Michele Weslander-Quaid serves as Chief Technology Officer (public sector) and Innovation Evangelist for Google.
Before joining Google in April 2011, she served in a number of U.S. federal government senior executive “first-ever” roles beginning in 2002, including: Deputy Technical Executive for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Intelligence Community Deputy Chief information Officer for the Director of National Intelligence, Chief Technology Officer for the National Reconnaissance Office, and the DNI’s Senior Representative to the Secretary of Defense’s ISR task force leading global coalition information sharing and collaboration initiatives.
Prior to joining the US government, Weslander-Quaid served for more than a decade in industry as an Image Scientist and Chief Engineer.
In 2001, she received the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation and was awarded the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Meritorious Civilian Service Medal in 2005.
She currently serves on the board of directors of the DigitalGlobe Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Advisory Committee for Commercial Remote Sensing, the AFCEA Intelligence Committee, the University of Rochester Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Science Dean’s Visiting Committee and the board of trustees for the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.
Weslander-Quaid earned a B.S. in Physics and Engineering Science with honors from Seattle Pacific University and a M.S. in Optics from the University of Rochester.
She is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government program for senior managers in government and a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff CAPSTONE Fellow.