Maryam Cope leads AH&LA’s government advocacy in technology and e-commerce policy issues, including managing the hotel industry’s strategic approach to public policy, regulatory, and legislative affairs for innovation, technology, and competition issues. Key issues include consumer protection, global ecommerce and platform regulation, cybersecurity, privacy, online intellectual property, and online advertising. She joined AH&LA from the Information Technology Industry Council, where she represented major technology companies such as Apple, IBM, Intel, Facebook, and Google, and was responsible for leading and executing government affairs and advocacy efforts in the areas of cybersecurity, encryption, supply chain security, and cloud computing.
Cope served as a technology policy advisor in the U.S. Senate to the now U.S. Ambassador to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchison. As professional staff for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, she focused on global internet policy, cybersecurity, emerging technologies, and telecommunications. Cope was the lead drafter of tri-Committee cybersecurity legislation (Senate Commerce, Intel, and Judiciary), and was responsible for the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act of 2010, bolstering U.S. leadership in innovation, setting standards and research policy for the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Laboratories.
While on Committee, she also drafted and passed the reauthorization of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program, the primary source of federally funded work on advanced information technologies in computing, networking, and software, and the National Nanotechnology Initiative, an R&D initiative involving the nanotechnology-related activities of 20 departments and agencies.
Maryam holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, and a graduate certificate from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Telecommunications and E-commerce Committee, the Chamber’s Cybersecurity Working Group, and the Payment Card Industry Council’s Software Security Task Force.