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

July 26, 2021

China leverages antitrust law to achieve industrial policy objectives—including in the tech sectors that are crucial to its rivalry with the United States—but it does so through an insular bureaucracy that is surprisingly fragmented and therefore difficult for outsiders to understand.

July 12, 2021

Facial recognition technology has faced widespread allegations of discrimination in recent years, leading some cities to restrict its use—but exactly how valid are these claims? Rob and Jackie sit down with Daniel Castro to discuss why many of the claims are misleading, and how facial recognition can make public and private services more accessible, efficient, and useful.

June 28, 2021

Long before Walmart and Amazon, there was A&P—The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company—which started as a mail-order tea business in the Civil War era before displacing Sears, Roebuck &

June 14, 2021

IBM shaped the way the world did business for decades, driving the government’s technological innovation, competing to build the first PCs, and adapting to service economy. Few people know IBM’s fascinating history as well as Jim Cortada.

June 1, 2021

When it comes to the innovation economy, there is no hotter issue these days than antitrust. Rob and Jackie parse the debate and weigh the best options for policymakers with Aurelien Portuese, ITIF’s director of antitrust and innovation policy.

May 17, 2021

Throughout modern history, public financing has made possible some of the most important and impactful innovations society has enjoyed—from refrigeration to the Internet—and the spillover benefits have been incalculable.

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.