September 29
11AM ET 

Hear from our experts:

  • Moderator: Carlos Rivero, CDO, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Heidi Hertz, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Jake Erlich, Director of Analytics, Capital Area Food Bank

According to Feeding America, there were 842,870 food-insecure Virginians in 2018, who experienced hunger or limited/uncertain availability of nutritional food. During mid-2020 this number grew an estimated 12.5% due to the onset and progression of COVID-19.

Data is a powerful tool that can help us better understand food insecurity at a local level. A data-driven government is better equipped to solve difficult community problems. And, ending hunger is a multi-faceted issue that spans individuals, communities, companies, producers, and government.

A data sharing framework would enhance efforts when it comes to analyzing the impact of weather systems, promoting access to nutritious food, improving distribution and supply chain models, and reducing food waste.

Panelists will discuss

  • The most promising new developments in data collection, analysis and sharing that can be applied to food security and nutrition.
  • The data that states/counties need for more effective decision making related to food security and nutrition and to inform policies for the transformation of food systems.
  • Virginia’s current processes for the collection, processing, analysis, and use of reliable and accurate agricultural and food security and nutrition statistics.

* This event is for government employees only.


In 2018, Virginia was on the cusp of a data revolution, thus Qlarion’s signature event was born. The Virginia Data Revolution Series was created to help local and state agencies best prepare for impending opportunities. Now, in its third year, the series has evolved into a productive forum where public sector leaders from all over Virginia have come to share advice and tips on topics from:

  • How to approach a shared analytics program?
  • Which key stakeholders to engage in the process?
  • How to develop an enterprise analytics culture to improve success?
  • And more

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All of this was spurred by the Virginia Open Data Initiative Act, which fundamentally changed how Virginia thinks about data. The Act was designed to “increase public awareness of and access to the data created by and available from state agencies.” Going even further, the bill helped create the first ever Chief Data Officer position for the Commonwealth of Virginia, which our frequent Series moderator, Carlos Rivero, currently holds.

Qlarion’s goal then, and now, is to help state agencies navigate the data revolution and better understand what the next few years look like and how to collaborate on data initiatives in the Commonwealth.


Understanding and Combating Food Insecurity Through Data

September 29, 2021 at 11:00 am ET

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  • Moderator: Carlos Rivero, Chief Data Officer, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Alaysia Black Hackett, Deputy Chief Diversity Officer, ODEI 
  • Kathryn Crosby, DEI Officer, Dept. of Medical Assistance Services
  • Justin Crow, Director, Division of Social Epidemiology, Office of Health Equity 


  • Moderator: Carlos Rivero, Chief Data Officer, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Adam L. Harrell, MBA, NRP, Associate Director, Office of Emergency Medical Services, Virginia Department of Health
  • Diane Pabich, Associate Director of Operations, Division of Benefit Programs, Virginia Department of Social Services
  • Marcus Thornton, Deputy Chief Data Officer, Commonwealth of Virginia


  • Moderator: Alex DerHovhannessian, Senior Director at Qlarion and public service leader
  • Carlos Rivero, Chief Data Officer, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Felix Schapiro, Workforce Policy Analyst, Office of Governor Ralph Northam
  • Jeff Price, Director of Research and Planning, Virginia Department of Social Services


  • Tod Massa, Policy Analytics Director, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
  • Felix Schapiro, Policy Analyst, Workforce Development, Office of the Governor
  • Massey Whorley, Director, Office of Innovation & Strategic Initiatives, Virginia Department of Social Services
  • Moderator: Carlos Rivero, Chief Data Officer, Commonwealth of Virginia


  • Jodi Manz, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Thomas Fitzpatrick, Division Director, Programs and Services, Virginia DCJS
  • Lauren Cummings, Executive Director, Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition
  • Moderator: Carlos Rivero, Chief Data Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia


  • Peter Aiken, Founding Director and Owner, Data Blueprint
  • Todd Harbour, Former Chief Data Officer, New York State
  • Jason Hare, CEO, Open Data Principal
  • Michael Leahy, Secretary, Department of Information Technology, State of Maryland
  • Moderator: Tony Fung, former Deputy Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia


  • The Honorable Keyanna Conner, PhD, Secretary of Administration, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Debbie Condrey, CIO, Office of Information Management, Virginia Department of Health
  • Anthony Fung, former Deputy Secretary of Technology, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Josh Levi, Vice President for Policy, Northern Virginia Technology Council
  • Murali Rao, CIO, Virginia Department of Transportation