Staff

Directory

Phillip Berenbroick, Policy Director

John Bergmayer, Legal Director

Kristine DeBry, Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel

Harold Feld, Senior Vice President

Dylan Gilbert, Policy Counsel

Gene Kimmelman, Senior Advisor

Al Kramer, Senior Fellow

Bertram Lee, Policy Counsel

Jenna Leventoff, Senior Policy Counsel

Chris Lewis, President and CEO

Meredith Filak Rose, Policy Counsel

Charlotte Slaiman, Senior 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

Adonne Washington, Extern


Phillip Berenbroick
Policy Director
(202) 861-0020 x104
phillip@publicknowledge.org

Phillip is Policy Director at Public Knowledge and 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, and the Federal Communications Commission, and at executive agencies.

Before joining Public Knowledge, Phillip advised tech startups and small businesses on broadband policy. He previously worked as an attorney in the technology, media, and telecommunications practice of an international law firm, and as a policy counsel working on broadband, spectrum, and competition issues at a technology trade association. Phillip’s public service experience includes work as a legal fellow on Capitol Hill and as the chief legislative advisor to a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Phillip received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is a graduate of Tufts University. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia Bar.

John Bergmayer
Legal Director
(202) 861-0020 x113
john@publicknowledge.org

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.

Kristine DeBry
Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel
(202) 861-0020 x120
kdebry@publicknowledge.org

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
(202) 861-0020 x110
hfeld@publicknowledge.org

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
Policy Counsel
(202) 861-0020 x124
dylan@publicknowledge.org

Dylan Gilbert is Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge where he advocates for the public interest with a focus on government affairs. His core work includes privacy, copyright reform, and a variety of telecommunications and platform-related 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 a performer, producer, and music supervisor.

Dylan holds a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and a B.A. 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
(202) 861-0020 x117
gene@publicknowledge.org

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 Fellow on the Thurman Arnold Project at Yale University; 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 board of International Media Support.

Al Kramer
Senior Fellow
(202) 861-0020 x121

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.

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Bertram Lee
Policy Counsel
(202) 861-0020 x101
bert@publicknowledge.org

Bertram Lee is Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge focusing on algorithmic decision-making, artificial intelligence, broadband spectrum, online content moderation, consumer protections, and platform liability.

Prior to joining Public Knowledge Bert was Policy Counsel at the Committee for Education and Labor under Chairman Robert C. Scott covering technology, labor, and health care issues for the Committee. He also served as an Associate at Laura Murphy & Associates where he helped develop strategy for the Facebook civil rights audit.

Bertram received his J.D. from Howard University School of Law and his B.A. from Haverford College. In his free time Bert is an avid Wizards and Liverpool F.C. fan.

Jenna Leventoff
Senior Policy Counsel
(202) 861-0020 x123

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.

Chris Lewis
President and CEO
(202) 861-0020 x116
clewis@publicknowledge.org

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.

Meredith Filak Rose
Policy Counsel
(202) 861-0020 x108
mrose@publicknowledge.org

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.

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Charlotte Slaiman
Senior Policy Counsel
(202) 861-0020 x100
charlotte@publicknowledge.org

Charlotte is Senior 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
COO
(202) 861-0020 x112
eboni@publicknowledge.org

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
(405) 249-9435
shiva@publicknowledge.org

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
(202) 861-0020 x127

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
(202) 834-4144
megan@shcchs.net

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
(202) 861-0020 x102
meredith@publicknowledge.org

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
(202) 861-0020
kimberly@publicknowledge.org

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. 

Adonne Washington
Extern
adonne@publicknowledge.org

Adonne is an extern at Public Knowledge. Adonne is in her third year at Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. Adonne received her B.A. in Social Relations and Policy with a minor in Public Relations from Michigan State University. Adonne has worked at at Honigman, a large full-service law firm in Detroit, Michigan, and at the NCAA Office of Government Relations. Adonne is a teaching assistant for the Intellectual Property Trademark Clinic at Howard University. She is an e-board member for the Intellectual Student Property Association, as well as a member of the Black Student Law Association and the Sports and Entertainment Law Student Association. She also currently serves as the Class of 2020 Secretary. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, attending concerts and spending time with her family and friends.