EBEN TISDALE PUBLIC POLICY FELLOWSHIP
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Ken Kay (left) and Joe Tasker, friends of Eben who founded the Fellowship, share their experiences with him at the 2010 Commencement Lunch.
Friends, family and colleagues created the Eben Tisdale Fellowship after his struggle with cancer ended in October, 1998. Throughout his career, Eben made a special effort to bring bright young people to Washington. Through a long-term commitment as a mentor and friend, he helped many achieve outstanding success in government and in the private sector. This fellowship has been endowed to be a living monument to Eben’s legacy of nurturing young people’s interest in high-technology and public policy.
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Eben Smith Tisdale
October 20, 1942 - October 18, 1998
Eben Tisdale was one of the industry's most dedicated and effective advocates. Throughout his career, he made a special effort to bring bright young people to Washington. Through a long-term commitment as a mentor and friend, he helped many achieve outstanding success. His friends and colleagues, in conjunction with the Electronic Industries Foundation (EIF), created this Fellowship in Eben's memory as a lasting tribute to his commitment to the importance of public policy in the high-tech arena.
Eben was the Director of Hewlett-Packard's government affairs office in Washington, DC since 1984. For the last year, he was co-chair of the Computer Coalition for Responsible Exports. He also was past vice president of the Scientific Apparatus Makers Association in Washington, DC and a founding member of the Semiconductor Industry Association and the Electronics Association of California.
A California state lobbyist, he came to Washington, DC in the 1970s to work as a staff associate at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He later worked as vice president of the Western Electronics Manufacturers Association, the predecessor to the American Electronics Association.
He was a native of Ithaca, New York and a graduate of Stanford University. He is survived by his wife and two grown children.
"Eben Tisdale has left a legacy I want to follow."
Brian Levin, '10, Yale University
“Eben Tisdale’s friends told us about how he would treat Senators and secretaries with the same respect. It says a lot about him that people remember him so fondly, and I belive that we should all strive to have a bit of Eben Tisdale in our behavior, thoughts and Actions."
Janice Mau, ’09, Stanford University
“How Eben Tisdale approached policy advocacy seems, to me, to be the way that we should approach life – with high levels of integrity, valuation of people, and respect for the importance of the issues that define our work. I especially think this is true with respect to the legislative process, and lobbyists’ interactions with it.”
Joel Mehler ’08, Stanford University
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