In a note to friends and colleagues last Friday, March 14, Robert Callahan, TechAmerica’s director of state government affairs in California, announced his departure. Callahan, the latest TechAmerica executive to leave the company, will become executive director of the Internet Association's new California office.

The Internet Association -- self-described "unified voice of the Internet economy" -- works with Congress and the administration on Internet-related policies, and will now expand into the Golden State.

Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman explained the organization's move to California, calling the state a central hub of the knowledge economy.

“The Internet industry is creating jobs, delivering economic growth and increased prosperity throughout the Golden state," Beckerman said in a release. "That’s a story that needs to be told."

Callahan is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, and received his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.