Jay Cho serves VMware’s Washington office as Director of Federal Government Relations, where he leads commercial advocacy efforts around multi-cloud, 5G, and cybersecurity.
He served as the Manager of Federal Government Relations at Verizon. In this role, he advocated for Verizon’s policy positions on Capitol Hill, developed advocacy strategies, and worked with stakeholders to educate Members of Congress and staff about Verizon’s policy positions.
Jay previously worked for Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly from 2013-2018. Most recently, he served as her legislative assistant, handling her work as the Ranking Member of the Information Technology Subcommittee on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee as well as her work as a co-chair of the Congressional Diversifying Tech Caucus. His issue portfolio for Congresswoman Kelly included technology, telecommunications, cybersecurity, economic development, transportation, and education. During his time with Congresswoman Kelly, Jay authored several amendments and bills which were signed into law in the policy areas of education, technology, and government oversight.
Jay is a co-founder of the Congressional Tech Staff Association (CTSA), a Congressional staff association dedicated to helping Congressional staff learn the policy issues related to technology, and grow their professional networks. As an executive officer of CTSA, Jay helped write the bylaws, and developed programming for the group.
Jay started his career in politics during the 2012 election cycle as a Finance Fellow for the political fundraising firm, Political Development Group. Jay holds a BA in Political Science from American University in Washington, D.C.