- A former Obama White House senior advisor, he was most recently the deputy director of the ACLU’s national political advocacy department.
Former Obama White House senior advisor Vikrum Aiyer is joining Heirloom Carbon, a renewable energy semiconductor manufacturing company, as their top public policy chief, Politico has reported.
The Indian American most recently was deputy director in the American Civil Liberties Union’s national political advocacy department, “where his team oversaw nationwide campaigns and legislative advocacy for abortion rights, housing rights, and trans justice in the Liberty Division,” according to his LinkedIn bio.
After leaving the Obama administration, Aiyer built and led the public policy and strategic communications practice for the tech startup, Postmates, “up through its $2.6 billion acquisition by Uber,” the resume noted. He led the startup’s government relations and public affairs on state, federal, and international matters ranging from privacy and tax to the future of work and the gig economy. He also helped steer the company’s executive communications, crisis communications, and corporate social responsibility strategies.
In the Obama administration, he served as Senior Policy Advisor for innovation and manufacturing policy. He was also the chief of staff for the U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for IP.
Aiyer lives in San Francisco where he serves as an advisor to former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs on eradicating poverty, and as a Commissioner for Mayor London Breed’s Workforce Investment Board (WISF). He has a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.