VP of Advocacy and Public Affairs
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
Tom McMahon is senior vice president of Advocacy and Public Affairs at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. In this role, he leads AUVSI’s government relations and communications organization. He also manages initiatives to reach policy decision makers and influencers with information about unmanned systems technology, and how it will benefit the economy and generate business opportunities and jobs.
Before joining AUVSI in 2015, McMahon was director of Global Communications and Government Affairs at Motorola Solutions, a leading provider of public safety communications systems. Previously, he was director of Corporate Communications and Government Relations at CenturyLink and Qwest Communications, two of the nation’s largest telecommunications providers. He managed media relations during the $22 billion CenturyLink-Qwest merger, a transaction that required approval from the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and more than 30 state public service commissions.
Earlier in his career, McMahon was vice president of Communications and Government Affairs at WaveCrest Laboratories, an electric vehicle systems developer. He helped raise the company’s profile and its patented electric propulsion technology in the international transportation market. Before that he was vice president at the public affairs firms Powell Tate and Brodeur Worldwide, where he consulted clients on policy issues concerning several industries, including technology, telecommunications, and transportation. He has also worked on Capitol Hill, serving as a spokesperson for members and committees in the House and Senate.
McMahon is a graduate of Auburn University and was general manager of its public radio station. He has also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the National Press Club and is the chair of the Marketing Communications Subcommittee of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington.