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

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.

October 26, 2020

America leads in biopharmaceutical innovation and drug development, in large part due to effective life-science policies, including significant federal investment in basic research, robust in

October 12, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the digital divide affecting millions of American families, especially those in low-income households.

September 28, 2020

If Netflix’s “The Social Dilemma” is to be believed, social media giants are surely responsible for the breakdown of our mental health, politics, and the economy.

September 14, 2020

For too long, economic policy in the U.S. and Commonwealth nations has been guided by the “market efficiency” school.

August 31, 2020

Innovation is central to addressing global climate change while increasing economic growth, boosting international competitiveness, and strengthening energy security. Yet out of a $4 trillion budget, the United States only invest about $8 billion a year—or 0.04 percent of GDP—on clean energy research and development.