Tekedra N. Mawakana is the co-CEO of Waymo, an autonomous driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going.
As co-CEO, Tekedra is responsible for overall company strategy, with her primary focus on ensuring Waymo’s transformational technology, the Waymo Driver, is commercialized and widely adopted. She was previously Deputy General Counsel and Vice President, of Global Public Policy, Yahoo! Inc. Ms. Mawakana and her team work closely with lawmakers and regulators around the world on key issues including privacy, intellectual property, business, and human rights, high-skilled immigration reform, and cyber-security.
Ms. Mawakana has over 16 years of experience in providing strategic counsel and direction on critical public policy, legal, regulatory and crisis-driven issues facing technology and online media companies. She began her career working with regulated technology and telecom industries, and leading global technology transactions.Prior to Waymo, she led global teams across five continents at eBay, Yahoo, AOL, and Startec. She started her career at the D.C.-based law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
Ms. Mawakana and her team work closely with lawmakers and regulators around the world on key issues including privacy, intellectual property, business, and human rights, high-skilled immigration reform, and cyber-security. Ms. Mawakana is a limited partner with Operator Collective Fund, L.P., a female lead venture capital fund. She serves as a member of the board of directors at Intuit Inc. She’s a member of the board of Industry Leaders of the Consumer Technology Association, a leading tech trade association in the technology industry. Ms. Mawakana is on the board of directors of the Bay Area Council. Ms. Mawakana received her J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law, and her B.A. magna cum laude from Trinity College.