Erik Pederson Joins Semiconductor Industry Association as Government Affairs Director
Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019, 9:00am
by Semiconductor Industry Association
Pederson to work with Congress, Administration to advance industry’s policy priorities
WASHINGTON—Sept. 10, 2019—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced Erik Pederson has joined the association as government affairs director. In this role, Pederson will work with Congress, the White House, and federal agencies to advance the semiconductor industry’s policy priorities, particularly those related to trade, export control, and tax. SIA represents U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research.
“The U.S. semiconductor industry is central to America’s economic strength, national security, and global technology leadership, and bold federal policies are needed to sustain U.S. leadership in chip technology,” said John Neuffer, SIA president and CEO. “With 20 years of high-level government and advocacy experience, including extensive work on U.S. foreign policy, China, and trade, Erik Pederson is a strong advocate for our industry’s interests in Washington. We’re thrilled to welcome him to the SIA team and look forward to his help promoting government initiatives that advance growth and innovation in our industry and throughout the U.S. economy.”
Pederson most recently served as director of government relations at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a bipartisan think tank. Previously, he held various appointed positions at the U.S. Department of State, including legislative director and director of Senate affairs, where he worked to advance U.S. economic and national security interests. Pederson also served as congressional liaison at the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and prior to that worked on the Senate floor staff team for Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.
Pederson holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and completed master’s coursework in advanced governmental studies at Johns Hopkins University.
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Semiconductor Industry Association
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is the voice of the semiconductor industry, one of America’s top export industries and a key driver of America’s economic strength, national security, and global competitiveness. Semiconductors – the tiny chips that enable modern technologies – power incredible products and services that have transformed our lives and our economy. The semiconductor industry directly employs nearly a quarter of a million workers in the United States, and U.S. semiconductor company sales totaled $209 billion in 2018. SIA members account for nearly 95 percent of all U.S. semiconductor industry sales. Through this coalition, SIA seeks to strengthen leadership of semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research by working with Congress, the Administration, and key industry stakeholders around the world to encourage policies that fuel innovation, propel business, and drive international competition. Learn more at www.semiconductors.org.