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Al Thompson
Vice president of U.S. Government Relations

Al Thompson is Intel’s vice president of U.S. Government Relations and leads Intel’s governmental relations effort at the U.S. state and federal levels.

Thompson comes to Intel from Raytheon Technologies Inc. (RTX), where he led the government relations team for the commercial aerospace and space businesses. During his time at RTX, he led the company’s state government relations efforts, supervised the digital advocacy program, and was the lead government relations executive for Otis Elevator and Carrier.

Prior to joining RTX, Thompson worked at Mehlman, Vogel, Castagnetti developing and executing advocacy strategies for Fortune 500 companies. He served as the Deputy Executive Director of the Technology CEO Council, where he advised the CEOs of America’s leading IT companies on their public policy agenda.

Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Global Supply Chain Policy at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). At RILA, Al represented Wal-Mart, Target, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Best Buy, and Costco, leading their advocacy efforts on supply chain issues.

Thompson also worked in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving as a Senior Professional Staff member on the Committee on Homeland Security for Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS).

Thompson served five years in the U.S. Coast Guard. He is a recipient of numerous military and civilian awards. Thompson has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Arts in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University.

Angel Preston
Policy Director, Autonomous Vehicles and Internet of Things

Angel Preston is Intel’s Policy Director for Autonomous Vehicles and Internet of Things. In this role, Angel supports Intel’s and Mobileye’s Automotive Vehicle policy and regulatory affairs efforts. She will helps define and implement policy and regulatory strategies aligned with business objectives ranging from Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to Autonomous Driving (AD) and Internet of Things (IoT). In collaboration with our business unit and GAT legal partners, she also works closely with GMT colleagues on policy advocacy efforts to governments, regulators, lawmakers and policy officials. Angel is based in our Washington, D.C. office.

Prior to joining Intel, as a Director of Safety at the Alliance for Automotive Innovation and its predecessor organization the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Angel provided policy expertise to Auto Innovators’ member companies on a range of motor vehicle safety and emerging technology matters, including connected automation, advanced driver assistance systems, and recalls. She previously served nearly 12 years with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration within the US Department of Transportation, where she handled agency rulemaking and regulatory issues pertaining to motor vehicle safety standards, fuel economy and defect investigations. Angel is a former Presidential Management Fellow. She received her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Florida A&M (Agricultural and Mechanical) University. She is a member of the Kentucky Bar. Angel resides in Baltimore, MD with her husband, John.

Claire Vishik
Intel Fellow and CTO of Intel’s Governments, Markets and Trade group (GMT)

Claire Vishik is an Intel Fellow and CTO of Intel GMT (Government, Markets, Trade) division. Her work focuses on Artificial Intelligence, hardware and network security, Trusted Computing, privacy enhancing technologies, some aspects of cryptography and related global policy, standardization, and trade issues. Claire is on the Board of Directors of the Trusted Computing Group and TDL (Trust in Digital Life), co-chair of IEEE effort on blockchain, and adviser on numerous international research and policy initiatives in the US and Europe. Claire received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining Intel, she held leadership positions at Schlumberger Laboratory for Computer Science and AT&T Laboratories. Claire is the author of numerous papers and book chapters, editor of several books, associate editor of two scientific journals, and inventor on 30+ pending and granted US patents.

Bienvenu Agbokponto Soglo
Government and Policy Director for Africa

Dr. Bienvenu Agbokponto Soglo is a Government and Policy Director for Africa at Intel Corporation based out of Johannesburg, South Africa. In his current role, Dr Agbokponto Soglo is responsible for developing policy strategies and advocating for favorable government policies, regulations, and standards to support Intel’s business interests in Africa. He leads the policy and government affairs work in Africa in areas such as 5G, broadband, artificial intelligence, privacy and security and other digital transformation policies.

He has more than 15 years’ experience and a strong track record working in the ICT and telecommunication industry with expertise in mobile telecommunication technologies, global and regional spectrum policy, broadband strategy, corporate social responsibility, as well as governmental ICT policies across Africa. Before joining Intel Corporation in 2018, Dr Agbokponto Soglo worked at Qualcomm for more than 10 years, first as Staff Engineer then as Government Affairs Director for West and Central Africa. Prior to that, he worked at Huawei Technologies as Wireless Product Manager.

Dr. Agbokponto Soglo holds a Ph.D. degree in Control Science & Engineering from Beijing Tsinghua University (2005), an MSc in Control Theory & Control Engineering from Dalian University of Technology (2002), and a BSc in Automatic Control from Dalian Maritime University (1999), China. He has excellent proficiency in English, French and Mandarin.

