Antoine Prince Albert III, Policy Counsel
Michele Ambadiang, Events and Development Manager
John Bergmayer, Legal Director
Kathleen Burke, Policy Counsel
Sara Collins, Policy Counsel
Kristine DeBry, Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel
Micheline Deeik, Policy Fellow
Harold Feld, Senior Vice President
Nicholas Garcia, Policy Counsel
Greg Guice, Director of Government Affairs
Aden Hizkias, Legal Intern
Adwait Jawale, Intern
Shanelle Joyner, Intern
Al Kramer, Senior Fellow
Courtney Lee, Director of Finance and Administration
Jenna Leventoff, Senior Policy Counsel
Chris Lewis, President and CEO
Lisa Macpherson, Senior Policy Fellow
Alyssa Martindale, Communications Intern
Alex Petros, Policy Counsel
Meredith Filak Rose, Senior Policy Counsel
Charlotte Slaiman, Competition Policy Director
Shiva Stella, Communications Director
Megan Stifel, Senior Fellow
Leila Thi-Simone Doty, Intern
Meredith Whipple, Digital Outreach Director
Kim Whitehead, Office Manager
Montana Williams, Policy Fellow
Antoine Prince Albert III is a Policy Counsel on the Government Affairs team, where he focuses on social media platform governance, Section 230, digital inclusion, net neutrality, and privacy. He has worked in public interest technology since 2017.
Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Prince worked at Georgetown’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy, The Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, the Office of Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Georgetown’s Center on Privacy and Technology. Before working in public interest technology, he served as an Officer of the United States Navy and a speech and debate instructor at La Salle College High School.
Beyond work, Prince serves in a variety of tech-interested organizations. He is a founding member of the Georgetown Global TechNet Working Group, a cohort of international academics and thought-leaders dedicated to exploring public interest technology in the Global South. Prince is an alumnus of the BreakLine’s Apex program and volunteers his time to help veterans, women, and people of color pivot into compelling careers in the tech industry. He also co-hosts the monthly Tech Amendment podcast to educate the public on timely tech policy issues. In all his work, Prince offers policy and social insights on technology’s impact upon Black, Latino, and Indigenous people in the United States, the Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa.
Prince earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center as a Global Law Scholar, and is a proud summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa alumnus of Morehouse College. Prince hails from Philadelphia, PA, and expands his knowledge and appreciation of African Diasporic cultures and musical genres for leisure.
Events and Development Manager
Michele is the Events and Development Manager at Public Knowledge, where she plans and manages PK events including the annual IP3 Awards. She is also the point of contact for all fundraising and development. Before PK, Michele was a Project Manager for Inter-Progress, a Swiss foundation based in Cameroon, where she worked on a variety of projects aimed at boosting entrepreneurship and giving small and mid-size enterprises a platform to expand their business.
Michele has a Master's degree in Entrepreneurship from Depaul University in Chicago. She also had a Bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. She is fluent in French and Spanish as well as English. Michele is a French native with a passion for traveling and discovering new cultures.
John Bergmayer is Legal Director at Public Knowledge, specializing in telecommunications, media, 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.
Kathleen Burke is a Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge, working on telecom and copyright.
Kathleen received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law, Technology, and the Internet and earned the CALI awards in Property and Copyright Law. In 2020, Kathleen served as a Public Knowledge Policy Extern. In 2019, she worked as a Google Policy Fellow at TechFreedom and was accepted into the Internet Law and Policy Foundry's third class of Fellows.
Prior to law school, Kathleen worked as the Director of Education and Outreach at Fayette Alliance, an organization focused on achieving sustainable growth in Lexington, KY. In that role, she discovered her passion for technology policy while working on rural broadband access. She also ran her own wedding photography business.
Kathleen recently orchestrated an interactive performance art on Twitter during quarantine titled The Zoom School of Law Memes and Trolling Clinic’s Law of Memes and Trolling Seminar (#trollseminar, #memelaw). Her interests also include collecting all the National Parks Passport stamps and canning jam.
Sara Collins joins Public Knowledge as a Policy Counsel focusing on all things privacy.
Previously, Sara was a Policy Counsel on Future of Privacy Forum's Education & Youth Privacy team and specialized in higher education. She has also worked as an investigations attorney in the Enforcement Unit at Federal Student Aid, as well as the Director of Legal Services for Veterans Education Success.
