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Xavier Hughes

Xavier Hughes

Chief Innovation Officer

U.S. Department of Labor

Xavier Hughes works in corporate strategy, big data, product development, conceptual design, and public sector innovation and automation. From 2010 to 2016, Xavier has served as the 1st Chief Innovation Officer in the history of the U.S. Department of Labor, and Senior Advisor to White House and Secretary of Labor, where he...


U.S. Department of Labor

Chief Innovation Officer

As the Chief Innovation Officer for the U.S. Department of Labor, I oversee the research & development agenda for open government, digital products, introduction of new technologies to jump-start the workforce system, enhance agency customer service, and the use of open data ecosystems to protect workers and encourage problem solving. See below for highlights:

• Advised 13 line agencies and 6 service agencies, and co-managed a $12.5 billion budget encompassing 17,000 employees and 10 regions.

• Co-managed the turnaround of U.S. DOL, from a second to last ranked data-driven agency in government to being ranked #1 by the Government Accountability Office.

• Developed and led DOL’s Customer Service Modernization Program, a $10 million effort to modernize operations covering 17,000 employees.

• Established key relationships with numerous venture, technology and ideation hubs across Silicon Valley to kick-start workforce-related solutions and start-up creation.

• Chief architect of, a dynamic platform that provides personalized worker protection, fair pay and unlawful discrimination information to workers.

• Launched DOL’s Digital Services Strategy Group, providing technological, operational and procurement innovation across all public facing agencies resulting in faster acquisition, adoption and roll-out of new technology.

• Co-created the National Workforce Data Initiative, a public and private partnership, to enable
inter-operability, facilitate a taxonomy, and create easy access data points for underlying jobs, skills, training, and wages.

• Led the establishment of DOL’s Innovation Council, an innovation accelerator providing employees and external stakeholders with an interactive platform to solve people, process, policy, data and technology challenges.


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Johns Hopkins University

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i4j Innovation for Jobs by IIIJ Foundation


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The White House

Broadband Opportunity Council Executive Board Member

Member of President Obama's Broadband Opportunity Council charged with expanding
high-speed, low-cost broadband and pave the way for economic revitalization, removal of
regulatory barriers and expansion of investment opportunities.

U.S. Small Business Administration

BusinessUSA Executive Board Member

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