CTO, Census Bureau
Avi Bender joined the Census Bureau as its first CTO in 2010. Avi guides technology modernization of the Bureau through strategic initiatives that will transform how data are collected, processed and disseminated. Avi has established an enterprise architecture program, an infrastructure road map and led the creation of the Bureau's Innovation Center- the Center for Applied Technology. He leads a team of solution architects who are designing an agile, scalable, and responsive architecture and infrastructure to deliver both operational efficiencies and business process innovation.
Avi provides thought leadership in the areas of open data, innovation, service based architecture, and change management. He recently launched the Census Bureau CitySDK as a developer engagement platform to develop unique community solutions based of the Bureau data and API. Prior to joining Census, Avi served a four-year term appointment as the Director for Enterprise Architecture (EA) at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He received multiple industry awards for transforming the IRS EA to a highly collaborative and mission focused organization.
Avi has extensive entrepreneurship, executive management, and consulting experience in the private sector. Avi was a Managing Director at Price Waterhouse LLP where he provided IT thought leadership support for digital media. As the Managing Principle with IBM Global Services, Avi led IT strategy consulting initiatives for some of the largest media brands. Avi was a co-founder of two digital media software companies.
Avi holds a Bachelor of Science and two Masters degrees.
Avi received the Federal Innovator of the Year Award in 2013.