John M. Godfrey

Senior Vice President, Public Policy

John Godfrey is Senior Vice President of Public Policy for Samsung Electronics America, a U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea.  Based in Washington, D.C., he leads Samsung’s public policy formulation and engagement with government and industry, focusing on communications policy, digital television, wireless spectrum, health care, environment, broadband, accessibility, and other areas.

An active participant in the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), Godfrey is chair of the CTA Foundation’s Board of Trustees and a member of CTA’s Video Division Board, among other groups.  He is also a past chairman of the Board of Directors of the Advanced Television Systems Committee, the standards developing organization for digital television broadcasting.  He served on the Federal Communications Commission’s Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee in 2015 and the Access Board’s Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Advisory Committee in 1998-1999.

Prior to joining Samsung in 2006, Godfrey was vice president of government affairs for Pioneer North America; and previously, he was director of government affairs for Sony Electronics, also in Washington.  Earlier, he was with the Information Technology Industry Council, a trade association of leading information technology companies; the National Research Council, the policy research arm of the National Academies of Science and Engineering; and SRI International.

Godfrey has a Master of Arts degree in Telecommunications from George Washington University, a Master of Arts degree in East Asian Studies from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.  He and his wife, artist Ellen Hill, have two sons and live in Rockville, Md.