Laurent Crenshaw is the Director of Public Policy for Yelp. While at Yelp he has championed technology and fair competition issues. Additionally, he has spearheaded the company's efforts to protect consumer freedom of speech online, successfully advocating for passage of legislation at the federal and state levels.
Prior to joining Yelp in 2013, Laurent worked in the House of Representatives for over 11 years. During his tenure he served as the Legislative Director for Representative Darrell Issa focusing on technology policy issues, particularly in the areas of intellectual property, telecommunications and internet law. He also worked in the offices of the House Majority Whip and House Republican Conference.
Laurent also serves on the board of directors for Public Knowledge, the OpenGov Foundation and as a member of the American Library Association's Public Policy Advisory Council. He received his undergraduate degree at Stanford University and his juris doctor from American University.