Located in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office (NAIIO) is legislated by the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act (DIVISION E, TITLE LI, SEC. 5102) to coordinate and support the National AI Initiative (NAII). The Director of the NAIIO is appointed by the Director of OSTP. The NAIIO is tasked to:

  • Provide technical and administrative support to the Select Committee on AI (the senior interagency committee that oversees the NAII) and the National AI Initiative Advisory Committee;
  • Oversee interagency coordination of the NAII;
  • Serve as the central point of contact for technical and programmatic information exchange on activities related to the AI Initiative across Federal departments and agencies, industry, academia, nonprofit organizations, professional societies, State and tribal governments, and others;
  • Conduct regular public outreach to diverse stakeholders; and
  • Promote access to technologies, innovations, best practices, and expertise derived from Initiative activities to agency missions and systems across the Federal government.

The NAIIO staff include employees on detail assignments from across the government.

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  • To be announced

Founding Director

Dr. Lynne Parker

Dr. Lynne Parker was the Founding Director of the National AI Initiative Office from its inception in January 2021 until August 2022. She also served as the Deputy United States Chief Technology Officer and the Assistant Director of Artificial Intelligence at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She served in OSTP from 2018-2022 and played an integral role in numerous landmark national AI policies. Dr. Parker was on assignment to OSTP from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), where she has since returned to the role of associate vice chancellor and director of the new AI Tennessee Initiative. She served as National Science Foundation’s Division Director for Information and Intelligent Systems in 2015-2016, and as a Distinguished Research and Development Staff Member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory prior to joining UTK. She earned a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a Fellow of AAAI, AAAS, IEEE, and a Distinguished Member of ACM.

Policy Advisors

Tess DeBlanc-Knowles

Tess DeBlanc-Knowles is a Senior Policy Advisor for Artificial Intelligence, contributing to NAIIO’s efforts to maintain U.S. leadership in AI research and development and deepen international engagement. Prior to joining NAIIO, she served as a Director of Research and Analysis at the National Security Commission on AI, was Chief of Staff of the Atlantic Council, and spent time at U.S. Special Operations Command. She is on detail to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from the National Science Foundation.

Nik Marda

Nik Marda is a Policy Advisor, contributing to NAIIO’s efforts to advance trustworthy AI. Prior to joining NAIIO, he consulted on tech policy for Data & Society, assisted with AI ethics for the National Security Commission on AI, and worked on tech strategy and delivery for the Tech Talent Project. Nik earned an M.S. in computer science from Stanford University, where he was named a Truman Scholar and a Gardner Fellow.

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The National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020 launched the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office (NAIIO) to lead the coordination of the Federal government’s activities through the National AI Initiative, including AI research, development, demonstration, and education and workforce development.  Each aspect of the NAIIO seal is representative of key drivers of this Initiative and the Office’s mission:
National AI Office Seal

  • The American Bald Eagle, derived from the Great Seal of the United States, represents the inviolable sovereignty, strength, and spirit of our Nation. The eagle emerges from the neural network to represent the power and potential of AI to translate data into knowledge, technological breakthroughs, and new capabilities.
  • The interconnected nodes symbolize the neural network – one of many technologies foundational to AI and machine learning that are transforming society, creating prosperity, enhancing national security, and improving quality of life.
  • The 8th node of the neural network is highlighted with the American flag, representing the commitment of the United States to leadership in AI, and the importance of an all-of-nation approach to the research, development, and deployment of AI.
  • The gold laurel leaves represent the Office’s role in coordinating and harmonizing United States AI research and education to promote the scientific discovery that drives new technological breakthroughs and achieves unmatched AI capabilities.
  • The seven stars illustrate the founding of the Office in the 7th decade of the field of AI, beginning with the seminal 1956 Dartmouth AI workshop.

As a whole, the NAIIO seal symbolizes the Office’s commitment to promote scientific and educational advancement in the Federal government and the private sector and to drive U.S. leadership in AI.

Description of NAIIO Seal

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Please use the form below to connect with the NAIIO on policy issues related to the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative.  The multiple choice categories are centered on the main policy areas of the NAII and help us ensure that your comments are directed appropriately.

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