White House announces new top adviser for tech and cybersecurity policy

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The head of the National Economic Council announced staff appointments Monday, including a special assistant to the president for Technology, Telecom and Cybersecurity Policy.

Grace Koh, who will serve in the role, comes to the position from the Hill where she worked as deputy chief counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.

“Her primary role was to advise the chairmen and committee members on policy and legal issues arising in the telecommunications and technology sectors,” according to the White House announcement.

The subcommittee has jurisdiction on issues around electronic communications, technology, cybersecurity, privacy and data security. It recently held a hearing on reauthorizing the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and is slated to hold a hearing next week on reauthorizing the Federal Communications Commission.

Koh’s experience also includes work at Cox Enterprises, Inc. in its public policy office as counsel, “working on technology policies affecting the enterprise’s Internet, cable, and broadcast properties.”

Before that she worked at the communications group at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, according to the release.

“We have assembled a best-in-class team of policy advisors to drive President Trump’s bold plan for job creation and economic growth,” said NEC Director Gary Cohn in a statement on the appointees. “With their diverse backgrounds and deep knowledge of key policy issues, they will make significant contributions to the nation.”

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