Jim Kohlenberger currently serves as the Executive Director of CCI. Mr. Kohlenberger is a recognized leader in Washington’s innovation policy circles with over two decades of innovation policy experience in the White House (serving two Presidents,) on Capitol Hill, and running his own innovation focused consulting practice. He has broad experience, deep policy expertise, and understands the policy issues on the cutting edge of new technologies.
After two years, Mr. Kohlenberger left the White House in 2010 after serving as Chief of Staff for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). While in the White House he helped the Administration make historic strides that resulted in a fundamental new commitment for harnessing science, technology, innovation, and broadband for boosting long term economic growth and helping Americans live longer healthier lives. These key steps included making historic investments in R&D, appointing the first ever Chief Technology Officer, reversing the ban on embryonic stem cell research, outlining a bold new innovation agenda for America’ future, and making scientific integrity and open government signature Obama Administration issues.
Mr. Kohlenberger also served 8 years in the Clinton White House as Senior Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore where he successfully harnessed innovation as an engine for economic growth and opportunity. On innovation policy, he worked to help pass the Telecommunications Act of 1996, helped shape the administration’s hands-off approach to the Internet and e-commerce, advance a reinvigorated national space strategy, and helped spearhead administration efforts to bridge the digital divide and connect every classroom to the Internet.
Between the Clinton and Obama White House, he ran his own consulting practice where he worked with Governors, CEOs, Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, non-profits, and associations.