Chief Information Officer and nominee for Assistant Administrator for Environmental Information
Environmental Protection Agency
Ann Dunkin recently took the helm of EPA's $400 million technology portfolio, where she is responsible for a number of key public-facing tools, including the well-regarded interagency FOIA Online portal.
One of the most important projects she's working on is E-Enterprise for the Environment, an effort to better coordinate the agency's efforts with state and tribal offices. E-Enterprise is still in its planning stages, but there's been talk of creating an online portal.
In her new role, Dunkin said she wants to help her office become more adaptable.
I wanted to do something that was more meaningful than getting people to buy printers and ink.
“I hope that we will be able to shift the development methodologies we're using to be more agile and nimble, that EPA will be able to deliver more IT tools and learn some methodologies to do that," she told FedScoop in her office in EPA's D.C. headquarters.
Dunkin came to the public sector after spending 20 years at technology giant Hewlett-Packard Co.
“I wanted to do something that was more meaningful than getting people to buy printers and ink," she said. “I wanted to do something that I felt was more giving back."
So, she left her management-level job HP and took a position leading technology programs for the Palo Alto school district in the heart of Silicon Valley. She was nominated last year to take on the EPA job and officially moved into the CIO position in February.
“I think the biggest lesson I've learned in my career is that you should not get too comfortable where you are because you can miss out on opportunities," she said.
She encouraged other women in the math and science fields to not underestimate themselves. “They need to remember that they're just as good, or better, than the men they're competing against," she said.
– Whitney Blair Wyckoff