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Public Knowledge announced two additions to its staff today. Christopher Lewis will join the organization as Vice President of Government Affairs, overseeing Public Knowledge's government affairs and outreach strategy through constituency building, event organizing, strategizing and relationship building. He will start on August 20. Bartees Cox will take on the role of Communications Associate, planning and implementing Public Knowledge's media strategy through social media, blogs and traditional media. He started on August 7. In addition, the organization announced that its former Vice President of Government Affairs, Ernesto Falcon, will remain with the organization as Special Advisor.
Christopher Lewis comes to Public Knowledge 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.
Bartees Cox joins Public Knowledge as a Communications Associate 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.
“Chris and Bartees are terrific additions to our team here at Public Knowledge. Chris will continue to grow Public Knowledge’s presence on the Hill and Bartees will broaden our reach through new media. Although we are sad to see Ernesto leave his full-time position, he will continue to be an asset to us as a special advisor, focusing on outreach to Silicon Valley,” said Gigi B. Sohn, President of Public Knowledge.