Eric Tamarkin is Director and Senior Public Policy Counsel for Samsung Electronics America, a U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea. Based in Washington, D.C., he leads Samsung’s U.S. cybersecurity and supply chain security public policy formulation and engagement with government and industry. He represents Samsung on the Information Technology Sector Coordinating Council, the Communications Sector Coordinating Council, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ICT Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force, and the Federal Communications Commission’s Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council.
Mr. Tamarkin is an attorney with over two decades of experience in all three branches of the U.S. government. He served as Deputy Assistant Security for Legislative Affairs (Acting) at DHS and as the Director of Legislative Affairs at the National Protection & Programs Directorate (now CISA), where he led DHS’s interactions with Congress on cybersecurity and infrastructure protection. Mr. Tamarkin also served as a special investigator at U.S. Embassy South Africa and as a cybersecurity policy expert at the Institute for Security Studies.
Mr. Tamarkin was Senior Counsel to the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee, where he advised on national security, privacy, and cybersecurity matters. Additionally, he handled a diverse portfolio of legal and economic policy matters as Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee and as a Legislative Assistant. Prior to his eight years in Congress, Mr. Tamarkin served as a law clerk for two judges.
Earlier in his career, he was an elections attorney for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and an honors paralegal at the Department of Justice. He also held positions with Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the Democratic National Committee, and the White House. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Boston College Law School.