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2023 Pioneer Award


Venice Goodwine

Venice Goodwine

Chief Information Office

Department of the Air Force

Venice Goodwine, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Chief Information Officer for the Department of the Air Force, comprised of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. Ms. Goodwine leads three directorates–Enterprise Information Technology, Data and Artificial Intelligence, and Cybersecurity–and supports 20,000 cyber operations and support personnel around the globe with a portfolio valued at $17 billion. She provides oversight of the Air Force's Information Technology investment strategy from networks to cloud computing, Enterprise policies, data management, digital transformation, information resources management, information technology innovation initiatives, information assurance and related matters for the Department of the Air Force. As Chief Information Officer (CIO), Ms. Goodwine delivers cybersecurity and enforces Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act laws and the ethical use of AI in the Department. She integrates warfighting and mission support capabilities by networking and securing air, space and terrestrial assets. Ms. Goodwine also leads career management initiatives for 10,000 IT/Cyber civilian personnel across all human resources facets from recruiting to professional development.

She has more than 30 years of information technology experience spanning private industry, active and reserve military service, and the federal civilian government. Her experience includes leading large IT organizations, developing agency-wide strategy and policy, establishing governance, overseeing cybersecurity operations, executing IT acquisition, and program management.

Immediately prior to this role, Ms. Goodwine served as the Director of Enterprise Information Technology within the Office of the Chief Information Officer for the Department of the Air Force. She also previously served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the United States Department of Agriculture, a cabinet-level agency. As the USDA CISO she oversaw $208 million in cybersecurity expenditures throughout the agency each year. She raised the agency’s FITARA cyber score from an F to a B, and led the agency to achieve a single unified security operations center by consolidating 128 federal and contractor FTEs, 57 processes, and 11 tools, valued at more than $8.2 million. She led the integration of Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation tools across more than 134,000 endpoints and 1,200 mobile devices.

Ms. Goodwine also had an extensive military career, joining the active duty Air Force in 1986 as a Signals Intelligence Analyst and transitioning to the Air Force Reserve where she received her commission in 2003 as a Communication and Information Officer, completing assignments at various levels including squadron, group, wing, joint, and combined, ultimately retiring from uniformed military service in 2022.

Goodwine was named a 2020 WashingtonExec Top 25 Cybersecurity Executives to Watch and won both the 2020 WashingtonExec Pinnacle Award for Cybersecurity Government Executive of the Year and the 2020 G2Xchange Women in Leadership awards. She also was nominated for the 2020 FedScoop50 Cybersecurity Leader of the Year award.

1994 Bachelor’s degree, Computer and Information Systems, University of Maryland, College Park 1998 Master in Business Administration, William Carey College, Gulfport, Miss.

2003 Officer Training School, McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Knoxville, Tenn. 2009 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

2010 Cyberspace 200, Professional Continuing Education, Air Force Institute of Technology Center for Cyberspace Research 2012 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

2013 Cyberspace 300, Professional Continuing Education, AIr Force Institute of Technology Center for Cyberspace Research 2014 Junior Officer Leadership Development, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

2014 Chief Information Officer Executive Program, University of Maryland, College Park

2015 Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

2017 Warfighting Integration Course, Air Education and Training Command, San Antonio, by correspondence 2020 Joint and Combined Warfighter School, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.


1. 1995–1997, Lead, Unix Systems Administrator, Stennis Space Center, Bay St. Louis, Mo.
2. 1997–1999, Program Manager, Defense Information Systems Agency Continuity and Test Facility, Slidell, La.
3. 1999–2001, System Support Engineer, Silicon Graphics Inc., Silicon Valley, Calif.
4. 2001–2002, Testing and COOP analyst, DISA Continuity and Test Facility, Slidell, La.
5. 2003–2004, Systems Analyst, Lockheed Martin, Stennis Space Center, Bay St. Louis, Mo.
6. 2004–2006, Department Chair, Information Technology, Central Texas College, Okinawa, Japan 2006–2009, Supervisory, IT Specialist, Marine Corps Base Butler, Okinawa, Japan
7. 2009–2014, Regional COR, Marine Corps Systems Command, Okinawa, Japan
8. 2014–2018, Senior Cybersecurity Advisor, Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va.
9. 2018–2021, Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
10. 2021–2023, Director, Enterprise Information Technology, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Department of the Air Force, Arlington, Va.
11. 2023–present, Chief Information Officer, Department of the Air Force, Arlington, Va.

Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two devices
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air and Space Commendation Medal
Air and Space Achievement Medal with two devices
Air and Space Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal with device
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 'M' Device

Certified Information Systems Security Professional, ISC2
Certified Level 3 Acquisition Professional in Information Technology, DAU Project Management Professional Certified,
Certified Level 1 Acquisition Professional, Program Management, DAU Certified, Information Technology Information Library Foundations

(Current as of September 2023)

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