Press Release

Public Knowledge Welcomes New Chair, Members to Board of Directors

March 9, 2020 ,

Public Knowledge is proud to announce the election of new leadership to its Board of Directors. The Public Knowledge Board recently elected Daphne Keller and Michal Rosenn to join 10 other board members to provide Public Knowledge with strategic counsel and leadership. We also welcome Virginia Lam Abrams, who has been an active board member since 2015, as the new Chair. 

The Public Knowledge Board also elected Laurent Crenshaw of Eaze to serve as the Board’s Secretary and Kevin Werbach of the University of Pennsylvania to continue as Board Treasurer. All of the Public Knowledge staff and Board members, present and past, offer a hearty thank you to Maura Corbett, who stepped down from the position as Board Chair after four and a half years of leadership, and continues to serve as a regular board member.

The following can be attributed to Virginia Lam Abrams, Chair of the Public Knowledge Board of Directors and Senior Vice President at Starry:

“Now, more than ever, we need organizations like Public Knowledge leading the dialogue on policy that simultaneously protects the public interest and free expression and stimulates creativity and technology innovation. It has been a privilege to serve on the Public Knowledge board and I’m honored to now serve as Chair. I’m grateful for the support of my fellow board members, particularly Maura Corbett, whose steady hand and tremendous board leadership helped successfully guide Public Knowledge over the last four and a half years. I’m looking forward to working with Chris and the leadership team to continue to expand Public Knowledge’s reach and voice across the country.”

The following can be attributed to Chris Lewis, President and CEO of Public Knowledge:

“I am excited about the new leadership stepping up on our Board of Directors, especially Virginia Lam Abrams who has taken over as our Board’s Chair. Virginia is the right person to follow our long-serving Chair, Maura Corbett, after Maura’s stewardship through our President and CEO change last year. Like Maura, Virginia brings a keen understanding of the important role that Public Knowledge plays in the policymaking community. Her experience in Washington policy circles is matched by her connections with the technology and business communities outside Washington. Virginia’s use of her network has set an example for other Board members on the different ways to promote Public Knowledge’s expertise to new audiences and allies. I am grateful for Virginia, Laurent, and Kevin’s willingness to lead our Board and to be the support that our staff needs during this critical time in tech policy.”

The Public Knowledge Board also recently elected two new members, Daphne Keller, Director of the Program on Platform Regulation at Stanford, and Michal Rosenn, General Counsel at Expa.

Daphne Keller directs the Program on Platform Regulation at Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center. Her work examines internet regulation with a focus on users’ rights and the public interest. She has published both academically and in popular press; testified and participated in legislative processes; and taught and lectured extensively in the U.S. and globally. Her recent work focuses on legal protections for users’ free expression rights when state and private power intersect, particularly through platforms’ enforcement of Terms of Service or use of algorithmic ranking and recommendations.

Michal Rosenn serves as General Counsel of Expa, a global community of entrepreneurs helping each other bring their companies to life. She was previously General Counsel of Kickstarter, the leading funding platform for creative projects. In both roles, Michal has focused on public policy, a creative and inclusive approach to advocacy, and a commitment to the public interest in the technology sector. While at Kickstarter, she helped lead the company’s conversion to Public Benefit Corporation status and made the company a leading voice for public policy in the technology community. Michal led the company’s efforts on a range of public policy initiatives, including fighting to preserve net neutrality, advocating for users’ free expression and privacy rights, and championing a fair patent system. She’s continued this policy work at Expa, building upon the company’s existing advocacy for immigrant rights and expanding its advocacy on behalf of entrepreneurs and creators.

The following can be attributed to Virginia Lam Abrams, Chair of the Public Knowledge Board of Directors and Senior Vice President at Starry:

“We’re thrilled to welcome Daphne and Michal to the Public Knowledge board. Their deep and diverse policy expertise and industry experience will be a tremendous asset in expanding the reach of Public Knowledge’s work. Board diversity is an important element to growing and sustaining a high-performing organization. With the addition of Daphne and Michal to the board, we’re strengthening a key asset to support Chris and the Public Knowledge team as they continue to sound the alarm on critical policies that will shape the future of our country.”

You may view our board of directors page for more information on all new board members.