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Tom Cochran

Tom Cochran

Deputy Coordinator for Platforms at the Department of State

Washington D.C. Metro Area
Government Administration
  1. U.S. Department of State
  1. Atlantic Media,
  2. The White House,
  3. 720 Strategies
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U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Deputy Coordinator, International Information Programs

– Present

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Tom is Deputy Coordinator for Platforms in the Bureau of International Information Programs, a position he assumed in March 2014. In this role, he is responsible for providing places for public engagement that prioritize individuals, facilitate long-term relationships, and simplify public diplomacy to make it more measurable.

Before his appointment at the Department of State, he was the Chief Technology Officer at Atlantic Media, publisher of international news outlets including: The Atlantic, Quartz, Government Executive and National Journal. As CTO, he was charged with leading the successful execution of a global business strategy through industry-leading digital and enterprise technology.

Prior to joining the Atlantic Media, Tom was the Director of New Media Technologies for the White House, leading the team to provide a secure, stable, and scalable infrastructure across all White House digital properties, enabling the amplification of the President’s message. At the White House, his team was responsible for leading the technical execution of the “We the People” petition application, connecting the domestic and international persons directly with the Administration.

He has spent his entire career in Washington, working as a technology consultant, senior software engineer, and chief technology officer across numerous industries with clients including USDA, HHS, the DNC, Senator Ted Kennedy, Blue Cross Blue Shield, PhRMA, Best Buy, and Target Corp.

Also, he is an avid professional and personal blogger, contributing to the Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, All Things Digital, Entrepreneur, and Digiday.


Deputy Coordinator, International Information Programs

U.S. Department of State
– Present (9 months)Washington, District Of Columbia

Chief Technology Officer

Atlantic Media
(1 year 7 months)Washington D.C. Metro Area

Tom was charged with leading the successful execution of business strategy through industry-leading digital and enterprise technology across all brands: The Atlantic, The Atlantic Wire, The Atlantic Cities, Quartz, National Journal, Government Executive, NextGov, and Defense One.

Director of New Media Technologies

The White House
(1 year 8 months)Washington D.C. Metro Area

At the White House, Tom was cleared to the TS/SCI level, being responsible for the security, stability, and scalability of the President’s digital assets. In this role, he pushed the infrastructure to use Amazon Web Services and led the team developing the petition application, “We the People."

Chief Technology Officer

720 Strategies
(4 years 6 months)Washington D.C. Metro Area

Tom was responsible for architecting a technical infrastructure to support legislative advocacy campaigns, recruiting over 6 million supporters. His technology supported clients like Best Buy, Southwest Airlines, Target, ExxonMobil, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and PhRMA.

Senior Software Engineer

Blue State Digital
(2 years 2 months)Washington, D.C.

Tom was the first employee hired and was responsible for developing almost 30% of the first phase of company software tools. The tools he built evolved into key systems supporting the Democratic National Committee and Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. In his time, he supported high-profile clients like Ted Kennedy, Howard Dean, Martin O'Malley, Al Franken, and AFL-CIO.

Web Software Developer

AC Technologies
(10 months)Washington D.C. Metro Area

Tom was a developer working on a large-scale content management system, powering the Department of Education's website. His primary responsibilities were to build and maintain web applications using Linux, Perl, XML, and ColdFusion.

Business Systems Analyst

American Management Systems, Inc
(3 years 4 months)Washington D.C. Metro Area

Tom was an analyst at the USDA, responsible for the business architecture of the largest geographic information system implementation in the world. He was also the lead developer on a patented content management and feedback management system.


Why I Phished My Own Company(Link)

Harvard Business Review
June 2013

Email Is Not Free(Link)

Harvard Business Review
April 2013


System and method for online feedback(Link)

United States 20040030697
Filed August 2002

• Designed and developed unique online feedback mechanism, enabling users to instantly send comments with a pointer reference to the originating content and store them in a central database
• Created back-end web application to provide full administrative interface with feedback database

Content management system(Link)

United States 6,356,903
Issued June 2002

Served as Prototype Developer

• Developed prototype content management system to automatically publish MS Word documents to the Web instantaneously and integrated web-based front-end allow remote site management
• Tested prototype content management system, enforced code standard, and formulated change management procedures prior to implementing production system

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