Travis G. Mason

Travis G. Mason is a rising star among the new generation of strategists leading change in government and Fortune 500 companies. Welded between the worlds of politics, technology, and business, this inspired young thinker believes that intentional leaders are intentional learners. Using his experience as a classically trained musician, interdisciplinary teacher, and analytical student, Travis brings a unique approach to solving complex problems, currently as a government and public affairs strategist at Google, Inc.

Recognized for his thought leadership on education, national security, homeland defense, and urban policy Mason was named a national Harry S. Truman Scholar, Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow, and Center for the Study of the Presidency Scholar.  He received his undergraduate degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University and his Masters degree a the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has also studied at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Encouraging young people think bigger, reach higher and shine brighter has always been a part of Travis’s story. He has been an advocate for educational reform and eliminating educational inequity receiving numerous honors from the Prince George’s County Council, County Executive, State Superintendent, and the Maryland General Assembly.

As one of Syracuse University’s most admired young alumni Travis was known on and off campus for his strong sense of dedication, enthusiasm and high spiritedness of collaboration. He was named a Diversity Achiever by the city’s Mayor for embodying the “spirit of peace, justice, freedom and dignity”. Believing that leaders must not only set an example, but also lead by example, Travis founded programs that increased student leadership development, expanded community engagement and forged on and off campus collaboration as the University’s Student Government President. Travis also served on numerous boards and committees including the National Collegiate
Honors Colleges Executive Board and the Syracuse University’s Board of Trustees.

As a life-long student of classical piano and vocal performance, Travis enjoys growing one of his enduring passions having performed at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, St. Peters Church (Rome, Italy), Washington Metropolitan Church, The White House, and Constitution Hall.