TheBridge profile: David Grossman

TheBridge profile: David Grossman


Name: David Grossman

Current city: Washington, DC

Current job: Executive Director, GPS Innovation Alliance

Past job: Chief of Staff to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

Q. Favorite spot for a coffee meeting? Teaism at Penn Quarter or Lafayette Park

Q. Describe how a skill you learned in a previous job has helped you in your current job. While gigahertz and megahertz may be part of our "telecom policy speak" in Washington, it's not how most people think about their wireless devices and services. Tackling complex issues on Capitol Hill like spectrum policy taught me how to translate the terminology and make it relatable to people's everyday lives. Now in my new role, I am using this experience to tell the story of GPS and its connection to nearly every sector of our economy, from agriculture and banking, to aviation, defense and public safety.

Q. Job advice in three words? Attention to detail

Q. How are you (or your company, org, nonprofit) currently bridging the gap between politics and tech? The GPS Innovation Alliance was founded five years ago with a goal to protect, promote and enhance the use of the Global Positioning System or GPS. Thanks to our mobile devices and the app economy, GPS has become a household name. But GPS is much more than just a tool for navigation. In my role as Executive Director, I am focused on sharing this story with policymakers, regulators and other key stakeholders while also working to increase the visibility of our Alliance through industry engagement and social media.

Q. Best advice you’ve received? Never be afraid to ask questions.

Q. Favorite app? SmartThings - through a single app, I'm able to control nearly every function in my apartment from turning on and off the lights to controlling the A/C and even the toaster oven.

Q. Favorite restaurant? Many favorites depending on the cuisine. Kogiya or Mandu for Korean; Chercher for Ethiopian; and Little Serow for Thai.

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