Jonathan Benett is a business and information technology (IT) leader with 20 years of experience in leadership, IT program and project management, strategic planning, operations, and corporate business development. He specializes in the identification of public sector business requirements and the development of innovative technology solutions to meet the unique challenges of government.
Jonathan is currently the Technical Director for Digital Government Solutions at Adobe Systems Federal. Prior to Adobe, he was the Chief Enterprise Architect for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) within the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). He also worked at the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in a variety of leadership roles, including Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Administrator, IT Program Manager for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Acting CTO, and Acting Deputy Regional Administrator for FNS’ Northeast Regional Office. Before working at the USDA, Jonathan led the Project Management Office for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, preceded by ten years of successful experience in private industry.
In addition to his day job, Jonathan is very active in the federal IT community. He’s a fellow of the American Council of Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) and has held numerous executive board positions for ACT-IAC, Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) Bethesda, and Association for Federal Information Resources (AFFIRM). Most recently he was the government chair of the ACT-IAC NexUS community, a member of the ACT Executive Committee, and a Government Advisory Council member of both AFCEA and Young AFCEA (YAFCEA) Bethesda. Jonathan is a cofounder and past president of YAFCEA Bethesda and the Federal Project Management Community of Practice (FedPM CoP).
In each of his multifaceted roles, Jonathan displays enthusiasm, integrity, character, and professional leadership qualities that benefit the greater public sector IT community. Federal Computer Week recently recognized him through the distinguished “Fed 100” award and previously through its “Rising Star Award.” In addition, AFCEA Bethesda recognized him with its “Emerging Leader of the Year Award” for his contribution to the federal IT community.
Jonathan graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in business administration and from the University of North Florida with a Master of Business Administration (MBA). He is a Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute (PMI). He completed the USDA Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SES CDP) at American University and executive leadership coursework at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.