Andrea T. Norris
Director, Center for Information Technology
Chief Information Officer, National Institutes of Health
Andrea Norris serves as the Director, Center for Information Technology (CIT), and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at NIH. As the NIH CIO, she leads key trans-NIH strategic initiatives and oversees the NIH cybersecurity program. She is also responsible for NIH’s $1 billion IT portfolio that supports scientific research and discovery and directs the implementation of the STRIDES Initiative, which aims to accelerate biomedical advances through improved access to large datasets.
As the Director for CIT, she is responsible for managing a broad range of NIH-wide information and information technology services, including a new state-of-the market high-speed research network infrastructure, a high- performance scientific computing system ranked as one the top supercomputers in the world by Top500, cloud-based collaboration and communication platforms and tools, bioinformatics research programs, data center services, business solutions and applications, and 24/7 operations of NIH’s distributed IT environment.
Norris comes to the NIH from the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she was responsible for establishing the Foundation’s strategy, policies, and programs and managing its information technology systems and services.
Prior to joining NSF, Norris was the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Management for NASA, providing senior leadership and management of the agency’s complex $2 billion information technology portfolio.
Before joining the federal government, Norris was a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and served on the President’s Private Sector Commission on Cost Control.
Norris has a Master of Business Administration degree with a major in Information Systems Management from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the College of William and Mary.
Center for Information Technology
Stacie Alboum is the Deputy Director for the Center for Information Technology (CIT) at NIH. In this role, Alboum provides leadership, management, and oversight for CIT’s enterprise computational infrastructure and services supporting NIH’s biomedical research mission.
Alboum works with NIH’s 27 Institutes and Centers and the Department of Health and Human Services to develop innovative strategies and solutions to accomplish NIH’s mission. She is responsible for implementing the IT policies, mandates, and programs put forth by the NIH Chief Information Officer into the systems and services necessary to support computational bioscience and engineering initiatives. She plans, allocates, and assesses CIT resources to best support NIH and CIT strategic goals.
Alboum came to NIH from the National Science Foundation (NSF) where she served in various capacities including Chief of IT Security, Architecture, Policies, and Plans, and the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer. In these roles, she managed NSF’s IT portfolio of mission-critical infrastructure, services and initiatives, and established new strategies and approaches for high-quality, cost-effective IT service delivery. She accomplished this through partnerships and collaboration within NSF and with other research agencies and the broad scientific research community.
Based on her successes, she was recognized as one of “DC’s Top 50 Women in Tech” in 2014.
Before joining NSF, Alboum served in various capacities at the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, including IT Policy Analyst, E-Government Portfolio Manager, and Executive Assistant to the Administrator for E-Government and IT. She managed a large portfolio of presidential technology initiatives and policy areas and worked across 30 federal agencies on strategies and plans to implement them. Her areas of expertise included IT program management and grants management.
Alboum also served in the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the Department of Energy where she provided a wide range of business, information, and program management support.
Alboum holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, both from West Virginia University.
Director, Office of Administrative Management
Jill Gaffey serves as the Executive Officer of the NIH Center for Information Technology (CIT) and the Director of CIT’s Office of Administrative Management (OAM). In these roles, she provides leadership, management, and coordination for administrative matters across CIT and serves as a principal advisor to the CIT Director and Deputy Director.
As both CIT Executive Officer and OAM Director, Gaffey oversees the implementation of a variety of management services essential to CIT’s direction and operation. Her duties include developing and evaluating organizational functions with an emphasis on efficient use of resources. She also participates in planning, developing, formulating, and administering the policies, regulations, and procedures governing the activities of CIT’s programs.
Gaffey brings a wide range of management, program support, and administrative experience to her roles at CIT. She previously served as Director of Operations at NIH’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the Center for Cancer Genomics (CCG). In this role, Gaffey led cross-functional teams to deliver management and administrative services for the CCG and served as a critical link between administrative issues and policies and scientific program management. Prior to NCI, Gaffey worked at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) in the Office of Management, Division of Management Services. At the FDA, Gaffey managed highly technical, complex, and sensitive programmatic and policy matters for CDER and led the development of roadmaps, policies, procedures, and key performance indicators to drive accountability and prioritization, manage risk, measure progress, and ensure alignment to strategic goals.
Gaffey holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia.
Deputy Executive Officer
Office of Administrative Management
Mr. Davis provides overall management and general administrative support for the NIH Center for Information Technology (CIT), and he participates in formulating, planning, developing, and administering the policies, regulations, and procedures governing the activities of CIT programs. Davis represents CIT on various task groups and ad hoc committees and confers with top NIH management officials on issues affecting CIT. In addition, he partners with the executive officer to provide advice and recommendations to the CIT Director and Deputy Director on the impact and implications of administrative issues on major programs and policy matters and serves as the principal spokesperson on employee engagement, performance management, space management, staffing, employee relations, and other vital staff initiatives.
Before coming to CIT, Davis worked for more than two decades in various capacities at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He joined NCI in 1996 as part of a fellows training program, where he worked with the NIH Office of Rare Diseases to develop a clinical trials database for rare diseases.
Later, he advanced to NCI’s Chief of Business Operations in the Office of Communications and Education and oversaw a multimillion-dollar budget, managed multimillion-dollar contracts, and served as the lead human resource liaison to the Office of Human Resources for more than 100 federal employees. Most recently, Davis served as the Deputy Director of Business Operations in NCI’s Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL), where he managed and oversaw a $100 million dollar budget, acquisitions, staffing, and administrative functions for the Office.
