Head of Office, Americas Government Affairs
”Cybersecurity isn’t one IT thing that you buy; cybersecurity is every IT thing that you buy.”
Cris Turner leads Dell’s Americas American Government Affairs office. With over 15 years of experience, Mr. Turner manages Dell’s U.S., Canadian and Latin America government affairs efforts and advocates for Dell’s public policy positions before federal, state and local policymakers. Prior to his current role, Mr. Turner led global cybersecurity and cloud computing policy efforts, designed advocacy campaigns in the U.S. and Mexico and coordinated corporate social responsibility activities in Washington, D.C. for Dell.
Mr. Turner has extensive experience managing high level government affairs strategies for corporations and trade associations. Prior to joining Dell in 2008, Mr. Turner served as the federal and state public policy manager for the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), where he advocated on cybersecurity, telecommunications, trade and Internet issues before federal and state elected and appointed officials.
From 1999-2007, Mr. Turner managed security, infrastructure, transportation and telecommunications issues for various clients at leading government affairs firms in Washington, D.C. Mr. Turner began his career at Steptoe & Johnson, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm, where he managed policy issues related to international air transportation.
Mr. Turner is a 1997 graduate of Georgetown University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government. He also attended the University of Colorado School of Law. Mr. Turner serves on the Board of Directors for the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute and is active in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. He, his wife and newborn daughter reside in Washington, D.C.