Tekedra Mawakana

Chief External Officer, Waymo

Tekedra N. Mawakana is the Chief External Officer (CExO) at Waymo (formerly the Google Self-Driving Car Project). In this role, Tekedra leads Waymo's external engagement efforts and oversees the teams responsible for public policy and government relations, public affairs, marketing, social initiatives, and communications. She is responsible for setting the strategic vision for optimal alignment and impact with critical external stakeholders as Waymo prepares to launch the world's first driverless ride-hailing service. She joined Waymo in 2017 as Global Head of Policy, bringing over two decades of experience leading global policy, legal, and regulatory teams, and managing strategic outreach and communications at technology companies facing complex, high-profile issues, including eBay, Yahoo, AOL, and Startec. She started her career at the law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP. Tekedra has earned a reputation as a trusted and reliable industry leader. She served as Chairman of the Internet Association, representing the world’s leading tech companies, from its founding in 2012 to 2015. In May 2015, she was recognized by the Washingtonian magazine as a Tech Titan -- top 100 tech influencer. In August 2016, she was recognized as a Visionary Leader by ALM and InsideCounsel. Tekedra received her JD from Columbia Law School and her BA from Trinity College. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and son.

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