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John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney
Bartees Cox, Jr., Communications Associate
Ernesto Falcon, Special Advisor
Harold Feld, Senior Vice President
Martyn Griffen, Government Affairs Associate
Jodie Griffin, Staff Attorney
Brooke Hunter, Chief Operating Officer
Tim Ingerick, Manager, Administration & Finance
Chris Lewis, Vice President, Government Affairs
Sean M. Meloy, Campaign Manager
Whitney Tompkins Myers, Senior Manager, Events
Michael Petro, Administrative Assistant
Clarissa Ramon, Government Affairs & Outreach Associate
Rashmi Rangnath, Director, Global Knowledge Initiative, and Staff Attorney
Sherwin Siy, Vice President, Legal Affairs
Gigi B. Sohn, President & CEO
Katy Tasker, External Affairs Manager
Michael Weinberg, Vice President, the Institute for Emerging Innovation
Lucy Wolf, Research Assistant
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John Bergmayer is a Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge.
John specializes in telecommunications, Internet, and intellectual property issues. He advocates for the public interest before courts and policymakers, and works to make sure that all stakeholders--including ordinary citizens, artists, and technological innovators--have a say in shaping emerging digital policies. He is a member of the Colorado and District of Colombia bars and a graduate of the University of Colorado Law School.
Bartees Cox joined Public Knowledge as a Communications Associate in August 2012 after interning with Free Press as a Communications and Policy Assistant. While at Free Press he worked on media ownership, spectrum policy and municipal broadband issues. Prior to joining Free Press, Cox was public relations intern at Crosby-Volmer International Communications, The Urban League and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. His passion for intellectual property and media reform stem from watching minority communities' ability to succeed lessen due to lack of broadband-based technologies and services in minority areas. Bartees received a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma where he was a Gaylord College fellow.
Ernesto Falcon came to PK from the office of Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), where he worked for three years as the senior legislative assistant dealing with issues related to the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet. Ernesto previously worked on Capitol Hill for Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) for three years as a technology manager and legislative assistant. He originally came to Washington D.C. on an internship with Congressman George Miller (D-CA) in early 2004 shortly after graduating from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a degree in Political Science. He is currently earning his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
Harold is Public Knowledge's Senior Vice President. Before becoming Senior Vice President at Public Knowledge, Harold worked as Senior Vice President of Media Access Project, advocating for the public interest in media, telecommunications and technology policy for almost 10 years. Prior to joining MAP, Feld was an associate at Covington & Burling, worked on Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, and accountability issues at the Department of Energy, and clerked for the D.C. Court of Appeals. He received his B.A. from Princeton University, and his J.D. from Boston University Law School. Harold also writes Tales of the Sausage Factory, a progressive blog on media and telecom policy. In 2007, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin praised him and his blog for "[doing] a lot of great work helping people understand how FCC decisions affect people and communities on the ground."
Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Martyn worked in the Office of Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR) first as a Legislative Correspondent and later as a Legislative Assistant dealing with issues that included Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, Homeland Security, and Telecommunications. Martyn is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas and attended the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his B.A. in History with a concentration in Diplomacy.
Jodie Griffin is a Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge. Jodie specializes in telecommunications and copyright law, advocating on issues that range from online music licensing to the technological transition of our phone network. She holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, where she was the Executive Articles Editor of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal. Before law school, Jodie worked in the music industry.
Brooke Hunter is Chief Operating Officer at Public Knowledge. She has extensive experience in the fields of organization management and development, having been a senior manager for development at the American Film Institute, as well as having development responsibilities at the Media Access Project and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. Prior to her DC development experience, Brooke served as Executive Director at SEABA, an arts and business association in Burlington, VT.
She is a 1999 honors graduate of Loyola University, New Orleans, and holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles, which she received in 2006.
Tim Ingerick joined Public Knowledge as an Administrative Assistant in September 2009. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Tim worked as a Research Director and Intern Coordinator with Project Vote Smart. Tim earned his B.A. in Political Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Christopher Lewis came to Public Knowledge in August 2012 after three and a half years at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) where he most recently served as Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs and advised the FCC Chairman on legislative and political strategy. While at the FCC, Chris worked on a variety of communications and technology issues including the national digital television transition, the National Broadband Plan, network neutrality, privacy, and spectrum policy; Lewis also served as staff for the FCC's Technological Advisory Council. Prior to joining the FCC, Chris was the North Carolina Field Director for Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign and worked for the campaign in several primary states. Chris graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelors degree in Government.
Sean comes to Public Knowledge after most recently running a congressional campaign in Northern Virginia and, before that, working on higher education policy at a DC-based non-profit. Sean was the campaign manager for Congressman Mike Doyle in 2010 and also served on his DC legislative staff handling education and judiciary issues. Sean is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Penn State University with degrees in Secondary Social Studies Education and Political Science. He is very interested in the ever-evolving state of online education and the impact that broadband internet policy will have on it.
