Diane Rinaldo was sworn in as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce on April 20, 2018. On May 9, 2019, she became Acting Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information for the Department, and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Executive Branch agency principally responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy.
Focusing on cybersecurity and technology policy, Diane has extensive experience in government and the private sector throughout her career. She staffed the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where she was the lead committee staffer on Congress’ landmark cybersecurity legislation, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. She also served as the oversight and budget monitor for the National Security Agency and the defense network systems, and served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman Mike Rogers as his top technology policy staffer.
Recognized for her work on cybersecurity, Rinaldo was awarded the Executive Women’s Forum’s 2016 Influencer of the Year award. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Maine and an Executive Certificate from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for cyber studies.
Christine S. Wilson was sworn in on September 26, 2018 as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. President Donald J. Trump named Wilson to a term that expires on Sept. 25, 2025. Wilson previously served at the FTC as Chairman Tim Muris’ Chief of Staff during the George W. Bush Administration, and as a law clerk in the Bureau of Competition while attending Georgetown University Law Center. In between her periods of service at the FTC, Wilson has practiced competition and consumer protection law both at law firms and as in-house counsel. When nominated, Wilson was serving as Senior Vice President — Legal, Regulatory & International for Delta Air Lines. Prior to joining Delta, Wilson was a member of the Washington DC antitrust practice groups of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Early in her career, Wilson worked with former Assistant Attorney General James F. Rill at Collier Shannon Rill & Scott on a variety of competition law and policy initiatives, including the final report of the International Competition Policy Advisory Committee commissioned by Attorney General Janet Reno. Wilson graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Florida. Wilson lives in Virginia with her husband Ramsey, with whom she has two daughters.
Claude Aiken is the President & CEO of WISPA, the association representing thousands of companies dedicated to closing the digital divide through fixed wireless broadband. He was named a Rising Star in Wireless by FierceWireless in 2018.
Claude joined WISPA after nearly a decade at the Federal Communications Commission. There he served as an advisor to both Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Clyburn. He joined the Commission through the Attorney Honors program, he held critical leadership positions in the Wireline Bureau and Office of General Counsel, as well key staff attorney roles throughout the Commission.
Prior to joining the FCC, he was a John Marshall Harlan Scholar at New York Law School, where he graduated with a specialization in information and technology law. Claude also holds a degree in English from Grove City College.
Chris Betz is the Chief Security Officer for CenturyLink. He is responsible for leading the company’s corporate information security and security product development teams, including information security and IT risk and compliance functions, physical security and security product architecture. Prior to joining CenturyLink, Chris led security for Apple products and has held leadership roles in information security, security operations and response and security intelligence at Microsoft, CBS Corporation and the National Security Agency (NSA). He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.
Dan Caprio, Co-founder and Executive Chairman, is an internationally recognized expert on privacy and cybersecurity. He has served as the Chief Privacy Officer and Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Commerce Department, a transatlantic subject matter expert for the European Commission’s Internet of Things formal expert group, a Chief of Staff for a Federal Trade Commission Commissioner and a member of the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. In 2002, Dan was a representative for the United States delegation revising the OECD Security Guidelines that formed the basis for the first White House Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.
Melinda Clem is Vice President Strategy for Afilias, the worlds second largest domain name registry. Melinda has worked in corporate development, strategy and marketing positions in the domain industry since 2000, with Afilias since 2007. Prior to the domain industry, Melinda worked in the telecommunications and satellite industries; she has also taught communications strategy for Johns Hopkins University. Melinda is on the Board of Directors of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2C), represents Afilias on the Secretariat of the IGF Dynamic Coalition on DNS Issues (DC-DNSI), in addition to being co-Chair of IGF-USA. Melinda holds a degree in Philosophy from American University and an MBA from George Washington University.
As Executive Director, Steve works with NetChoice members to set and execute the NetChoice agenda. Steve is a well-known expert on Internet governance, online consumer protection, and Internet taxation.
He’s provided expert testimony in twenty-six Congressional hearings, including several contentious sessions on ICANN’s transition to independence from the US government.
Steve has participated in all IGF and IGF-USA events, and is elected policy chair for ICANN’s Business Constituency.
Steve is frequently quoted on technology issues in the media, including a segment on 60 Minutes exposing barriers to innovation in residential real estate. Steve debated online taxes on CNN Situation Room, CNBC Larry Kudlow, PBS Nightly Business Report, CBS This Morning, and Marketplace Radio.
Before his work at NetChoice, Steve was founder of Financial Dynamics, an IT consulting firm that he led through the evolution of industry trends and acquisition by a national firm. Today, Steve continues to advise and invest in early stage companies as a partner in venture capital funds.
Steve holds degrees in Engineering and in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, plus an MBA from the Wharton School. He lives in McLean, Virginia where he is active in community government.
