Thomas Kalil is currently the Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science and Technology at UC Berkeley.
Thomas Kalil is currently the Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science and Technology at UC Berkeley. He develops major new multi-disciplinary research and education initiatives at the intersection of information technology, nanotechnology, microsystems, and biology. He develops a broad range of partnerships between 2 of the California Institutes of Science and Innovation (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research) and potential stakeholders in industry, government, foundations, and non-profits.
Tom also serves as the Chair of the Global Health Working Group of the Clinton Global Initiative. The Clinton Global Initiative is a project of the William J. Clinton Foundation that brings together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges.
Tom is also a Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Nanomix. He has served on several committees of the National Academy of Sciences, including the Committee to Facilitate Interdisciplinary Research.
Previously, Thomas Kalil served as the Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Technology and Economic Policy, and the Deputy Director of the White House National Economic Council. He was the NEC's point person on a wide range of technology and telecommunications issues, such as the liberalization of Cold War export controls, the allocation of spectrum for new wireless services, and investments in upgrading America's high-tech workforce. He led a number of White House technology initiatives, such as the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the Next Generation Internet, bridging the digital divide, e-learning, increasing funding for long-term information technology research, making IT more accessible to people with disabilities, and addressing the growing imbalance between support for biomedical research and for the physical sciences and engineering.
Prior to joining the White House, Tom was a trade specialist at the Washington offices of Dewey Ballantine, where he represented the Semiconductor Industry Association on U.S.-Japan trade issues and technology policy. He also served as the principal staffer to Gordon Moore in his capacity as Chair of the SIA Technology Committee.
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