US Microsoft Public Sector
Dean Halstead is a Director of Cloud, Collaboration and Accessibility for US Microsoft Public Sector. Dean is recognized internally and externally as one of Microsoft’s premier subject matter expert on, Innovative Solutions in Government/Commercial, Accessibility, Open Government, and Government Transparency. Dean founded the Federal Accessibility Working Group to facilitate direct federal, state and local government and Microsoft engineering collaboration.
Dean has nearly 19 years of experience at Microsoft. He had spent over 7 years on the SharePoint Product Engineering Team. He conceptualized the SharePoint Alternate Access Mappings (AAM) Feature for which he holds a patent.
Dean teamed with Federal agencies to create a YouTube video series on Accessible Electronic Document Community of Practice (AEDCOP) to help all users understand how to create accessible documents which are being used world-wide. Lastly, Dean was the lead proponent for Enterprise Disability Answer Desk (eDAD) to allow government workers and coordinators to directly get answers and raise issues around accessibility to Microsoft with a particular focus on increasing usability to ALL users. Dean is a two time nominee for Microsoft Ability Award for Leadership for People with Disabilities and Inclusion. Dean has been awarded Microsoft’s highest honor, Microsoft Founder’s Award, for work with People with Disabilities and Inclusive culture.
Dean is a Board member of the Ivymount School for Autism and Advisor to Deaf in Government.
As a military veteran, Dean has over 17 years of experience in the US Army Reserves with one deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he worked at the Port of Shuaiba as the Port Operations Officer.