Dr. Allan Friedman is Director of Cybersecurity Initiatives at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the US Department of Commerce. He coordinates NTIA’s multi-stakeholder processes on cybersecurity, convening cross-sector working groups with a focus on resilience in a vulnerable ecosystem. Friedman leads NTIA's effort to establish a shared vision and best practices on software bill of materials (SBOM) across the digital ecosystem.
Prior to joining the Federal government, Friedman spent over a decade as a noted cybersecurity and technology policy scholar at Harvard’s Computer Science Department, the Brookings Institution and George Washington University’s Engineering School. He is the co-author of the popular text “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know,” has a degree in computer science from Swarthmore College and a PhD in public policy from Harvard University.
Keith Klovers is an Attorney Advisor to Commissioner Christine S. Wilson at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. He previously served in the same capacity for Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen.
Before joining the FTC, Mr. Klovers served as a law clerk to the Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, as an antitrust attorney at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and as a manager and consultant at two economic consulting firms.
Mr. Klovers received a B.A. in Economics and Government from the College of William and Mary and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Kathryn Krolopp is an independent analyst and researcher based in Washington, D.C. She has helped some of the world's leading media, entertainment, and retail companies implement AI and machine learning capabilities across their organizations. Additionally, Kathryn has worked as an IT consultant helping U.S. Federal departments and agencies understand how to design and implement big data and advanced analytics initiatives. For her clients, she has developed frameworks, whitepapers, and strategies to effectively reimagine and refresh their technology. Kathryn received an MSt from the University of Oxford; a BA from the University of California, Berkeley; and a certificate in Terrorism Studies with a focus on Cybersecurity from the University of St. Andrews.
Jeff Kosseff is an assistant professor of cybersecurity law in the United States Naval Academy’s Cyber Science Department. His latest book, The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet, a history of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, will be published in Spring 2019 by Cornell University Press. He also is the author of Cybersecurity Law, a textbook and treatise published by Wiley in 2017, with a second edition forthcoming in 2019. His articles have appeared in Iowa Law Review, Wake Forest Law Review, Computer Law & Security Review, and other law reviews and technology law journals. A full list of his publications is available at jeffkosseff.com.
Jeff practiced cybersecurity, privacy, and First Amendment law at Covington & Burling, and clerked for Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Before becoming a lawyer, he was a technology and political journalist for The Oregonian and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and recipient of the George Polk Award for national reporting.
He received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A. and M.P.P. from the University of Michigan.
Emma Llansó is the Director of CDT’s Free Expression Project, which works to promote law and policy that support users’ free expression rights in the United States and around the world. Emma leads CDT’s work in advancing speech-protective policies, which include legislative advocacy and amicus activity in the U.S. aimed at ensuring that online expression receives the highest level of protection under the First Amendment. Recognizing the crucial role played by Internet intermediaries in facilitating individuals’ expression, she works to preserve strong intermediary liability protections in the U.S. and to advance these key policies abroad.
Emma also leads the Free Expression Project’s work in developing content policy best practices with Internet content platforms and advocating for user-empowerment tools and other alternatives to government regulation of online speech. The Project’s work spans many subjects, including online child safety and children’s privacy, human trafficking, privacy and online reputation issues, counter-terrorism and “radicalizing” content, and online harassment. Emma is also a member of the Freedom Online Coalition’s Working Group on Privacy and Transparency Online, which is developing best practices for transparency reporting by governments and companies regarding government demands to Internet companies for content removal and access to user data. Emma works with CDT’s Global Internet Policy & Human Rights Project on advancing policies that promote free expression in global fora; she also works with the Global project in advocating for decentralized, multistakeholder approaches to Internet governance.
Emma earned a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Emma joined CDT in 2009 as the Bruce J. Ennis First Amendment Fellow; her fellowship project focused on legal and policy advocacy in support of minors’ First Amendment rights in the US. She is a member of the New York State Bar.
As executive vice president and chief security officer (CSO), Danny McPherson is responsible for all aspects of Verisign’s information systems and services, as well as information and corporate security. Additionally, he represents Verisign in key forums focused on critical infrastructure, engineering, research, security, and online trust. With over 20 years of experience in the internet network operations, security, and telecommunications industries, McPherson brings tremendous technical leadership and operational expertise to the company. Prior to joining Verisign, McPherson was vice president and CSO at Arbor Networks, where he developed solutions to detect and mitigate cyberattacks. Before that, he held technical leadership positions in architecture, engineering and operations with Amber Networks, Qwest Communications, Genuity, MCI Communications, and the U.S. Army Signal Corps. McPherson has actively participated in internet operations and standardization since the early 1990s. He is currently a member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) and has served on the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), the Internet Research Steering Group (IRSG), the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity Subcommittee, as well as the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) Board of Directors. He has chaired an array of Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and other working groups and committees in these and related forums. McPherson is an active contributor in the network and security operations and research communities and has authored several books, numerous internet protocol standards, network and security research papers, and other publications.
