Dr. Rod Fontecilla

Chief Innovation Officer

Technology Solutions

McLean - Headquarters, VA

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Dr. Rod Fontecilla is a partner and the Chief Innovation Officer. He oversees the firm’s strategic research and development efforts, advances initiatives to expand corporate technical competencies and capabilities, and fosters the development of innovative solutions for current and prospective clients. 

Rod has more than 25 years of experience leading teams and creating solutions using advanced data analytics, synthetic data generation, computer vision, and robotic processing automation in support of health, federal civilian, and national security agencies. Additionally, he has held technical leadership roles focused on software engineering, cloud integration, cyber security, and data analytics.

Rod previously served as the Dovel Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Data Scientist, where he led all aspects of technology development in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and predictive analytics, including dataanalytics, software engineering, application modernization, and cloud computing. He also drove the company’s robust innovation program, assessed emerging technologies used to solve customer mission challenges, and created Dovel’s Innovation and Technology Group (ITG). 

For Guidehouse, he will combine his experience and successes from the Dovel organization with Guidehouse’s existing innovation programming to lead the expansion ofour Innovation Agenda to new areas that align with the vision of our firm and the mission of our clients. This includes:

  1.  Evolving our FLOW Innovation platform, providing strategic insight and oversight into our Solutions Expo, Shark Tank events, and ideation progression framework. 
  2. Working within the Growth organization and in partnership with Segment and Practice Leadership to identify opportunities for Guidehouse to foster the development of innovative solutions for current and prospective clients.
  3. Engaging everyone on the Guidehouse platform to bring to life our RIISE innovation value in how we engage each other across teams and think about outwitting complex challenges. 

We will share additional information about the innovation program integration as part of our overall Integration Management Office (IMO) updates and independently as we head into 2022. 

In addition to Rod’s Chief Innovation Officer role at Guidehouse, he is currently an adjunct professor at American University, Kogod School of Business, teaching predictive analytics in the MBA program. He brings nearly 30 years of professional experience in implementing large and complex mission-critical IT solutions for both the federal government and commercial sector to the platform.  Before Dovel, Rod was the Chief Technology Officer at Altamira Technologies, spent seven years at Unisys building their commercial Advanced Data Analytics practice, and was a Booz Allen Hamilton Principal for 15 years. 

Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Rice University
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Dr. Fontecilla serves as an adjunct professor at American University, Kogod School of Business

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