Phaedra Chrousos is the Chief Strategy Officer at The Libra Group. Headquartered in New York and London, Libra is a privately-owned business group that controls 30 subsidiaries active in 35 countries. Libra is focused on the following industries: aviation, alternative energy, shipping, real estate, and hospitality. Immediately prior to being appointed Chief Strategy Officer, Phaedra served as the group’s Chief Innovation Officer.
Prior to joining Libra, Phaedra served as a political appointee for the Obama Administration. In this capacity, she was responsible for leading some of the administration’s most successful digital initiatives, including: 18F (a 200-person digital services team), a $60M portfolio of technology programs (incl. login.gov, cloud.gov, data.gov and FEDRAMP), a $16M annual government technology seed fund, and the Presidential Innovation Fellowship program. Prior to leaving the Administration, Phaedra co-founded the Technology Transformation Service, which serves as a foundation for the government’s ongoing digital transformation; she served as its Founding Commissioner.
Before entering public service, Phaedra co-founded and led two companies. The first, a health tech company that reimagined the way doctors and patients communicate, was sold 10 months after launch. The second, a digital media company, was awarded by Endeavor for its contribution to the Greek economy during the country’s recession. Phaedra also has several years of consulting experience with The Boston Consulting Group and The World Bank.
Phaedra received a BA from Georgetown University, an MSc with distinction from The London School of Economics, and an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School. She serves on the boards of several companies and funds that bridge government and tech, incl. Hangar, PUBLIC, and DCode, and the board of Vanda Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: VNDA). Phaedra is also a frequent speaker and panelist, having recently participated on panels at SXSW and WEF Davos.
Select interviews can be found below:
Huffington Post, Startup Founder’s New Job: Bring Innovation to US Government
Center for Public Impact, A New Way To Spur Innovation in Government
GovMatters TV, Phaedra Chrousos on the State of Govtech Innovation & Federal Digital Services Under President Trump
TechCrunch Disrupt, Maximizing Impact with 18F's Phaedra Chrousos and White House Data Scientist DJ Patil
GovFresh, Phaedra Chrousos retrospects federal government digital service
FedScoop, FedScoop Q&A: Phaedra Chrousos’ final thoughts leaving GSA
Hangar, An Entrepreneur in Government
The Bridge, The Bridge Profile: Phaedra Chrousos