Dan has been involved with Tech Goes Home since 2002 and on staff since the summer of 2010. After spending several years as a Legislative Aide to a U.S. Congressman in Washington, DC, he returned to Boston as the Technology Director at Fenway High School. In 2006, he was hired by the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester to help implement the largest middle school 1:1 laptop initiative in New England. In 2010, Dan joined TGH as Program Director and became Co-Executive Director in 2014. In the time that Dan has been involved with TGH, the organization has gone from serving more than 1,000 people per year to now graduating than 5,000 learners in 2018. Nothing is more important to Dan than his two adorable little girls (and the Sox winning the WS in 2004).
Maureen Ohlhausen is a partner at Baker Botts in Washington, DC. Previously, Maureen led the Federal Trade Commission as Acting Chairman and Commissioner. She directed all aspects of the FTC's antitrust work, including merger review and conduct enforcement, and steered all FTC consumer protection enforcement, with a particular emphasis on privacy and technology issues. A thought leader, Maureen has published dozens of articles on antitrust, privacy, IP, regulation, FTC litigation, telecommunications, and international law issues in prestigious publications and has testified over a dozen times before the U.S. Congress. Maureen has relationships with officials in the U.S. and abroad, with a particular emphasis on Europe and China. She has received numerous awards, including the FTC's Robert Pitofsky Lifetime Achievement Award. Prior to her role as Commissioner, Maureen led the FTC's Internet Access Task Force, which produced an influential report analyzing competition and consumer protection legal issues in the areas of broadband and Internet.
Dr. Lynne E. Parker is Assistant Director of Artificial Intelligence at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She is detailing to OSTP from her position as Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). She previously served as Interim Dean of the Tickle College of Engineering (TCE) at UTK, and before that was the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Engagement in TCE. She also previously served at NSF as Division Director of Information and Intelligent Systems. She spent several years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Distinguished Research and Development Staff Member. She received her PhD in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Parker has been on the UT faculty since 2002, and is the founder of the Distributed Intelligence Laboratory at UT, which has conducted research in multi-robot systems, sensor networks, machine learning, and human-robot interaction. She has made significant research contributions in distributed and heterogeneous robot systems, machine learning, and human-robot interaction. Her dissertation research (1994) on ALLIANCE, a distributed architecture for multi-robot cooperation, was the first PhD dissertation worldwide on the topic of multi-robot systems, and is considered a pioneering work in the field. She has published extensively in these areas and has received numerous awards for her research, teaching, and service, including the PECASE Award (U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers), the IEEE RAS Distinguished Service Award, and many UT Chancellors, College, and Departmental awards. Dr. Parker served as the General Chair for the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE RAS Conference Editorial Board, and as Editor of IEEE Transactions on Robotics. She is a Fellow of IEEE and a Distinguished Member of ACM.
Lee Rainie is the director of internet and technology research at Pew Research Center. Under his leadership, the Center has issued more than 650 reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the internet’s role in their lives. The American Sociological Association gave Rainie its award for “excellence in the reporting on social issues” in 2014 and described his work as the “most authoritative source of reliable data on the use and impact of the internet and mobile connectivity.” Rainie is a co-author of Networked: The new social operating system and five books about the future of the internet that are drawn from the Center’s research. He gives several dozen speeches a year to government officials, media leaders, scholars and students, technology executives, librarians, and nonprofit groups about the changing media ecosystem. Prior to launching Pew Research Center’s technology research, Rainie was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has a master’s degree in political science from Long Island University.
Michelle Richardson is the Director of the Data and Privacy Project where she leads CDT’s efforts to create a user-centered internet. Her team engages companies and government officials to create policies and technical solutions that protect individual privacy, empower users, and advance social justice. Michelle has testified before Congress, advised government agencies, and frequently appears in national press such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, NPR, and Politico. Recognized by The Hill as one of the most influential nonprofits lobbyists in Washington, she has led left-right coalitions to defend privacy in the face of ever-expanding government authorities. Before joining CDT in 2017, Michelle led the American Civil Liberties Union’s preeminent legislative campaigns against overreaching surveillance programs for 10 years. She also served as a democratic counsel for the House Judiciary Committee where she worked on a range of anti-terrorism laws and policies. She received her B.A. from the University of Colorado and her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. She currently serves as a Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.
Evan serves as Policy Advisor for media issues to FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr. He also founded and hosts the FCC’s official podcast, “More than Seven Dirty Words.” He joined Commissioner Carr’s office from TechFreedom, where he was Director of Public Affairs. In that role, Mr. Swarztrauber worked on a wide range of issues, including media ownership, video competition, and the broadcast incentive auction. He also managed the organization’s communications and outreach teams, and represented the organization in a diverse array of coalitions. Additionally, he co-founded and hosted the Tech Policy Podcast since its launch in January 2016, and has written articles and conducted interviews on a variety of tech policy matters. Prior to his work at TechFreedom, Mr. Swarztrauber served as a communications staffer in the New York State Assembly, and he worked on various political campaigns in New York City. He received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University.
