Staff

Directory

Phillip Berenbroick, Policy Director

John Bergmayer, Legal Director

Annemarie Bridy, Senior Fellow

Kristine DeBry, Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel  

Harold Feld, Senior Vice President

Dylan Gilbert, Policy Fellow

Gene Kimmelman, Senior Advisor

Al Kramer, Senior Fellow

Chris Lewis, President and CEO

Tara Moore, Development Associate

Meredith Filak Rose, Policy Counsel

Charlotte Slaiman, Policy Counsel

Eboni Speight, COO

Shiva Stella, Communications Director

Lindsay Stern, Policy Fellow

Megan Stifel, Senior Fellow

Meredith Whipple, Digital Content Manager

Kim Whitehead, Office Manager

Summer 2019 Interns


Phillip Berenbroick

Policy Director
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Phillip is Policy Director at Public Knowledge. His work at Public Knowledge focuses on broadband competition, deployment, and affordability; telecommunications and media mergers; spectrum policy; and copyright reform. He regularly works with consumer, civil rights, public interest, and industry stakeholders, and advises policymakers on Capitol Hill, the Federal Communications Commission, and at executive agencies. 

Before joining Public Knowledge, Phillip was 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 the chief legislative advisor 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 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 the weeks of the Kentucky Derby Festival should be recognized as a national holiday. 

John Bergmayer

Legal Director
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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.

Annemarie Bridy

Senior Fellow
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Annemarie is a Professor of Law at the University of Idaho College of Law, an Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society (CIS), and an Affiliated Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project (ISP). Her research focuses on the impact of disruptive technologies on legal frameworks for the protection of intellectual property and the enforcement of intellectual property rights. She has written extensively on the evolving role of online intermediaries in digital anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting operations and testified before the U.S. Congress on the safe harbor provisions in Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  

 

Kristine DeBry

Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel
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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.

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."

Dylan Gilbert

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Dylan Gilbert is a Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge. His work focuses on copyright reform, consumer privacy, and a variety of telecommunications issues. Prior to joining the Public Knowledge team, Dylan clerked at the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, the Federal Communications Commission, and America’s Public Television Stations. Dylan also has over a decade of experience working in the music industry as an artist, producer, and music supervisor.

Dylan holds a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and a B.A. cum laude from The College of William and Mary. In his free time, Dylan enjoys playing jazz piano and hitting errant golf shots at the driving range.

Gene Kimmelman

Senior Advisor
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Gene Kimmelman is a Senior Advisor for Public Knowledge. Previously, Gene served as President and CEO of Public Knowledge, 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 Adjunct Law Professor at George Washington University School of Law; Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy of the Harvard Kennedy School; Non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Digital Innovation & Democracy Initiative of The German Marshall Fund; Senior Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado; and on the boards of International Media Support and Global Partners Digital. 

Al Kramer

Senior Fellow
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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.

Chris Lewis

President and CEO
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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.

Tara Moore

Development Associate
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Tara Moore is the Development Associate at Public Knowledge, focusing on the fund development for the organization. She has a B.S. in Communications and over five years of nonprofit experience. She is a native of North Carolina and enjoys creative writing. 

 

Meredith Filak Rose

Policy Counsel
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As 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 Slaiman

Policy Counsel
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Charlotte is Policy Counsel for competition policy 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 B.A. 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.

Eboni Speight

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Eboni Speight joined Public Knowledge in 2014, as the Director of Human Resources and Administration. In 2019, she was promoted to organization’s Chief Operating Officer. As Chief Operating Officer, Eboni serves as a member of the executive management team and oversee financial and administrative operations, including accounting, information technology, human resources, and strategic and annual Planning. Eboni has 20 years of nonprofit finance and administration leadership. She has been responsible for finance and accounting, compliance, office administration, contract and grant administration, information technology, and human resources. 

Eboni has spent her entire career working for nonprofits and the public’s interest. In her free time, she spends her time mentoring young people and feeding the homeless. Eboni graduated from Bible Faith Global University with a master’s degree in Divinity.

Shiva Stella

Communications Director
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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.

Lindsay Stern

Policy Fellow
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Lindsay Stern is a Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge. Prior to joining PK, Lindsay was a legal intern at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in the office of Senator Dick Durbin, as well as at the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, and Street Law, Inc.

