Dean Garfield

Dean Garfield
President and CEO
Information Technology Industry Council

Dean C. Garfield is a member of ITIF’s board.

Garfield is the president and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI). Since taking on this role in 2009, Garfield has built ITI into the global voice of the tech sector and membership has nearly doubled. He leads a team of professionals who, combined, bring nearly three centuries of advocacy experience to bear on the most complex policy challenges facing the world’s leading and most innovative technology companies.

Prior to joining ITI, Garfield served as executive vice president and chief strategic officer for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). While there, he developed the association’s global strategies, securing accomplishment of key operational objectives, forged industry alliances on behalf of the MPAA, and led the MPAA’s research and technology departments. Garfield also represented the MPAA before legislative bodies and at key conferences around the world, including the European Commission and Oxford University.

Garfield also served as vice president of legal affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America. He helped to develop the organization’s comprehensive intellectual property policy and litigation strategies and managed several of the United States’ most important intellectual property cases, including the Grokster/Kazaa case, from its filing to its resolution at the Supreme Court.

He received a joint degree from New York University School of Law and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Administration and International Affairs at Princeton University. He was a Ford-Rockefeller as well as a Root-Tilden-Snow scholar.

In 2015, Garfield was named top lobbyist by The Hill for his leadership of ITI and his work with companies and stakeholders to make tech a more diverse and inclusive industry. Garfield was honored with the first REACH Breaking Barriers Award in May 2010, recognizing him for his deep commitment to leading the world’s most dynamic industry in its efforts to support and inspire young people to develop the important science, technology, engineering, and math skills they must have to become tomorrow’s scientific problem solvers. Garfield serves on the boards of College for Every Student and the SEED School of Washington, DC, and serves as the board president of Aiden Montessori School. 

Recent Events and Presentations

August 28, 2014

Join us for a discussion on the potential impact of 16 emerging smart transportation technologies on US oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

May 8, 2014

Please join ITIF for a policy discussion about the benefits of connected cars on clean energy.

April 9, 2014

Join ITIF for a discussion about the future of mobility, the new technologies and business models that are likely to emerge, and the policies that can help spur even greater innovation.

November 20, 2013

This event will discuss the nature and importance of next-gen data center technologies and the role government can play as an early adopter.

July 20, 2011

A panel of experts debate policies to drive technological innovation for consumer empowerment in the electricity sector.

March 31, 2011

Members of Congress, senior leaders from the Department of Defense and leading thinkers in the private and NGO sectors discuss energy innovation at DOD.