About Us

The Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI) is a 501(c)(3) not for profit educational think tank whose mission is to assist government officials in addressing the many challenging issues brought on by the rapid advancement of Information Technology.
CPPI provides policymakers with groundbreaking thought leadership on transformational technology, informed policy analysis, and innovative strategies to help ensure American competitiveness in the global economy and comprehensive security on the homefront. CPPI convenes educational symposiums, site visits, and other forums that bring together stakeholders from government, industry, academia, and the civic sector to discuss policy issues in a collaborative environment.



Board of Directors



Christopher Long, Chairman of Board and President of CPPI

Christopher Long serves as President and CEO of the Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI). Mr. Long brings years of experience in building successful models of collaboration between industry, government, academic and civic sector stakeholders.

In addition to his work with CPPI, Mr. Long is President and CEO of Washington Resource Associates (WRA). Founded over 15 years ago, WRA is a leading public affairs consulting firm specializing in strategy and planning, public policy education, communications, and collaboration between industry, government, and the civic sector.

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John Backus, Founder and Managing Partner, New Atlantic Ventures

John Backus is a co-founder and Managing Partner at New Atlantic Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm investing in cybersecurity, ecommerce, mobile, higher education, digital media and the business of healthcare. Based in the national capital region, John is a seasoned technology investor and entrepreneur with over two decades of experience investing in and managing rapidly growing companies. Before becoming a venture capitalist, he co-founded US Order, which revolutionized online banking, went public in 1995 and was sold to Visa.

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Jerry Buckwalter, Director of Strategy, Northrop Grumman

Gerald (Jerry) E. Buckwalter is Northrop Grumman’s Director of Strategy based in McLean, Virgina. In this capacity, Buckwalter serves as Northrop Grumman’s chief strategy person for homeland security solutions.

Buckwalter has worked for many years coordinating company-wide homeland security business with the Department of Homeland Security, as well as Department of Defense Anti-Terrorist Offices, other federal agencies, Homeland Security programs at the state and local level and International Resilience Programs, covering all functional areas.

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CaprioDaniel Caprio, Co-Founder & Chairman, The Providence Group

Dan Caprio, Co-founder and Executive Chairman, is an internationally recognized expert on privacy and cybersecurity. Mr. Caprio brings over 25 years of experience on legal and policy issues involving the convergence of internet, telecommunications and technology. He has substantial knowledge and experience in the areas of privacy, cyber security, and the Internet of Things, a world in which all kinds of devices use a combination of software, sensors, and wireless connectivity to talk to their owners and to one another. Mr. Caprio works with clients to define and capitalize on public policy strategies in the United States and Europe.

In 2010, Mr. Caprio was appointed as a transatlantic subject matter expert to advise the European Commission Expert Group on the Internet of Things. He has testified before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission on the Internet of Things. From 2007 through 2011, Mr. Caprio advised the Secretary of Homeland Security on Data Privacy matters.

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Randy Dove, Director of Government Affairs, Hewlett Packard

Randy Dove is Director of Government Affairs for Hewlett Packard. In this role he and his team are responsible for relations with the U.S. Congress and the federal government. He is also responsible for a number of international and policy issues.

He is immediate past chairman and current board member of the Canadian-American Business Council as well as a board member of the Congressional Management Foundation, the commercial sector board of the Information Technology Association of America and on the advisory committee of the Coalition of Service Industries. Dove is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America. He is also a member of the Advisory Council to the Congressional Internet Caucus, the Online Privacy Association, the National Press Club and the National Foreign Trade Council’s Doha Working Group. He is a lecturer on media relations and crisis communications.

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Greg Farmer, Director, A Street Government Relations

Before his work with A Street Government Relations, Mr. Farmer led Qualcomm’s Washington, DC office and managed the legislative agenda for the company with respect to federal government and the United States Congress.

Prior to joining Qualcomm in October of 2009, Farmer served as the Senior Vice President for Global Government Relations for Nortel. In this role, Farmer was responsible for working with U.S. government leaders and governing bodies around the globe, coordinating the company’s positions on international trade, communications and high tech, tax and other issues.

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David Macklin, Senior Policy Advisor, Digital Dialogue Forum

David Macklin is a respected leader on matters related to technology policy. He serves as Senior Policy Advisor to the Digital Dialogue Forum, Washington DC’s premier technology policy round table. Comprised of world-leading technology companies, the Digital Dialogue Forum promotes sensible public policy while strengthening relations between the high tech industry and government.

Macklin also serves as a Senior Vice President at Washington Resource Associates (WRA) where he manages WRA’s state government affairs programs and strategic philanthropic initiatives. Under his leadership, WRA has cultivated a nationwide network of senior state legislative and executive branch officials and community-based organizations. Through this network, WRA is able to communicate quickly and effectively either to targeted audiences or broadly to educate and build support for client initiatives.

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Jason Mahler, Vice President, Government Affairs, Oracle Corporation

Jason Mahler manages government affairs for Oracle Corporation. He is responsible for formulating the company’s global public policy agenda and communicating those policies to lawmakers and government agencies at all levels of government.

Before joining Oracle in 2010, Mahler served for six years as Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (14th District, California – Palo Alto) in her Washington office.

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Eileen Filler-CornThe Honorable Eileen Filler-Corn

The Honorable Eileen Filler-Corn, a distinguished member of the Virginia House of Delegates and widely respected government relations professional, was unanimously elected to the Center for Public Policy Innovation’s (CPPI) Board of Directors during its Annual Meeting on June 23, 2015.

Mrs. Filler-Corn has served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 41st District, since 2010. The 41st District, located in Fairfax County, includes Burke and parts of Fairfax, Fairfax Station and West Springfield. She serves as the House Democratic Whip and on the Transportation
Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Commerce & Labor Committee. She has been appointed to the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability, Joint Commission on Technology and Science and is the chair and founding member of the bipartisan General Assembly Arts Caucus.

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