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  • Mr Nate Tibbits
    Senior Vice President of Global Government Affairs and Public Affairs


Nate Tibbits is Senior Vice President of Global Government Affairs and Public Affairs for Qualcomm. He leads a worldwide team with responsibility for the company’s public policy agenda and regulatory engagement on a range of priorities. He also directs teams driving Qualcomm’s social responsibility initiatives that focus on sustainability, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and the use of mobile technology for social and economic development. Prior to this role, he led Qualcomm’s Washington D.C. office, where he focused on trade, immigration reform and intellectual property protection.

From 2009 to 2011, Nate Tibbits was Executive Secretary of the National Security Council (NSC), where he supported President Obama and his national security team in formulating national security policy. As Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel, he worked on candidate identification and selection for more than 1,000 presidential appointments in national security, foreign policy, diplomatic and development positions.

Earlier in his career, he was the founding Chief Operating Officer for the Center for a New American Security, a national security think tank. He was also vice president for International Education at Discovery Communications, where he managed a digital content business unit with distribution in 60 countries. Before joining Discovery, Tibbits worked at The Albright Group, a consulting firm advising Fortune 100 clients on a range of international policy and public affairs matters, and at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.

Nate Tibbits currently serves on the UNC Honors Program DC Advisory Board and the University of Maryland’s Information School Advisory Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Qualcomm Foundation, the Atlantic Council and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, as well as on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s C_Tec Advisory Board and the Executive Committee of the Information Technology Industry Council.