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Kara Freeman (American Council on Education (ACE))

Kara Freeman
VP of Administration and CIO

Washington, District of Columbia

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Kara D. Freeman is vice president of administration and chief information officer for the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for the nation's higher education institutions, located in Washington, DC.

Freeman has over 20 years of experience in software application management, system analysis and integration, proposal writing, and process reengineering. She also has substantial executive and managerial experience in both the information technology industry and the nonprofit sector and a record of leading teams to successfully define and implement strategic IT solutions. In her capacity as CIO, Freeman is responsible for setting the direction of ACE's use of technology and managing the IT infrastructure and the secure operation of all systems and applications. She was named vice president of administration in May 2011, adding to her portfolio oversight of the Council's human resources, facilities and office services functions.

Before joining ACE in 2006, Freeman was a program manager with Lockheed Martin Information Technology. In this role, she managed several IT contracts, including contracts for the development of systems associated with e-Gov initiatives, which advance the use of IT innovation within the federal government. Freeman also has held management and technical positions with companies such as AT&T, MCI, and Jacobs Rimell, among others. She has worked as an independent contractor for firms, including Fidelity Ventures, and has taught information management systems as an instructor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Freeman holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and an M.B.A. from The George Washington University (DC), both in information systems. She also holds a project management professional credential through the Project Management Institute.

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