Ian Paul Steff is Vice President, Global Policy and Technology Partnerships for the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). In this capacity, he is responsible for a wide range of government policies encompassing the Association's domestic and international involvement. SIA is the lead trade association representing the $148 billion U.S. semiconductor industry – America’s number-one export industry. Mr. Steff works closely with the SIA's Public Policy Committee, while assisting the Association in the coordination of Washington-based initiatives and the development of global strategies. He leads SIA’s international affairs department and serves as the Association’s primary liaison to World Semiconductor Council (WSC). Mr. Steff’s portfolio also includes worldwide technology policy and university research partnerships.
Prior to joining the SIA's Washington-based team, Mr. Steff managed SIA’s policy advocacy at Dewey and LeBoeuf LLP. During this time the America COMPETES legislation became law. The bill authorized significant increases in research funding for the physical sciences and STEM education. Mr. Steff has worked for Congress as staff member of the House Ways and Means Committee under the leadership of Chairman Bill Thomas (CA) and Trade Subcommittee Chairmen E. Clay Shaw, Jr. (FL) and Phil Crane (IL). In that capacity he worked closely with congressional staff on trade issues and served as the Majority Staff Director’s liaison to the Bush Administration and the business community. Mr. Steff also served in a variety of capacities to the House Committee on Small Business, the Office of Press Relations at Peace Corps Headquarters, and the personal office of Congressman Thomas.
Mr. Steff graduated Magna Cum Laude from American University where he possesses a B.A. in International Studies. He also completed graduate work in both national security and counterterrorism studies at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., as well as the George Washington University’s M.A. program in International Science and Technology Policy. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and is a past recipient of both the George Westinghouse Innovation Award and the D.C. NASA Space Consortium Grant. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the United States Information Technology Office (USITO), the Executive Committee of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS), the Advisory Board of Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) School of Microelectronics and is Vice-Chairman of the DC National Family Engineering Day Plenary Committee.