In September 2014, President Obama named Megan Smith the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, serving as an Assistant to the President. As U.S. CTO, Megan 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 most recently served as a Vice President at Google, first leading New Business Development and later serving as a VP in the leadership team.
Megan previously served as CEO of PlanetOut, a leading LGBT online community in the early days of the web. Megan was part of designing early smartphone technologies at General Magic and worked on multimedia products at Apple Japan.
Previous engineering project contributions include an award-winning bicycle lock, space station construction program, and solar cookstoves. She has served on the boards of MIT, MIT Media Lab, MIT Technology Review, and Vital Voices; as a member of the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid; and as an advisor to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and the Malala Fund, which she co-founded.
She holds a bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she completed her master's thesis work at the MIT Media Lab.