34 minutes | Feb 1st 2021

Building Amazon & Pinterest's Public Policy Shops

Braden Cox is the Head of US Public Policy and Social Impact for Pinterest.  He develops public policy strategy at the federal, state and local levels to support Pinterest’s mission to help inspire people to create a life they love.  Before Pinterest, Braden was the Director of Public Policy at Amazon, where he launched the state and local public policy program and led Amazon’s advocacy on sales tax issues. Over eight years, he built a 30-member team of issue experts, regional geographic owners, and economic development specialists. He also created a national network of state and local lobbying consultants and associations, and the company’s first-ever corporate political contributions program. The early days of the Web influenced Braden’s technology-focused career path. He became a network administrator during a college co-op at IBM in Research Triangle Park, NC, and an in-house attorney at a software startup in Alpharetta, GA, during the dot-com boom (and bust). Braden was also a tech policy guru at a think tank and counseled on policy issues for NetChoice, a technology association in Washington, DC. Braden is a proud “double dawg” with degrees from the University of Georgia Honors Program and School of Law. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe! Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net  Follow The Political Life on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.
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