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Acting IRS Commissioner to Keynote at Roger W. Jones

WHO: Keynote: Acting Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Daniel Werfel

Award Winners: David A. Bray, Chief Information Officer, Federal Communication Commission

Brain J. Persons,
Assistant Deputy Chief, Naval Operations for Warfare Systems,  
U.S. Department of the Navy

WHAT: 36th Annual Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership

WHERE: American University, Katzen Arts Center Abramson Family Recital Hall, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC.

WHEN: October 29, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

American University’s School of Public Affairs’ Roger W. Jones Award ceremony will take place on October 29 and feature keynote speaker Acting Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service Daniel Werfel.  

The Roger W. Jones Selection Committee chaired by David M. Walker, who served as United States Comptroller General (1998 to 2008), chose two distinguished public servants, Dr. David A. Bray and Brian J. Persons to receive the $2,500 award for their outstanding service, dedication, leadership, and shaping the next generation of government leaders.

About the 2013 Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership winners:

Dr. David A. Bray sees opportunities to build solutions, consensus, and coalitions where others see problems. Dr. Bray served as the executive for innovation, integration, and interoperability for the Office of the Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment from October 2010 to August 2013. During this time, Bray was also detailed as an executive director supporting the National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community. From 2000-2005, Bray held key positions at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, where he oversaw the nation’s technological response to national emergencies including 9/11, anthrax attacks in 2001, the SARS epidemic and monkeypox outbreak in 2003. In August 2013, he assumed a new role as chief information officer for the Federal Communications Commission.  

Brian J. Persons is known for balancing his technical expertise with strategic vision. In his current role in the Navy, Persons is the principal adviser to the chief of naval operations on warfare requirements and integration of naval warfare systems. His portfolio includes programs with an annual funding level of $90 billion. As executive director of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) from 2009-2012, Persons supervised more than 58,000 employees. Persons led the Research and Systems Engineering Competency, a group composed of some 20,000 scientists and engineers, when he served as the executive director for the Naval Systems Engineering Directorate.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.