Shane Tews is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute managing the Global Internet Strategy program that focuses on cyber security and Internet governance as part of AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy. Along with her work at AEI Shane in the President of Logan Circle Strategies working with her clients to create a coordinated public policy approach to Information Communications and Technology policies and cyber security and cyber governance strategies on a global scale. Additionally, Shane manages many of the relationships with Congress, the Administration, Foreign Governments, Think Tanks and Trade Associations on behalf of Vrge Communications. Shane was formerly Vice President of Global Public Policy and Government Relations for Verisign, Inc. where she was responsible for the strategic planning and daily management of the Policy and Government Relations efforts for Verisign globally. Shane represented Verisign’s interest before United States and International government officials in the Information Communications and Technology Sector where she participated in the development of e-commerce policies with International governing bodies, National and State Legislators, International, National and Regional trade associations and Information Technology coalitions. Shane is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Internet Education Foundation and previously served as the co-Chair of the Internet Governance Forum USA (IGF-USA). She is also currently a board member of TechFreedom and GlobalWIN. She formerly sat on several Information Technology Boards including the European American Business Council, the Information Technology Industry Council, the Information Technology Industry Foundation, and the United States Telecommunications Training Institute.
Mariel is the CEO of MuralNet, coordinating deployments, partnerships and policy advocacy efforts. She has taken part in every aspect of builds from applying for licenses and funding to staging and mounting equipment. As an engineer, educator and researcher, she has pushed innovation in STEM classrooms through project-based service learning for over a decade. Her work in online math curriculum proved how important access to Internet resources are for content as well as mindsets. Because of this, Mariel strives to make the Internet accessible for all students. Prior to her work in education, she designed and tested medical devices to treat strokes, recyclable replacements for polyurethane and more efficient methods of producing photo-chemicals at scale.
Mariel earned two degrees in engineering at UC Berkeley and a Master’s at Stanford in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education.
Sanjay Udani serves as Vice President for Technology Policy in Verizon's Public Policy, Law and Security organization. In that role, Dr. Udani develops and coordinates Verizon's policy positions on emerging services and technologies. He educates internal and external stakeholders, including Members of Congress, the Department of State, the FTC, FCC, DoJ, DoJ, senior Verizon management and Verizon's Board of Directors, on complex technical issues related to the Internet ecosystem. He has also given numerous presentations as an invited speaker to conferences and trade shows including CES. Prior to joining Verizon’s public policy team, Dr. Udani was a lead network architect for Verizon's fiber to the home deployment (FiOS). He holds 12 US patents for his ideas in network resource management, advertising, and privacy, and is a Senior Member of the IEEE. Dr. Udani earned his Ph.D. in Computer Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, along with degrees in Electrical Engineering and also Economics from Wharton. He later taught at Penn as an Adjunct Associate Professor for 13 years. He has been a guest lecturer for courses at the Georgetown and George Mason universities as well as the National Defense University. Dr. Udani's prior work includes designing video processors for Intel.
Dr. Jessica Ashooh is Director of Policy for Reddit. In this capacity, she oversees all content, product, advertising, and public policy for the company, as well as global government relations. Ashooh comes to Reddit from a previous career in international affairs focused on the Middle East. From 2015 to 2017, she served as Deputy Director for former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley’s bipartisan Middle East Strategy Task Force at the Atlantic Council, a think tank. From 2011 to 2015, Ashooh worked as a senior analyst in the UAE Foreign Ministry’s Policy Planning Department in Abu Dhabi. She focused especially on the crisis in Syria, working closely with the UAE Special Envoy for Syria and the Syrian political opposition to support the UN-led peace process in Geneva. Ashooh also spent time in Erbil, Iraq in 2010 working as a consultant to the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Minister of Planning. Ashooh holds a doctorate in international relations from Oxford (St. Antony’s College), which she attended as a Marshall Scholar. She did her undergraduate studies at Brown University, including time abroad at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and the Bourguiba Language Institute in Tunisia.
Jeff Brueggeman is Vice President-Global Public Policy for AT&T, responsible for developing and advocating AT&T’s global public policy positions on privacy, cybersecurity and internet policy issues. In addition, he leads AT&T’s engagement with various privacy and internet policy organizations. Mr Brueggeman supports AT&T’s business in the operation of its global network and development of emerging technologies, including Internet of Things and cloud computing services. Prior to assuming his current rule, Mr Brueggeman helped manage AT&T’s privacy policies and coordinate the implementation of data privacy and security programmes across the company. He has participated extensively in international internet policy events and organizations, and served on the Internet Governance Forum’s Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group. Before joining AT&T in 2001, Mr Brueggeman was an attorney in private practice, specialising in communications law. He holds a JD from the University of Virginia and a BA in Journalism from the University of Minnesota.
Neil Chilson is a Senior Research Fellow for Technology and Innovation at the Charles Koch Institute. In this position, he will help spearhead the Institute’s continued efforts to foster an environment that encourages innovation and the individual and societal progress it makes possible.
Mr. Chilson was appointed the Federal Trade Commision’s (FTC) acting chief technologist in July 2017. His work focused on understanding the economics of privacy, convening a workshop on informational injury, and establishing the FTC’s Blockchain Working Group, among other things. Prior to his appointment, he was an advisor to then-Acting FTC Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen. In both roles he advised Chairman Ohlhausen and worked with Commission staff on nearly every major technology-related case, report, workshop, or other proceeding since January 2014, when he joined her office. Before he joined the FTC, Mr. Chilson practiced telecommunications law at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP.
Mr. Chilson holds a law degree from the George Washington University Law School, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Harding University.
Julie E. Cohen is the Mark Claster Mamolen Professor of Law and Technology at the Georgetown University Law Center. She teaches and writes about surveillance, privacy and data protection, intellectual property, information platforms, and the ways that networked information and communication technologies are reshaping legal institutions. She is the author of Between Truth and Power: The Legal Constructions of Informational Capitalism (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019); Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code and the Play of Everyday Practice (Yale University Press, 2012), which won the 2013 Association of Internet Researchers Book Award and was shortlisted for the Surveillance & Society Journal’s 2013 Book Prize; and numerous journal articles and book chapters.
Jessica Fjeld is a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Law School's Cyberlaw Clinic. She works in diverse areas including intellectual property, media and entertainment (particularly public media), freedom of expression, and law and policy relating to government and nonprofit entities. Before joining the Clinic, Jessica worked in Business & Legal Affairs for WGBH Educational Foundation, and as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP focused in corporate transactions. She received a JD from Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent Scholar and Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and the Arts; an MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts; and a BA from Columbia University.
Jim Halpert advises clients regarding compliance and risk management strategies for transactions relating to transnational, federal and state security and privacy regulations, industry best practices and self-regulatory initiatives, and has represented clients in major security and privacy cases in the federal courts and before the Federal Trade Commission. Jim represents companies on a broad range of data management issues, including cyber and data security, cloud agreements, managing privacy class action risks, trans-national data flows, navigating difficult conflicts between foreign privacy laws and US compliance obligations, regulation of advertising and marketing practices, healthcare and financial privacy, children's and student privacy, privacy regulation of communications media, employee data, due diligence in sales of corporate assets, records management and responses to government surveillance requests. He has extensive experience with European, Asian and Latin American privacy regimes, and regularly leads teams across DLA Piper's global network advising on complex international security and privacy matters.
As Deputy Chief of Staff, Majestic leads the Peduto administration's focus on opportunity for all residents of the City of Pittsburgh in regard to Education, Workforce Development, Safe & Healthy Communities and Digital Inclusion. Additionally, he leads the administration’s engagement with national organizations regarding equity and inclusion strategies. Prior to serving as Deputy Chief of Staff, Majestic was the Deputy Chief of Neighborhood Empowerment where he coordinated the administration’s neighborhood equity efforts through community driven development and affordable housing initiatives. Before joining the Mayor’s office, Majestic served as the Director of External Affairs & Membership Engagement at Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG), a membership organization for Community Development Corporations, Community-Based Organizations, and related nonprofits throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. Majestic also served as the Director of Community Engagement & Strategy at A+ Schools, an education advocacy organization dedicated to improving outcomes for Black & Brown children in Pittsburgh Public Schools, and a legislative aide to Pennsylvania State Senator Jim Ferlo focusing on community development, education & sustainability issues.
Ambassador Karen Kornbluh is senior fellow and director of German Marshall Fund’s Digital Innovation Democracy Initiative, working to shape a future where technology strengthens rather than undermines democratic values. This program contends with the challenge of online disinformation as well as other technology policy issues including 21st century jobs and innovation, democratic implications of frontier technologies, and cyber dimensions of national security. In addition, it will develop a framework for global transatlantic leadership on technology policy. A leading voice at the intersection of digital and economic policy, technology, and foreign affairs, Kornbluh comes to GMF from the Council on Foreign Relations, where she was senior fellow for digital policy. Kornbluh served as policy director to Barack Obama in the US Senate and was the Obama administration’s ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) from 2009-12. In this role she spearheaded development of the first global Internet Policymaking Principle and launched both the OECD's Gender Initiative and the Middle East-North Africa Women's Business Forum. In addition to her extensive government service, Kornbluh served as executive vice president for external affairs at data company Nielsen. At strategy firm Telesis, she consulted to Fortune 500 manufacturing companies. She began her career as an economist at forecasting firm Townsend-Greenspan. Kornbluh was a visiting fellow at the Center for American Policy and a Markle Fellow and she served on the U.S. Federal Economic and Statistics Advisory Council; was a senior advisor to McKinsey on technology, a member of the World Economic Forum’s AI, IoT and Future of Trust Network, and co-chair of the Chamber of Commerce’s Digital Connect forum. Kornbluh’s writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic Monthly, Democracy, and the Harvard Law and Policy Review .
