Zenius Board of Advisors
Dr. Danny Harris is a retired Federal Executive (SES) with 34 years of experience in information technology and financial management. Dr Harris is now the owner of a Single Member LLC named DA Harris Consulting, LLC., specializing in Executive Advisory Services in areas such as IT Investment Management, Financial Management Systems, Information Systems Implementations, and Project Management.
Dr. Harris served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Department of Education from 2008 until 2016. As the CIO, he managed the Department’s enterprise-wide IT services, including its IT infrastructure, desktops, network, disaster recovery, and printing services, representing a billion dollars in annual IT spend. Additionally, he maintained the Department’s most mission critical Financial Management Systems, including the Accounting System, Contracts and Purchasing System, Travel Management System, the Department’s award winning Grants Management System, and its Web presence.
Prior to becoming the CIO, Dr. Harris served as the Deputy CFO from 2004 –2008. He oversaw financial management, internal control and audit resolution, financial systems, contracts and procurement, and grants policy issues. He managed staff responsible for ensuring Department funds were spent appropriately, and staff responsible for the Department daily financial operations.
Dr. Harris has served on the Board of Advisors for the Information Technology (IT) Department at the College of Southern Maryland from 1994 to present. He is also currently an adjunct professor at Howard University, teaching courses in Computer Technology. Prior to his tenure at Howard University, he taught at George Mason University, in disciplines such as Organizational Communications Management, Research Methodology and Design. Dr. Harris was recognized as one of the Top 100 Information Technology Leaders for 2012 by ComputerWorld.
A native of North Carolina, Dr. Harris holds a B.A. in Communications from North Carolina A&T State University, and an M.A. and PhD. in Organizational Management from Howard University.
Steve Cooper is a top Information Technology talent and a dynamic change agent, having served in executive management positions in both public and private industry for many decades. He was the Senior Vice President and CIO of the American National Red Cross and led a team at Eli Lilly in the early 90’s that first used the internet to interact with patients and share disease management information. At Corning, he led the adoption of Peoplesoft’s newly released Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management software to automate those processes. He was named by President George W. Bush as the first CIO of the newly formed Department of Homeland Security under Tom Ridge, where he guided the deployment of the department’s network and infrastructure to combine 22 components and more than 100,000 employees. He stood up Day One IT operations at DHS headquarters, formed the National Information Exchange Model for Information Sharing (NIEM), and guided the deployment of the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN). He developed DHS’ first IT Strategic Plan, then launched DHSNet. He later served as the Acting Assistant Administrator for Information Services and CIO for the FAA and was the Deputy CIO as well as IT Director and CIO of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization, where he oversaw a team of 400 professionals. Mr. Cooper’s last federal government position was as the CIO of the Department of Commerce, where he was the Secretary’s primary IT advisor across the Department’s 12 bureaus. He was the Senior Accountable Official for Cybersecurity and chaired the Department’s CIO Council. He led the development and implementation of the Department’s enterprise-wide IT program and served as an adviser on mission and business IT systems and services.
Mr. Cooper has been recognized for his talents: in 2007 he was named one of the Top CIOs in America by CIO Insight, and in 2003, he was named the Government Civilian Executive of the Year by Government Computer News. He was also named a Titan of Technology by the Northern Virginia Technology Council, was a recipient of the Fed 100 Award recognizing the 100 Most Influential People in Federal Government Technology and was named by the Washington Post as one of the Five to Watch while serving in the White House. Mr. Cooper has served as a board of directors member and officer for several nonprofits and humanitarian organizations. A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, he is now not only a Zenius Advisor, but also currently a member of Dell’s Federal Advisory Board, T-Mobile’s Federal Advisory Council, and Samsung’s Federal Advisory Council.