John Paul Farmer
Director of Technology & Civic Innovation, Microsoft
John Paul Farmer serves as Director of Microsoft’s Technology & Civic Innovation group based in New York City. Previously, John was the Senior Advisor for Innovation in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, where he co-founded and led the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, which brings top innovators and entrepreneurs from the private sector for tours of duty in government, in order to make game-changing progress on projects of national importance. He also served in the Administration as Senior Advisor for Healthcare, working on healthcare information technology such as Blue Button, delivery system reform and economic analyses. Previously, John worked in the investment industry for Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers. He played professional baseball as a shortstop in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves minor league systems. John holds an MBA with honors from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University and a BA with honors from Harvard University.
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