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Board of Directors

Former Board Members

  • Hal Abelson
    Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Leah Belsky
    VP of Strategic Development and Assoc. GC, Kaltura
  • David Bollier
    Writer and Activist
  • Hal Bringman
    Founder and President, NVPR
  • Susan Crawford
    Professor, University of Michigan Law School
  • Jesse Dylan
    Founder, Wondros
  • Gene Kimmelman
    Former President of Public Knowledge
  • Lawrence Lessig
    Writer, Activist, Professor at Stanford Law School
  • Warrington Hudlin
    Founder, dvRepublic
  • Hon. Reed Hundt
    Senior Advisor, McKinsey and Company
  • Joichi Ito
    Director, MIT Media Lab
  • Michael Petricone
    Senior VP, Government Affairs, Consumer Technology Association
  • Laurie Racine
    Founder, Managing Director, Startl
  • Gigi B. Sohn
    Former President of Public Knowledge; Former Counselor to the Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
  • Jonathan Taplin
    Adjunct Professor, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California
  • Kathleen Wallman
    President, Wallman Consulting LLC
  • Kevin Werbach, Board Treasurer
    Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Board of Directors

Virginia Lam Abrams, Board Chair

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Strategic Advancement, Starry, Inc.

Virginia Lam Abrams is a seasoned communications and public affairs executive with two decades of experience working in technology, media and politics. She is currently Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Strategic Advancement for Starry, Inc., a wideband hybrid fiber wireless technology company focused on building competitive, affordable, high-quality broadband across United States. In her role at the company, Virginia is responsible for leading Starry Connect, the company’s digital equity program focused on developing partnerships with public and affordable housing owners to deliver ultra-low-cost internet solutions to their residents. She also advocates for and represents Starry in front of governmental agencies at the local, state and federal level and engages with policymakers and the public interest community in advancing pro-consumer policies that protect privacy and competition in the broadband marketplace. Virginia also leads media and investor relations for the company and certain business development functions.

Prior to Starry, Virginia served as Senior Vice President of Communications and Government Relations at Aereo, where she spent three years guiding the company’s communications, advocacy and lobbying efforts. Prior to joining Aereo, Virginia was Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at Rubenstein Communications, where she managed a portfolio of clients spanning the media, technology and real estate industries.  Prior to joining Rubenstein, she served as a deputy press secretary and spokesperson for New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg during his second term, where she led communications for the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition and managed a portfolio of city agencies including the NYPD, FDNY, Department of Education, and Law Department. In 2010, Virginia served as deputy campaign manager and communications director for the Republican nominee for NYS Attorney General and was recognized by The Capitol as one of the magazine’s “40 under 40 Rising Stars in New York Politics.”

Virginia holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism and political science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She serves as the Chair of the board of directors of Public Knowledge and on the advisory board of Engine. Virginia resides in Brooklyn with her husband and children.

Moses Boyd

Moses BoydFounding Partner of Integrated Solutions Group

Moses Boyd is Washington, D.C.-based attorney, public policy expert, and entrepreneur, whereby he creates and supports the launch of innovative technology ventures that are driven by major social good missions. His initiatives include a new Black consumer-focused civic engagement media and technology company, a technology platform to foster more private investments in sustainable infrastructure and new forms of energy to combat Climate Change, a fundraising gaming platform for charities and social causes, and a healthcare informational platform to aid vulnerable communities to get information and gain access to needed and quality healthcare.

Moses began his professional career in 1987 in South Carolina upon becoming a private practicing attorney. Later that year, he became a Staff Attorney to the South Carolina General Assembly and Legislative Council. His duties included drafting legislation and policies for House and Senate Legislative Members.    

In 1989, Moses moved to Washington, D.C. upon becoming Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, commonly known as the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. The Senate Commerce Committee oversees the media, technology, telecommunications, and transportation industries, the U.S. Transportation and Commerce Departments, and the Federal Communications and the Federal Trade Commissions, and the sale of goods and consumer services in the U.S. economy. 

During his 13-year tenure with the Committee, Moses held the positions of Senior Majority and Minority Counsel (Democratic) to the  Consumer Affairs Subcommittee  that included oversight of the Federal Trade Commission, Internet issues and unfair trade practices, and Chief Minority and Majority Counsel to the full Committee (1999-2002) covering all of the Committee’s issues. 

Michael Copps

Michael Copps

Special Adviser to the Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause

Michael J. Copps completed two terms as a Member of the Federal Communications Commission on December 31, 2011. He served as Acting FCC chair for several months during the early Obama Administration. He is the seventh longest serving Commissioner in the history of the agency. Commissioners are nominated by the President of the United States and are confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Dr. Copps served from 1998 until January 2001 as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In that role, Assistant Secretary Copps managed a 400-person team working to improve market access and market share for nearly every sector of American industry, including information technologies and telecommunications. He Copps devoted much of his time to building private sector-public sector partnerships to enhance the U.S.’s success in the global economy. From 1993 to 1998, Dr. Copps served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Basic Industries, a component of the Trade Development Unit.

Dr. Copps moved to Washington in 1970 to join the staff of U.S. Senator Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC) and served for over a dozen years as the Senator’s Chief of Staff and senior adviser. From 1985 to 1989, Copps served as Director of Government Affairs for a Fortune 500 Company. From 1989 to 1993, he was Senior Vice President for Legislative Affairs for a major national trade association.

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Copps received a B.A. from Wofford College and earned a Ph.D. in United States history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He taught U.S. history at Loyola University in New Orleans from 1967 to 1970.

Commissioner Copps’ years at the FCC were highlighted by his strong defense of “the public interest”; outreach to what he calls “non-traditional stakeholders” in the decisions of the Commission—particularly minorities, Native Americans, and the various disabilities communities; and by actions to stem the tide of what he regards as excessive consolidation in the nation’s media and telecommunications industries.

Dr. Copps has made clear his intention to continue speaking out on these issues in the years ahead. He currently serves as Special Adviser to the Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause

Copps is married to the former Elizabeth Catherine Miller of New Orleans. They have five children and thirteen grandchildren, and reside in Alexandria, VA.

Maura Colleton Corbett

Maura CorbettCEO and Founder, Glen Echo Group

Maura Colleton Corbett is the CEO and Founder of the Glen Echo Group, with over two decades of communications, media, public affairs, and coalition building experience with companies and organizations building the New Economy.

Corbett provides strategic counsel to clients faced with complicated issues particularly within the high-technology industry, including Internet competition, wireless technologies, broadband deployment, and applications and content-related policy issues such as privacy, security, and copyright.

A proud New Jersey native, Corbett graduated from the University of Notre Dame and used to moonlight as the lead singer in a band. She is the mother of two marvelous daughters and one neurotic dog.

Laurent Crenshaw

Head of Policy, Patreon Inc.

Laurent Crenshaw is the Head of Policy for Patreon Inc. At Patreon he is leading the company’s policy development, strategy, planning, and advocacy globally in the Content, Payments, Benefits, Merchandise, Community, and Public categories.

Prior to joining Patreon, Laurent served in senior public policy roles at Eaze and Yelp. At Eaze Laurent was the Senior Director of Government Affairs where he led the company’s efforts to change banking, taxation, transportation, and possession laws at the federal and state levels to allow for businesses to deliver legal, adult-use cannabis.

At Yelp Laurent championed technology and fair competition issues. Additionally, he spearheaded the company’s efforts to protect consumer freedom of speech online, successfully advocating for passage of legislation at the federal and state levels.

Prior to shifting to the private sector, Laurent worked in the House of Representatives for over 11 years focusing on technology policy issues, particularly in the areas of intellectual property, telecommunications, and internet law.

Laurent  also serves on the board of directors for Public Knowledge and is a member of the American Library Association’s Public Policy Advisory Council. He received his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, and his juris doctor from American University.

Brewster Kahle

Brewster KahleDigital Librarian and Founder, Internet Archive

Brewster has built technologies, companies, and institutions to advance the goal of universal access to all knowledge. He currently oversees the non-profit Internet Archive as founder and Digital Librarian, which is now one of the largest digital archives in the world.

As a digital archivist, Brewster has been active in technology, business, and law.

After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1982, Brewster helped start a supercomputer company, Thinking Machines, that built systems for searching large text collections. In 1989, he invented the Internet’s first publishing and distributed search system, WAIS (Wide Area Information Server). WAIS Inc. created the online presence for many of the world’s largest publishers, and was purchased by America Online in 1995. In 1996, Brewster co-founded Alexa Internet, which provides search and discovery services included in more than 90 percent of web browsers, and was purchased by Amazon in 1999.

Brewster has also worked to revise law and policy in light technical advances. He is a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a plaintiff in Kahle v. Gonzales (formerly Kahle v. Ashcroft), which challenges recent copyright term extensions.

Brewster is profiled in Digerati: Encounters with the Cyber Elite (HardWired, 1996). He was selected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005, the AlwaysOn/Technorati Open Media 100 in 2005, the Upside 100 in 1997, the Micro Times 100 in 1996 and 1997, and the Computer Week 100 in 1995.

Daphne Keller

Director, Stanford’s Program on Platform Regulation

Daphne Keller directs the Program on Platform Regulation at Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center. Her work examines Internet regulation with a focus on users’ rights and the public interest. She has published both academically and in popular press; testified and participated in legislative processes; and taught and lectured extensively in the U.S. and around the world. Her recent work focuses on legal protections for users’ free expression rights when state and private power intersect, particularly through platforms’ enforcement of Terms of Service or use of algorithmic ranking and recommendations. Until 2015 Daphne was Associate General Counsel for Google, where she led work on intermediary liability and had primary responsibility for the company’s search products. She worked on groundbreaking litigation and legislation around the world and counseled both overall product development and individual content takedown decisions. Daphne is a graduate of Yale Law School and Brown University. She currently lives in San Francisco.

Andrew McLaughlin

Co-founder and Partner, Higher Ground Labs; President/COO of Assembly OSM

Andrew McLaughlin is Co-founder and Partner at Higher Ground Labs, a venture firm backing progressive and pro-democracy startups, and President/COO of Assembly OSM, a company delivering high-tech, high-design, high-rise housing through digital architecture and advanced manufacturing. He has previously been Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the US under President Obama, Head of Global Public Policy at Google, a partner at betaworks, CEO at Digg and Instapaper, VP at Tumblr and Medium, and Chief Policy Officer of ICANN.  He served on the Obama/Biden Transition in 2008-09, and was a volunteer on the Biden/Harris Transition in 2020-21.  He chairs the board of Access Now, the global digital human rights organization, and co-chairs the Digital Strategy Committee of the Brooklyn Public Library.

Michal Rosenn

General Counsel, Noom

Michal Rosenn is General Counsel of Noom, a psychology-based digital health company.

She was previously General Counsel of Expa, a global community of entrepreneurs helping each other build companies, and General Counsel of Kickstarter, the leading funding platform for creative projects.

In all her roles, Michal has complemented her legal duties with a focus on public policy, a creative and inclusive approach to advocacy, and a commitment to the public interest in the technology sector. While at Kickstarter, she helped lead Kickstarter’s conversion to Public Benefit Corporation status and made the company a leading voice for public policy in the technology community. Michal led Kickstarter’s efforts on a range of public policy initiatives, including fighting to preserve net neutrality, advocating for users’ free expression and privacy rights, and championing a fair patent system. She continued this policy work at Expa, building upon the company’s existing advocacy for immigrant rights and expanding its advocacy on behalf of entrepreneurs and creators.

Michal was previously a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. She is a graduate of New York University and Harvard Law School, and serves on the boards of Public Knowledge and Engine Advocacy. She is also a member of the New York State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Frank C. Torres, III

Director of Consumer Affairs and Senior Policy Counsel, Microsoft Corporation

Frank Torres is the Director of Consumer Affairs and a Senior Policy Counsel for the Microsoft Corporation. He leads the company’s engagement strategy with consumer and privacy advocates and civil rights organizations. Frank also directs federal policy activity and strategy on privacy, including issues related to government surveillance, and represents Microsoft’s interests on those issues before Congress and the administration.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Frank served as Legislative Counsel in the Washington, DC consumer advocacy office of Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. He testified on numerous occasions before the United States Congress on privacy issues and legislation while at Consumers Union. Frank was a member of the Federal Trade Commission Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security, and served as a member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council.

Mr. Torres received his law degree from George Washington University and his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.