Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS)
Office of Innovation
Colonel Christopher Bourne, US Marine Corps (Ret.) served as an infantry officer during a 28-year active duty career that included command at every level and numerous overseas deployments, including Afghanistan and Iraq. He held staff positions up to the Joint Staff in Washington, DC where he was responsible for coalition management, managed the national commitment of forces to UN peacekeeping missions, and military planning of a Presidential Initiative to improve third world participation in UN missions. Read More >>
Innovation and Improvement Division
Mitchell Margeson has over 15 years of continuous improvement experience, over 35 years of experience working with the federal government. He has an MBA in International Business and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB) and has facilitated and led numerous improvement and culture change efforts for federal government staffs and executive leaders. He has coached, mentored, and trained over 200 students leading to over $112M in saving and over $73M in self-led projects. Mitchell is currently a lead manager in creating the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s first Office of Innovation.
Gregory Castello has been developing leaders; creating strategic and action plans; creating, changing and improving organizations; and influencing culture change for over thirty years. He is experienced in Lean Six Sigma, Toyota Production System, various personality indicators and team dynamics instruments, and many other process improvement and team building techniques. He is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, National-Louis University and the US Army War College.
Innovation and Improvement Facilitator
Larry Ouzts has served at HUD for three years after leaving active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard where he specialized in Marine Safety and Search and Rescue operations. While on active duty, Larry was exposed to the Continuous Improvement world when he completed the U.S. Army’s Lean Six Sigma training program. Larry’s educational background includes a BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and an MA in Humanities from California State University located in Carson, CA. Larry lives in Virginia with his wife and four children. When he gets some spare time (he has four kids after all!), Larry enjoys hiking, camping, and reading.
Innovation and Improvement Facilitator
Victoria Masih’s greatest accomplishment is having raised two children who are productive members of society—a teacher and a chef. Victoria comes from humble beginnings, a daughter of a Punjabi farmer. Victoria has spent 20 years serving the American public specifically veterans and their families. She is an expert in Post-Traumatic Stress and Military Sexual Trauma having treated thousands of military and civilian clients. Victoria honorably served in the United States Air Force Officer Corps. She is a conflict resolutionist and a proponent of just peace. Victoria is a licensed clinician, a credentialed mediator and has a Doctorate in Conflict Resolution and Analysis.
Management and Program Analyst-Ideation Facilitator
John Leggitt has more than 15 years of experience working with the federal government. Before joining HUD, he consulted for the Departments of Defense, Education, the Navy, and more. In addition, he previously worked with Microsoft, State Farm Insurance, and Intuit Software. Many of his federal projects required developing technical, policy, or process solutions for units facing emerging or longstanding challenges. Some projects involved exploration to find a viable solution for a critical operational need, and some were high-profile efforts that affected large organizations. He has a Doctorate in quantitative research psychology, and emphasizes incorporating evidence from many sources to quickly and effectively reach goals.