Jane E. Fountain is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the founder and director of the National Center for Digital Government, established in 2002 with support from the National Science Foundation. She has been Chair, Vice Chair and is a continuing member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government. She works in the areas of institutional perspectives on information technology and governance, innovation in public organizations, cross-agency collaboration, science, technology and society, and women in computing. She is the author or editor of works including The Future of Government: Lessons Learned from around the World (co-authored with the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government, World Economic Forum, 2011) and Building the Virtual State: Information Technology and Institutional Change (Brookings Institution Press, 2001), which was awarded an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice and has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. She received her doctorate in Political Science and in Organization Behavior from Yale University.
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Director, National Center for Digital Government