Vikrum Aiyer

Head of Global Public Policy, Heirloom Carbon

Vikrum Aiyer is Head of Global Public Policy at Heirloom Carbon, where his team works to align climate policy, legislative strategies, and community benefits agreements to accelerate carbon mineralization sciences that can remove greenhouse gasses from the air, in support of our UN climate goals and our State’s net-zero energy future. He previously held roles in the Obama Administration including as senior policy advisor in the White House National Economic Council, and as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property. Aiyer also served as the global vice president of the startup Postmates, where he oversaw the public policy and communications team, led a multimillion-dollar effort to reform California’s safety net, and led negotiations with labor unions and the Newsom Administration. Aiyer was also Deputy Division Director in the ACLU’s national political team where his team managed the political response to the attacks on transgender rights and the reversal of abortion rights in America. Aiyer has also served on the communications team of Senator Ed Markey (D-MA); Mayor Adrian Fenty (D-Washington, D.C.); and the Democratic National Conventions in 2012 and 2016. In 2015, Forbes Magazine named Aiyer to the 30 Under 30 list for Law and Policy. In 2017 Aiyer was named a Public Policy Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. And in 2021, the San Francisco Business Times named him to their annual 40 under 40 in business list. He currently lives in San Francisco, where he serves as an advisor to former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs’ non-profit to End Poverty in California, and as Commissioner to San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s Workforce Investment Board.