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One new member of President-elect Donald Trump’s administration is from Baltimore, and part of his job will involve tech policy.
Reed Cordish, a real estate (not software) developer who is a principal with the Cordish Companies, will serve as an assistant to the president on “intragovernmental and technology initiatives,” the Trump transition team announced.
According to FedScoop, that means Cordish will lead “high impact task forces,” some of which will be related to technology innovation and modernization in government. In a statement, Trump said Cordish’s experience running big private-sector companies is “exactly what is needed to effect substantial change, including system wide improvement to the performance of the government.”
While there are a lot of firms focusing on government tech in the area, it’s too early to say what, if anything, this means for the local tech community. There aren’t that many details about the position available yet.
Jewish Journal reports Cordish is a friend of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. His father and Cordish Companies founder David Cordish (who served in the Jimmy Carter administration) is a friend of the president-elect. During the transition, Reed Cordish has been running teams that will serve in departments between Friday’s inauguration and the time that cabinet nominees are confirmed by the Senate.