Christina Ho, CPA, CISA

Vice President of Government Analytics and Innovation

Christina is a senior executive with decades of broad experience in public finance, policy development, strategic planning, program and financial management, accounting and auditing, data analytics, and technology innovation.  As Vice President of Government Analytics and Innovation, Christina leads and manages Elder Research’s Government business unit that delivers trusted analytics and practical solutions to enable impactful government actions and transformation.  Christina brings extensive experience in serving the federal and state government. She was the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Transparency at US Treasury and was responsible for leading the implementation of the DATA Act of 2014. Her efforts to transform government-wide spending information from disconnected documents into open data greatly improved transparency and accountability. Christina is passionate about using data and leveraging technology to solve complex problems for public good. She also brings deep experience in the financial services industry including sovereign debt management, mortgage banking, securities, capital access programs, and treasury operations.

Prior to joining Elder Research, Christina was the Controller and Interim CFO for University of Maryland College Park (UMD) — the state’s flagship university with a $2B annual budget and a diverse research portfolio of over $1B in grants and contracts.  At UMD, she made substantive progress in transforming her office from a transaction-based manual organization to a value-based innovative business partner to the campus.  She also significantly expanded the analytics capacity at UMD and led the development of high quality financial forecast models and analysis to inform crucial decisions related to COVID, ERP, and major infrastructure and economic development efforts.

Prior to joining the US Treasury, she was a senior manager at a global public accounting firm where she served large and complex financial institution clients in auditing or consulting.  She was also a designated subject matter resource on internal controls and complex financial instruments.

Christina received the US Treasury Secretarial Meritorious Service Award in recognition of her superior achievement in leading the government-wide implementation of the DATA Act in 2017.  She also received multiple awards from industry for her innovative work and leadership in technology, open data, and GRC (governance, risk and compliance).

Christina’s professional successes have garnered a reputation as an authoritative source on data and financial strategy in the public sphere. She has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, and has been featured in publications including AICPA Issue Brief, IBM Center for the Business of Government Magazine, AGA Journal, Federal News Radio, and Government Matters TV.