TechNet Names David Edmonson Executive Director for Texas and the Southeast
Austin, TX — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today named David Edmonson as its new Executive Director for Texas and the Southeast. Based in Austin, Texas, Edmonson will oversee TechNet's state advocacy and political activities in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. He will assume the role on November 26.
“We are thrilled to welcome David Edmonson to the TechNet team,” said TechNet President and CEO Linda Moore. “Tech’s footprint in Texas and the Southeast only continues to grow, which makes it increasingly important for our industry to play a leading role in the policy debates taking place there. We are excited to have a seasoned advocate like David engaging with state and local policymakers in the region, ensuring that they continue to implement public policies that allow innovation to continue to flourish.”
Of Edmonson’s hiring, TechNet Vice President of State Policy and Politics David London said, “Pro-innovation policies have driven the growth of established tech hubs such as Austin, but they have also fueled the rise of new ones throughout the Southeastern U.S. in places like Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham, Nashville, and Miami. With David Edmonson’s addition to our 50-state advocacy program, TechNet is well-positioned to ensure this trend continues and that even more communities benefit from the innovation economy.”
In joining TechNet, Edmonson said, “I am incredibly excited to join TechNet’s successful state team. The Southeast has witnessed a surge in innovative young startups expanding throughout the region, along with the iconic tech companies that already call the region home. I look forward to advocating on behalf of the tech industry in state capitals across the Southeastern U.S. to promote policies that spur job creation, foster economic development, and incentivize innovation and entrepreneurship.”
Edmonson joins TechNet from the Austin Tech Alliance (ATA), where he served as Executive Director. Among his many duties in this role, he was responsible for implementing ATA’s state advocacy agenda, recruiting new members, and executing all high-level programming, events, and communications. Prior to that, Edmonson held various high-level positions in the office of Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis (D), including Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director. While he worked for State Senator Ellis, Edmonson directed media relations, represented the Senator at speaking engagements, and coordinated legislative strategy. He also gained invaluable policy experience through his work on environmental, energy, and education issues affecting Texans. Edmonson has also served as General Counsel to Texas State Senator Eliot Shapleigh (D) and as a Law Clerk to then-Attorney General Greg Abbott (R). Edmonson received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston.
About TechNet’s 50-State Advocacy Program
Edmonson will succeed Caroline Joiner in leading the Austin office for TechNet’s strong 50-state advocacy program. The state team consists of David London, Vice President, State Policy and Politics; Courtney Jensen, Executive Director, California and the Southwest; Jane McEnaney, Executive Director, Illinois and the Midwest; Christina Fisher, Executive Director, Massachusetts and the Northeast; and Zach Atran, State Policy Coordinator. 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.