Mason President’s Innovation Advisory Council

President’s Innovation Advisory Council Mission

The President’s Innovation Advisory Council (PIAC) comprises Mason advocates and industry, community, and government leaders essential to the Arlington Innovation Initiative’s success. The committee will provide leadership, vision, and guidance on placemaking, programming, partners, and more, as well as encourage other key partners to contribute to the success of this endeavor. 

Membership List


Aneesh Chopra – President, CareJourney


Council Members

Mahfuz Ahmed, BS ‘93 – CEO and Chairman, DISYS

Anne Altman, BS ‘82 – Co-Founder, Everyone Matters Inc. 

U.S. Representative Don Beyer – United States House of Representatives, Commonwealth of Virginia 

Sanam Boroumand – CEO, Main Digital 

AC Chakrabarti, BS ‘96 – CEO, Astroflare

Admiral Jay Cohen – Principal, The Chertoff Group  

Paul Cummings, MS ‘16, PhD ‘20 – Chief Architect for Defense and Aerospace, Unity Real Time Development  

Mike Corkery – President and CEO, Deltek 

Dr. Francisco Durán – Superintendent, Arlington Public Schools  

Daniel Gade – Commissioner, Virginia Department of Veterans Services  

Tim Hale – CEO, Coastal Cloud  

Karen Harrington – Director of Innovation, Raytheon  

Deepak Hathiramani – Founding Partner and Executive Chairman, SteeleHarbour Capital Partners 

David Heyman – President and CEO, Smart Works Venture Labs  

Victor Hoskins – President and CEO, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority  

Ahmad Ishaq – Managing Director, Spectre Holdings 

Marquan D. Jackson – Vice President of Resident Services, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing  

Kurt John – Chief Security Officer, Expedia Group 

Senator Tim Kaine, H.C. ‘07 – United States Senate, Commonwealth of Virginia 

Riz Khaliq, BA ‘93, MA ‘94 – CEO, Assima  

Andrew Ko – Founder, Kovexa 

Paul Leslie – Executive Chairman, Dovel Technologies  

John Loveland – President, Arete  

David Metnick – Managing Director, Health and Public Service, Accenture 

Paul Misener, JD ‘93 – Vice President for Global Innovation Policy and Communications, Amazon  

John Muleta – CEO, Atelum LLC 

Dolly Oberoi – Co-Founder and CEO, C2 Technologies, Inc. 

Jay O’Brien – EVP and Chief Banking Officer, Sandy Spring Bank  

Carolyn Parent – Entrepreneur in Residence, HearstLab  

Delbert Parks – Vice President and Site Executive, Micron Technology 

Jon Peterson – CEO, The Peterson Companies  

Susan Riel – President and CEO, Eagle Bank  

Pallabi Saboo – Executive Chair and Founder, Harmonia Holdings Group, LLC 

Kurt Scherer – Managing Partner, C5 Capital  

Anil Sharma – CEO, 22nd Century  

Sumeet Shrivastava, MBA ‘94 – President and CEO, Array Information Technology 

Julius D. “JD” Spain, Sr. – Senior Consultant, LMI & Community Leader/Former President, NAACP Arlington Branch 

Ryan Touhill, BA ‘06 – Director, Arlington Economic Development 

Vijay Venkateswaran, BS ‘90 – Founder and CEO, Viventum Inc.  

Saurabh Verma, Vice President and CTO, Public Sector, Salesforce  

David Wiley – President, Widelity 

Christina Winn – Executive Director, Prince William County Department of Economic Development  

John Wood – CEO & Chairman of the Board, Telos Corporation