Recently named to Forbes 30 Under 30 and the Fed 100, Alvand “Alvin” Salehi is a Senior Technology Advisor at the White House and the co-founder of Code.gov – the nation’s primary platform for sharing and improving government software. Under the Obama Administration, Salehi led the development of the country’s Federal Source Code Policy with the goal of saving millions of taxpayer dollars by cutting wasteful spending on duplicative software acquisitions. Following the policy’s publication, Salehi launched Code.gov with US CIO Tony Scott to improve nationwide access to the government’s software. He now oversees the growth and development of the code sharing platform, which leverages the power of open source software to maximize cost savings and fuel tech innovation. Salehi concurrently serves as a research affiliate at Harvard Law School, where he explores the impact of open source software on code security, economic efficiency, and technological innovation across the country.
Prior to joining the White House in 2015, Salehi helped lead the State Department’s efforts to expand Internet access to Africa and improve global market access for US technology companies. He also served at the Advanced Research Projects Agency, which invests in transformative, cutting-edge technologies on behalf of the federal government.