WASHINGTON (May 3, 2013) - The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) has announced that Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA, 18th District) will serve as the new Honorary Co-Chair of the organization's Board of Directors. Rep. Eshoo replaces Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI, 3rd District) who was recently named chair of the New Democratic Coalition.
"We are extremely honored to have Congresswoman Eshoo join the ITIF board," notes Rob Atkinson, President of ITIF. "She has been a leading figure in efforts to create a national innovation agenda and a tireless advocate for reforms that can expand technology development and deployment, enhance workforce education and training, and improve America's overall economic competitiveness.
"I'm pleased to serve as the new Honorary Co-Chair of ITIF," Rep. Eshoo adds. "The work of this leading think tank is at the heart of what America needs to compete in the 21st century-public policy that fosters technological innovation and productivity. I look forward to working with the ITIF on this critical mission."
Atkinson also praised Rep. Kind for his service on the board, as well as his national leadership in spurring increased federal investment for innovation and scientific research, noting, "Congressman Kind's assistance and wise counsel have been instrumental to ITIF's success over the last five years. We look forward to working with him in the future as he continues to play a major role in national innovation policy."
"It's been an honor to serve as honorary co-chair of the ITIF, and I look forward to working with Congresswoman Eshoo as she helps lead the foundation forward," says Rep. Kind. "I will continue to fight for our shared goals of expanding math and science education, reforming our tax code and investing in research to help keep America on the cutting edge of scientific innovation."
ITIF's additional Honorary Co-Chairs include: Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), and Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA, 49th District.)
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank at the cutting edge of designing innovation strategies and technology policies to create economic opportunities and improve quality of life in the United States and around the world. Founded in 2006, ITIF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan organization that documents the beneficial role technology plays in our lives and provides fact-based analysis and pragmatic ideas for improving technology-driven productivity, boosting competitiveness, and meeting today's global challenges through innovation. For additional information, visit ITIF at www.itif.org.