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Jonah J. Czerwinski


About Jonah

Jonah Czerwinski is a recognized leader in government modernization, technology, innovation, and federal public sector management. He has more than two decades of experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors developing strategy, driving transformation initiatives, and delivering results across large institutions.

Jonah Czerwinski

Jonah is Head of Growth for Thoughtworks Federal, the public sector arm of the global technology consultancy Thoughtworks. 

Before joining Thoughtworks, Jonah served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and as the founding Executive Director of the VA Center for Innovation, developing new ways for the nation’s largest integrated healthcare system to expand access, increase quality, reduce costs, and improve the customer experience.

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November 2020 - Present

Head of Growth, Federal Public Sector

September 2020 - January 2021

Senior Advisor to the CEO

March 2019 - September 2020

Vice President, Digital Services

February 2017 - March 2019

Senior Associate, Strategic Innovation Group

October 2013 - January 2017

Managing Director, New Product Development

February 2009 - September 2013

Senior Advisor to the Secretary (SES)

March 2010 - September 2013

Founding Executive Director (SES)

January 2007 - February 2009

Managing Consultant, Strategy & Change

January 2000 - January 2007

Director of Homeland Security Projects

March 1998 - January 2000

Research Analyst, Office of the CEO

As a recognized leader in government modernization, innovation, and federal public sector management, Jonah works with federal leaders transforming their organizations into modern digital enterprises.

Advised CEO and executive team on matters related to federal sector technology modernization and related policy priorities.

Oddball, Inc.

Member of the leadership team and responsible for company growth across the federal public sector with services supporting federal clients from design to deployment of scalable software solutions utilizing modern digital tools, devops practices, and Agile development.

Booz Allen Hamilton

Led development of new corporate capabilities, business models, and technologies focused on advancing health care innovation and fostering a collaborative community of startups, venture capitalists, corporate innovation partners, entrepreneurs, and academia.

The Advisory Board Company (Acquired by Optum)

Led the development and execution of the Firm's federal public sector go-to-market strategy and business development as a senior member of the strategy team at a publicly traded health care technology and advisory services firm.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Served as a core member of the senior management team with responsible for agency-wide budget strategy, transformation management, and policy development across numerous operating units.

VA Center for Innovation

Led a diverse team of technology, healthcare, and benefits delivery professionals to operate a $100M venture organization with a portfolio of over 120 innovations focused on enhancing access, increasing quality, controlling costs, and improving the customer experience at one of the Nation's largest integrated health care systems.

IBM Global Business Services

Managed teams in support of large bid-and-proposal campaigns for IBM's federal public sector practice. Concurrent appointment as Senior Fellow within IBM's Global Leadership Initiative. Testified before Congress, addressed national and international media, and authored thought leadership on government modernization.

Center for the Study of the Presidency

Directed the Center’s project on “Strengthening the Transatlantic Relationship in the War on Terrorism” with specific emphasis on NATO, the EU, and G8 to evaluate long-range and short-range program objectives.

Designed and conducted a comprehensive management study on “Accelerating and Integrating National and International Efforts to Combat Smuggled Nuclear Weapons,” which led to the establishment of the U.S. Domestic Nuclear Detection Office through Homeland Security Presidential Directive 15.

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Staff member with the CSIS Capital Markets Program focused on macroeconomic implications of the EU's common currency, the euro.



2007 – 2009

Masters of Business Administration


Darden School of Business

1994 – 1997


Bachelor's Degree

Major: Philosophy

Minor: Politics

Teams/Clubs: Sailing Team, Philosophy Club

1989 – 1993


High School Diploma

College-prep Jesuit high school located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Teams/Clubs: Debate Team, Sailing Team


Rural America Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors

2021 - 2022

U.S. Federal Government Service

Non-career Senior Executive Service

2010 - 2013

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

Blockchain in Healthcare Task Force

2018 - 2019

George Washington University

Senior Fellow, Homeland Security Policy Institute

2005 - 2008

Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress

2016 - Present

Aspen Institute - Berlin

Young Leaders Forum


German Marshall Fund of the United States

Manfred Wörner Fellow

2010 - 2013

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