Lewis Shepherd is a leading technology consultant and national-security policy advisor based in Washington DC, with a background in government and Silicon Valley. As a senior corporate executive he is known for a track-record of growing revenue in creative new channels, and for a mastery of global public policy. As a government early adopter his successful R&D teams have deployed radically innovative technologies for the world's most challenging missions. (See full bio below.)
Lewis Shepherd is a leading technology consultant and national-security policy advisor based in Washington DC, with a background in government and Silicon Valley. His three-decade career in senior executive management in Washington DC and Silicon Valley, in both the public and private sectors, has included shaping public policy at the local, national and international levels, managing successful R&D teams to deploy radically innovative technologies, and leading complex organizational change.
From 2007 - 2014 he led the Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, a global practice driving sales and services revenue by providing disruptive R&D innovations for enterprise-scale mission problems. The Institute answered government requests for assistance, often with practical counsel for improving operational management, and often by prototyping or deploying advanced technical solutions, such as:
Big-data solutions and deep-learning neural-network systems
Multilingual machine translation for enterprise-scale deployment
Geo-temporal data visualization
Social-media semantic analytics
Immersive augmented-reality applications
Advanced encryption solutions and cyber defense/forensics
Voice/touch/gesture user-interface control systems.
Lewis joined Microsoft in 2007 after nearly 5 years at the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he served in the Senior Executive Service with the title “Senior Technology Officer” while creating the U.S. Government’s most dynamic IT organization supporting a global intelligence-community enterprise. Lewis’s team at DIA built and launched multiple IC-wide standard technologies for the full U.S. and allied Intelligence Community in response to the challenges of 9/11 and multiple wars, including the well-known systems Intellipedia, A-Space, and the IC Data Layer. Intellipedia won the 2008 Outstanding IT Achievement in Government Award from Government Computer News, and A-Space was named one of TIME Magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2008.”
Lewis has degrees from Stanford University (where he was a Rockefeller Graduate Fellow), the University of Virginia, and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). He has also been a guest-lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the UVA McIntire School of Commerce, Princeton University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, and many international universities.
He was appointed in 2014 to the Executive Advisory Board of Georgetown University’s Technology Management Program. He is the elected Vice Chair of the national AFCEA Intelligence Committee, and currently serves on several government advisory boards in Washington DC, focusing on advanced technologies and cyber security, and has traveled internationally for the U.S. State Department as a technology envoy.
Before moving to DC after 9/11, Lewis's career in Silicon Valley included two startup launches (one failure, one success) and working as senior policy advisor and speechwriter for the Mayor of San Jose, and subsequently the same job for the Mayor of San Francisco, including the role of liaison to Silicon Valley CEOs. In 1992 he was listed as one of 15 “Silicon Valley Luminaries” (on a list including Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Apple CEO John Sculley, HP CEO John Young) by the San Jose Mercury News.
Lewis and his wife Kathryn own and live at Virginia's historic Mahockney Plantation (www.Mahockney.org).
Example story, Shepherd's Team Leads Intel Community into the Future: "As Senior Technology Officer and chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency's requirements and research group, he not only has the latest technologies at his disposal but also is working to develop the next generation of tools...."