Emily Birnbaum is a tech lobbying and influence reporter. She covers how the largest tech companies are trying to shape the Washington rules that govern them, the revolving door between Washington and Silicon Valley and the money behind it all. Before joining POLITICO, Emily covered tech policy for The Hill newspaper and Protocol, a tech news publication. She is a native of Bethesda, Maryland and holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Kenyon College. In her spare time, she enjoys gabbing on the phone and taking care of her cats Bijou and Poyo.