NASTD Names Karen Robinson 2020 Corporate Affiliate Committee chair: Texas IT Veteran Known for Building Bridges Between Public & Private Sectors

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Karen W. Robinson

CEO & Founder

With over 30 years of government and private sector experience to her name, Karen Robinson’s expertise in cultivating connections between ideas, information technology solutions, and leaders in various fields is unparalleled. Karen notably served as the Director of Administration & Technology for the Office of the Texas Governor, and during this time, she was integral in helping organize the Border Governors’ Conferences, worked closely with several state agencies, and served as the Information Resource Manager, all while overseeing the technology within Governor Perry’s office.

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Texas Public
Sector Executive
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Bob Smock

Cyber Security Professional

Bob Smock is a cyber security executive advisor and consultant with 40 years of IT experience, including 30 years in information and cyber security risk management. During that time, he has conducted or led more than 2000 security program evaluations as both practitioner and consultant in numerous commercial and public sector/state and local government industry verticals.

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George Rios

Senior Technology Strategist & Executive Coach

George Rios is a technology strategist and an executive coach who has experience partnering with business and technology leaders to advise, guide, and provide insight to advance organizations to their desired business outcomes.

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Claire Bailey

Senior Policy Analyst

KWR Strategies is pleased to announce the expansion of their executive leadership team. With the increased demands for excellence in government modernization and cybersecurity strategies, President and CEO, Karen Robinson continues to offer world renowned technology leadership and government insight. Joining KWR is Claire Bailey as Vice President of Business Development.

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Ashley Malone

Director of Legislative Affairs

Ashley Malone joins KWR Strategies as our Director of Administrative Services where she will be responsible for ensuring the team’s workflow operates in an organized and professional manner, in addition to the research skills she contributes to the team and her longstanding knowledge of the inner workings of the Texas Capitol.

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