Lauren Van Wazer
Vice President, Global Public Policy, Akamai Technologies
Lauren M. Van Wazer brings 20 years of federal government and private sector experience in public policy and regulatory law related to technology, including cybersecurity, communications infrastructure, and national security to her role as Vice President of Global Public Policy. In this position, she is head of public policy worldwide. Through March 2013, Van Wazer was Assistant Director for Cybersecurity at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). At OSTP, she was the lead for cybersecurity policy and managed the federal government cybersecurity research and development portfolio. Her work was recognized with an OSTP Award for Excellence for contributions to science and technology policy. Previously, Van Wazer served as Assistant General Counsel in OMB’s Counsel’s office and as Associate Chief for the Office of Engineering and Technology of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). At the FCC, she helped develop and implement wireless broadband, spectrum, homeland security and telecommunications technology policy. Van Wazer also spent several years as the head of regulatory affairs for Cox Enterprises, a $16 billion communications and automotive company. Before becoming a lawyer, she also worked as an engineer for several years in various management positions in the Network Services Department of AT&T. Van Wazer received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. She is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School of Electrical Engineering in Philadelphia where she received a B.S.E. in Systems Science Engineering.