Vikrum Aiyer is the Vice President of Global Public Policy & Strategic Communications
for the on-demand technology platform, Postmates. As Postmates creates new
opportunities for brick & mortar businesses to distribute their products in the era of
e-commerce, it is also shaping the way independent workers and automation shape the
labor market. Aiyer leads the legislative and regulatory policy discussions at the federal,
state, and local levels which impacts the Future of Work in the gig-economy, taxation in
online marketplaces, consumer privacy and the deployment of emergency technologies.
He also serves the Mayor of San Francisco as political appointee and Commissioner to
the Mayor's Workforce Investment Board.
Previously, Aiyer was as a senior official in the Obama Administration serving as Senior
Advisor in The White House for innovation & manufacturing policy, and as the the Chief
of Staff to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property.
In these capacities, he served as the principal political and policy advisor to the undersecretary
of commerce and coordinated a $3.2B budget, in support of 13,000 employees, to execute the
daily operations, priorities, and global communications of President Obama's intellectual
property & STEM agenda. In 2016 Aiyer led a U.S. delegation to Cuba to reset relations
between the two nations patent offices, and served on Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot
Taskforce, to accelerate progress towards a cure by fast tracking immunology patenting. Aiyer
also steered investments in several advanced manufacturing technologies including smart
fabrics, autonomous vehicles, high performance computing, and next generation
He has also served on the communications team of Senator Ed Markey (D-MA); Mayor Adrian
Fenty (D-Washington, D.C.); and the Democratic National Conventions in 2012 and 2016. In
2015, Forbes Magazine named Aiyer to the 30 Under 30 list for Law & Policy; and in 2017 Aiyer
was named a Public Policy Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of
Aiyer currently lives in San Francisco, California where he serves as a Term Member for the
Council on Foreign Relations; a co-chair for the US Chamber of Commerce New Economy
Working Group; an executive board member of the Bay Area Council; a board member for the
tech-policy advocacy group sf.Citi; a Business Council Chair for the U.S. Conference of Mayors;
and on the new leaders council of the San Francisco Symphony.