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Directory

Arian Attar, Policy Fellow

Phillip Berenbroick, Senior Policy Counsel

John Bergmayer, Senior Counsel

Annemarie Bridy, Visiting Senior Fellow

Ryan Clough, General Counsel

Kristine DeBry, Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel  

Charles Duan, Director, Patent Reform Project

Harold Feld, Senior Vice President

Yosef Getachew, Policy Fellow

Dylan Gilbert, Policy Fellow

Sara Kamal, Policy Fellow

Gene Kimmelman, President and CEO

Chris Lewis, Vice President

Meredith Filak Rose, Policy Counsel

Gus Rossi, Global Policy Director

Daiquiri Ryan, Policy Fellow

Eboni Speight, Director of Human Resources and Administration

Shiva Stella, Communications Director

Megan Stifel, Cybersecurity Policy Director

Katie Watson, Development Manager

Meredith Whipple, Digital Content Manager

Kim Whitehead, Office Manager

Katrina Worsham, Technology and Policy Fellow


Arian Attar

Policy Fellow
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Arian is a Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge.  Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Arian interned at NBCUniversal, the Federal Communications Commission’s Media Bureau, in both the Policy and Audio Divisions, and the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Before attending law school, Arian worked in music and radio. 

Arian received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, from the University of California, San Diego. In law school, she was on the Federal Communications Law Journal and was the Legal Director for the International Refugee Assistance Project, where she helped provide legal representation and resettlement benefits to refugees. Arian was also selected as a 2017 Presidential Management Fellow.

Arian is a native Californian who enjoys going to concerts, gardening, traveling, and reading contemporary and postmodern literature. 

Phillip Berenbroick

Senior Policy Counsel
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Phillip is Senior Policy Counsel 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

Senior Counsel
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John Bergmayer is Senior Counsel 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

Visiting 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.  

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

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.

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.

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."

Yosef Getachew

Policy Fellow(202) 861-0020 x122
 
 

Yosef is a Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge where he works on a variety of technology and communications issues. His work focuses on broadband privacy, broadband access and affordability, and other consumer issues. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Yosef worked as a law clerk for several technology and communications organizations including the Federal Communications Commission, Comcast, Facebook, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Yosef has also served as a Project Coordinator and Research Assistant for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Yosef received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. In law school, he was an Articles Editor for the Federal Communications Law Journal. Yosef was born and raised in Washington D.C. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, watching basketball, and spending time with friends.

Dylan Gilbert

Policy Fellow(202) 861-0020 x127
 
 

Dylan Gilbert is a Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge. His work focuses on the DMCA, intellectual property reform, 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.

Sara Kamal

Policy Fellow(202) 861-0020 x124
 
 

Sara is a Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge, where she works on communications policy matters. During her three years in DC, Sara has interned in the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, represented small business owners and nonprofit organizations in the Jacob Burns Small Business & Community Economic Development Clinic, and worked for the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Sara received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas. While in law school, Sara served as the Senior Production Editor for the Federal Communications Law Journal, which published her piece on the importance of a fair and open internet for minority communities.

Sara is a Dallas native, which means she’s a loyal Cowboys fan and loves all things Longhorns football.

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 Adjunct Law Professor at George Washington University School of Law, a Senior Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado, and on the Board of Global Partners Digital. 

Chris Lewis

Vice President
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Christopher Lewis is Vice President at Public Knowledge and leads the organization's advocacy on Capitol Hill and other government agencies. Prior to joining Public Knowledge in 2012, Chris served at the Federal Communications Commission 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 15 years of political organizing and advocacy experience including work as the North Carolina Field Director for Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign. 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). 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.

 

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.

 

Gus Rossi

Global Policy Director
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Agustín "Gus" Rossi is the Global Policy Director at Public Knowledge. He focuses on global issues, promoting an open internet, and balanced intellectual property policies around the world.

Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Gus worked for Argentina at the Board of the Inter-American Development Bank and helped a Member of the European Parliament navigate digital rights' issues. 

Gus received his PhD in political science from the European University Institute, and an MSc in International Political Economy from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He was born in Rosario, Argentina. After many years of yoga practice, he has yet to master the handstand.

Daiquiri Ryan

Policy Fellow
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Daiquiri is a Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge, where she uses her passion for the intersection of technology policy and social justice to help further innovative consumer advocacy. Prior to joining PK, Daiquiri spent time as a legal intern at Amazon and a Google Policy Fellow at the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

Daiquiri is a current member of Google’s NextGen Policy Leader’s inaugural class and contributes NextGen’s subcommittee on Data and Machine Learning’s impact on marginalized communities. She received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and B.A. in Political Science and Media Relations at Arizona State University. Daiquiri is a Texas native with a special affinity for college football, Elvis Presley and her dog Bobo. 

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 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, 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.

Megan Stifel

Cybersecurity Policy Director
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Megan is Public Knowledge's Cybersecurity Policy Director.

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.

Katie Watson

Development Manager
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Katie Watson is the Development Manager at Public Knowledge. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Katie was a Google Public Policy Fellow at New America’s Open Technology Institute and a Policy and Program Manager at Next Century Cities, where she assisted mayors with local broadband, digital inclusion, and civic tech initiatives.  

She received her B.A. from the University of Virginia, where she majored in both Foreign Affairs and Media Studies with a concentration in Media Policy and Ethics. Katie was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia and loves hiking, running, and spending time outdoors.

 

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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Kimberly 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.

Katrina Worsham

Technology and Policy Fellow
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Katrina is a Technology and Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge, where she focuses on net neutrality, copyright, and patent law issues. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Katrina interned for the U.S. Army JAG Corps and did pro bono work with the Gulf Recovery Network at the George Washington Law School. Katrina received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and her bachelors from Emory University. Katrina was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. In her free time, she is an illustrator, web designer, musician, and comic artist. You can check out her website here

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