Top 25 Emerging Leaders
Ryan Vega, 35
Executive director, VHA Innovation Ecosystem
Vega’s charge with the relatively new office at the Veterans Health Administration is to consolidate innovation programs from the agency. Key achievements include: embedding innovation specialists across 36 VA medical centers and creating a “Shark Tank” style competition to create solutions that can spread across the VA. Answers developed by Vega’s office have achieved $25 million in cost avoidance.