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Jackie Whisman

Jackie

Chief Development Officer

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @jackie_whisman

Jackie Whisman is chief development officer 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

September 12, 2022

Podcast: Three Historic Tech Booms Shaping Our Times, With Peter Leyden

There are techniques in place to thoroughly think through how technology will get adopted, what their implications will be, how they will spur growth, and how they will create new industries.

August 15, 2022

Podcast: What Happens to the Economy When Patent Protections Are Weakened, With Jonathan Barnett

Robust intellectual property rights provide the incentives necessary to drive innovation by allowing markets to form for tangible and intangible assets. Without them, incentives get distorted and innovation slows.

August 1, 2022

Podcast: Life Sciences Innovation Through the Bayh-Dole Act, With Joe Allen

Rob and Jackie sat down with Joe Allen, who served as a professional staffer on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to former Senator Birch Bayh, to discuss the importance of the Bayh-Dole Act and the future of life sciences innovation.

July 18, 2022

Podcast: Securing US Leadership in Quantum Computing, With Edward Parker

Rob and Jackie sat down with Edward Parker, a physical scientist at the RAND Corporation, to discuss the implications of quantum computing and how the United States can remain the global leader in this technology.

July 5, 2022

Podcast: The Future of Climate Tech Through the U.S. Electric System, With Peter Fox-Penner

Rob and Jackie sat down with Peter Fox-Penner, senior fellow and founding director of Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and chief impact officer of Energy Impact Partners, to discuss the promise of climate-tech innovation in the U.S. electrical system and venture capital’s role in slowing climate change.

June 21, 2022

Podcast: The Economics of Data, With David Deming

Rob and Jackie sat down with David Deming, the Academic Dean and a Professor of Political Economy at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, to discuss the importance of data, data sharing, and ways to protect individual data privacy.

June 6, 2022

Podcast: When the Chips Are Down: Why Domestic Semiconductor Production Matters, With John Zysman

Rob and Jackie sat down with John Zysman, a professor emeritus at UC Berkeley and co-founder/co-director of the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, to discuss why U.S. semiconductor production has dropped so far down, what it portends, and how America can regain its footing in the industry.

May 23, 2022

Podcast: China’s Race to the Top: Authoritarianism in Technology and Global Affairs, With Keith Krach

China is taking an authoritarian approach in its quest to be a dominant power in technology and global affairs. Silicon Valley innovator and former Under Secretary of State Keith Krach has a unique perspective on both aspects.

May 2, 2022

Podcast: Back to the Future: Historical Lessons of U.S. AI Policy, With Arthur Herman

The United States has been a leader in artificial intelligence (AI) since the 1950s. But AI and other advanced industry leadership in the United States has been threatened by increased competition with China. Rob and Jackie sat down with Arthur Herman, a senior fellow and director of the Quantum Alliance Initiative at The Hudson Institute, to discuss how AI leadership in the United States has eroded and what policymakers can do to save it for the future.

April 18, 2022

Podcast: The Future of Buying Cars, With Daniel Crane

One of the benefits of electric vehicles is they cost less to maintain. But that also means there’s less profit to be had in servicing their warranties, which gives car dealers less incentive to sell them. That’s why EV makers like Tesla and Rivian depend on direct-to-consumer sales and distribution. Unfortunately, there are decades-old dealer-distribution laws standing in the way.

April 4, 2022

Podcast: Investing in American Dynamism, With Ben Horowitz and Katherine Boyle

Venture capitalists know what it feels like when a company is firing on all cylinders. But it’s been a while since the whole country had that feeling of dynamism—so why not focus on companies that help the cause by supporting the national interest, solving critical problems, and doing fundamentally new things?

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