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Charles Duan, Director, Patent Reform Project
Harold Feld, Senior Vice President
Martyn Griffen, Government Affairs Associate
Jodie Griffin, Senior Staff Attorney
Brooke Hunter, Chief Operating Officer
Tim Ingerick, Manager, Administration & Finance
Chris Lewis, Vice President, Government Affairs
Sean M. Meloy, Campaign Manager
Whitney Tompkins , Senior Manager, External Affairs
Clarissa Ramon, Government Affairs & Outreach Associate
Sherwin Siy, Vice President, Legal Affairs
Michael Weinberg, Vice President
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John Bergmayer is a Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge.
John specializes 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. He is a member of the Colorado bar and a graduate of the University of Colorado Law School.
Bartees Cox joined Public Knowledge as a Communications Associate in August 2012 after interning with Free Press as a Communications and Policy Assistant. While at Free Press he worked on media ownership, spectrum policy and municipal broadband issues. Prior to joining Free Press, Cox was public relations intern at Crosby-Volmer International Communications, The Urban League and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. His passion for intellectual property and media reform stem from watching minority communities' ability to succeed lessen due to lack of broadband-based technologies and services in minority areas. Bartees received a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma where he was a Gaylord College fellow.
Charles is the Director of Public Knowledge's Patent Reform Project, where he focuses on patent policy and promoting technological innovation. Most recently before joining PK, he was a research fellow with the University of Colorado, where he investigated law and policy issues arising out of new Internet framework technologies, as part of the National Science Foundation's Future Internet Architectures project. He also previously worked as a software developer at a Silicon Valley startup, and then practiced patent law in Southern California. As an attorney he prosecuted and litigated patents, often on behalf of startups and small companies in the information technology industry.
Charles received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and holds an A.B. in Computer Science, magna cum laude, from Harvard College. He is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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, Feld 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."
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 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.
Brooke Hunter is Public Knowledge's Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining PK, Hunter 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. Hunter 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 joined Public Knowledge as an Administrative Assistant in September 2009. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Tim worked as a Research Director and Intern Coordinator with Project Vote Smart. Tim earned his B.A. in Political Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Christopher Lewis came to Public Knowledge in August 2012 after three and a half years at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) where he most recently served as Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs and advised the FCC Chairman on legislative and political strategy. While at the FCC, Chris worked on a variety of communications and technology issues including the national digital television transition, the National Broadband Plan, network neutrality, privacy, and spectrum policy; Lewis also served as staff for the FCC's Technological Advisory Council. Prior to joining the FCC, Chris was the North Carolina Field Director for Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign and worked for the campaign in several primary states. Chris graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelors degree in Government.
Sean comes to Public Knowledge after most recently running a congressional campaign in Northern Virginia and, before that, working on higher education policy at a DC-based non-profit. Sean was the campaign manager for Congressman Mike Doyle in 2010 and also served on his DC legislative staff handling education and judiciary issues. Sean is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Penn State University with degrees in Secondary Social Studies Education and Political Science. He is very interested in the ever-evolving state of online education and the impact that broadband internet policy will have on it.
Whitney Tompkins joined Public Knowledge as Executive Assistant and office manager in October 2007. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Whitney worked as a freelance event planner to local venues in the Washington Metropolitan area and as a Coordinator for the American Beverage Association. Whitney studied English at George Mason University and still assists in event planning in her spare time.
Prior to joining PK, Clarissa completed a public policy fellowship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute where she completed placements at the Department of State and the Office of Congressman Charles A. Gonzalez.
She is passionate about the ways in which public policy impacts underrepresented communities and hopes to help build valuable coalitions to inform people of their digital rights. Clarissa's interest in these issues stem from her time with the Guadalupe Street Coffee Shop in San Antonio Texas which provided free internet and computer access to the surrounding community. Clarissa graduated with a Bachelors degree in Political Science from St. Mary's University in her hometown of San Antonio Texas.
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 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 every fall.
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