US Department of Labor Chief Innovation Officer Chike Aguh Named 2021 Change Agent Award Winner

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Recently appointed United States Department of Labor Chief Innovation Officer Chike Aguh was named as one of 2021’s Change Agent Award winners by G2Xchange. The Change Agent award recognizes Federal IT and Consulting leaders from both industry and Government who are working every day to take calculated risks and positively disrupt the Federal market, while having a measurable impact on the culture and the important missions of the organizations they serve.

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Recently appointed United States Department of Labor Chief Innovation Officer Chike Aguh was named as one of 2021’s Change Agent Award winners by G2Xchange.

Recently appointed United States Department of Labor Chief Innovation Officer Chike Aguh was named as one of 2021’s Change Agent Award winners by G2Xchange. The Change Agent award recognizes Federal IT and Consulting leaders from both industry and Government who are working every day to take calculated risks and positively disrupt the Federal market, while having a measurable impact on the culture and the important missions of the organizations they serve.

Chike Aguh was sworn as Chief Innovation Officer at the United States Department of Labor on January 20, 2021. Aguh, 37, will be responsible for “efforts to use innovative technologies, partnerships and practices to accelerate the Department’s mission of ensuring that every American is included and respected in the future of work.” He will be reporting to the Deputy Secretary.

Chike has worked as an education policy official under the Mayor of New York, 2nd grade teacher and Teach For America corps member, Fulbright Scholar in Thailand researching education and skills, director of corporate strategy and performance technologies at Education Advisory Board (EAB), CEO of a national social enterprise which helped connect 500,000 low-income Americans to affordable internet and digital skills, and Senior Principal and Future of Work Lead at the McChrystal Group, a business advisory firm founded by Gen. (ret.) Stanley McChrystal.

Additionally, Chike was the inaugural Head of Economic Mobility Pathways at the Education Design Lab where he launched the Community College Growth Engine Fund, an innovative, tri-sector and multimillion dollar effort turning community colleges into bridges to careers in high growth fields for thousands of learners. He has served as a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Harvard Carr Center for Human Rights Policy where he focused on the future of work and racial equity, Venture Partner at New Markets Venture Partners where he focused on workforce technologies, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Future of Work Taskforce.

Chike holds degrees from Tufts University (B.A.), Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M), Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA), and University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School (MBA).

He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar; past Council on Foreign Relations term member; 40 under 40 honoree from Wharton and the Washington Business Journal; and former board member of the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Board. Chike, his wife and their son proudly call Prince George’s County, MD home.

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