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Lynda Pierce – D.C.'s Top 50 Women in Tech 2015

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Lynda Pierce

Acting Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer
Department of the Navy

Lynda Pierce plays an essential role in the day-to-day functioning of one of the busiest CIO offices in the federal government. From cybersecurity to cloud computing, mobility, IT workforce development, privacy and the Freedom of Information Act, the Navy's CIO office oversees a range of IT activities and investments – to the tune of about $7.5 billion a year.

Although she's not an engineer, Pierce has always worked in the technology field. One of her greatest strengths is her ability to communicate technical requirements to the nontechnical policy community.

Pierce offers an interesting perspective on leadership and advancement. Although some women have found it difficult to advance in the male-dominated IT field, Pierce has not had that experience.

Be the best where you are and look for areas where you can branch out.

“I never started with a goal to be in a specific position," she said. “I just did the job that I needed to do, and it kept building and building. Be the best where you are and look for areas where you can branch out."

One of the ways Pierce is challenging herself now is through the secretary of the Navy's Task Force Innovation. Pierce is one of many volunteers contributing to finding new innovations to maintain an adaptive workforce, developing better ways to use information and streamline the development, and fielding of emerging technologies.

It's this type of work that has helped Pierce stand out among her peers. “It starts with a notion and research, but then you have to get it out there," Pierce said. She credits a lot of her success in moving cloud and cybersecurity initiatives out of their infancy to more mature baselines to “communicating, bringing people together and getting them to coalesce around an idea and moving forward."

– Dan Verton

Read the full story about this year's selection of D.C.'s Top 50 Women in Technology, and view the full list here.