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Eben Tisdale was one of the industry’s most dedicated and effective advocates. After losing his battle with cancer in 1998, Eben’s friends, family and colleagues created the fellowship as a lasting tribute to his commitment to the importance of public policy in the high-tech arena. Throughout his career, Eben made a special effort to bring bright young people to Washington. Through a long-term commitment as a mentor and friend, he helped many achieve outstanding success in government and in the private sector. The fellowship is a living monument to Eben’s legacy of nurturing young people’s interest in high technology and public policy.


Eben was the director of Hewlett-Packard’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., and served as co-chair of the Computer Coalition for Responsible Exports. He was past vice president of the Scientific Apparatus Makers Association and a founding member of the Semiconductor Industry Association and the Electronics Association of California.

A California state lobbyist, he came to Washington, D.C. in the 1970s to work as a staff associate at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He later worked as vice president of the Western Electronics Manufacturers Association, the predecessor to the American Electronics Association.

He was a native of Ithaca, New York and a graduate of Stanford University.

How Eben Tisdale approached policy advocacy seems, to me, to be the way that we should approach life – with high levels of integrity, valuation of people, and respect for the importance of the issues that define our work. I especially think this is true with respect to the legislative process, and lobbyists’ interactions with it.”

– Joel Mehler (Tisdale 08), Stanford University
Business Software Alliance Intern