Joseph Okpaku is vice president of government relations at Lyft. Since joining Lyft in 2013, he has worked on countless legislative and regulatory matters at the federal, state, and municipal levels, including overseeing more than 150 state bills relating to ridesharing that were introduced in 2015. Prior to joining Lyft’s government relations team, Okpaku served as chief of staff for Councilmember Ash Kalra in San Jose, Calif. During his tenure with Councilmember Kalra, he advised on policy matters, including the development and implementation of an innovative land use ordinance limiting the growth of payday lending and an ordinance banning smoking in outdoor dining areas. He also advised on political strategy, oversaw media communications, and coordinated the response to all constituent concerns. A native New Yorker, Okpaku also worked for the Division of Enforcement of the New York Stock Exchange’s Regulation Department for six years and spent four years working as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office under Robert Morgenthau.