Cori Zarek will join the United States Digital Service (USDS) as deputy administrator later this month, she announced in a blog post today.

Zarek is currently the executive director at the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University. Prior to joining the university, she served as the deputy chief technology officer of the United States. In this role, she helped to stand up the USDS, and the General Services Administration’s 18F and Presidential Innovation Fellows organizations.

“I look forward to returning to public service to focus on the people and processes to make meaningful improvements in how the U.S. government delivers services,” Zarek wrote in the blog post. “And I’ll also look forward to partnerships, networks, resources, and supports that come from organizations like the Beeck Center to complement the work of government.”

“Having previously spent eight years in public service, I know well the need for strong partnerships and collaboration across all sectors and I’m proud of what we’ve built here at the Beeck Center,” she added.

Zarek has also served as a Mozilla Foundation fellow in technology policy and has co-founded both the U.S. Digital Response and Technologists for the Public Good.

The USDS is a “tech startup” agency inside the White House that hires top technologists to serve the Federal government for term-limited positions. It was founded by President Obama in 2014, to modernize government services through technology and design.

Zarek will support USDS Administrator Mina Hsiang, who was appointed to lead the unit in September 2021.

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Grace Dille is MeriTalk's Assistant Managing Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.