Bert Kaufman has a decade of experience starting, building, and running successful organizations and initiatives across academia, the private sector and the federal government. He currently heads corporate and regulatory affairs for Zoox, an early stage robotics company. Prior to joining Zoox, Bert advised Revolution, the Case Foundation and Glassdoor, Inc. From 2013 through early 2016, he served as Senior Advisor in Secretary Penny Pritzker's office at the
U.S. Department of Commerce where he helped lead the Secretary's overall strategic engagement with the business community domestically and internationally. He also directed and helped build the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) initiative, working with 20 of America's most celebrated entrepreneurs.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Kaufman served as Executive Director at Business Forward, an organization he launched in 2009, which fosters partnerships between business leaders and policymakers. Concurrent with Business Forward, he served as Vice President at Portico Policy Advisors, where he advised tech and auto industry clients and venture-backed start-ups on strategic positioning and policy.
He is a founding board member of Press Pass Mentors, an educational non-profit where Washington Post journalists mentor inner-city high school students. He also worked for CNN in Washington, D.C., and London, has clerked in U.S. District Court, and helped create an interdisciplinary academic center to produce scholarship and programming on the relationship between courts, politics and the press.
He has a B.A., M.S., and J.D. from Syracuse University. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia.
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