Staff

Directory

John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney

Kristine DeBry, Vice President, Policy Strategy Center

Charles Duan, Director, Patent Reform Project

Harold Feld, Senior Vice President

Kate Forscey, Internet Rights Fellow

Natalie Green, International Policy Assistant

Martyn Griffen, Government Affairs Associate

Jodie Griffin, Senior Staff Attorney

Brynne Henn, Administrative Assistant/Interim Communications Associate

Brooke Hunter, Chief Operating Officer

Tim Ingerick, Manager, Administration & Finance

Gene Kimmelman, President and CEO

Chris Lewis, Vice President, Government Affairs

Sean M. Meloy, Campaign Manager

Laura Moy, Staff Attorney

Clarissa Ramon, Government Affairs & Outreach Associate

Carolina Rossini, Vice President, International Policy

Sherwin Siy, Vice President, Legal Affairs

Whitney Tompkins , Senior Manager, External Affairs

Michael Weinberg, Vice President

Meredith Whipple, Digital Content Associate


John Bergmayer

Senior Staff Attorney
john@publicknowledge.org
(202) 861-0020 x113
 

John Bergmayer is a senior staff attorney at Public Knowledge.

After pursuing employment as a hot dog vendor and member of the Colorado National Guard, he decided to go finish college and go to law school.  He earned a B.A. in English Literature from Colorado State University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.

John lives in the suburbs with his wife and son in a house with a white picket fence, and is in constant danger of being crushed by piles of books and old computer gear.

Kristine DeBry

Vice President, Policy Strategy Center
kdebry@publicknowledge.org
(202) 861-0020 x120

Kristine is Vice President, Policy Strategy Center, where 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
cduan@publicknowledge.org
(202) 861-0020 x119

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

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

Internet Rights Fellow
(202) 861-0020 x121

Kate joined Public Knowledge as Internet Rights Fellow in April 2014.  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.

Natalie Green

International Policy Assistant
(202) 861-0020 x122

Natalie Green is the International Policy Assistant at Public Knowledge, where she focuses on internet governance, internet freedom, and advocacy training. Prior to joining PK, Natalie was a program associate for the Internet Freedom and Human Rights project at the New America Foundation. Natalie holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and Middle East studies from The George Washington University. While at The George Washington University, she studied Arabic language in Jordan and interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Human Rights Watch. Natalie is also a volunteer student activist coordinator for Amnesty International. Natalie originally hails from the Jersey shore beach town of Wildwood, loves going for runs, and likes to spend a lot of her free time going to concerts of artists she's never heard of.

Martyn Griffen

Government Affairs Associate
mgriffen@publicknowledge.org
(202) 861-0020 x118

Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Martyn worked in the Office of Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR) first as a Legislative Correspondent and later as a Legislative Assistant dealing with issues that included Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, Homeland Security, and Telecommunications. Martyn is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas and attended the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his B.A. in History with a concentration in Diplomacy.

Jodie Griffin

Senior Staff Attorney
jodie@publicknowledge.org
(202) 861-0020 x108

Jodie Griffin is a Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge, where she specializes in telecommunications and copyright law, advocating for the public on issues that range from online music licensing to the technological transition of our phone network. Jodie is also a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School. Prior to joining PK, Jodie worked in concert production and musicology research, worked for and helped launch the independent label BMOP/sound, and was a freelance cellist and cello teacher. 

She holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, where she was the Executive Articles Editor of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal. Outside of PK, Jodie is a devoted and hopeful Buffalo Bills fan and continues to enjoy teaching cello and playing the occasional freelance gig.

Brynne Henn

Administrative Assistant/Interim Communications Associate
bhenn@publicknowledge.org
(202) 861-0020 x103

Brynne Henn is the Administrative Assistant at Public Knowledge, where she focuses on making the office run as efficiently as possible. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Brynne was an Expert at Apple, worked on the LRA Disarmament and Northern Recovery Act and The Rescue for Invisible Children, and wandered around East Africa for a few months focusing on HIV/AIDs orphanages and education.

Brynne received her B.A in Global Studies: Middle Eastern Politics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She did not have her first burrito until she moved to San Diego at 18, and now tries to make up for the fact by having at least one a week.  

Brooke Hunter

Chief Operating Officer
brooke@publicknowledge.org
(202) 861-0020 x109

Brooke Hunter is Public Knowledge's Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining PK, Brooke worked in development and leadership at several arts, media policy, and social service nonprofits. She is a member of the board of Directors at the Center for Media Justice.

Brooke has has an MFA in creative writing and poetry from Antioch University Los Angeles, as well as a BFA from Loyola University New Orleans, where she studied english, women's studies, and theatre. She likes to read, write, and work on ways to make nonprofits more effective.

Tim Ingerick

Manager, Administration & Finance
tingerick@publicknowledge.org
(202) 861-0020 x111

Tim is the Fiance Manager at Public Knowledge, he also helps with various Development and Administration duties. Prior to Public Knowledge, Tim was a Research Director at Project Vote Smart in Tucson, Arizona. Tim received his B.A. in Political Science at The University of Colorado, Boulder with a minor in Economics. Originally from Colorado, Tim is a diehard Denver Broncos fan.

