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
Harold Feld, Senior Vice President
Gene Kimmelman, Senior Advisor
Al Kramer, Senior Fellow
Bertram Lee, Policy Counsel
Courtney Lee, Director of Finance and Administration
Jenna Leventoff, Senior Policy Counsel
Chris Lewis, President and CEO
Lisa Macpherson, Senior Policy Fellow
Alex Petros, Policy Counsel
Meredith Filak Rose, Policy Counsel
Charlotte Slaiman, Competition Policy Director
Shiva Stella, Communications Director
Megan Stifel, Senior Fellow
Tsion Tesfaye, Communications Justice Fellow
Meredith Whipple, Digital Outreach Director
Kim Whitehead, Office Manager
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.
Harold Feld is Public Knowledge’s Senior Vice President and author of “The Case for the Digital Platform Act,” (Public Knowledge & Roosevelt Institute 2019) a guide on 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. Circuit 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.”
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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 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.
Tsion Tesfaye is a Communications Justice Fellow at Public Knowledge where she is focused on a project to promote diversity in the technology policy sector. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Tsion was the coordinator for CeasefirePA’s Motivating Young Citizens project where she taught students about community organizing and the legislative process.
Tsion received her Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. Tsion is originally from Richmond, VA, enjoys hiking, and is learning to appreciate baseball.
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.
Summer 2020 Interns
Cassie is a communications intern at Public Knowledge and a rising senior at George Washington University where she is majoring in creative writing and English. She is an active member of GW’s television station where she will serve as Creative Director for the upcoming year. Before coming to Public Knowledge she has worked in various communications roles including research, social media management, and video editing.
In her free time, Cassie likes discussing film and television with her friends and finding new comedy podcasts to enjoy.
Shannon Brunston is an intern at Public Knowledge, where she focuses on spectrum policy. Prior to returning to school, Shannon worked in the insurance and risk management industry, specializing in professional liability and cyber liability coverage. She also has experience in marketing automation.
Shannon is pursuing a Masters degree in the Technology, Cybersecurity, and Policy Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with Rotary Youth Exchange, hiking, and live music.
Samuel is a legal intern at Public Knowledge and a rising 3L at Georgetown Law. At Georgetown, Samuel works at the Center on Privacy & Technology, is on the Georgetown Law Tech Journal, and will be a member of the Communications & Technology Law Clinic in 2020. Before law school he received his B.A. from Georgia State University, working for three years at the Georgia General Assembly. Rather unsurprisingly given this work experience, he is interested in technology policy, privacy issues, and copyright reform.
He eagerly awaits the return of the English Premier League, Red Sox, and Tour de France.
Will is a legal intern at Public Knowledge, where he supports research and initiatives related to platform regulation, consumer privacy, and copyright law as well as efforts to combat the spread of misinformation. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Will has served in various communications roles, as a press liaison in the Obama White House, Director of Strategic Communications at the Glover Park Group for non-profit, government and corporate clients, and as a spokesperson traveling with Sen. Tim Kaine, during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Will currently serves as the Head of Public Engagement at PredictIt, a political prediction market exchange, where he manages academic partnerships, media relations, and user feedback. Will received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Arkansas, a business administration certificate from Georgetown, and is completing his second year at Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law.
Will is a lifelong drummer, an aspiring guitarist, fledgling cook, dog father and husband to a whip-smart Hoosier.
Sadev is a legal intern at Public Knowledge, where he is focusing on digital platform competition issues. Sadev graduated with distinction from Cornell University and is pursuing his J.D. at Georgetown Law where he was awarded the Squire Patton Boggs Public Policy Fellowship.
Prior to law school, Sadev worked in strategy and operations for enterprise technology companies as a manager at Quid, an artificial intelligence firm specializing in text analytics, and as a senior analyst at Salesforce. He is an avid Eagles fan and enjoys riding motorcycles in his free time.
Elizabeth is a legal intern at Public Knowledge and a 3L at Howard University School of Law. Previously, Elizabeth interned with the Legal Aid Justice Center in Richmond, Virginia, and worked as a Student Attorney in the Human and Civil Rights Clinic. She currently serves as a Research Assistant for Professor Lateef Mtima with a heightened concentration in intellectual property and social justice.
In the upcoming school year Elizabeth will serve as a Bryant Moore Co-Chair for the Charles Hamilton Houston Moot Court Team as well as the Communications Director for the Intellectual Property Students Association on campus. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys spinning and exercise classes.