Lindsay received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal, and received her B.A. in Government at Franklin & Marshall College. She also spent a semester studying at the University of Edinburgh.

Lindsay was born and raised in New York. She is a yoga and frozen yogurt enthusiast.

Megan Stifel

Senior Fellow
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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.

 

Meredith Whipple

Digital Content Manager
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Meredith is the Digital Content Manager 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.

Kim Whitehead

Office Manager
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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. 

Summer 2019 Interns

Sanjay Jolly Sanjay is a summer law clerk at Public Knowledge. He is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is pursuing a PhD at the Annenberg School for Communication and a JD at Penn Law. At Penn, Sanjay is a fellow at the Annenberg School's Media, Inequality, and Change Center and the law school's Toll Public Interest Center. He also serves as an associate editor at the Journal of Law and Social Change. Prior to graduate school, he studied media reform in Latin America as a Fulbright Scholar and was the policy director of the Prometheus Radio Project in Philadelphia. Sanjay received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. 

Helen Kline Helen is Public Knowledge’s Communications Intern. She focuses on web design and communicative design, promoting events and reaching PK donors and audience. Before PK, Helen interned at two Ohio-based nonprofits, ArtsInStark and the International Institute of Akron, where her design and communication work supported community art development and refugee resettlement. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and English from Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, graduating Summa cum laude. Additionally, during her collegiate global honors program, Helen studied international humanitarian crises and peacemaking methods in the classroom and abroad. Her experiences continually push her toward advocacy and social justice careers and higher education.

Maia LevyMaia is a Google Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, she was a researcher at the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression (CELE) and the Center for Technology and Society (CETyS) in Argentina. Maia received an LL.M. degree from Harvard University, where she focused on cyberlaw issues and collaborated with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.

Oscar Armando Lopez III Oscar is a rising Sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business where he is pursuing a B.B.A in Business Honors.

Oscar currently serves as the Deputy Advocacy Director of the University of Texas Student Government where he manages a team of policy directors dedicated to solving issues concerning academics, equity & inclusion, sustainability, transportation, and student civic engagement. He also holds a position on the Student Services Budget Committee which is tasked with advising university administration on the type, level, and expenditure of compulsory fees for student services collected at the university.  

Dedicated to empowering his community, Oscar is interested in working at the intersection between technology and social entrepreneurship. This past year Oscar participated in the Social Entrepreneurship Learning Lab (SELL) Fellowship where he spent nine months working on a social venture dedicated to solving illiteracy in South Texas border communities using emerging communication technologies. 

A Laredo, Texas native, Oscar grew up on the U.S.-Mexico border. When not reading a memoir you can catch Oscar hiking a local trail, attending jazz concerts, or shooting film photography.

Mark MalonzoMark is a Public Knowledge Summer Law Clerk. Before law school, Mark volunteered as a paralegal at My Sisters’ Place NY (MSPNY), where he worked with survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking on their applications for immigration relief, performed legal research, and drafted briefs and affidavits for submission to immigration and family courts.  He also worked nights as residential advocate at MSPNY’s emergency shelter. He interned for two summers during his undergraduate studies at the Montefiore Medical Center Office of Public Relations.

Mark is the president of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) at The George Washington University Law School.  He is a member of the Federal Communications Law Journal (FCLJ) and will serve as a student-attorney for GW Law’s Vaccine Injury Litigation Clinic for the 2019-2020 academic year.  He is also a member of GW Law’s Student Intellectual Property Law Association (SIPLA). Mark is a rising 2L at GW Law.

Conor May Conor is a Summer Law Clerk at Public Knowledge. Conor is a law student at the University of Colorado, where he is a Hatfield Scholar, Vice President of the Silicon Flatirons student organization, and the Getches-Wilkinson Liaison for the Environmental Law Society.  

In Colorado he also works as the Executive Director of the nonprofit Clean Energy Action, which advocates for the public interest in the energy sector. Prior to law school, he worked as an administrator at the Boulder Public Defender’s Office. 

Conor received an undergraduate degree in History and a Minor in Political Science from the University of Colorado.


 

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