Full Name
Laura Lanford,
Job Title
Chief Technology Officer,
Speaker Bio
Laura Lanford
Chief Technology Officer, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

Laura Lanford is a computer scientist and former data engineer who began working with CMS in 2017 via CMS contractor Nuna, where she was VP of Engineering for Government. Most recently she was VP of Engineering at Nava PBC, also a CMS contractor, before joining the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) as Chief Technology Officer. Her teams have worked with both Medicaid (T-MSIS, AREMAC/DataConnect) and Medicare (CMS Cloud, MPSM, QPP) technologies. This is her first role in the actual federal government.

Laura is a dedicated advocate for better government services, with a particular interest in public health and access to healthcare. She been a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician for the City of Chicago, instructed for the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications, and regularly presents to lay audiences on scientific topics.

In addition to her interest in government and public health, she’s mildly obsessed with medicine during the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration and how the germ theory of disease transformed medicine over the 19th and 20th centuries. She graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelor’s in theoretical computer science and works remotely from her home in Chicago, Illinois.
Laura Lanford,