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Tom Cochran
Deputy Coordinator
International Information Programs
Term of Appointment: 03/10/2014 to present

Tom Cochran is responsible for providing places for public engagement that prioritize individuals, facilitate long-term relationships, and simplify public diplomacy to make it more measurable. Before his appointment at the Department of State, he was the chief technology officer at Atlantic Media, publisher of international news outlets including: The Atlantic, Quartz, Government Executive, and National Journal. As CTO, he is charged with leading the successful execution of a global business strategy through industry-leading digital and enterprise technology.

Prior to joining the Atlantic Media, he was the Director of New Media Technologies for the White House, leading the team to provide a secure, stable, and scalable infrastructure across all White House digital properties, enabling the amplification of the President’s message. At the White House, his team was responsible for leading the technical execution of the “We the People” petition application, connecting the domestic and international persons directly with the Administration.

He has spent his entire career in Washington, working as a technology consultant, senior software engineer, and chief technology officer across numerous industries with clients including USDA, HHS, the DNC, Senator Ted Kennedy, Blue Cross Blue Shield, PhRMA, Best Buy, and Target Corp.

The son of a Foreign Service officer, Mr. Cochran is a proud third culture kid, having grown up in Japan and Thailand. He received a degree in economics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Also, he is an avid professional and personal blogger, contributing to the Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, All Things Digital, Entrepreneur, and Digiday. His personal blogging project is running and its sister site,, both dedicated to the lost and untold history of their respective cities. He grew these from concept to an aggregate monthly audience of 50,000 unique viewers and 155,000 pageviews, including partnerships with local media organizations.

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