Michael Fitzpatrick is Head of Global Regulatory Affairs at Google and leads Google’s Regulatory Affairs Center of Excellence. He focuses on all aspects of digital policy and regulatory process, including artificial intelligence and content moderation. Prior to joining Google, for almost eight years Michael served as the Head of Regulatory Advocacy at General Electric Company (GE) where he was a member of the Global Government Affairs and Policy senior leadership team and coordinated GE’s advocacy on issues involving energy/environmental, rail, aviation, healthcare, AI, additive manufacturing, spectrum, and commercial drone regulation.
Prior to joining General Electric, Michael served for three years as the Associate Administrator of the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) where, as the office’s number two official, he helped to lead the Obama Administration’s development of regulatory policy and White House review of significant Executive Branch regulatory actions. Michael also led the Obama Administration’s efforts on international regulatory cooperation, heading multiple U.S. delegations in meetings on regulatory issues with the European Union, the UK, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and the OECD. He was instrumental in developing and launching the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) and the U.S.–Mexico High Level Regulatory Cooperation Council (HLRCC), and served as the Administration’s lead on the U.S.–E.U. High Level Regulatory Cooperation Forum.
From 2001 to 2009, Michael was in the Washington, DC office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he was a partner in the Litigation Practice Group. Before joining Akin Gump, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, DC, and as a Senior Advisor to the Administrator of OIRA during the Clinton Administration. He clerked for Judge William Norris on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after graduating, with distinction, from Stanford Law School (Order of the Coif). Michael received his M.A. in American History from the University of Virginia and his B.A. from Brown University (Phi Beta Kappa; Magna Cum Laude). He currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of The Woolly Mammoth Theater.