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Joshua Di Frances, executive director of White House Presidential Innovation Fellows at GSA, details what the latest group is working on, and the traits that make for a good fellow.

The latest group of Presidential Innovation Fellows are hard at work on technology projects across the federal government. The 20 participants in this year’s class are helping improve access to healthcare, make sure transportation is safe, and make data use more efficient. Joshua Di Frances, executive director of White House Presidential Innovation Fellows at GSA, says that they look for several factors in selecting fellows.

“Key is going to be that subject matter expertise, whether it’s a product, engineering, some emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, RPA, customer experience, design. That’s core,” Di Frances told Government Matters. “But beyond that, and often more important than that, is having the leadership potential, being able to navigate complex matrix organizations, having the emotional intelligence to work in teams and really empowering the people on the ground, at agencies. Those kinds of soft skills are more important sometimes than even the hard, but necessary skills.”

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