Staff

Directory

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

Courtney Duffy, Robert W. Deutsch Arts & Technology Policy Fellow

Harold Feld, Senior Vice President

Kate Forscey, Associate Counsel, Government Affairs

John Gasparini, Policy Fellow

Yosef Getachew, Policy Fellow

Dallas Harris, Policy Fellow

Sara Kamal, Policy Fellow

Gene Kimmelman, President and CEO

Chris Lewis, Vice President

Steven Pallickal, Technology and Policy Fellow

Raza Panjwani, Policy Counsel

Melanie Penagos, International Policy Associate

Meredith Filak Rose, Staff Attorney

Gus Rossi, Global Policy Director

Eboni Speight, Director of Human Resources and Administration

Shiva Stella, Communications Director

Megan Stifel, Cybersecurity Policy Director

Whitney Tompkins , Senior Development Manager

Meredith Whipple, Digital Content Manager


Phillip Berenbroick

Senior Policy Counsel
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Phillip is Senior Policy Counsel 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 Counsel
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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.

Annemarie Bridy

Visiting Senior Fellow
(202) 861-0020

 
 

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.

Courtney Duffy

Robert W. Deutsch Arts & Technology Policy Fellow
(202) 861-0020

 
 

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.

Yosef Getachew

Policy Fellow(202) 861-0020
 
 

Yosef is a Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge where he works on a variety of technology and communications 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.

Dallas Harris

Policy Fellow(202) 861-0020 x124
 
 

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

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.

Sara Kamal

Policy Fellow(202) 861-0020
 
 

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

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 (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.

Steven Pallickal

Technology and Policy Fellow
(202) 861-0020

 
 

Steven is a Technology and Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge, where he focuses on internet and technology policy matters. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Steven worked at the United Nations Development Programme, where he focused on anti-corruption for sustainable development, and at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, through which he provided support to the peace process in Myanmar. Steven received his B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and Master’s from Columbia University in Conflict Resolution. During his time there, he was awarded Columbia SIPA Dean’s Public Policy Grant for using ICTs to solve global policy problems. He enjoys hobbies such as playing basketball, video games, and the piano alongside developing websites and building drones. 

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.

 

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 is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin.

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.
 

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.

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.

 

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.

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