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David Cheney


David Cheney
Senior Advisor

David Cheney has over 30 years of experience working on a wide variety of science, technology and innovation policy issues. 

He was previously the Director of the Center for Science, Technology and Economic Development at SRI International, where his work focused on planning and evaluating science, technology, and innovation programs and institutions, in the US and internationally.  Before SRI, David was a senior executive in the Clinton Administration in the U.S. Department of Energy, focused on management reforms and technology transfer at the Department’s national laboratories.

In the early 1990s, he co-led major technology policy studies for the Council on Competitiveness and served as the first executive director of the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association. Previously, at the Congressional Research Service, he conducted analyses for Congress on science and technology issues. 

He has been an adjunct professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, teaching International Trade and Technology; a visiting researcher at Saitama University in Japan; and a senior innovation consultant to the World Bank.  He has a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University, a Master’s in Technology and Policy from MIT, and a BS in Geology and Biology from Brown University.