Jeff Rittener
Chief Trade Officer

Jeff Rittener is the Chief Trade Officer and General Manager of Intel’s International Trade Group. In this role, Rittener is responsible for overseeing the company’s worldwide team of trade professionals responsible for ensuring the company’s full compliance with U.S. and other government regulations in the areas of export, customs and sanctions.

A trade specialist for more than 30 years, Rittener joined Intel in 1991 as an export analyst and later became Director of Global Export Compliance. Before joining Intel, Rittener spent four years as an export administrator at Xidex Corporation.

Rittener holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from San Jose State University. He serves on the U.S. Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee, representing Intel and the industry on export policies and practices. He is also a frequent speaker on trade compliance practices at conferences, industry trade groups and other government-sponsored programs, and has met with senior government officials from around the world.

Julian Lageard
Director, Government, Markets & Trade

Julian was born in England, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lancaster University, and a Master of Science Degree from the University of London. He worked in the European Parliament from 1992-94 and subsequently as a consultant in EU public affairs. Since 2000, Julian has been based in the Brussels office of Intel Corporation and is Director, Government, Markets & Trade. He manages Global Responsible Business Conduct and European Green Deal policy including business and human rights. Julian chairs AmCham EU’s Task Force on Sustainable Corporate Governance as well as the DIGITALEUROPE and techUK groups on Responsible Business Conduct. He is a member and one of the founding strategic partners of the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) as well as Member of the OECD Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) on Responsible Minerals Supply Chains.

Mario Romao
Director EU AI and Global Healthcare Policy

Mario Romao works at Intel’s Business and Technical Affairs team. Mario oversees global digital health policy and coordinates Intel’s Artificial Intelligence policy interactions with the European Union. Mario works with governments on policies to promote the adoption of health information technologies to address some of the current challenges healthcare systems are facing. Mario has extensive experience working with digital health policies and technologies. He was involved in the deployment of European initiatives in the field of health care technologies and solutions for people with special needs, including a focus on the elderly population. Mario also coordinates Intel’s public policy engagements in the EU on Artificial Intelligence, looking at policy and regulatory options for the trusted adoption of Artificial Intelligence in Europe, including in the healthcare sector. He participates actively in numerous groups and associations promoting the advancement of digital technologies in Europe.

Norberto Salinas
Director, Global Workforce Policy

Norberto Salinas is Senior Counsel and Director of Global Workforce Policy in Intel’s Governments, Markets, and Trade Group. He is responsible for helping shape and advance Intel’s workforce public policy interests worldwide. His focus includes immigration, employee benefits, paid leave policy, diversity, inclusion, & equity, and other workforce issues generally.

He sits on the boards of the Hispanic Lobbyists Association and the Texas State Society; is Co-Chair of the Compete America immigration coalition; and leads and represents Intel on other industry-related committees. Since 2018, the Hill has annually listed him as a Top Lobbyist. In 2020, the National Institute for Lobbying and Ethics included him on its inaugural list of Top Lobbyists.

Prior to joining Intel in 2016, Norberto was Senior Counsel on the House Committee on the Judiciary where he handled a broad policy portfolio including intellectual property, state taxation, sports law, arbitration, legal services, the budget, and other technology and telecom related policy areas. He successfully guided legislation from bill introduction to enactment. Before that, he practiced employment law in Washington, D.C.

Norberto earned his Bachelor’s degree from Wabash College and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan.

Rhonda Foxx
Head of Social Equity Policy and Engagement

Rhonda Foxx leads Intel’s social equity policy and engagement in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Foxx ran for US Congress in 2020 after serving for five years as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC). As a Congressional staffer, she worked closely with Intel in our involvement as a sponsor for the Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus.

Prior to that, Foxx was interim Campaign Manager and Finance Director to Erin Bilbray (D-NV) and Director of Operations for Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). She served as a national and PAC fundraiser for Congresswomen Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and Yvette Clarke (D-NY). Foxx began her political career as a finance staffer for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). She also served as the Executive Director and Counsel for NFL Pro Bowler London Fletcher’s foundation, London’s Bridge.

Stephen Harper
Senior Director, Environment, Energy and Sustainability Policy

Stephen is the Senior Director, Environment, Energy and Sustainability Policy at Intel and responsible for advising senior management and leading company influencing efforts on a wide variety of topics, ranging from chemicals management to energy efficiency, water policy and the role of Intel’s products in helping meet society’s toughest sustainability challenges. Outside Intel, Harper serves or has served on a number of outside boards (including the Energy Foundation, Energy Foundation China, the Chesapeake Conservancy, the Center for Innovation in Conservation, and the Center for Environmental Policy at American University).

Prior to Intel, Harper served in senior positions at Amoco Oil Company, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ICF Consulting, and the California State Coastal Conservancy. Stephen has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, where he graduated with highest honors. He also has a Master’s in International Affairs from Princeton University, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and has conducted graduate studies in city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania.