Vice President, Public Affairs, Qualcomm
Based in San Diego, Christine Trimble, vice president of Public Affairs for Qualcomm, leads Public Affairs within Qualcomm’s Government Affairs organization. She oversees communications on policy and regulatory matters and guides public affairs strategy for the company. In this role, Ms. Trimble leads Qualcomm’s worldwide policy-related public interaction with lawmakers, think tanks, news media, policy coalitions, and academic institutions while advising Qualcomm’s senior leadership on public interaction related to political, geopolitical, and regulatory matters. Ms. Trimble leads strategies and programs aimed at elevating the company’s profile and reputation as a global technology leader among government officials and legislators at the federal, state and local levels, including education for their constituencies about 5G and Qualcomm’s broader innovation role through the history of wireless communications. After serving as the primary spokeswoman for Qualcomm, Ms. Trimble, a 25-year veteran at Qualcomm, created and has run Qualcomm’s public affairs operations and played a key public affairs role in helping the company navigate the complex legal and business challenges it has faced for the past quarter century.
Ms. Trimble also plays a leading role in Qualcomm’s government and industry partnerships aimed at fostering greater diversity in engineering and other STEM fields, and in particular empowering women to pursue careers in technology and to invent and patent their breakthroughs.
Before joining Qualcomm, Ms. Trimble worked at a public affairs agency providing strategic communications counsel for a variety of clients, including technology companies, economic development organizations, and government agencies.
Ms. Trimble was awarded the Public Relations Society of America’s award for Professional of the Year in 1998 for her crisis communications management. She is also a 2008 recipient of the Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) award.
She serves on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Old Globe. She previously served on the board of Susan G. Komen San Diego. She was named the 2017 Honorary Survivor of the Race for the Cure.
Ms. Trimble graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She completed an executive course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.