Among his many accomplishments, Davis collaborated with NCI leadership to relocate more than 200 staff to the NCI Shady Grove Campus, oversaw major office renovations at Executive Plaza and Building 31, provided leadership for the reorganization of OCPL to enhance operations, and consolidated and streamlined the portfolio of contracts supporting OCPL resulting in millions of dollars in savings to the institute.
Davis holds a Master of Public Health and Education degree from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Combined Sciences from Youngstown State University.
Chief Information Security Officer
Jothi develops and manages CIT’s Information Security Program and serves as senior subject matter expert and principal technical advisor to the CIT Director and Deputy Director, offering new and innovative methods and solutions to address longstanding, challenging issues.
Jothi works in partnership with OCIO’s NIH Information Security Program, providing leadership, vision, direction, and coordination for information security and cyber safety across CIT. She leads the Optimize NIH IT Security People & Culture Working Group whose mission is to drive a campaign to embed cyber safety into everyone’s roles and enhance recruitment and retention of the IT and cyber workforce. Being a strong advocate for employee wellness, happiness, and diversity, Jothi aims to develop CIT/OCIO’s first wellness program. She also seeks to enhance diversity in the workplace in coordination with CIT leadership and workforce improvement personnel.
Before joining CIT, Jothi served as the CISO at the NIH Clinical Center for eight years. During her tenure there, she developed and led the Information Security Office. In this role, she was responsible for securing Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) systems that store sensitive information, including one of NIH’s High Value Assets, several thousand workstations and servers, numerous medical instruments, mobile devices, portable media, third-party systems, and other IT systems.
Prior to her time at the Clinical Center, Jothi held numerous positions outside of NIH, including project manager at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and several senior information assurance, program management, and management consultant positions at a variety of private sector firms.
Jothi holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland.
Director of Computational Biology for the NIH Intramural Research Program
Acting Scientific Director, Center for Information Technology
Dr. Andy Baxevanis is the Director of Computational Biology for the National Institutes of Health’s Intramural Research Program (IRP) and currently serves as the Acting Scientific Director of NIH’s Center for Information Technology (CIT). In these roles, he leads a number of strategic planning initiatives aimed at improving the IRP’s computational infrastructure and high-performance computing capabilities, in an effort to meet the ever-growing scientific computing needs of all IRP investigators.
In addition, Dr. Baxevanis is a Senior Scientist leading the Computational Genomics Unit at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). His research program uses computational approaches to understand the molecular innovations that drove the surge of diversity in early animal evolution. His research group focuses on the analysis of genomes of early branching metazoan phyla to understand the relationship between genomic and morphological complexity, as well as the evolution of novel cell types. Dr. Baxevanis’ group focuses specifically on invertebrate species with the potential to serve as ‘emerging model organisms’ that can yield insights of relevance to human health.
Dr. Baxevanis co-authored the textbook Bioinformatics: A Practical Guide to the Analysis of Genes and Proteins, whose fourth edition was published in 2020. His accomplishments have been recognized by the Bodossaki Foundation, who awarded him their 2000 Academic Prize in Medicine and Biology; this award is Greece’s highest honor for young academics and scientists of Greek heritage. In 2014, he was elected to membership in the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, which recognizes alumni who have achieved marked distinction in their field of study. Dr. Baxevanis was the recipient of the NIH's Ruth L. Kirschstein Mentoring Award in 2015, in recognition of his commitment to scientific training, education, and mentoring. In 2016, Dr. Baxevanis was elected as a Senior Member of the International Society for Computational Biology for his sustained contributions to the field, and in 2018, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his distinguished contributions to the field of comparative genomics.
Dr. Baxevanis received his Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in the Department of Biology at The Johns Hopkins University. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Center for Biotechnology Information at NIH, after which he joined the NHGRI faculty.
Director, Office of IT Services Management, Center for Information Technology
As the Director of the Office of Information Technology Services Management at the Center for Information Technology (CIT), Xavier Soosai oversees ten service areas and the delivery of scientific research and business operations across the institutes and centers (ICs) at NIH. This includes maintaining the high-performance computing environment used by NIH intramural scientists; maintaining NIH’s secure, high-speed network; ensuring the viability and availability of collaboration services, compute hosting and storage services, identity and access management services, service desk support, and more for the NIH community.
Soosai works with CIT leadership and internal service area managers and collaborates with NIH ICs to define scope and provide technical expertise, strategic planning, and leadership for local and enterprise IT projects that drive efficiency and innovation across NIH. Additionally, Soosai is responsible for directing the evaluation and adoption of rapidly evolving technology and forecasting future technology needs.
Before joining CIT, Soosai worked at the Department of Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) where he served in a variety of roles, most recently as the Director of Strategic Planning and Technology Direction. In this role, he set the technology direction and developed and implemented strategies and plans for IRS’s large, complex enterprise technology infrastructure and architecture. As a principal advisor to the IRS Chief Information Officer, he led efforts to set technology-related policies, developed strategic plans, managed key aspects of enterprise architecture/engineering, and established internal technical standards. As the Executive Director of Enterprise IT Operations and the Director of Data Management, Soosai was responsible for building, operating, and providing operational support for infrastructure storage and database services supporting IRS’s tax processing applications. He also led enterprise-wide projects in the areas of data storage and back-up, distributed database management, and big data analytics.
Prior to the IRS, Soosai served as the Senior Vice President of IT Infrastructure at the Bank of America and held various leadership roles in Farmers Insurance Group and Zurich Financial Services where he was responsible for IT strategy, management, and optimization of local and global IT operating environments.
Soosai received his Master of Computer Applications degree from St. Joseph’s College and his Master of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University.