Stephanie Battle, Interim Office Administrator

Phillip Berenbroick, Counsel, Government Affairs

John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney

Kristine DeBry, Vice President, Policy Strategy Center

Charles Duan, Director, Patent Reform Project

Courtney Duffy, Robert W. Deutsch Arts & Technology Policy Fellow

Harold Feld, Senior Vice President

Kate Forscey, Associate Counsel, Government Affairs

Martyn Griffen, Government Affairs Associate

Gene Kimmelman, President and CEO

Chris Lewis, Vice President, Government Affairs

Raza Panjwani, Policy Counsel

Melanie Penagos, International Policy Associate

Meredith Filak Rose, Staff Attorney

Carolina Rossini, Vice President, International Policy

Sherwin Siy, Vice President, Legal Affairs

Eboni Speight, Director of Human Resources and Administration

Shiva Stella, Communications Manager

Whitney Tompkins , Senior Development Manager

Meredith Whipple, Digital Content Associate

2015 Summer Interns

Stephanie Battle

Interim Office Administrator
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Stephanie is the Interim Office Administrator at Public Knowledge. Prior to joining PK, Stephanie worked as a creative assistant at a performing arts school in Maryland. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Bowie State University, where she was the Campus Ambassador for GRAMMY U. She was born in Washington, DC and enjoys writing, music, and technology.  

Phillip Berenbroick

Counsel, Government Affairs
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Phillip is Counsel for Government Affairs at Public Knowledge. Phillip most recently worked as the Policy Director at the Internet Freedom Business Alliance, where he advised startups and small businesses on​ broadband​ policy. He previously worked as an attorney in the technology, media, and telecommunications practice at Hogan Lovells LLP​, as policy counsel at the Computer & Communications Industry Association​, and as ​a legal fellow for Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). Prior to law school, Phillip served as a legislative aide to a member of the Virginia House of Delegates and consulted on state and local political campaigns. He also serves as an outside counsel to Sports Fans Coalition and he is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia Bar.

Phillip received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and is a graduate of Tufts University. Phillip is a native Kentuckian and believes Derby Week should be a national holiday. 

John Bergmayer

Senior Staff Attorney
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John Bergmayer is a senior staff attorney at Public Knowledge.

After pursuing employment as a hot dog vendor and member of the Colorado National Guard, he decided to go finish college and go to law school.  He earned a B.A. in English Literature from Colorado State University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.

John lives in the suburbs with his wife and son in a house with a white picket fence, and is in constant danger of being crushed by piles of books and old computer gear.

Kristine DeBry

Vice President, Policy Strategy Center
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Kristine is Vice President, Policy Strategy Center, where she focuses on coordinating strategy and creating opportunities for public interest advocates.

Kristine served as an attorney for telecommunications, Internet, and video innovators at Swidler Berlin, LLC, and later as Senior Counsel and Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs at PBS.  She has also served as Senior Counsel to the Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission, and as speechwriter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Kristine received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a student at the Institute for Public Representation.

Kristine is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Virginia Bar, and the Maryland Bar.

Charles Duan

Director, Patent Reform Project
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Charles is the Director of Public Knowledge's Patent Reform Project, where he focuses on patent policy and promoting technological innovation.

Before joining PK, he was a technology policy research fellow with the University of Colorado, on a project funded by the National Science Foundation. He also was a former Silicon Valley startup software developer, and a patent attorney practicing in Southern California. As an attorney he prosecuted and litigated patents, often on behalf of startups and small companies in the information technology industry. He is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, where he has drafted and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications.

Charles received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and holds an A.B. in Computer Science, magna cum laude, from Harvard College. In his spare time he is an Ikea furniture hacker.

Courtney Duffy

Robert W. Deutsch Arts & Technology Policy Fellow
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As the Robert W. Deutsch Arts & Technology Policy Fellow, Courtney is responsible for informing and engaging the artistic community in federal policy discussions at the junction of communications, technology and the arts. Courtney's fellowship is made possible through Public Knowledge's partnership with NYC-based Fractured Atlas.

Courtney comes to PK from San Francisco following two years in technology communications. She also took part in the Massachusetts Senate race of 2012, where she worked as a Regional Field Director for Senator Scott Brown. A New England native, Courtney graduated from Trinity College in 2012 where she studied Political Science, English, and the Interdisciplinary Arts.

Harold Feld

Senior Vice President
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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, Harold 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."

Kate Forscey

Associate Counsel, Government Affairs
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Kate joined Public Knowledge as an Internet Rights Fellow in April 2014, and transitioned to her role as Associate Counsel for Government Affairs in April 2015. Kate advocates for the public interest on Internet and technology policy and government affairs, including net neutrality, spectrum policy, and other issues crucial to preserving an Open Internet and consumer digital rights.

Prior to joining PK, Kate worked on Internet and technology issues for the Open Internet Coalition as a summer associate for Holch and Erickson, focusing primarily on the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet proceeding.  She also spent time working on tech policy for the Senate Commerce Committee, Oldaker Group, Patton Boggs LLC, and as an advocate for the Writers Guild of America, West via Forscey PLLC.  Kate received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2012 and holds a B.A. in Psychology with a focus in psychobiology from University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences.  Kate was born and raised in Washington, DC.


Martyn Griffen

Government Affairs Associate
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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.

Gene Kimmelman

President and CEO
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Gene Kimmelman is the President and CEO of Public Knowledge.

Previously, Gene served as Director of the Internet Freedom and Human Rights project at the New America Foundation, and as Chief Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Gene served as Vice President for Federal and International Affairs at Consumers Union. Gene has also served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director for the Antitrust Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Legislative Director for the Consumer Federation of America. Gene began his career as a consumer advocate and Staff Attorney for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch.

Gene is a graduate of Brown University and holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia where he received the Fortsman Fellowship.  He was also a Fulbright Fellow. 

He presently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado and is Senior Associate with Global Partners Digital.

Chris Lewis

Vice President, Government Affairs
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Christopher Lewis is Vice President for Government Affairs and leads Public Knowledge's advocacy on Capitol Hill and other government agencies.  Prior to joining Public Knowledge in 2012, Chris served at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs and advised the FCC Chairman on legislative and political strategy. He is a former U.S. Senate Staffer for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and has over a decade of organizing and campaign experience including work as the North Carolina Field Director for Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign. Chris graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelors degree in Government. He lives in Alexandria, VA where he loves working on local civic issues and is elected to the Alexandria City Public School Board.

Raza Panjwani

Policy Counsel
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Raza is a Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge, where he focuses on copyright, telecommunications, and other areas of law that regulate modern technology and the Internet. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Raza maintained his own intellectual property focused law practice in New York and represented clients ranging from artists to technology start-ups. Raza received his B.A. and J.D. from Columbia University, where he studied history as an undergraduate, and was awarded Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar honors in law school. In his spare time Raza can be found rooting for the New York Mets and riding his bicycle.

Melanie Penagos

International Policy Associate
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Melanie is the International Policy Associate at Public Knowledge, where she specializes in Internet governance and human rights. She has extensive experience in human rights and democracy promotion, and previously worked at Amnesty International USA, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative. Melanie received her Master's in International Peace Studies from Trinity College, University of Dublin where she graduated with distinction. She wrote her Master thesis on human rights in the digital age. She holds her B.A. in International Relations and Spanish. Her family is from Guatemala and she's an avid foodie.


Meredith Filak Rose

Staff Attorney
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Meredith is a staff attorney at Public Knowledge, where she focuses on telecommunications regulatory matters as well as copyright. Prior to working at PK, Meredith was a University of Chicago Public Service fellow with the Center for Economic Progress, and worked on consumer policy issues at the Federal Communications Commission, the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue, and Knowledge Ecology International. Meredith received her J.D. and A.B. from the University of Chicago. When not in the office, she’s an avid video gamer and desert hiker.

Whitney Tompkins

Senior Development Manager
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Whitney Tompkins is the Senior Development Manager and focuses on writing, grants, and events.

Prior to joining Public Knowledge, she worked in the Association world and also as a freelance event planner. Whitney studied English at George Mason University. She is an avid reader, pop culture junkie, and animal enthusiast.


Carolina Rossini

Vice President, International Policy
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Carolina Rossini is the Vice President for International Rights and Strategy at Public Knowledge. Previously, Carolina was a Project Director at New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, the International Intellectual Property Director at Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF), and a Fellow at the Berkman Center at Harvard University. 

Alongside her work at Public Knowledge, she is a Global Partners Digital International Associate, an X-Lab fellow for New America Foundation, and an Advisory Board Member of Open Knowledge Foundation for both the UK and Brazil. She is also an Advisory Board Member for Saylor Foundation, Instituto Educadigital, and InternetLab. Carolina has an LLM in Intellectual Property from Boston University, an MBA from Instituto de Empresas, an MA in International Economic Negotiations from UNICAMP/UNESP, and a JD from University of Sao Paulo – USP.

Sherwin Siy

Vice President, Legal Affairs
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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.

Eboni Speight

Director of Human Resources and Administration
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Eboni Speight is the Director of Human Resources and Administration. She is responsible for budgeting, compensation and benefits, performance management, employee relations, training, and professional development of staff; and oversees the administration and finance functions. She is a dynamic, positive energizer who excels at working with mission-driven organizations.

Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Eboni served as the Director of Operations at USAction/USAction Education Fund, overseeing the financial, administrative, and staff management operations, and as the Director of Finance and Administration of the Public Interest Network.

Eboni was born and raised in the Washington, DC area. She loves singing and creating music with her husband and two sons.

Shiva Stella

Communications Manager
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Shiva is the Communications Manager for Public Knowledge, where she supports press and spearheads the marketing and communications strategy.

Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Shiva operated as a Digital Strategist and Community Manager for interactive entertainment companies, media houses, nonprofits and advertising agencies, including Sandbox Strategies and the National Tornado Summit. She also worked as a videogame and technology journalist for more than a decade, writing for GameSpot (CBS Interactive) and syndicating work on CNET and other new media outlets. Her projects also included joint marketing initiatives with Sony, Microsoft and third-party games publishers in the console market.

Shiva received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Letters, from the University of Oklahoma. Shiva is an avid gamer, loves technology and enjoys writing and cooking between rounds of classic RPGs.


Meredith Whipple

Digital Content Associate
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Meredith is the Digital Content Associate at Public Knowledge, where she focuses on writing and communications for the organization. Meredith has an extensive background in Internet policy, including previously holding positions at the Center for Democracy and Technology, Hewlett-Packard, Consumers Union, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and the Federal Communications Commission.

Meredith earned her Master's degree in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin, and her Bachelor's degrees in Communications and Political Science from the Ohio State University in Columbus. In her free time Meredith is active in performing arts in DC, including storytelling, improv, and music.

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