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Our profiles highlight the work our wide-ranging community is doing at the intersection of technology, innovation, policy and politics. Our Profile Archive (here) has become an excellent resource, a speaker's bureau of sorts, of leading speakers in these industries. It already includes hundreds of profiles. Check it out and nominate someone!

TheBridge Leaders Directory is an excellent resource of leaders in technology, innovation, policy and politics. All leaders are nominated by others in the community. Take a look through and nominate a leader today!

TheBridge profile: Austin Carson


Name: Austin Carson

Current city: Washington, DC

Current job: Government Relations at NVIDIA

Past job: Executive Director, TechFreedom; Legislative Director for Chairman Michael McCaul

Q. Favorite spot for a coffee meeting: Bakers and Baristas

Q. Describe one way how a skill you learned in a previous job helped you in your new job. Understanding what was helpful and what was frustrating from outside groups from a staffer perspective is invaluable to my work at TechFreedom. The way staffers, industry, grassroots, and civil society groups interact is hard to understand without context, but small considerations and a bit of research go a long way.

Q. Job advice in three words? Be excellent to each other

Q. How are you (or your company, org, nonprofit) currently bridging the gap between politics and tech? We bring information and expertise from the technical sector, marry it with legal / philosophical analysis, and translate it to be valuable to policymakers

Q. Underrated virtue in an employee: Empathy

Q. Living person you admire: Arthur Brooks

Q. What can Washington, DC teach Silicon Valley? Ignore large chunks of the population at your peril

Q. Best advice you've received: People hire you for your enthusiasm and weirdness, embrace them.