Jackie Whisman

Jackie Whisman
Vice President, Development and Outreach
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Jackie Whisman is vice president of development and outreach at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). In this role, she is responsible for building and coordinating ITIF’s relationships with stakeholders in industry, government, and the non-profit sector. She also co-hosts ITIF's podcast, Innovation Files, alongside ITIF President Rob Atkinson.

Whisman joined ITIF in 2014 after more than a decade of experience in federal, state, and local government; political campaigns; and the private sector.

Whisman spent five years as vice president of a boutique fundraising consultancy, where she managed development strategies for political action committees, candidates, and non-profit clients, including ITIF. In this role, she worked closely with U.S. House, Senate, and administration staff in both parties to orchestrate hundreds of events, trips, and policy programs in Washington, DC and around the country.

Previously, Whisman held positions as a GOTV director for Obama for America in 2008, content manager of an early stage online startup, legislative assistant at the consulting firm Elmendorf Strategies (now Subject Matter), and field director for former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. She began her career as a legislative correspondent in the office of former U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD).

Recent Publications

May 3, 2021

Norway is pivoting toward renewable energy—including offshore wind and electric vehicle technologies—while broadening and deepening its national innovation ecosystem to encourage new firms in a range of industries to scale up and compete globally.

April 19, 2021

There is a deep disconnect between the U.S. education system and the workplace. How can policymakers bridge the gap and create clear pathways to good jobs?

April 5, 2021

The “techlash” is a story of extreme pendulum swings—from an era in which splashy product launches earned gushing media reviews to a relentless crisis narrative in which the tech industry is viewed

March 22, 2021

The truth is AI isn’t nearly as advanced as most people imagine. Rob and Jackie separate fact from fiction and discuss the policy path forward with Pedro Domingos, emeritus professor of computer science at the University of Washington.

March 8, 2021

There weren’t many Chinese tech companies that the Trump administration didn’t sanction or at least threaten. What did that achieve in the technological race with China? What was the impact on the American brand writ large? And what should the Biden administration do next?

February 22, 2021

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is at the center of a contentious, high-stakes debate about free speech, intermediary liability, and the future of the Internet.

February 8, 2021

Understanding what AI can do—and perhaps more importantly what it cannot—is critical for understanding the substantial benefits AI can bring to many sectors of the economy and society.

January 25, 2021

Venture capital firms have reined in their funding for resource-intensive start-ups trying to commercialize new technologies in fields such as clean energy, advanced manufacturing, and robotics. Rob and Jackie discuss what’s needed to maintain a robust VC ecosystem in the United States with veteran angel investor Dan Scheinman.

January 11, 2021

Rob and Jackie talk about the unfounded fears surrounding GMOs with L. Val Giddings, senior fellow at ITIF and leading expert on policy relating to biotechnology innovations in agriculture and biomedicine.

December 21, 2020

The United States has no national, coordinated innovation policy system. In fact, its overall innovation system has been deteriorating.

December 7, 2020

Rob and Jackie discuss the state of computer science education in the United States and abroad—and why policymakers need to provide support—with Pat Yongpradit, chief academic officer for Code.org.

November 23, 2020

It has become abundantly clear that the United States faces a robust economic and military competitor in China.