Introduced by Fred Humphries, Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft Corporation, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) discusses how technology education and training with keep the United States job market competitive. Klobuchar is interviewed by Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic.
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.
Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
Fred Humphries is Vice President of U.S Government Affairs for Microsoft in Washington, D.C. Under his leadership as chief public policy advocate, U.S. Government Affairs is its own practice group within the company comprised of expertise in policy, outreach and government affairs. His work amplifies Microsoft’s voice on key advocacy issues internally and externally on all aspects of federal and state affairs.
Mr. Humphries sets strategy and oversees government affairs outreach on a broad range of topics, including cloud computing, taxes, privacy, trade, cyber security, education, immigration and emerging technologies. He is also responsible for communicating to policymakers Microsoft’s leadership role in fostering economic and job opportunities in the U.S. technology sector.
Mr. Humphries joined Microsoft in December 2000 as Director of State Governmental Affairs, overseeing the company’s policy and political outreach to our nation’s governors, mayors and local elected officials in every state capitol. In that position, Mr. Humphries integrated on-the-ground state advocacy work into Microsoft’s overall corporate strategy, coordinating with the public sector, policy and lobbying teams. He was promoted to Microsoft’s Managing Director of U.S. Government Affairs in 2009.
Mr. Humphries began his political career as Director of Voter Outreach for the Tennessee Democratic Party. He was the first African-American employed in the party’s history. During Governor Ned Ray McWherter’s administration, Mr. Humphries worked at the Department of Commerce and Insurance and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health as Director of Policy Planning before serving on the Governor’s staff. Additionally, Mr. Humphries served on the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, board of the Bethlehem Community Center, and Tennessee’s Health Facilities Commission.
In 2000, Mr. Humphries became Southern Political Director for the Democratic National Committee. During his career, Fred has also served on the staffs of four presidential campaigns. He served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. of Georgia. He later joined then-Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt’s staff as Senior Policy Advisor. Additional private sector experience includes positions at U.S. West Communications and the American Medical Association in Washington, DC.
Mr. Humphries is a graduate of Morehouse College and Temple University School of Law. He currently sits on the boards of the National Institute of Health Children’s Inn, College Success Foundation of DC, N Street Village, ITI and TechAmerica. He previously served on the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Mr. Humphries resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Kim, and their two children.
Senator Amy Klobuchar
Amy Jean Klobuchar is the junior United States Senator from Minnesota. She is a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, an affiliate of the Democratic Party.
Klobuchar is the first elected female senator from Minnesota and is one of two female senators in the 110th United States Congress freshman class. Formerly county attorney of Hennepin County, she was the chief prosecutor for the most populous county in Minnesota.
Klobuchar was a legal adviser to former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale and partner in two prominent law firms. She was also cited by the New York Times to be among the seventeen most likely women to become the first female President of the United States of America.