Sara graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2014, where she was the symposium editor of the Journal of Gender and the Law. After graduating law school, she completed a Policy & Law Fellowship at the Amara Legal Center, an organization dedicated to fighting domestic sex trafficking within the DMV area. Originally from Chicago, Sara attended the University of Illinois, where she received a B.A. in both Political Science and English.
Kristine is Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel at Public Knowledge. 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.
Micheline Deeik is a Fellow at Public Knowledge, where she focuses on copyright, DMCA reform, and intellectual property reform. Micheline is an Open Society Foundations Scholar. She received her LL.M in intellectual property law from Duke University School of Law, and her Bachelor of Laws degree from Birzeit University. During her time at Duke Law, Micheline did pro bono work with ACLU at Georgia. Prior to Duke Law, Micheline worked as a researcher on issues related to the GDPR, free speech, the right to privacy, and comparative constitutional law. In her free time, Micheline enjoys watching soccer, playing video games, and meditating.
Harold Feld is Public Knowledge’s Senior Vice President and author of “The Case for the Digital Platform Act,” a guide to what government can do to preserve competition and empower individual users in the huge swath of our economy now referred to as “Big Tech.” Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler described this book as, “[...] a tour de force of the issues raised by the digital economy and internet capitalism.”
For more than 20 years, Feld has practiced law at the intersection of technology, broadband, and media policy in both the private sector and in the public interest community. Feld has an undergraduate degree from Princeton University, a law degree from Boston University, and clerked for the D.C. Court of Appeals.
Feld 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.”
Nicholas P. Garcia is a Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge, focusing on net neutrality and broadband access and affordability.
Before joining Public Knowledge, Nick served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Investigations Division of the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office, where he investigated and prosecuted cybercrime, fraud, grand larceny, and organized crime. He previously worked as a Legal Intern at Public Knowledge and as a Student Attorney for the Communications & Technology Law Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Public Representation.
Nick received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, his M.A. in Ethics and Society from Fordham University’s Center for Ethics Education, and his B.A. in cursu honorum in Philosophy from Fordham University, where he was a member of the Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society.
Nick is a native New Yorker, and an unabashed nerd who loves video games, science fiction, and tabletop RPGs.
Director of Government Affairs
Greg is the Director of Public Knowledge's Government Affairs team, where he focuses on outreach on the full complement of Public Knowledge’s issues and policy recommendations to promote technological innovation.
Greg has more than 20 years of experience working on legislative and regulatory issues affecting today’s technology market. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Greg was Senior Counsel at McGuirewoods and Akin Gump and served 14 years with the Federal Communications Commission as Director of Legislative Affairs and Counsel on a range of issues including broadband deployment and affordability, spectrum access, competition, net neutrality, privacy, and public safety. Greg is a licensed attorney in Virginia and D.C.
Greg received his J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Greg enjoys cooking and travel and has competed in 10 international distance triathlons.
Aden Hizkias is a legal intern at Public Knowledge, where she focuses on broadband accessibility, platform competition, and copyright policy.
Prior to joining Public Knowledge, she worked alongside non-profits and organizations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International in data collecting, resolution drafting, and community outreach.
Aden received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is currently receiving her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, focusing on the intersection of Intellectual Property and Tech Law.
Aden was raised in North Carolina and enjoys hiking, scavenger hunts, and creative writing.
Adwait is an intern at Public Knowledge, where he focuses on telecommunications, broadband and spectrum policy.
Adwait has worked in the wireless telecommunications industry for over fifteen years, during which he has held several engineering and managerial roles at Cisco, Ericsson and Sprint (now T-Mobile).
Adwait is currently a J.D. student at Georgetown Law, where he is also a Technology Law and Policy Scholar. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from University of Mumbai, India, and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University.
Adwait was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He has his hands full with two young kids, and studies law in his spare time.
L. Shanelle Joyner is an intern at Public Knowledge where she is focused on broadband accessibility, free expression, and platform competition.
Shanelle is new to the public interest space and comes to Public Knowledge with over 15 years of experience in the Healthcare IT arena specializing in Electronic Medical Record Technology and Health Information Data Exchange. Currently, she works as a project manager at the Conduent Technology Innovation Center located in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park where she is responsible for managing the creation and deployment of Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics solutions for large business centers worldwide.
Shanelle received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management with a Minor in Business Law from Western Carolina University. She went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Health Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is currently pursuing her Juris Doctorate degree at the North Carolina Central University School of Law.
