Barry Gersten is the Chief Technology Officer for the Washington Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). Since 2010, Barry has led the MPD’s technology planning and strategy to support goals to safeguard the District of Columbia and protect its residents and visitors. As the leading law enforcement agency with technological crime fighting advances, from highly developed advances in evidence analysis to state-of the-art-information technology, Barry ensures MPD has the tools and necessary resources to incorporate technology into modern day policing strategies.
Prior to MPD, Barry served as the Deputy Director of Information Technology at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), an agency that oversees auditors of public companies and protects investors, as well as the public interest. The PCAOB is a private, nonprofit corporation created by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Barry was responsible for ensuring technology investments were aligned with agency goals as they brought efficiency to operations.
As the Vice President of Technology at Avendra, Barry also worked to leverage technology to streamline international procurement processes and create value by reducing procurement costs across hotels and hospitality customers. With over 250 employees and $100 million in revenue, Avendra is the largest outsourced supply chain management solution serving the foodservice and hospitality industries in North America.
Barry has held a variety of different positions for different organizations around the National Capital Area with increasing responsibility and scope, including previous experiences at IBM, Verizon, Marriott and in private consulting. In 2005, Barry was the winner of the Baseline Magazine ROI Leadership Award and in 2016 he was the recipient of MPD’s Civilian Employee of the Year.
Barry has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Business Administration degree from Johns Hopkins University.