Christopher Lewis is President and CEO at Public Knowledge. Prior to being elevated to President and CEO, Chris served for as PK's Vice President from 2012 to 2019 where he led the organization's day-to-day advocacy and political strategy on Capitol Hill and at government agencies. During that time he also served as a local elected official, serving two terms on the Alexandria City Public School Board. Chris serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Local Self Reliance and represents Public Knowledge on the Board of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG).
Before joining Public Knowledge, Chris worked in the Federal Communications Commission Office of Legislative Affairs, including as its Deputy Director. He is a former U.S. Senate staffer for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and has over 18 years of political organizing and advocacy experience, including serving as Virginia State Director at GenerationEngage, and working as the North Carolina Field Director for Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign and other roles throughout the campaign. Chris graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelors degree in Government and lives in Alexandria, VA where he continues to volunteer and advocate on local civic issues.
Lee W.McKnight is an Associate Professor in the iSchool (The School of Information Studies), Syracuse University, Faculty Advisor to the Worldwide Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship Club (WiTec), and an Affiliate of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSTC). Lee lectures annually at MIT since 1998. Lee was Principal Investigator of the 2011 Technology Project of Year TACNY Award-winning National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation Wireless Grids Innovation Testbed (WiGiT) project 2009-2014. Lee is inventor of edgeware, a new class of software for creating secure ad hoc overlay cloud to edge applications, services, and Things. Lee's research focuses on blockchain and cloud management of cyber-physically secure dynamic edge services, virtual markets and wireless grids, the global information economy, national and international technology policy, and Internet governance. Lee was previously Research Associate Professor of Computer Science, Associate Professor of International Information and Communication, and Director of the Edward R. Murrow Center at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Principal Research Associate, Lecturer, and Visiting Scholar at MIT; and Founder of the Internet Telephony Consortium (1996), which evolved into the Communications Futures Program,which continues at MIT. Lee is a member of the NIST Federated Cloud Public Working Group and the IEEE P2302 Intercloud standards working group and served on the Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council of TM Forum; as a member of IEEE P2030.4 smart grid interoperability task force. Lee is Founder and was a Member of the Board of Directors of Wireless Grids Corporation, 2004-2014. Lee was a Founding Member, Board of Directors, Summerhill Biomass Systems, 2007-2013. Lee is a Pioneer Member of the Internet Society since 1991. McKnight teaches and created graduate and undergraduate courses on Blockchain Management, Cloud Management, and Cloud Architecture among others. He has taught Information Security Policy (joint with Syracuse Law School/INSCT), Information Policy, and Telecommunications Regulation at Syracuse University. Lee lectures annually in the MIT Professional Education short course, 'Technology, Organizations, and Innovation: Putting Ideas to Work' since 1998. Lee's research interests span policy, economic, business and technical innovation in regional and global information economies. In addition to many peer reviewed articles in technical and policy journals and dozens of published chapters, Lee's academic work includes several books. Professor McKnight's next books on his ground-breaking research will be published in 2020 by Imperial College Press/World Scientific Press, Singapore and London. The first book in the World Scientific Press series, 'Cloud to Edgeware: Wireless Grid Applications, Architecture and Security for the "Internet of Things"' is with Tyson T Brooks. Lee's co-authored (with Peter Cukor) book 'Knowledge Networks, the Internet, and Development' was published by MIT Center for E-Business/Nabu Press, 2014 and 2011. McKnight's co-authored and co-edited books published by MIT Press include Creative Destruction: Business Survival Strategies in the Global Internet Economy;(2001,2002, Japanese translation by Toyo Kezai 2003; Chinese translation by Economic Sciences Press 2007);Internet Telephony;(2001), the award-winning The Gordian Knot:Political Gridlock on the Information Highway (1997,1999) and Internet Economics (MIT Press, 1997, 1998), a path breaking work that was the first to develop metrics for economic analysis of Internet transactions. McKnight was a Postdoctoral Associate, MIT School of Engineering, Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development in 1990, and a consultant to the MIT Media Lab in 1989. Lee received his Ph.D. in 1989 from MIT; M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in 1981; and B.A. magna cum laude from Tufts University in 1978.