Gene Kimmelman

President and CEO
(202) 861-0020 x117

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 Senior Associate with Global Partners Digital.

Chris Lewis

Vice President, Government Affairs
clewis@publicknowledge.org
(202) 861-0020 x116

Christopher Lewis is Vice President for Government Affairs and leads Public Knowledge'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.

Sean M. Meloy

Campaign Manager
sean@publicknowledge.org
(202) 861-0020 x105

Sean Meloy is Public Knowledge’s Campaign Manager and focuses on strategic planning for the organization’s communication and policy goals.

Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Sean had various campaign and public service experiences, including working for his hometown of Pittsburgh’s congressman, Mike Doyle. On the Hill he focused on the issues of education, judiciary, civil rights, government reform, and campaign finances. After leaving the Hill, Sean oversaw grassroots and membership activities at a higher education non-profit. Sean left to manage a Northern Virginia congressional race in 2012, just as he did in 2010 for Rep. Mike Doyle. Sean has also worked and consulted on many other campaigns and continues to be passionate about education and campaign finance reform, as well as the growing role of technology in our lives. 

Sean graduated from Penn State University with a B.A in Political Science and B.S. in Secondary Social Studies Education and is a certified teacher. Sean is an avid board game player, science fiction and fantasy fan, and enjoys apocalypse and disaster movies.

Laura Moy

Staff Attorney
laura@publicknowledge.org
(202) 861-0020

Laura is a Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge, where she specializes in copyright, telecommunications, and privacy issues.

Prior to joining PK she was a staff attorney at Georgetown Law's Institute for Public Representation, where she supervised law students in a clinical setting and represented nonprofit clients in privacy, copyright, and telecommunications matters. Laura received her J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Before law school she was the resident cell site expert for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. Laura is an avid fan of the DC Rollergirls.

Whitney Tompkins

Senior Manager, External Affairs
whitney@publicknowledge.org
(202) 861-0020 x100

Whitney Tompkins is the Senior Manager of External Affairs 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.

Clarissa Ramon

Government Affairs & Outreach Associatecramon@publicknowledge.org
(202) 861-0020 x104

Clarissa Ramon is a Government Affairs & Outreach Associate with Public Knowledge's Government Affairs team. In this role she supports the Vice President of Government Affairs with executing the organizations political strategy on Capitol Hill and the FCC. In her outreach role, she works to identify issues for potential collaboration with organizations outside the beltway. 

Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Clarissa was an public policy fellow with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus where she completed internships at the Department of State and for the office of Congressman Charles Gonzalez. Her interest in technology and telecommunications issues developed from her time with a non-profit in San Antonio Texas dedicated to closing the digital divide in underserved communities.

Clarissa received her Bachelors degree in Political Science from St. Mary's University in San Antonio Texas. 

Carolina Rossini

Vice President, International Policy
crossini@publicknowledge.org
(202) 861-0020

Carolina Rossini is the Vice President for International Rights and Strategy at Public Knowledge. Carolina has more than 13 years of experience in international law, negotiations of transactions, and policy, with a specific focus on internet, telecom, intellectual property, and human rights. Alongside her work at Public Knowledge, she is a Global Partners Digital International Associate and an Advisory Board Member of Open Knowledge Foundation for both the UK and Brazil. She is also an Advisory Board Member for both Saylor Foundation and of Instituto Educadigital.

Previously, Carolina was a Project Director at New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, the International Intellectual Property Director at Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF), and a Fellow at the Berkman Center at Harvard University.  Before moving to the US in 2007, Carolina worked at the Center for Technology and Society as a Project Coordinator, and as a lawyer for Telefonica’s ISP in Brazil. She has an LL.M. on IP from Boston University, an MBA from Instituto de Empresas, an MA in International Economic Negotiations from UNICAMP/UNESP, and a JD from University of Sao Paulo – USP.

Sherwin Siy

Vice President, Legal Affairs
ssiy@publicknowledge.org
(202) 861-0020 x101

Sherwin Siy is Vice President of Legal Affairs at Public Knowledge, where he coordinates the organization's work on copyright issues and analyzes their impact on domestic and international effects on IP and technology policy. Before joining PK, he served as Staff Counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, working on consumer and communications issues.

Sherwin received his JD with a Certificate in Law and Technology from UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law. While in law school, he also worked on a variety of IP issues through the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic, including library copying rights and the legitimate uses of P2P file sharing.

Michael Weinberg

Vice President
mweinberg@publicknowledge.org
(202) 861-0020 x112

Michael is a Vice President at Public Knowledge.  He oversees PK Thinks, Public Knowledge's place to explore long term trends and anticipate policy challenges.  He also focuses on the policy implications of emerging technologies such as 3D printing and open source hardware.

Michael is the author of a number of whitepapers including It Will Be Awesome if They Don't Screw it Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology and What's the Deal with Copyright and 3D Printing?  He regularly discusses the policy implications of emerging technologies in the press and at speaking events.

Michael received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.  Michael was born and raised in and around Washington, DC and looks forward to having his heart broken by the Washington football team both on and off the field every fall.

Meredith Whipple

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

Meredith is the Digital Content Associate 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. Meredith lives in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, DC, where she continues to work on community-wide efforts to shrink the digital divide.

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