Whitney Tompkins joined Public Knowledge as Executive Assistant and office manager in October 2007. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Whitney worked as a freelance event planner to local venues in the Washington Metropolitan area and as a Coordinator for the American Beverage Association. Whitney studied English at George Mason University and still assists in event planning in her spare time.
Michael Petro graduated from James Madison University in 2011 with a degree in Political Science and History. Prior to joining Public Knowledge he was an intern at Justice at Stake and the Arum Group. He also helped produce direct mail for Petel & Co. in the last election cycle. He was born and raised in Arlington, VA, and loves to play golf and follow the Yankees and Giants.
Prior to joining PK, Clarissa completed a public policy fellowship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute where she completed placements at the Department of State and the Office of Congressman Charles A. Gonzalez.
She is passionate about the ways in which public policy impacts underrepresented communities and hopes to help build valuable coalitions to inform people of their digital rights. Clarissa's interest in these issues stem from her time with the Guadalupe Street Coffee Shop in San Antonio Texas which provided free internet and computer access to the surrounding community. Clarissa graduated with a Bachelors degree in Political Science from St. Mary's University in her hometown of San Antonio Texas.
Prior to joining Public Knowledge as a Staff Attorney and Director of PK's Global Knowledge Initiative, Rashmi Rangnath was a part time Law Clerk for special projects as well as a student Intern, working on copyright and patent law issues. Ms. Rangnath has also worked at the Association of Research Libraries as a student intern, where she mainly worked on the orphan works project.
Rashmi Rangnath received her Bachelors in Academic Laws (B.A. equivalent) in 1998 and LL.B. (J.D. equivalent) in 2000 from Mysore University, Mysore, India. After getting married and coming to the U.S., Rashmi received her LL.M. degree in International Legal Studies with a specialization in International and Comparative Protection of Intellectual Property from American University Washington College of Law in 2006.
Sherwin Siy is Vice President of Legal Affairs at Public Knowledge, where he coordinates the organization's work on copyright issues and analyzes their impact on domestic and international effects on IP and technology policy. Before joining PK, he served as Staff Counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, working on consumer and communications issues.
Sherwin received his JD with a Certificate in Law and Technology from UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law. While in law school, he also worked on a variety of IP issues through the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic, including library copying rights and the legitimate uses of P2P file sharing.
Gigi B. Sohn is the President and Co-Founder of Public Knowledge, a nonprofit organization that seeks to ensure that our communications system promotes fundamental democratic principles and cultural values including openness, access, and the capacity to create and compete.
Gigi serves as the chief strategist, fundraiser and public face of Public Knowledge. She is frequently quoted in national, trade and local press. Gigi also has had articles published in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Variety, CNET and Legal Times, and writes blog posts for the Huffington Post. In addition, she has appeared on numerous national and local cable, broadcast television and radio programs, including the Today Show, Good Morning America, PBS NewsHour, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and The Communicators and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition.
Gigi is a Senior Adjunct Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado. She currently is Co-Chair of the board of directors of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG) and serves on the boards of Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC) and the Sports Fans Coalition. Gigi also serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Copyright Information.
In October 1997, President Clinton appointed Gigi to serve as a member of his Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters. The Electronic Frontier Foundation gave Gigi one of its Internet “Pioneer Awards” in 2006. In August 2011, the NonProfit Times named Gigi one of its “Power & Influence Top 50” non-profit executives. The Next Web recently named her one of “20 of Tech’s Most Underrated Founders.”
Gigi holds a B.S. in Broadcasting and Film, Summa Cum Laude, from the Boston University College of Communication and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Katy first began her work with PK as an intern in the summer of 2009, but now works with the media and outreach team, "translating" the issues into approachable language in order to inform, engage, and reach out to the general public through various media platforms. Katy, a DC native, graduated from New York University with a B.S. in Media, Culture and Communication, and a minor in Spanish Language and Literature. At NYU, her course work involved looking at the intersections of digital media, political persuasion, and cross-cultural communication in a changing global landscape. It was through her studies at NYU that she became passionate about media reform, digital rights, and intellectual property.
Michael Weinberg joined Public Knowledge as a full-time Staff Attorney after two years as a part-time Law Clerk and Student Intern. Although he is involved in a wide range of issues at Public Knowledge, he focuses primarily on copyright, issues before the FCC, and emerging technologies like 3D printing. He also makes videos every once in a while.
Michael received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. Prior to GW he worked in New Delhi and Beijing, and received a B.A. with honors in History and Government from Claremont McKenna College.
Lucy graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in the spring of 2012 with a BA in American History. She's interested in technology policy and plans to go to law school. She is from Seattle and is having a great time exploring the other Washington.
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