As Director of Government Relations, Maryam focuses on policies surrounding cybersecurity and cloud computing, and works closely with ITI’s global team.
She previously served on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee as Professional Staff Member for the Science and Space Subcommittee, where she developed policy goals and strategic plans for Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Tex., and Science & Space Subcommittee Chairman John Boozman, R-Ark. She developed a deep expertise on issues ranging from cybersecurity and innovation policy to STEM education and broadband access. In 2011 and 2012, she authored the Senate Commerce Committee provisions of cybersecurity legislation, updating the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), standards at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), and cybersecurity research at the National Science Foundation (NSF). In 2009 and 2010, Maryam served as the key Republican staffer to lead a tri-Committee effort to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act, shepherding the bill through the Senate and House at the closing of the 110th Congress, and reauthorizing the nation’s basic research at the Department of Energy Office of Science and the NSF, improving math and science education for k-12 students, and authorizing new state-directed innovation and manufacturing clusters.
Prior to her time on the Committee, Maryam was an advisor for Senator Hutchison on technology, telecommunication, and consumer protection issues, and also worked on economic development projects for the State of Texas.
Before moving to the Washington area, Maryam assisted in NSF-funded research creating computational models of how the brain controls eye movement, research to speed the development of an artificial eye. She also worked in Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Department of Health Industry Management. Maryam received her B.A. in Biology, with a concentration in neurobiology, from Northwestern University.
ITI Blog articles by Maryam Cope
- Congress Should Take Risk-Based, not Geography-Based, Approach to Cybersecurity (01/14/2014)
- Time to Fix Section 516 (12/10/2013)
- Backing the Senate’s Cybersecurity Work (07/30/2013)
- Advancing Cybersecurity in the U.S. Senate (07/25/2013)
- Defense Bill Could Silence Critical U.S.-China Cyber Dialogue (06/17/2013)