Deborah Hersman is the Chief Safety Officer at Waymo, a self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going.
As CSO, Deborah is responsible for field and systems safety across our extensive testing and development program. She oversees the design and enhancement of our product safety program, working closely with Waymo’s engineering, product and legal teams.
Prior to Waymo, Deborah was the CEO and President of the National Safety Council from 2014-2019, and served as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board from 2009-2014. She received bachelors of arts degrees in political science and international studies from Virginia Tech and a master of science degree in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University.