Lewis Shepherd's track record as a senior corporate executive demonstrates revenue growth in creative new channels, and a mastery of global public policy. In government service, his early-adopting R&D teams have deployed radically innovative technologies for the world's most challenging intelligence, defense, and space/counter-space missions.
Today he is an R&D executive with VMware, the pioneering Silicon Valley virtualization technology company and the world’s leading private-cloud-computing provider. As Senior Director of National Technology Strategy, he helps shape strategy for the Palo Alto-headquartered VMware Research Group and leads disruptive prototyping efforts of specific relevance to federal government agencies, particularly the national security community.
He also currently serves as a Special Government Employee in the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), and holds government clearances. From 2007 - 2014 Lewis led the Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, a global practice driving sales and services revenue by providing disruptive R&D innovations for enterprise-scale mission problems. The Institute answered government requests for assistance, often with practical counsel for improving operational management, and often by prototyping or deploying advanced technical solutions, such as:
- Advanced encryption solutions and cyber defense/forensics
- Big-data solutions and deep-learning neural-network systems
- Multilingual machine translation for enterprise-scale deployment
- Geo-temporal data visualization
- Social-media semantic analytics
- Immersive augmented-reality applications
- Voice/touch/gesture user-interface control systems.
Lewis joined Microsoft in 2007 after nearly 5 years at the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he served in the Senior Executive Service with the title “Senior Technology Officer” while creating the U.S. Government’s most dynamic IT organization supporting a global intelligence-community enterprise. Lewis’s team at DIA built and launched multiple IC-wide standard technologies for the full U.S. and allied Intelligence Community in response to the challenges of 9/11 and multiple wars, including the well-known systems Intellipedia, A-Space, and the IC Data Layer. Intellipedia won the 2008 Outstanding IT Achievement in Government Award from Government Computer News, and A-Space was named one of TIME Magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2008.”
Lewis has degrees from Stanford University (where he was a Rockefeller Graduate Fellow), the University of Virginia, and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). He has also been a guest-lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the UVA McIntire School of Commerce, Princeton University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, and many international universities.
He was appointed in 2014 to Georgetown University’s Technology Management Advisory Council, and currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor in George Mason University's graduate school of engineering. He is an elected member of the prestigious national AFCEA Intelligence Committee, and currently serves on several government advisory boards in Washington DC, focusing on advanced technologies and cyber security, and has traveled internationally for the U.S. State Department as a technology envoy.
Before moving to DC after 9/11, Lewis's career in Silicon Valley included two startup launches (one failure, one success) and working as senior policy advisor and speechwriter for the Mayor of San Jose, and subsequently the same job for the Mayor of San Francisco, including the role of liaison to Silicon Valley CEOs. In 1992 he was listed as one of 21 “Silicon Valley Luminaries” (along with Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Apple CEO John Sculley, HP CEO John Young) by the San Jose Mercury News.
Lewis and his wife Kathryn own and live at Virginia's historic Mahockney Plantation (www.Mahockney.org).
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