Adam Kovacevich is the Founder and CEO of the Chamber of Progress, a new center-left tech industry policy coalition promoting technology’s progressive future. The organization works to ensure that all Americans benefit from technological leaps, and that the tech industry operates responsibly and fairly.
Adam is a veteran Democratic tech industry leader who has had a front row seat for more than 20 years in the tech industry’s political maturation. He is an expert in helping lead technology companies through today’s challenging political environment.
Adam most recently served as Head of North America and Asia Pacific Government Relations for Lime, the shared scooter mobility company. In that role he led a team that expanded consumer access to shared scooters and helped cities craft smart rules of the road for a new mode of transportation. Adam led his team to launch 45+ new cities and secure permission for 50,000 more Lime scooters on city streets, expanding the company’s market presence.
Adam previously led Google’s 15-person U.S. policy strategy and external affairs team. In that role, he drove the company’s U.S. public policy campaigns on privacy, security, antitrust, intellectual property, intermediary liability, telecommunications, advertising, taxation and workforce issues — as well as its partnerships with conservative, progressive, consumer and civil rights organizations.
The Wall Street Journal said Kovacevich “helped build [Google’s] influence operation into one of the largest in the nation’s capital” and was “a central player in Google’s efforts to shape perceptions and rules in ways that have been favorable to the business of the search and advertising giant.”
Kovacevich, who was Google’s seventh DC hire, ran Google’s work to close its 2011-2013 FTC antitrust investigation. His 12-year Google career spanned the company’s PR, legal, and public policy teams and drew on his skills as a communicator, strategist, and advocate.
Adam is an active member of the tech policy community, having served as a board member for the Internet Association, Information Technology Industry Council, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Internet Education Foundation and National Cyber Security Alliance, as well as an advisory council member for the Center for Democracy and Technology.
Before joining Google in January 2007, Adam served as an Assistant Vice President at Dittus Communications and Communications Director at the Information Technology Industry Council. He served as spokesman for former Rep. Cal Dooley (D-CA), a founder of the moderate New Democrat Coalition; for Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT), in the Senate and on his 2004 presidential campaign; and for 2004 South Carolina Senate candidate Inez Tenenbaum.
Kovacevich’s first advocacy campaign came as an undergraduate at Harvard, where he led a successful campaign to bring grapes back to Harvard’s dining halls. Two years later, the United Farm Workers union formally ended its three-decade-old grape boycott.
Adam is a resident of Arlington, Virginia, where he lives with his family.