Cristin Dorgelo

Member, National Infrastructure Advisory Council
Cristin Dorgelo


National Infrastructure Advisory Council


Cristin Dorgelo is an experienced executive with nearly 20 years of success in leading technology and public policy organizations. Cristin thrives on building teams and leading technologists, entrepreneurs, and policymakers in using innovative approaches and best practices to turn ambitious ideas into reality, achieve sustainability, and navigate change.

Cristin most recently served as Chief of Staff at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) from July 2014 to January 2017. As Chief of Staff to the President’s Science Advisor and the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Cristin facilitated policy development and implementation across a broad spectrum of science and technology issues. Cristin spearheaded President Barack Obama’s White House Frontiers Conference in October 2016.

Prior to her role as Chief of Staff, Cristin served as Assistant Director for Grand Challenges at OSTP, developing programs to address 21st Century Grand Challenges and working with Federal agencies to use incentive prizes to engage citizen solvers on, an effort that won Harvard Ash Center’s “Innovations in American Government Award” in 2013.

From 2006-2012, Cristin was Vice President of Prize Operations for the XPRIZE Foundation, a nonprofit prize institute in Culver City, CA. She helped launch several startup companies at the Pasadena, CA incubator Idealab from 2000-2006 and was part of the founding team of  X1 Technologies. Cristin started her career at the Los Angeles Times. She holds a BA in History with a minor in Anthropology from UCLA.

In January 2017, President Obama appointed Cristin to serve as a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, which provides the President through the Secretary of Homeland Security with insight and guidance on the security of critical infrastructure sectors across the United States.