Michael Timmeny serves as an Executive Advisor within Cisco. Prior to this role, he led Cisco’s Government Affairs organization, oversaw the Country Digital Acceleration program and the Community Relations team, and opened the company’s first Washington, D.C. office in 1998. He is the country sponsor for Ireland and the United Arab Emirates – two key markets for Cisco.
Prior to joining Cisco, Michael spent 21 years on Capitol Hill in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, where he served as Chief of Staff to five members of Congress including U.S. Senator Patty Murray (WA) and U.S. Representatives Anna Eshoo (CA), Joseph P. Kennedy II (MA), Chuck Schumer (NY), and Ted Weiss (NY). Previously, he worked for U.S. Representative Peter Peyser in his home district in New York and was given his start on Capitol Hill by U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm (NY). He later served as Vice President of Policy for the American Electronics Association.
A native of New York, Michael graduated from Harpur College at Binghamton University, where he now serves on the Binghamton University Foundation Board of Directors. While at Cisco, he has also represented the company on boards of various technology trade associations active in the U.S. market.
Michael got his start in politics by volunteering for President John F. Kennedy’s successful 1960 campaign for President when he was nine years old.