Shanelle is passionate about the need close the digital divide between wealthy and poverty-stricken areas across the nation. Leveraging her legal studies in the areas of population health, telecommunications, and data analytics is where Shanelle feels she can make the greatest impact for those in need. She aspires to one day serve as legal counsel for a non-profit organization that serves low-income families.
Shanelle is the proud mother of Jacob (age 4), a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, and a lover of outdoor music festivals.
Al is a Senior Fellow at Public Knowledge. He has done public interest work and been in government and private practice throughout his career in Washington, DC.
Al founded the first full-time public interest communications law firm, the Citizens Communications Center, which has since been incorporated into the Georgetown Law School clinical law program. He specialized in representing minority and feminist groups in opening broadcast media to equal employment opportunity requirements and in obtaining speech rights for otherwise excluded points of view.
Al was instrumental in founding the Media Access Project, where he served on the board and as chairman for many years, which worked to ensure that emerging technologies and media, including the internet, remain accessible to new entrants and a diversity of voices. Al was also the founding chairman and served on the board of the Communications Consortium Media Center, which is devoted to assisting nonprofit groups in framing, developing, and disseminating their messages in the media.
Al was Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission from 1977-1981, which were some of the most activist years in the agency’s interest. During this time, the FTC promulgated its first-ever trade regulation rules, as well as innovative approaches to addressing false or deceptive advertising issues.
In private practice, Al represented emerging technology companies and entrants seeking regulatory reform in order to compete against dominant incumbents in newly opened monopoly markets for over 35 years, during which he also maintained close ties with public interest groups. His work helped embed the principle of open interconnection to the network, which led to the explosion of innovation on the “edge” of the telephone network and ultimately the emergence of the edge providers that connect to the internet.
Director of Finance and Administration
Courtney is the Director of Finance and Administration at Public Knowledge, where she focuses on daily operations, human resources, finances, and other strategic functions of the organization. Prior to joining PK, Courtney was the Operations Director at The Sunlight Foundation, where she worked on grant management, accounting, human resources, and corporate compliance.
Courtney received her BS in Business Administration from The University of Maryland Global Campus. She is currently pursuing her MBA from The University of Maryland Global Campus and expects to complete the program by Spring 2021. Courtney is a Maryland native, who loves music, people, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jenna is a Senior Policy Counsel, where she focuses on promoting Public Knowledge’s mission through government affairs.
Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Jenna served as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC) at the National Skills Coalition, where she led WDQC’s state policy advocacy and technical assistance efforts on state data system development and use. She also served as an Associate at Upturn, where she analyzed the civil rights implications of new technologies, and as Manager and Legal Counsel of the International Intellectual Property Institute, where she led the organization’s efforts to utilize intellectual property for international economic development. Jenna has also held internships with the American Civil Liberties Union and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
Jenna received her J.D, cum laude, and B.A from Case Western Reserve University. In her free time, Jenna enjoys yoga, international travel, and experimenting with new recipes.
Christopher Lewis is President and CEO at Public Knowledge. Prior to being elevated to President and CEO, Chris served for as PK's Vice President from 2012 to 2019 where he led the organization's day-to-day advocacy and political strategy on Capitol Hill and at government agencies. During that time he also served as a local elected official, serving two terms on the Alexandria City Public School Board. Chris serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Local Self Reliance and represents Public Knowledge on the Board of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG).
Before joining Public Knowledge, Chris worked in the Federal Communications Commission Office of Legislative Affairs, including as its Deputy Director. He is a former U.S. Senate staffer for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and has over 18 years of political organizing and advocacy experience, including serving as Virginia State Director at GenerationEngage, and working as the North Carolina Field Director for Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign and other roles throughout the campaign. Chris graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelors degree in Government and lives in Alexandria, VA where he continues to volunteer and advocate on local civic issues.
Lisa is a Senior Policy Fellow, focused on countering misinformation on the internet and developing alternative business models for local journalism.
Prior to Public Knowledge, Lisa was a consumer marketing executive at Fisher-Price, Timberland, Hallmark, and Custom Ink, and an independent marketing consultant at Pernod Ricard. Her experience driving digital marketing transformation on behalf of brands led to concerns over the broader impacts of digital technology on individual well being, civil society, journalism, and democracy. She applied to the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University, where she is now a Senior Fellow studying how to mitigate the negative externalities of digital technology.
