Senior U.S. State Department Official Janice deGarmo Named Chief Operating Officer of Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. & WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue continues its rapid growth with the appointment of Senior U.S. State Department Official Janice L. deGarmo as Chief Operating Officer, effective March 13. deGarmo served as Director of the Office of Management Strategy and Solutions at the U.S. Department of State, where she created the Center for Analytics (CfA) and served as the State Department’s first-ever Acting Chief Data Officer to elevate data-informed diplomacy. In her new role as COO, deGarmo will bring a data-driven mindset to deliver operational and management excellence to scale the Institute and effectively deliver on its unique value as the global leader of the new category of Tech Statecraft. 

“Janice is an impact player and one of the most impressive career officials I had the honor of working with during my tenure as Under Secretary of State,” said Keith Krach, the Institute’s Chairman. “She has the rare ability of challenging the status quo while inspiring, empowering, and unifying a high performance team to achieve a noble mission, leaving a profound and long-lasting impact. These qualities, combined with her foreign policy expertise and analytical skills, will enhance the Institute’s ability to innovate as we drive the adoption of trusted technology at massive scale.”

deGarmo brings an extensive record of transformational leadership to the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue following 15 years of service at the U.S. Department of State. As Director of the Office of Management Strategy and Solutions, she delivered strategic insights and business transformation to improve the State Department’s management platform and advance foreign policy goals, with oversight of the Department’s Center for Analytics, Policy and Global Presence, and Consulting and Advanced Projects directorates. Previously, she was the Executive Director for the State Department’s Bureau of Information Resource Management and Bureau of Administration where she led management operations through budget formulation and execution, IT global application development, contract administration and strategic planning and evaluation. Before starting her career in the State Department, deGarmo was a budget analyst and a senior advisor at the Department of Labor with the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Janice is a proven leader and mission-driven change agent,” said Director Michelle Giuda. “I had the pleasure of witnessing Janice in action during our time together at the State Department. Her focus on pushing boundaries with innovation, data and management excellence has served our country well, and she’ll now bring that same leadership and solutions mindset to the Krach Institute to help us ensure we are operationalized to deliver on our mission to secure freedom through trusted technology.”

“As someone who has dedicated my career to the mission of advancing U.S. foreign policy goals through an innovative, entrepreneurial mindset, I am thrilled to be joining the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue,” deGarmo said. “In less than two years, the Institute has established itself as the world’s preeminent global authority on Tech Statecraft. This battle-tested model which combines high tech strategies with foreign policy tools based on the ‘Trust Doctrine’ not only represents a bridge between Silicon Valley and Washington, DC, but also one between Republican and Democratic Administrations.”

The addition of deGarmo to its leadership team follows a number of recent senior hires under Director Michelle Giuda as the Institute focuses on long-term growth and global impact, including Marc Carlson as Chief Revenue Officer, Dan Kurtenbach as Chief Growth Officer and Brad McKinney as VP of Strategic Initiatives.

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The nonpartisan Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue is the world’s preeminent institution focused on Tech Statecraft, a new model of diplomacy that bridges the high-tech sector with the foreign policy and national security sectors to ensure trusted technology is used to advance freedom.​ The Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy leverages Purdue’s strength in innovation, deep expertise in technology, and global prowess in educating transformational leaders. It focuses on rallying our allies, leveraging the innovation of the private sector, and amplifying democratic values based on trust. For more information, visit and follow the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue on TwitterLinkedIn, and YouTube.