James Villarrubia

Presidential Innovation Fellow, NASA

James Villarrubia is currently serving as a Presidential Innovation Fellow for NASA.  Prior to this, he was the VP of Software Engineering for CipherHealth, enabling better patient outcomes through healthcare automation during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Before that, as the CTO of Werk, he used A.I. to help Fortune 1000 companies improve productivity and equity through flexible work policies.  James has also led startups focused on cybersecurity, cryptography, and educational technology.  His educational A.I. research project was a top-ranked competitor for the global IBM A.I. XPrize.  Before his startup journey, he spent 6 years in DC serving in policy and portfolio management roles at the White House, DOJ, and DOD. James earned a Master's of Public Policy and BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.  He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.  When he is able, James volunteers his time with non-profit arts organizations in his community.