VP & Head of Global Government and Public Affairs at Micron Technology
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
- Attended, University of Colorado Law School
- BA, Government, Georgetown University, 1997
- Dell Technologies
- Vice President and Head of Office, Americas Government Affairs, 2016-2020
- Senior Director and Head of Office, Americas Government Affairs, 2014-2016
- Director and Head of Office, North American Government Affairs, 2013-2014
- Senior Manager, U.S. Government Affairs, 2011-2013
- Manager, U.S. Government Affairs, 2008-2011
- IT Public-Policy & State Government-Affairs Manager, CompTIA, 2007-2008
- Senior Associate, The Ferguson Group, 2003-2007
- Senior Associate, Alcalde & Fay, 1999-2003
When Cris Turner arrived at Micron, a global computer-memory and -storage corporation, he was bringing not just his 20-plus years of legal and government-affairs experience. He also brought what he’s called the “soul of an entrepreneur” to his lobbying endeavors.
After graduating from Georgetown University, Turner landed at the Alcalde & Fay law firm and then The Ferguson Group. There, his career started to coalesce around security, infrastructure, transportation, and telecommunications issues. That led him to the Computing Technology Industry Association, where he was concerned with federal, state, and local cybersecurity, trade measures, and cloud-computing policies.
But Turner made his mark as vice president and head of the Americas Government Affairs office at Dell, where he led the tech behemoth’s policy efforts on cybersecurity, cloud computing, education, and the environment. He also oversaw research on the barriers that women entrepreneurs face.
Among his more creative approaches was the Dell PolicyHack, an interactive contest that brought together government officials, entrepreneurs, and technology experts to craft solutions to difficult, long-standing challenges, such as better connecting education with workforce development. He also relaunched the Dell Technologies Inc. PAC, growing contributions tenfold within four years.
Turner is chairman of the board for MathCounts, a nonprofit organization that provides math programs to middle school students around the country.
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