TechNet Names Courtney Jensen Executive Director for California and the Southwest
Sacramento, CA — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today named Courtney Jensen as its new Executive Director for California and the Southwest. Based in Sacramento, California, Jensen will oversee TechNet's state advocacy and political activities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. She will assume the role on October 29.
“We are excited to welcome Courtney Jensen to TechNet’s stellar state team,” said TechNet President and CEO Linda Moore. “With technology hubs like San Francisco, Denver, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City thriving in the Southwest, the region has long been an important bellwether for tech policy. As state and local policymakers in Sacramento and throughout the Southwest continue working on issues affecting the tech sector, Courtney will be a strong advocate for policies that ensure the region continues to drive innovation and create new economic opportunities.”
In joining TechNet, Jensen said:
“I am thrilled to join TechNet's outstanding state team. With iconic tech companies and exciting young startups alike calling the region home, the Southwest has rightfully earned its reputation as a global innovation leader. I look forward to working with TechNet’s great American companies to champion public policies in Sacramento and across the region that will fuel more job creation and life-changing innovations from the tech sector.”
Courtney Jensen joins TechNet from the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, where she served as Vice President of State Government Affairs and represented over 300 credit unions and their more than ten million members. Jensen began at the Leagues in 2014 and her responsibilities included representing credit unions before legislators, regulators, and executive branch officials in California and Nevada. Prior to that, she served as Legislative Director to California State Assemblymember Ian Calderon, focusing on banking and finance, insurance, business, education, and labor issues. She also focused on similar issues as a Legislative Aide to California State Majority Leader Charles Calderon. In addition, Jensen has served on various election campaigns for California assemblymembers and state senators. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.
About TechNet’s 50-State Advocacy Program
Jensen will succeed Laura Bennett in leading the Sacramento office for TechNet’s strong 50-state advocacy program. The state team consists of David London, Vice President, State Policy and Politics (effective October 9); Jo Deutsch, Executive Director, Washington and the Northwest; Caroline Joiner, Executive Director, Texas and the Southeast; Jane McEnaney, Executive Director, Illinois and the Midwest; Christina Fisher, Executive Director, Massachusetts and the Northeast; and Bish Paul, State Policy Manager. TechNet’s state team engages on a wide range of technology issues, including computer science education, privacy, cybersecurity, tax, energy, broadband expansion, and policies affecting the gig and sharing economies.
TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of technology CEOs and senior executives that promotes the growth of the innovation economy by advocating a targeted policy agenda at the federal and 50-state level. TechNet’s diverse membership includes dynamic American businesses ranging from startups to the most iconic companies on the planet and represents over three million employees and countless customers in the fields of information technology, e-commerce, the sharing and gig economies, advanced energy, cybersecurity, venture capital, and finance. TechNet has offices in Albany, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Olympia, Sacramento, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Tallahassee, and Washington, D.C.