16 people to watch in tech
Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.)
Before Rep. Suzan DelBene, 54, became a member of Congress, she was a tech entrepreneur and a 12-year veteran of Microsoft, where she rose to become a corporate vice president. These days, the Washington Democrat is using her background to push Congress to look at ways tech can play a role in infrastructure.
In 2015, she and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) teamed up to launch the Internet of Things Caucus to educate Congress on connected devices and their role in public policy.
“Folks talk about infrastructure, and most of the examples are roads and bridges, which are also very important, but it also can be combined with new technologies that allow us to build new types of infrastructure at lower cost that might be more efficient and longer lasting,” DelBene told The Hill.