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Blair Watters is the vice president of government relations and standards policy at InterDigital, Inc. She educates US policymakers on issues of interest to InterDigital, including patents and intellectual property, technology standards, spectrum and wireless communications, corporate tax reform, international trade, and workforce skills. Ms Watters also plays a leading role in InterDigital’s ESG initiative.
Prior to joining InterDigital, Ms Watters was a partner at The Madison Group, a bipartisan consulting and lobbying firm, where she handled matters related to tech, banking, transportation, commerce, trade and tax. Prior to that, she was a Democratic leadership aide for the House Democratic Caucus, serving under Chairman (now Senator) Bob Menendez as director of special projects. Previously, she was Representative Karen McCarthy’s chief of staff in the Washington, DC, office and managed her work on the influential House energy and commerce committee, including the subcommittees on telecommunications and the Internet; commerce, trade and consumer protection; and oversight and investigations. Ms Watters also worked for the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) as Director of Public Policy.
In addition to her work at InterDigital, Ms Watters was chair of the Women's Health Board of the GW MFA for five years and raised over $1 million to help decrease the gap of early detection of breast cancer in underserved areas of Washington, DC. Currently Ms Watters sits on the board of All in Together, an organisation dedicated to advancing women’s participation in civil life.