and Vital Voices. She is on the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid, an advisor to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and co-founder and advisor of the Malala Fund. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT.