Dr. Kristen Honey is the Chief Data Scientist and the Executive Director of the HHS “InnovationX” team (formerly the HHS Office of the Chief Technology Officer) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Her team tackles complex challenges by harnessing the power of open data, open science, open source, citizen science, crowdsourcing, prize challenges, and innovative public-private partnerships for public health. She leads small and large-scale partnerships including two $25m dollar partnerships for the KidneyX Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX) the LymeX Innovation Accelerator (LymeX).
Prior to joining HHS, Dr. Honey served in the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) advising the U.S. Chief Technology Officer (CTO) from 2015–2017 and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) advising the Federal Chief Information Officer from 2017–2018. Dr. Honey earned her Ph.D. at Stanford University in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in the Environment and Resources, School of Earth Sciences and her Ph.D. minor in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She also holds an M.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a B.A. in Human Biology with Honors from Stanford University.