Cameron Kerry - Participant

Cameron Kerry is the Sara E. and Andrew H. Tisch Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Media Lab. Prior to that, he served as General Counsel and Acting Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce, where he was a leader on a wide of range of issues aimed at laying a new foundation for U.S. economic growth in a global marketplace.

As Acting Secretary, Cameron Kerry served as chief executive of this cabinet agency and its 43,000 employees around the world, as well as an adviser to the President. His tenure marked the first time in U.S. history two siblings have served in the President's Cabinet at the same time.

As General Counsel, he was the principal legal adviser to several Secretaries of Commerce and Commerce agency heads, and oversaw the work of more than 400 lawyers across these agencies. He was a leader in the Obama Administration’s successful effort to pass the America Invents Act, the most significant overhaul of the patent system in more 30 years. As co-chair of the
National Science & Technology Council Subcommittee on Privacy and Internet Policy, he led the development of the White House blueprint on consumer privacy, Consumer Privacy in Networked World, and the Administration's drafting of privacy legislation and engagement with international partners on privacy issues, including the European Union. He helped establish and lead the Commerce Department's Internet Policy Task Force, which brings together agencies with expertise in the 21st Century digital economy.

He also played a significant role on intellectual property policy and litigation, cybersecurity, international bribery, trade relations and rule of law development in China, the Gulf Oil spill litigation, and many other challenges facing a large, diverse federal agency. He travelled to the People's Republic of China on numerous occasions to co-lead the Transparency Dialogue with China as well as the U.S.-China Legal Exchange and exchanges on anti-corruption.

Prior to his appointment to join the Obama Administration in 2009, Cameron Kerry practiced law at the Mintz Levin firm in Boston and Washington. His practice covered a range of complex commercial litigation and regulation of telecommunications. He tried cases involving significant environmental and scientific evidence issues and taught telecommunications law as an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School.

Prior to joining Mintz Levin, he was an associate at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. and a law clerk to Senior Circuit Judge Elbert P. Tuttle of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School (1978)(where he was winner of the school's moot court competition and a law review editor) and a cum laude graduate of Harvard College (1972).

Cameron Kerry also been actively involved in politics and community service throughout his adult life. In 2004-04, he was a senior adviser and national surrogate in the U.S. Presidential campaign. He has served on the boards of non-profits involved in civic engagement and sports.



Brookings Institution ,
(Visiting Scholar, MIT Media Lab)


Distinguished Visiting Fellow