About Lindsay

From a physicist working on self driving cars to a Silicon Valley advisor to a White House technology strategist and policy influencer – Lindsay blends deep tech expertise with strategic vision to navigate the complex interplay of technology and international security, working tirelessly to ensure a democratic approach to emerging technologies.

| Biography

Lindsay is the Senior Fellow for Emerging Technologies and Head of the Technology and Geopolitics Team at the German Marshall Fund’s Alliance for Securing Democracy. A quantum physicist and computer scientist by training, she leads ASD’s work on US-China technology competition, including efforts on AI, quantum information, 5G and advanced telecommunications, democratic responses to autocratic technology influence and interference, cybersecurity, and transatlantic innovation.

The White House

Lindsay most recently served as a senior adviser in the Biden White House. At the Office of Science Technology and National Security Council, she crafted US technology competition and national security strategy and led international technology initiatives through the US-EU Trade and Technology Council and Quad. In particular, she founded and led the US-EU AI cooperation workstream in the Trade and Technology Council. She was also the principal architect of the Advancing Technology for Democracy agenda of the Presidential Initiative for Democratic Renewal, which included multilateral initiatives on export controls, privacy-preserving AI, and democracy-affirming technologies.

The Lead Up

Prior to serving in the White House, Lindsay spent over a decade at the intersection of technology development and national security policy. She is the former CEO and managing director of a technology consulting firm she founded, Politech Advisory, where she advised start-up companies and venture capital. She has served as an expert contributor to the Cyberspace Solarium Commission on international technology standards; technology adviser to U.S. Senator Mark Warner; consultant to Schmidt Futures on 5G; and fellow with National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on International Security and Arms Control.

Sharing Expertise

Lindsay regularly delivers keynote addresses and briefs senior leaders across the Atlantic on China’s technology ambitions and building a democratic approach to emerging technologies. Her research and analysis have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic, and she frequently appears in TV and radio interviews on NPR, Bloomberg, BBC, MSNBC, and CBS News. She is also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Truman National Security Project, and an awardee of the U.S. State Department Speaker Program. Lindsay holds an A.B. in physics from Princeton University, where she graduated magna cum laude, and a M.S. in applied physics from Stanford University.