Justin Fanelli

Dept of Navy CTO

US Navy

Mr. Justin Fanelli is the Acting CTO for the Dept of Navy and the Technical Director of PEO Digital.

As CTO, he is chartered to measurably improve technology-driven mission outcomes within the Dept of Navy. As TD, the PEO is chartered to expedite the performant, secure transformation of enterprise IT infrastructure within the Dept of Navy’s acquisition apparatus. He currently serves as an Advisor for Advanced Research Project Agency – Health (ARPA-H) and NIST Artificial Intelligence Safety Institute. Recent roles for Mr. Fanelli have included, Chief Data Architect for Defense Health, Technical Director for Navy Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPTE), Executive Lead for Navy's Digital Transformation in 5G and DevSecOps. With Dept of Navy roles, Mr Fanelli’s team has recently been recognized for transforming modern service delivery including multi-billion dollars in cost avoidance and leapahead impacts with the Etter Award. Within Defense Healthcare, Mr. Fanelli’s teams delivered the first one-stop data enterprise for revolutionized healthcare and research outcomes. Previously within DOD, Mr. Fanelli has served as a Service Chiefs Fellow at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), Principal Engineer for Navy Enterprise Business Systems and Chief Systems Engineer for Command and Control (C2). 

Outside of the office, Mr. Fanelli teaches graduate courses at Georgetown University and advises on innovation. He holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, a Masters degree in Electrical and Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Senior Executive Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is certified in Lean Six Sigma, Agile Development, GIAC Security Leadership, Defense Acquisition University Engineering and Program Management, has served as Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Technology (MCOT) Board Member, North Catholic High School Alumni Association President, currently serves as an advisor to National Science Foundation startups, a partner at NextGen Ventures, a Cornerstone Schools Executive Board Member, volunteer and speaker at TechImpact and AFCEA and is a member of the Cosmos Club. His awards include National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation, Civilian Exemplary Achievement Award, Secretary of the Navy’s Innovation Award, Project Management Institute's Project of the Year, Federal Health IT Innovation Award and he is a two time FedHealth 100 honoree. He lives in Arlington, VA and loves book recommendations.