Megan Smith

American businesswoman

Megan J. Smith (born October 21, 1964) is an American engineer and technologist. She was the third Chief Technology Officer of the United States (U.S. CTO) and Assistant to the President, serving under President Barack Obama. She was previously a vice president at Google, leading new business development and early-stage partnerships across Google's global engineering and product teams for nine years, was general manager of, a vice president briefly at Google[x] where she co-created WomenTechmakers, is the former CEO of Planet Out and worked as an engineer on early smartphones at General Magic. She serves on the boards of MIT and Vital Voices, was a member of the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Aid and co-founded the Malala Fund. Today Smith is the CEO and Founder of shift7. On September 4, 2014, she was named as the third (and first female) U.S. CTO, succeeding Todd Park, and serving until January, 2017.

Megan Smith in 2010


    Megan Smith official portrait
    I’m a woman in motion,” Megan Smith says. “I feel like I’m always moving.” Whether the Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club fitness director is teaching a class, training a client, maintaining equipment or leading meetings at Village Health Clubs & Spas’ flagship, she has her gym bag – which doubles as a work bag – in tow. “I use the club as a member as well. I go to yoga classes, I play tennis and I use the childcare [service],” she says of the “community-driven” club. “We want to be people’s third space. We want to be like that second home that they can come [to] and feel welcome.”
  • I'm a Tar Heel born and bred. It was always my dream to play at North Carolina, and to now be the head coach feels like I'm coming home," Smith Lyon said. "I deeply appreciate the trust and confidence that Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham, Senior Associate AD Vince Ille and the Board of Trustees are showing by hiring me to lead this group of talented young women and welcoming me to the Tar Heel coaching family.
  • I also want to thank my coach and mentor, Donna J. Papa. I'm grateful for all that she has done for the Carolina Softball program at the University during her amazing career, and I am humbled to have the opportunity to build on the foundation she has created.
  • Thank you also to the Marshall administration and the city of Huntington, West Virginia, for being so supportive of our program over the past five years. The student-athletes in Marshall's softball program have done amazing things – and they will continue to do amazing things."
  • "I visited the campus and talked to the coach," "I know a lot of players on the team and felt it was the perfect fit for me. It is also close to home which I'm excited about."
  • “I’m a Tar Heel born and bred," Smith Lyon said in a press release. "It was always my dream to play at North Carolina, and now to be head coach feels like I’m coming home."
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