Ram Mohan has over 20 years’ experience in technology, leadership and entrepreneurship within both publicly quoted and private companies. Previously he worked at companies including Infonautics Corp., First Data Corporation, Unisys Corporation and KPMG. Ram was a founder of the technology behind TurnTide, an anti-spam company acquired by Symantec (a provider of internet security) in July 2004. He served on the ICANN board of directors from November 2008 to October 2018. After joining Afilias in July 2001 as Chief Technology Officer, Ram has overseen the key strategic, management and technology choices for the Group. He has also advised several governments on internet security and internet globalisation issues as part of Afilias’ ccTLD portfolio.
Francella Ochillo is the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, an organization that supports local efforts to expand broadband access. Previously the Vice President of Policy and General Counsel for the National Hispanic Media Coalition, she is a digital rights advocate who is committed to expanding access for unserved and underserved communities. Francella has worked on a variety of technology and telecommunications issues with a specific focus on assessing the impact of policy proposals on marginalized communities. Having worked for more than a decade with government and public interest organizations, she understands the challenges associated with getting various stakeholders to agree on connectivity solutions. Francella helps policymakers and lawmakers understand how broadband access can change socioeconomic outcomes and revitalize communities. It motivates her work to ensure that state and local leaders are given every opportunity to resolve their own connectivity issues and have a voice in shaping federal policies. Francella is based in Washington, DC and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. She earned a B.S. in Marketing from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and a J.D. from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois.
Alex Okuliar is an antitrust lawyer focusing on technology and innovation issues. During his 20-year career, Alex has represented numerous companies in high-profile deals, investigations, and litigation. Alex also has served in both the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission. Immediately before joining Orrick in 2015, Alex advised FTC Commissioner Ohlhausen on competition matters, including technology platform deals, big data and privacy issues, global technology and telecommunications policy initiatives, and IP/antitrust litigation. Alex is active in the American Bar Association and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law IP Committee. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Telecommunications and Electronic Media practice group of the Federalist Society.
Alex has been recognized for his work in leading publications, including Chambers USA, Legal 500, Global Competition Review, and Who’s Who Legal. He is a frequent writer and speaker on competition policy issues impacting the technology industry.
Patricia Paoletta is a partner with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, where she specializes in telecommunications and technology policy, with a focus on spectrum and international market access. Ms. Paoletta provides advice on regulatory policy to clients before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Administration and the International Telecommunication Union. Her clients include providers of mobile broadband and Internet of Things (IoT), including drones and connected cars, satellite services and other international telecommunications. Ms. Paoletta has accrued considerable experience with telecommunications trade and policy in the public sector. She was senior advisor to the International Bureau Chief and Office Director at the Federal Communications Commission. Ms. Paoletta subsequently served as Director of Telecommunications Trade Policy in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President, where she worked on the WTO Information Technology Agreement (ITA) and the Basic Telecommunications Agreement, NAFTA implementation, and bilateral agreements with China, the European Union, Japan, and South Korea. After USTR, Ms. Paoletta served as Majority Counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She then moved to Level 3 Communications, as Vice President, Government Relations. Ms. Paoletta, who was recently recognized as a “Best Lawyer”, is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA), the USTR Alumni Association, Washington International Trade Association, and Women in Technology. Ms. Paoletta has been on the Board of Advisors for the Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin America Telecom Advisor, Co-Chair of the American Bar Association International Communications Committee, and as a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Policy Committee. She has served as a delegate to numerous meetings of the International Telecommunications Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) and CITEL (the Committee on International Telecommunications at the Organization of American States) PCC-II. Ms. Paoletta has served as the Chair of the FCC’s National Reliability and Interoperability Council (NRIC) Steering Committee and as a Board Member for the Voice on the Net Coalition.
Gabrielle Rejouis is a Law Fellow at the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law. She researches data practices' disproportionate harm on marginalized communities and the historic and modern surveillance of low-income and working communities. Gabrielle received her J.D. from Georgetown Law in 2018 with a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies. During law school, she interned at the Federal Communications Commission in the Media Bureau. Gabrielle has a B.A. in history from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where she was an Albert Dorman Honors Scholar.
Nilmini Rubin is a vice president at TetraTech. She leads engineering and consulting projects to increase energy and internet access in developing countries. Previously, Nilmini served as the Senior Advisor for Global Economic Competitiveness at the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee where she directed technology, trade, finance and energy policy. On behalf of Chairman Royce, Nilmini spearheaded passage by the House of Representatives the Digital Global Access Policy Act of 2016 to promote internet access in developing countries. She drove unanimous passage of a law to increase access to electricity in Africa that serves as the framework for the United States’ Power Africa initiative. Prior to this position, she advocated on cybersecurity policy for the Information Technology Industry Council, led international economics policy for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and served as the Director for International Finance at the National Security Council of the White House.
