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Satya Thallam

Non-Resident Senior Fellow


Satya Thallam is Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Foundation for American Innovation. He is a policy expert and advisor, having served in senior roles in the congressional and executive branches and as an executive at a biotechnology startup.

Most recently, Satya was Vice President of Policy at startup EQRx, a highly funded, venture-backed biotech startup. Previously, he was a senior policy official at the White House, within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, with direct oversight, review, and negotiation of all federal regulatory policymaking across over a dozen cabinet agencies. In this role, he advised the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and fellow senior White House colleagues on regulatory policies and process. His time in government began in the U.S. Senate, at the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, where for nearly five years he was the Senate’s point person on regulatory reform, as well as the committee’s expert on areas running the breadth of the committee’s jurisdiction.

Satya has also spent many years in the think tank sector, leading programs primarily related to financial services policy, at both university-based and independent organizations. In this capacity, he authored policy reports, congressional testimonies, op-eds, and presentations, and built new research programs. Satya’s policy career began at the Goldwater Institute, the premier state policy-focused think tank, beginning as an intern and rising to a director-level role leading the organization’s fiscal policy program.

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