Recognized as one of the city's "top lobbyists" by Washingtonian Magazine, Bruce Mehlman has been a leader in our nation's capital for nearly two decades, helping Fortune 500 companies and innovative start-ups understand, anticipate and navigate the public policy environment and trends likely to impact the global marketplace.
A founding partner of his bipartisan lobbying firm, Mehlman is widely regarded as an expert in running issue campaigns, managing C-suite associations and developing advanced lobbying strategies that achieve impactful policy outcomes. He concurrently serves as Executive Director of the Technology CEO Council and Co-Chairman of the Internet Innovation Alliance.
Mehlman previously held the post of Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy, having been nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed to the office by the United States Senate in 2001. At Commerce he worked closely with leaders from industry, federal labs, universities and governments on issues including innovation policy, trade, infrastructure, tech-led economic growth and workforce policy.
Before Commerce Mehlman worked as the lead Republican lobbyist for high tech heavyweight Cisco Systems, representing the Silicon Valley company before Congressional committees, federal agencies and the executive branch. At Cisco Mehlman helped manage the company's outside consultants, seeing first-hand the contribution that strategic, pro-active, hands-on lobbyists can make.
Mehlman held the position of policy director and general counsel to the House Republican Conference under Representative J.C. Watts (R-OK) and before that served as General Counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), where he advised Republican Members and their staffs on matters of election law, ethics and political broadcast regulations.
Mehlman serves on the Boards of non-profits One Economy Corporation and the State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI). A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Virginia Law School, he lives with his family in Bethesda, Maryland.