PresenceLearning, a provider of telehealth services in education and health care, has hired Andrew Byrnes to lead the company’s legal, compliance, government affairs, human resources, and recruiting initiatives.

Byrnes has nearly two decades experience helping innovative organizations move from ideation to impact through operational excellence, legal expertise, government relations and public policy acumen, and partnership development. Most recently before joining PresenceLearning, he was responsible for legal matters, regulatory compliance, government affairs and internal operations at Shuddle, a ridesharing-for-kids company. At Shuddle, Byrnes was responsible for the company’s legal and regulatory affairs, and internal operations, including human resources and facilities.

Prior to that position, Byrnes spent two years as the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), overseeing a staff of more than 12,000 employees, a $3 billion-plus annual budget, and agency operations and administrative support functions. He also coordinated the USPTO’s policy efforts and engagement with the innovation community around the world.