Head, Social Impact
Michael Masserman is currently the Head of Global Policy & Strategy at Lyft, where he works on initiatives related to mobility as a service, autonomous vehicles, opening global markets, social impact, and smart cities. Michael was previously the Senior Director for Federal & International Government Relations where he built out Lyft's Federal and Policy Partnerships teams. Prior to Lyft, Michael served as the Presidentially appointed Executive Director for Export Policy, Promotion & Strategy at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In that role, he lead Commerce and government-wide efforts to implement President Obama's National Export Initiative to help U.S. businesses increase exports, expand into new markets, and compete globally. Prior to that role, he served as Director of the Office of Advisory Committees & Industry Engagement within the Department of Commerce, where he collaborated with hundreds of companies to advise the President and various Cabinet Members on the formulation and implementation of trade policies. Michael began his career practicing international corporate law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, where his focus was primarily on domestic and cross-border capital markets and securities transactions. He then moved to Sydney, Australia, where he worked at the law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques and specialized in international mergers and acquisitions. Michael took a leave of absence from Mallesons to join the Obama campaign in 2008, where he held various leadership roles in a number of states. After the campaign, he worked as a business development consultant helping to launch a start-up company and develop its global strategy. Michael is a member of the Pacific Council for International Policy and is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project. He received his B.A. with distinction from the University of Michigan and his J.D. cum laude from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.