Chief Enterprise Architect, USDA
Mr. Benett is a business and information technology (IT) leader with nearly 20 years of experience in IT Program and Project Management, Strategic Planning, Operations, and Corporate Business Development. He is currently the Chief Enterprise Architect for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) within the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). Prior to OCIO he served at the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Office of the Administrator as the Director of Strategic Initiatives, as an IT Program Manager for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as the Acting CTO, and Acting Deputy Regional Administrator for FNS' Northeast Regional Office. Prior to serving at the USDA, Jonathan led the Project Management Office for the United States Patent and Trademark Office after nearly ten years of successful experience in private industry.
In addition to his day job, Mr. Benett is very active in the Federal IT community. He has held numerous executive board positions for ACT/IAC, AFCEA Bethesda, and AFFIRM; most recently as the government chair of the Young AFCEA Bethesda Government Advisory Council and co-chair of the Federal Project Management Community of Practice. In each of his multifaceted roles, Mr. Benett displays enthusiasm, character, and professional leadership qualities that benefit the greater Federal IT community as a whole. He was recognized in 2013 by Federal Computer Week through the distinguished "Fed 100" award and in 2007 through their “Rising Star Award”. In addition, he was recognized in 2011 by AFCEA Bethesda through their "Emerging Leader of the Year Award" for his greater Federal IT community contributions. Mr. Benett is a graduate of the University of Florida (Business Administration) and the University of North Florida (Master of Business Administration). He has completed executive leadership coursework at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and completed the USDA Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program at American University.