Victoria Houed


Schmidt Futures

Victoria Houed is a Manager at Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative of ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt. She advises the Schmidt Futures network in understanding and advocating for policies within Congress and supports the distribution of funds for high-impact science and technology policy initiatives. She previously worked for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a technology policy fellow supporting the Speaker on all things tech, including internet accessibility, data privacy, antitrust, disinformation, Section 230, and autonomous vehicles. Throughout her fellowship she negotiated COVID Relief bills, is credited within the House Antitrust Subcommittee’s Investigation of Competition in the Digital Marketplace, and co-wrote a report on foreign influence campaigns targeting US elections which passed into law through the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021.

Before her time in Congress, Victoria worked as a Software Engineer and Product Manager at Cards Against Humanity, founded a non-profit for Black Women in Technology called BlackByte, helped lead the tech team of a mayoral campaign, and enjoyed working on different engineering projects for artists around her hometown of Chicago, including building a light-up jacket for Chance the Rapper. Victoria received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 2016.