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PODCAST: CIA Innovation Chief Jennifer Ewbank Discusses her 35 Year Career in Government

The Government Huddle Podcast unpacks some of the key lessons she has learned and how she has overcome imposter syndrome as her roles elevated.


The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is one of the most important intelligence agencies in the world. Its primary mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate intelligence information to the President and other high-level officials in the U.S. government. Over the years, the CIA has undergone several modernization efforts to enhance its capabilities and better serve its mission. One of the key players in this modernization process is Jennifer Ewbank, who has been instrumental in bringing about significant changes at the agency.


Jennifer Ewbank is a veteran CIA officer who has worked for the agency for over two decades. In 2019, she was appointed as the Deputy Director for Digital Innovation. In this role, she oversees the agency's efforts to modernize its technology and digital infrastructure.


Ewbank's appointment came at a critical time for the CIA. The agency was facing several challenges in keeping up with the rapidly evolving technological landscape. For instance, the agency was struggling to collect, store, and analyze the massive amounts of data generated by modern communication technologies. Additionally, the agency was facing increasing competition from other intelligence agencies and private companies that were leveraging advanced technologies to enhance their intelligence capabilities.


On the most recent episode of The Government Huddle Podcast, host Brian Chidester is joined by Ewbank as they discuss what it’s like being a digital leader in such a covert organization and her strategy to modernize the agency. We also take a journey across her 35 year career in government and unpack some of the key lessons she has learned and advice she has for the next generation and discuss how she has overcome imposter syndrome as she has progressed in her roles.


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