DATA SKILLS WORKING GROUP
Thomas A. Beach
Interim Chief Data Officer, Department of Commerce
As the interim Chief Data Officer (CDO) at the Department of Commerce, Thomas leads the Department’s data governance activities and provides strategic direction and guidance for the bureaus’ to using data as an assets. Thomas chairs the Department’s Commerce Data Governance Board and leads implementation of the Federal Data Strategy and represents the Department on the new Federal CDO Council.
At the United State Patent & Trademark Office, Thomas served the Chief Data Strategist and founder of the Digital Service & Big Data initiative to unleash and unlock the value of patent and trademark data through data science, machine learning and applied artificial intelligence to ensure that patents and trademarks are of the highest quality. Thomas has served on the team creating the Federal Data Strategy as part of the Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goal: Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset which is part of the President’s Management Agenda.
A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Engineering, Beach received his Master’s Degree from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He has been a guest speaker at the White House Open Data Summit, Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech, and the Harvard Business School. Thomas was nominated for FedScoop Top 50 Federal Leaders of 2018 and appeared on Government Matters – Tech Leadership Series (09/13/18).