Greg Elin

Security and Compliance
Washington DC

About Greg Elin

Greg Elin started advising CivicActions customers on cyber security and IT compliance in 2014. He focuses on transforming FISMA compliance into a collaborative, automated practice aligned with an agile System Development Life Cycle.

Greg brings 20 years of user-focused data management and web development experience to CivicActions projects, with nearly a decade in civic and government tech. He is currently working to automate security compliance reporting for the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s GlobalNET platform so more engineering time can be spent on innovation and feature development.

Greg is the Founder and CEO of GovReady PBC, a public benefit corporation focused on improving and lowering the cost of digital innovation for citizens. From 2010 to 2013, he was the first Chief Data Officer at the FCC during which the Commission launched its first APIs, first National Broadband Map, first crowdsourced measurements of broadband speeds, and first online database of television stations public inspection files. He served on the White House Taskforce for Smart Disclosure and co-chaired the CIO Council’s Information Sharing Subcommittee. Previous to government service, he created the Sunlight Labs, the technology arm of the Sunlight Foundation widely regarded as a tent-pole organization in the civic tech community.

Greg has a Masters from NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of the Arts and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a founding member of the Improvisational Group, “Without a Net”. He routinely speaks on topics of open government data and civic tech and can explain the semantic web in five minutes.


  • August 2014, “Guidance Challenges,” Security Automation Workshop, McLean, VA
  • April 2014, “Open Data & Application Development,” Open Government Data Forum, Emirates Identity Authority and United
  • Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • June 2013, “Introducing GitMachines,” Insiders and Outsiders, 2013 MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference, Boston, MA
  • July 2012, “Preview of the FCC TV Public Inspection File application,” Washington, DC