TechNet Names Steve Kidera Director of Communications
Washington, D.C. — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, has named Steve Kidera Director of Communications. Kidera will lead TechNet’s communications strategy and serve as the primary media contact for the organization.
“We are thrilled to have someone with Steve’s background and experience join our team. Steve will lead TechNet’s efforts to build, expand, and execute a robust communications strategy,” said President and CEO Linda Moore. “Steve is familiar with our industry and policy agenda and will highlight how our members are enabling job growth, empowering the workforce of tomorrow, ensuring our global competitiveness, and promoting digital trust.”
“TechNet is the leading voice championing innovation and economic prosperity in Washington, D.C., and state capitals across the country. I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with a talented team to amplify the many stories showcasing how technology is improving our economy, our climate, and our way of life, especially during the pandemic,” said Kidera.
Kidera joins TechNet with nearly 20 years of experience within the technology and media industries. He most recently served as senior director of communications and public affairs with the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) where he led communications around the association’s federal, state, and international advocacy efforts. Kidera designed and executed CompTIA’s messaging, thought leadership, and media outreach around policy priorities such as workforce training, cybersecurity, trade, wireless spectrum, and broadband deployment.
Before joining CompTIA, Kidera served as director of corporate communications for TEGNA, a media company that owns local television stations across the country. He helped develop and implement the company’s communications strategy and messaging, and served as counsel to the executive leadership team and other company leaders. Kidera joined the company under Gannett and was a key team member during the separation of the company’s television and print properties and the formation of TEGNA.
Kidera has also previously worked for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), holding several roles including overseeing communications for several CTA member divisions. Before joining CTA, Kidera worked as a television producer in Wilmington, NC, and in minor league baseball.
Kidera is a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. He lives in McLean, VA, with his wife, Katie, their two young children, Rory and Connor, and their dog, Bogey.
TechNet also announced Evan Gillissie has joined the organization as Government Relations and Communications Coordinator, where he will work to advance tech policy at the federal level. Gillissie most recently worked at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck where he supported their energy and natural resources clients. Gillissie has also worked for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of Management and Budget, and in the House of Representatives.