Executive in Residence 2015-2016


Dr. Barry C. West

President of the Mason Harriman Group, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Barry West is a career technologist with 35 years in the information technology field. He was recently selected as the new president of the Mason Harriman Group, which is a management and information technology consulting company based out of Washington, D.C. The firm is primarily focused on the federal government and its components, consulting with senior administration officials on both strategic and tactical issues facing federal operating units. The company also provides interim placement of CxO’s into the private and non-profit industry for turnaround assignments and works with public/private sector task forces looking at Information Technology standards.

A Career in the Highest Levels of the Federal Government

West has 27 years of government service, including being Chief Information Officer at five different government organizations: the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), Department of Commerce, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during hurricane Katrina and the National Weather Service (NWS).

A Leader in Information Tech

West is the past president of two of the largest IT associations in the United States- the American Council for Technology and the Association for Federal Information Resources Management. He has represented the United States Government Information Technology community at four different world-wide gatherings of NATO countries.