Shane Tews is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI’s) Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy, where she works primarily on cybersecurity and Internet governance issues. She is also the chief policy officer at 463 Communications, a firm that advises high-tech organizations on Internet policies.

Tews dealt with Internet security and domain issues as vice president of global policy for Verisign Inc. She is currently vice-chair of the board of directors of the Internet Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote a decentralized global Internet. She began her career on Capitol Hill as a legislative director for a member of Congress and worked in the George H. W. Bush White House, in the Office of Cabinet Affairs and at the US Department of Transportation.

Tews studied communications at Arizona State University and at American University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general studies with an emphasis on communications and political science.



• Principal and Chief Policy Officer, 463 Communications, 2012–present

• Member, 2004–11; Vice-Chair, 2011–present, Board of Directors, Internet Education Foundation

• Vice President of Global Public Policy and Government Relations, Verisign Inc., 2001–12

• Vice President for Federal Affairs, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, 1997–2001

• Director of Government Relations, Citizens for a Sound Economy and Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation, 1995–97

• Legislative Director, Office of Congressman Gary A. Franks (R-CT), US House of Representatives, 1992–95

• Deputy Associate Director, Office of Cabinet Affairs, White House, 1991–92

• Staff Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation for Scheduling and Advance, 1989–91; Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, 1991, US Department of Transportation


B.A., public relations and political science, American University

Attended Arizona State University