Joyce Hunter is the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Policy and Planning for the Department of Agriculture.  With over 30 years’ experience in the information technology industry, Ms. Hunter has demonstrated a strong ability to build and sustain relationships with public/private stakeholders, and develop and lead innovative projects and inter-agency initiatives such as Big and Open Data and IT Workforce Planning.  Ms. Hunter and her team were recently recognized by OMB for having one of the best FITARA Common Baseline submissions and will continue that standard of excellence throughout the implementation. She recently served as the Acting CIO for the Department of Agriculture and prior to her appointment to the USDA, was the CEO of Vulcan Enterprises, an IT and strategic planning consulting organization, where she provided executive advisory services, industry and federal business intelligence, policy evaluation and analysis, business development support, business IT alignment and strategic business consulting.  From 2000 to 2013, Ms. Hunter was dedicated to addressing the increasingly complex demands on the federal and commercial health community with Lawson Software, Apptis and the consulting division of Computer Science Corporation (CSC). She previously served over 10 years with Lotus Development Corporation, rising to the level of Major Account Executive and Global Account Manager for Marriott International and Ernst and Young International.  Ms. Hunter earned a BA from Villanova University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, has a certificate in Emotional Intelligence, is a Wharton Fellow and most recently a recipient of the Big Data Innovation Award from the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC).