Bruce Mehlman leads the bipartisan firm he founded after serving at senior levels in politics, policy & business. Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas helps Fortune 500 companies and innovative start-ups understand, anticipate and navigate the ever-evolving policy environment and trends likely to impact the global marketplace.
A highly-sought-after speaker, Mehlman frequently presents to boards of directors, global conferences and strategic planning sessions. Mehlman is an adjunct business school professor with The Washington Campus and has lectured on “winning business-government relations” at the Harvard Kennedy School, Yale School of Management, and Georgetown University, among others.
Mehlman previously held the post of assistant secretary of commerce for technology policy, having been nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed to the office by the U. S. Senate in 2001. Before Commerce, he worked as lead tech and telecom lobbyist for Cisco Systems; policy director and general counsel to the House Republican Conference under Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK) and general counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Mehlman is widely regarded as an expert in running issue campaigns, managing C-suite associations and developing strategies that achieve impactful policy outcomes. He concurrently serves as executive director of the Technology CEO Council and co-chairman of the Internet Innovation Alliance.
A graduate of Princeton University, Mehlman earned a law degree from the University of Virginia and began his career practicing law in Washington, D.C.