Nilmini’s work has been highlighted in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Politico, Yahoo! and numerous international publications. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a “40 Under 40” Leader in International Development by Devex, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was featured on HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” and appeared briefly on Netflix’s “House of Cards”. Nilmini is the mother of three young girls and co-wrote a book with her oldest daughter entitled “How Carrots Became Orange.”
As Vice President and General Counsel, Carl analyzes tech-related legislative and regulatory initiatives relevant to online companies. He monitors and analyzes Federal and state legislation including online taxation and privacy issues. Carl is also an adjunct professor of privacy law at the George Mason Antonin Scalia Law School.
Carl works at the NTIA Privacy Multi-Stakeholder process, speaks on panels about burdens to e-commerce, and testifies before state legislatures on proposed legislation. Recently, Carl met with FTC Commissioners on new COPPA regulations, presented on mobile-app privacy at the IAPP Annual Conference, and worked with the Maryland Child Privacy Taskforce.
Before joining NetChoice, Carl was an intellectual property attorney at the lawfirm of Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon where he advised clients on privacy, Internet, e-commerce, and contractual matters. He also worked at the lawfirms of Venable and Arnold & Porter.
Carl also worked on copyright, trademark, and anti-piracy both for Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).
Before law school, Carl worked at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on the staff of Commissioner Orson Swindle, where he helped create and implement the FTC’s Consumer Information Security Outreach Plan and assisted the White House in establishing the National Strategy for Cyber Security.
Carl obtained his J.D. and Communications Law Certificate from the Catholic University of America, magna cum laude, and Carl obtained his B.A. in Economics, Managerial Studies, and Policy Studies from Rice University. Carl is licensed to practice law in Washington, DC and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)
Trinity Thorpe-Lubneuski serves as the Senior Director of Strategic Communications and Research for the Comcast Corporation’s Internet Essentials program. She is responsible for building innovative narratives for Comcast’s signature community impact initiative. Additionally, Trinity oversees research exploring the educational, economic, health, and social outcomes associated with internet adoption and use across multiple ethnicities and cultures. Previously, Trinity was the associate director for the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Accountability and Assessment, where she was recognized for improving communications across city departments. Prior to that, Trinity was a research associate with Pew Charitable Trusts, where she collaborated on federal legislation and authored numerous reports related to child welfare and education. Trinity holds a B.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University, and Master of Science in Social Policy and Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee is a fellow in the program’s Center for Technology Innovation and a contributor to TechTank. She comes to Brookings from the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), a national non-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and civil rights in the mass media, telecommunications, and broadband industries, where she served as vice president and chief research and policy officer. In this role, she led the design and implementation of their research, policy, and advocacy agendas. Her most recent White Papers at MMTC included, “A Lifeline to High-Speed Internet Access: An Economic Analysis of Administrative Costs and the Impact on Consumers” (March 2016), “Guarding Against Data Discrimination in the Internet of Everything” (September 2015), “Refocusing Broadband Policy: The New Opportunity Agenda for People of Color” (November 2013).
Prior to joining MMTC, Dr. Turner-Lee was vice president and the first director of the Media and Technology Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the nation’s leading think tank on issues related to African Americans and other people of color. In this role, she led the technology research agenda that was focused on advancing digital equity and inclusion for historically disadvantaged populations. Her most notable work was her development of the first national minority broadband adoption study in 2009 that was later cited in the congressionally mandated Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan. Her other publications there included, “Minorities, Mobile Broadband, and the Management of Chronic Diseases” (April 2012), co-authored with Dr. Brian Smedley and Joseph Miller; “Place Matters: The Debate over Broadband Availability” (2011); and, “Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Age” (2010) which was published by the Federal Communications Commission Law Journal.
In addition to these and other publications, Dr. Turner-Lee has been cited in the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Communications Daily, Multichannel News, Washington Informer, among other print and online publications. She is also a widely sought expert and speaker on issues related to communications policies in media and at conferences, and she has testified before Congress. Dr. Turner-Lee was a two-time Digital Research Program Scholar as part of Time Warner Cable’s Cable Research Program in Communications and recipient of countless recognitions, including the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition (2015) and one of the Most Inspiring Women in Media from the Alliance of Women in Media (2014).
At the Center for Technology Innovation, Dr. Turner-Lee researches public policy designed to enable equitable access to technology across the U.S. and to harness its power to create change in communities across the world. Dr. Turner-Lee’s research also explores global and domestic broadband deployment, regulatory, and internet governance issues. She is also an expert on the intersection of race, wealth, and technology within the context of civic engagement, criminal justice, and economic development.
Dr. Turner-Lee graduated from Colgate University magna cum laude and has a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University. She also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Dr. Turner-Lee is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology at Arizona State University. She also serves on the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy (ACICIP). In her free time, Dr. Turner-Lee is active on the boards of various nonprofit organizations, including the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC), the Washington Literacy Center, and STEM4US, which is committed to advancing diversity in the technology fields.