Thomas Kalil

Thomas Kalil
Deputy Director for Policy
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Thomas Kalil is Deputy Director for Policy of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and Senior Advisor for science, technology and innovation of the National Economic Council. Kalil previously served as the Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science and Technology at UC Berkeley, where he was charged with developing major new multi-disciplinary research and education initiatives at the intersection of information technology, nanotechnology, microsystems, and biology. He also helped develop a broad range of partnerships between 2 of the California Institutes of Science and Innovation (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, California Institute for Bioengineering, Biotechnology and Quantitative Biomedical Research) and potential stakeholders in industry, government, foundations, and non-profits.

Previously, Thomas Kalil served as the Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Technology and Economic Policy, and the Deputy Director of the White House National Economic Council. He was the NEC’s “point person” on a wide range of technology and telecommunications issues, such as the liberalization of Cold War export controls, the allocation of spectrum for new wireless services, and investments in upgrading America’s high-tech workforce. He led a number of White House technology initiatives, such as the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the Next Generation Internet, bridging the digital divide, e-learning, increasing funding for long-term information technology research, making IT more accessible to people with disabilities, and addressing the growing imbalance between support for biomedical research and for the physical sciences and engineering. He was also appointed by President Clinton to serve on the G-8 Digital Opportunity Task Force (dot force).

Prior to joining the White House, Tom was a trade specialist at the Washington offices of Dewey Ballantine, where he represented the Semiconductor Industry Association on U.S.-Japan trade issues and technology policy. He also served as the principal staffer to Gordon Moore in his capacity as Chair of the SIA Technology Committee.

Tom also serves as a consultant for organizations such as the Semiconductor Industry Association, Internet2, CommerceNet, RAND, and the “Digital Promise” initiative proposed by Newton Minow and Larry Grossman.

Tom received a B.A. in political science and international economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and completed graduate work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is the author of articles and op-eds on S&T policy, nanotechnology, nuclear strategy, U.S.-Japan trade negotiations, U.S.-Japan cooperation in science and technology, the National Information Infrastructure, distributed learning, and electronic commerce.

Recent Events

April 12, 2012

ITIF host Tom Kalil to discuss the efforts to meet Grand Challenges.

March 8, 2012

Release of a new report that benchmarks the competitiveness of the innovation and trade policies of 55 nations.

October 7, 2009

American universities play an important role in spurring technological innovation, job creation and U.S. economic competitiveness. But they can do more, especially if the federal government makes a more concerted effort to help universities commercialize and transfer new technologies.