Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Stephen Lowe is the Department’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and serves as a member of the executive leadership team of the Chief Information Officer (CIO). He is responsible for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) information technology (IT) modernization strategy and planning. Further, he provides enterprise-wide leadership in facilitating IT innovation, building capacity, and fostering resilient competencies for new and emerging solution adoption, decision-making, and optimization in support of the business-oriented mission needs of all USDA customers.
Dr. Stephen Lowe recently served as the visiting Professor of Cyber Strategy with the College of Information and Cyberspace, National Defense University, Washington, DC. He has 28 years of public service experience, including the Department of the Navy, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Library of Congress Congressional Research Service, and the Department of Agriculture. Dr. Lowe also served the Executive Office of President with the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he provided new initiative innovation, solution development and implementation, and policy and program leadership in federal government-wide enterprise architecture, information technology modernization and portfolio management, geospatial visualization and data analytics, and participatory governance crowdsourcing and citizen science. Additionally, Stephen has experience as a Senior Innovation Strategist within industry professional services supporting multiple federal, state, and commercial clients.
Stephen holds the Doctor of Philosophy degree in strategic management from the Adam Smith School of Business, University of Glasgow, Scotland UK. He earned graduate degrees in the Management of Information Technology from University of Virginia, and in Public Administration from Virginia Tech, as well as the bachelor of Political Science from James Madison University. He is also a graduate of the Presidio Institute Cross Sector Leadership Fellows Program, where public policy and complex issues of governance are addressed collectively across business, nonprofits, philanthropy, academia, and government.