DOJ designates Mayer to serve as first chief science and technology adviser and chief AI officer

Jonathan Mayer

Jonathan Mayer

Princeton’s Jonathan Mayer has taken a new role as the inaugural chief science and technology advisor and chief artificial intelligence officer at the U.S. Department of Justice. In the newly created role, Mayer will advise on complex issues of technology, law and policy, including cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.

Mayer has committed to serve in this position for at least 12 months. He started at the end of January, and he plans to return to Princeton after the conclusion of his government service.

Mayer, an assistant professor of computer science and public affairs and a member of Princeton’s Class of 2009, researches and teaches in both the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) and the Department of Computer Science. He is a resident faculty member at Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP).

Mayer joined Princeton’s faculty in 2018. He previously served as the technology law and policy advisor to then-Senator Kamala Harris. Before that, he was chief technologist of the Federal Communications Commission Enforcement Bureau and a technology advisor at the California Office of the Attorney General. Mayer earned his A.B. from Princeton in 2009, a J.D. from Stanford in 2013, and a Ph.D. from Stanford in 2018.