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Jeff Lawton

 

 

 

Executive summary


Jeff is a Managing Director for the Public Sector Enterprise Information Management practice of Grant Thornton's Arlington office and has been with the firm since June 2006. He has over 26 years' experience managing and delivering dozens of large, complex data management projects for public sector clients. He is a subject matter expert in all things data management (e.g., data strategy, data governance, data architecture, data quality, data lake/warehouses, business intelligence).

 

He holds multiple relevant certifications, including PMP, Certified Business Intelligence Professional (masterly level), ITIL Foundation, Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Certified SAFe Agilist. He provides active leadership in relevant data organizations and has published and delivered over 24 journal articles and industry group presentations on data management.

 

Awards and Recognition

  • Department of Homeland Security CFO Frontier Award for Ingenuity and Innovation for Extraordinary Mission Achievement
  • World Customs Certificate of Merit
  • Veterans Benefits Administration Undersecretary’s Golden Starfish Award

Trainings and certifications

  • Project Management Professional
  • Certified Business Intelligence Professional
  • ITIL v3 Foundation Certification
  • Scrum Master Certified
  • Certified Scaled Agile Framework for the Enterprise (SAFe) Agilist
     

Presentations and Publications

  • Toward a Data-Driven Culture - Journal of Government Financial Management. Winter 2020.
  • Leveraging Data to Decide - American Society of Military Comptrollers Virtual Summit. 12/3/20.
  • Effective Data Governance: A Survey of Federal Chief Data Officers - August 2020.
  • Making Data Management Sticky within and between Agencies - Panel discussion moderator at the Association of Government Accountants - Federal Systems Summit, 1/9/20. Washington, D.C.
  • The Inextricable Link between Data Quality and Customer Experience - www.gt.com. 10/16/19.
  • Data in the Space Age: Building a 21st Century Data Repository - CompTIA webinar. 11/6/19.
  • CompTIA Data Repository Guide - www.comptia.com. 11/4/19.
  • Third Party Risk: An Opportunity to Transform Data into Decisions - Vendor and Third Party Risk Management Conference. 6/5/19. New York, NY.
  • CDO Action Plan - www.gt.com. 4/29/19.
  • Third Party Risk: An Opportunity to Transform Data into Decisions - Third Party Risk Management Roundtable. 3/21/19. New York, NY.
  • Data Quality Planning - Presentation delivered to the Potomac Forum. 8/28/18. Washington, DC.
  • Manage Your Data Like the Asset It Is: Four Critical Success Factors - DC Data Management Association Conference. 4/11/17. Washington, DC.
  • Four Critical Success Factors to Effectively Managing Data as an Asset - Journal of Government Financial Management. Fall 2016.
  • Best Practices for Data-driven Success - Informatica World Tour Conference. 9/22/15. Tysons Corner, VA.
  • Tapping PowerCenter Performance - Informatica World Conference. 5/11/15. Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Can You Quantify the Value of Your Data? - Journal of Cost Management. March/April 2015.
  • Improving Data Quality to Add Value Everywhere - International Performance Management Symposium. 11/6/14. Montreal, Canada.
  • Advanced Performance Improvement - Informatica World Conference. 5/14/14.
  • Metadata Management for Oracle Business Intelligence - North American Oracle Applications Users Group Webinar. 12/12/12.
  • Protecting Private Customer Data for a Large Benefits Delivery Network - Informatica Big Data Roadshow. 9/6/12. Washington, DC.
  • The Data Quality Report Card - Journal of Government Financial Management. Spring 2012.
  • Real-Time Health Care Data Integration for a Large Health Care Provider Network - Mid-Atlantic Informatica Users Group Conference. 4/4/12. Washington, D.C.
  • Government Technology Opportunity in the 21st Century – Tech America Foundation, October 2010.
  • The Metrics Reference Model: A Jumpstart for Business Intelligence Initiatives - Journal of Cost Management. 9/30/10.
  • Delivering Data with Confidence: Building a Reconciliation and Balancing System at the VBA - Mid-Atlantic Informatica Users Group Conference. 2/26/08. Washington, D.C.
  • The Right Tool for the Right Job: Time-Saving Techniques for Selecting the Best Software Tool for Your Business Intelligence Project - Business Intelligence Network, 8/14/07.
  • Data Management ICC and Best Practices in a Government Organization: A Case Study of the Veterans Benefits Administration - Informatica World Conference. 5/2/07. Orlando, FL.
  • The IBM Integrated Data Quality Methodology - 10/3/2005.

 

Professional qualifications and memberships

  • ACT-IAC (Analytics Industry Chair)
  • CAM-I (Intelligent Data Management Chair)
  • DC Informatica Users Group (Chair)
  • Partnership for Public Service
     

Professional qualifications and memberships

  • Four Critical Success Factors to Effectively Managing Data as an Asset, Journal of Government Financial Management. Fall 2016.
  • Can You Quantify the Value of Your Data? Cost Management. March/April 2015.
  • The Right Tool for the Right Job: Time-Saving Techniques for Selecting the Best Software Tool for Your Business Intelligence Project, Business Intelligence Network, August 2007.
     

Education

  • M.B.A., Marketing, University of Georgia
  • B.A., Environmental Science and Economics, University of Virginia
  • Stanford University Executive Institute
 
 

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