Talking leadership with the country's chief technology officer

Megan Smith is the U.S. chief technology officer and assistant to the president. Smith--an engineer, entrepreneur, technology evangelist and former vice president at Google--spoke with Tom Fox about her views of government, including expanded engagement with Silicon Valley, as well as her prioritization of diversity.

Fox is a guest writer for On Leadership and the vice president for leadership and innovation at the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

Q: What is your primary mission?

A: Our mission is to advise the president and his team on how to harness the power of data, innovation and technology on behalf of the American people. We have three buckets of work. The first is to help ensure that America continues to be the best place in the world for science, technology and innovation.

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