About ICF

Michael Whitaker, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Emerging Solutions
Michael is an expert in advancing organizational innovation with more than 10 years of experience.

As our senior vice president of emerging solutions, Michael specializes in advancing organizational approaches to innovation and emerging solution development for the public and private sectors. His particular focus is on building sustainable cultures of innovation that effectively balance the tensions between execution and innovation in non-product organizations. He also develops strategies for making innovation relevant to employees’ everyday jobs. As part of this work, he has led discussions on how to move beyond innovation labs to more complete innovation systems that are better integrated into the performance engine of an organization.

Michael was co-founder of Symbiotic Engineering and is a member of the Institute for Innovation at the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC). Michael regularly publishes and speaks on topics related to thought leadership, advancing innovation, and analytics initiatives. In 2017, Federal Computer Week recognized him as a “FCW Rising Star,” and ACT-IAC named him “Rookie of the Year” for his work in advancing organizational innovation.

  • Ph.D., University of Colorado-Denver
  • M.S., Stanford University
  • B.S., Stanford University