Andrew McLaughlin

former CTO Obama administration

Andrew McLaughlin is to the the Internet what Gandalf is to the Lord of the Rings triology. He has been chief policy officer of Google teaching governments about the internet. He has also been president Obamas right hand.

From 2009-2011, Andrew McLaughlin was a member of President Obama’s senior White House staff, serving as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States. In that role, Andrew was responsible for advising the President on Internet, technology, and innovation policy, including open government, cyber security, online privacy and free speech, spectrum policy, federal R&D priorities, entrepreneurship, and the creation of open technology standards and platforms for health care, energy efficiency, and education. In 2008-2009, he served on the Obama/Biden presidential transition team, as a member of the Technology, Innovation and Government Reform cluster.

From 2011-2012, Andrew was Vice President of Tumblr, responsible for the international, community, outreach, editorial, marketing, and support teams. In 2011, Andrew served as the start-up executive director of Civic Commons, a new Code for America initiative that helps governments build, share, and implement open-source technologies. From 2011-12, Andrew was also a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, teaching a course on “Freedom of Speech in a Digitally Interconnected World,” and a non-resident fellow at Stanford Law’s Center for Internet & Society and at Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy. Since 2011, Andrew has been a member of the Commission on Innovation of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors.