Stephanie Battle, Office Administrator

Phillip Berenbroick, Counsel, Government Affairs

John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney

Ryan Clough, General Counsel

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

John Gasparini, Policy Fellow

Dallas Harris, Policy Fellow

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

Kerry Maeve Sheehan, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP Fellow

Eboni Speight, Director of Human Resources and Administration

Shiva Stella, Communications Manager

Whitney Tompkins , Senior Development Manager

Meredith Whipple, Digital Content Associate

Summer 2016 Interns

Stephanie Battle

Office Administrator(202) 861-0020 x103

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, specializing 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.

Ryan Clough

General Counsel
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Ryan is Public Knowledge's General Counsel, overseeing major organizational legal and policy initiatives. Previously, Ryan was an IP litigator at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in Denver. Before that, he served as counsel to Representative Zoe Lofgren of California, with a focus on intellectual property, internet, and competition policy. He has also practiced antitrust law, represented death row inmates in post-conviction proceedings, worked on several congressional campaigns, and taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Law School.

Ryan has a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. A native Californian, he dearly misses the mountains and ski slopes of the west.

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.

John Gasparini

Policy Fellow(202) 861-0020

John is a Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge, where he works on an array of communications policy matters.

Prior to joining Public Knowledge, John worked as a Law Clerk in the office of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, as a Law Clerk for Sprint Corporation, and as an Intern with the Voice on the Net Coalition. While in college, John was self-employed as a technology consultant, providing support, training, and guidance to home users and small businesses. 

John received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. While in law school, John served as a Managing Editor for the Federal Communications Law Journal, which also published some of his writing. 

John was born in Southern California, and grew up there and in South Carolina. He spends his spare time cooking, cycling, and gaming.

Dallas Harris

Policy Fellow(202) 861-0020 x124

Dallas is a Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge, where she focuses on Lifeline modernization and technology transition issues.

Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Dallas was a law clerk for the firm Utrecht, Kleinfeld, Fiori, Partners. Throughout her 3 years in Washington, DC, she has interned with Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, DC City Council Member Mary Cheh, and was a summer law clerk at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. In her last year of law school, she spent a semester as a Policy Extern at Facebook.

Dallas received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. She was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and is an avid tennis player.

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(202) 861-0020 x122


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 and a 2016 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Alongside her work at Public Knowledge, she is a Global Partners Digital International Associate and an X-Lab fellow. She sits on several advisory boards, including at Open Knowledge Foundation, CodingRights, Instituto Educadigital, and InternetLab.

Previously, Carolina was a Project Director at New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, the International Intellectual Property Director at Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and a Fellow at the Berkman Center at Harvard University. Back in Brazil, she was a in-house council for Terra Networks S/A, part of Telefonica Economic Group, and a law lecturer and project coordinator at the Center for Technology and Society and Fundação Getulio Vargas.
Carolina has an LLM in Intellectual Property from Boston University, a MBA from Instituto de Empresas, a MA in International Economic Negotiations from UNICAMP/UNESP, and a JD from University of Sao Paulo – USP.

Kerry Maeve Sheehan

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP Fellow
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Kerry is the Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP Fellow at Public Knowledge, and focuses on copyright, anticircumvention, and patent reform.

Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Kerry was a legal intern at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a summer associate at Fish & Richardson, P.C., a research assistant for Boston Univesrity School of Law professors Stacey L. Dogan and Anna di Robilant, and a legal intern at the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Kerry received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and was a visiting student in Intellectual Property and Media Law at Harris Manchester College at Oxford University. Kerry holds her B.A. in Media Study from the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo), where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Kerry received the Gregory Capasso Award, the highest award bestowed by the Department of Media Study.    

Kerry grew up in the suburbs of Boston, MA, and has a background in community media and new media art. Kerry’s interests include intellectual property, privacy, government transparency, and freedom of expression.


Eboni Speight

Director of Human Resources and Administration(202) 861-0020 x112


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.

Summer 2016 Interns

Mojdeh Bowers


Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Mojdeh was a two-year Teach For America Corps Member teaching first grade in Jersey City, New Jersey. She received her B.A. in Political Science from New York University and is pursuing her J.D. at the George Washington University Law School where she is a rising 2L and an enthusiastic member of the Mock Trial Board. Mojdeh was raised in Chicago and is a former stage actress and current admirer of all things musical- and theatre-arts.

Kayla Gardner


Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Kayla worked for NTIA in the Office of Public Safety Communications on First Net related issues; at the FCC in the Bureau of Public Safety & Homeland Security on NG-911, Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA), 911 reliability, and 911 outage reporting; and served as a law clerk in the Office of Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn. Kayla is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) and the Washington Bar Association. She is an active FCBA student liaison and received the 2015 Robert E. Lee Internship Award.

Kayla currently serves as a Google Policy Fellow for the Summer 2016 term. She is a 3L at Howard University School of Law. She holds a Master's degree in Criminology from The George Washington University and a Bachelor's degree in Administration of Justice from Howard University. Kayla is originally from Nashville, TN, but has resided in the DMV area for 10 years. She enjoys trivia, crossword puzzles and board games. 

Daiquiri Ryan


Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Daiquiri was a Google Policy Fellow at the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and an IT Communications Intern at the Arizona Department of Education. She currently serves as Vice President at the Joey Ryan Foundation, a non-profit founded in memory of her older brother. Daiquiri is a rising 3L at The George Washington University Law School and received her B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University. She grew up in Carrollton, Texas and loves the three F's: Family, Football and Food.

Mingli Shi


Mingli is from Shanghai, China, where she had practiced Chinese corporate law in a local firm for three years. Prior to that, she worked for Vogue China. Mingli is now a rising 3L student at the George Washington University Law School, interested in Constitutional Law and other public policy issues, especially those related to digital marketplace. Mingli loves sports and has a cute French bulldog.

Garrison Todd


Garrison is a rising 2L at The George Washington University Law School. He earned his B.A. in political science at Kenyon College, with concentrations in Law & Society and Environmental Studies and minors in History and Classical Languages and Literatures. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Garrison worked as a Digital Resource Assistant at the Kenyon Library, purchasing digital rights and analyzing questions of fair use. He formerly captained the Kenyon Sailing Club, Archery Club, and Quiz Bowl club and currently is an executive of the GW Public Speaking and Debate Club and a member of the Moot Court Board. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio and loves to hike, debate, and play just about any type of game.

Etham Wham


Ethan Wham is a social media consultant for Relay Station Digital Strategies, where he focuses on media support and social engagement. Prior to consulting with Relay Station, he has worked on Internet Governance related issues as a volunteer for IGF-USA and ISOC-DC and more recently has taken an official supportive role in IGF-USA’s 2016 incarnation. Ethan is currently consulting for ISOC-DC where he helps oversees their social media efforts. Ethan received his B.A. in Philosophy from Drew University and aims to return to school and receive further education in Cybersecurity and Internet Governance. He was born and raised in Arlington, VA and in his free time he enjoys playing soccer, reading, and hiking.

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