Lisa is a current or past member of the Association of National Advertisers, Marketing 50 (M50), and the Marketing Leadership Council of the Conference Board, and a founding member of the Council of CMOs of the Conference Board. In 2017 she was selected as one of the D.C. Techweek 100, which recognizes excellence in technology and entrepreneurship in the DC area.
Lisa received her B.A. from Colgate University and her M.B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She was raised near Boston, MA, and loves to travel, read, cook, and spend time with her daughter, Kelsey.
Alyssa is a Communications Intern at Public Knowledge. She has previously interned at the State Policy and Government Relations team at Deloitte and as a Conference Fellow at J Street. She is a senior at the George Washington University, where she studies International Affairs and Security Policy. When she isn't watching Senate Commerce Committee hearings, Alyssa is most likely cooking or baking in her tiny kitchen.
Alex is a Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge, where he focuses on digital platform competition issues. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Alex worked for Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Richard Blumenthal, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Senator Joe Donnelly. Alex received his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. from Yale College in Economics and Political Science with distinction. He was born and raised in Lexington, KY and enjoys Kentucky basketball, trivia, fantasy football, and romantic comedies.
As Senior Policy Counsel, Meredith focuses on copyright, DMCA, intellectual property reform, and governance issues, as well as telecommunications regulatory matters. Prior to working at Public Knowledge, Meredith 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.
Charlotte is the Competition Policy Director at Public Knowledge. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Charlotte worked in the Anticompetitive Practices Division of the Federal Trade Commission, investigating and litigating antitrust conduct violations, including the 2017 case against 1-800 Contacts for manipulating Google search ad auctions. She previously worked as a Legislative Aide to Senator Al Franken, focusing on Judiciary Committee issues including competition, media, and consumer privacy.
Charlotte received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and graduated with distinction with a degree in Government from the University of Virginia. Charlotte grew up in the D.C. area and lives in Park View. She loves indie comic books, urbanism, and Maryland blue crabs.
Shiva is the Communications Director 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. 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 included managing websites, editing, engaging online communities, and participating in joint marketing initiatives with 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.
Megan was previously Public Knowledge's Cybersecurity Policy Director and is now a Senior Fellow.
Megan is Senior Policy Counsel at the Global Cyber Alliance. Previously, Megan was the Director for Cyber Policy in the National Security Division at the Department of Justice. She also served as counsel in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division at DOJ. She began her DOJ career as an attorney in the Office of Intelligence.
Megan served as Director for International Cyber Policy at the National Security Council. She was responsible for expanding the Obama Administration’s cybersecurity policy abroad, including in connection with internet governance, bilateral and multilateral engagement, and capacity building. She is a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.
Megan received her J.D. from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University and her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. She is a member of the Dean’s Alumni Board at the Maurer School of Law and a Partner in Social Venture Partners Charleston.
Leila is an intern at Public Knowledge, working on issues of platform accountability and AI governance. In the past, Leila has interned at the New York City Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer and New America's Open Technology Institute, where she spent time researching approaches to fair, accountable, and transparent AI, best transparency practices for content moderation, and local governmental efforts to address technological surveillance. She is currently pursuing her BA and MA in Public Policy and a minor in Computer Science at Stanford University. Leila was born and raised in northern California and enjoys reading Haruki Murakami, going for long runs, and learning new languages.
Meredith is the Director of Digital Outreach at Public Knowledge, serving as the lead on digital content, communications messaging, and outreach strategies. 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.
Kim Whitehead is the Office Manager at Public Knowledge, where she manage the administrative operations of the office. She has over 10 years of experience in management. She is a native Arkansan that loves spending time with family.
Montana is an Policy Fellow where she focuses on broadband access, free expression, platform competition, and intellectual property.
Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Montana worked in Government Affairs for Evans & Associates, advocating on behalf of clients on issues dealing with telecommunications, health care, and state infrastructure. While working in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic, Montana realized her passion and absolute need to focus on technology policy and broadband accessibility after seeing first-hand the impact that the lack of reliable, affordable internet connectivity has on underserved and marginalized communities, distance learners, the elderly, and medical patients.
Montana received her Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications with a specialization in News from the University of Florida. Later, she earned her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. During her time at AU, she worked with several firms dealing with copyright issues, immigration matters, and compliance.
Montana was raised in Orlando, FL and currently lives in Bowie, MD with her Chocolate Dalmatian, Belgium, and her Hungarian Vizsla, Jupiter. She is a fashion and pop culture enthusiast, a relatively new baker, and a true adventure seeker.