Tekedra N. Mawakana is the Chief External Officer (CXO) at Waymo — an Alphabet company, formerly the Google Self-Driving Car project. In this role, Tekedra heads Waymo’s external engagement organization, leading the teams responsible for public policy and government relations, public affairs, marketing, communications, social initiatives and corporate social responsibility. She sets the strategic vision for ensuring this emerging, transformational technology can be tested, commercialized and widely adopted by consumers.
Tekedra is an expert in navigating complex high-profile reputational issues. She has more than two decades of experience advising some of the best-known consumer technology companies on how to advance their business interests around the world. She has led global teams at eBay, Yahoo, AOL and Startec Global Communications. She started her career at the law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
Tekedra currently serves on the Board of Industry Leaders for the Consumer Technology Association, and as a member of the Executive Committee on the Board of Saving Promise. Previously, she served as the Chairman of the Board of the Internet Association, and on the eBay Foundation Board. In 2016, she was recognized as a Visionary Leader by ALM and InsideCounsel. In 2015, she was recognized by the Washingtonian magazine as a Tech Titan — top 100 tech influencer.
Tekedra received her JD from Columbia Law School and her BA with honors from Trinity College. She loves the sunshine, a good outdoor festival, cooking and writing. She lives in California with her husband and son.