TEch policy across the
COLLABORATION. STRENGTH. CONNECTION.
WashingTECH and New York University's Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies join forces to convene the tech policy community, creatives, scholars, entrepreneurs, and advocates for WashingTECH's Inaugural Tech Converge Conference.
Our theme this year--Brighten the Chasm that Separates Us with Phosphorescent Light--is based on a quote by Arturo Schomburg, the Afro-Puerto Rican historian, writer, and activist who, during the Harlem Renaissance, made major contributions to the iconography of African American and Latino history and culture. The conference will amplify tech policy stakeholders across the spectrum who work to enhance an inclusive, healthy, and productive tech public policy dialogue.
" We need to brighten the chasm that separates us with phosphorescent light."
Arturo Alfonso Schomburg
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
Geoffrey Starks was nominated to serve as a Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission by the President and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on January 2, 2019. He was sworn into office on January 30, 2019.
FOUNDER & CEO, WASHINGTECH
Joseph S. Miller, Esq. is the Founder and President of WashingTECH. Founded in 2014, WashingTECH is the Inclusive Voice of Tech Law and Policy in Washington, D.C. Via its bi-weekly newsletter, podcast, and live events, WashingTECH is a hub focused on the intersection between tech law and policy, social justice, and inclusion.
Dr. Nicol Turner Lee is a fellow in the Governance Program’s Center for Technology Innovation where she researches public policy designed to enable equitable access to technology across the U.S. and to harness its power to create change in communities across the world.
DIRECTOR, WASHINGTON, D.C. OFFICE
MUSLIM PUBLIC AFFAIRS COUNCIL
Hoda oversees MPAC's strategic initiatives in government and policy by engaging those circles at the highest levels and developing an active constituency around policy. Hoda has written and spoken on subjects ranging from international religious freedom and national security to free expression and bullying. She has been featured on BBC, Al Hurra TV, Fox News, MSNBC, Voice of America, NPR and C-SPAN.
Tom Kamber is an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator and activist who has created new initiatives in aging, technology, affordable housing and the arts. As founder and executive director of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), Tom has helped over 30,000 seniors get online and created the country’s first technology-themed community center for older adults.
CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
OLDER ADULTS TECHNOLOGY SERVICES (OATS)
CO-FOUNDER & BOARD MEMBER
AFRO-LATIN JAZZ ALLIANCE
VICE PRESIDENT, PUBLIC POLICY, TELECOMMUNICATIONS & FRAUD
NATIONAL CONSUMERS LEAGUEV
John Breyault is a nationally-recognized consumer advocate with more that 15 years of experience championing the rights of consumers and the underserved. At the National Consumers League, he advocates for stronger consumer protections before Congress and
federal agencies on issues related to telecommunications, fraud, data security, privacy, aviation, live event ticketing, video gaming and other consumer concerns.
TECHNOLOGY, MEDIA & TELECOM
Lauren Wilson is a member of the Federal Regulatory and Compliance practice, where she focuses on the communications and technology sectors. Lauren uses her experience and knowledge of the US Executive Branch and the consumer watchdog community to provide clients with strategic advocacy and advice on issues such as privacy and data security, universal service, competition, interconnection and public safety.
RESEARCH & POLICY ANALYST
AMERICAN INDIAN POLICY INSTITUTE,
Brian Howard is a Research & Policy Analyst with the American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI) at Arizona State University. Prior to joining the AIPI team in November 2016, Brian served over five years as a Legislative Associate with the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, DC.
SENIOR CONSULTANT & GENERAL COUNSEL,
MÁS TALENT HR
Daiquiri Ryan is Co-Founder of
Neta Collab, LLC, a hybrid advocacy and brand development firm with a focus on cultivating positive change through socially conscious business partnerships. We use our marketing, branding, advocacy and design expertise to achieve business, social or political goals.
DIRECTOR, PRIVACY & DATA PROJECT
CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY & TECHNOLOGY (CDT)
Michelle Richardson leads CDT’s efforts to create a user-centered internet. Her team engages companies and government officials to create policies and technical solutions that protect individual privacy, empower users, and advance social justice.
INSTITUTE FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
& SOCIAL JUSTICE (IIPSJ), HOWARD UNIVERSITY
Kim Tignor is the Executive Director for the Institute for Intellectual Propert and Social Justice. Her expertise includes intellectual property, free expression, tech innovation, diversity in media, and economic justice. Throughout her career, Kimberly has focused on legal issues surrounding underprivileged persons and advancing the causes of equality and social justice. She is particularly well-versed in working across multicultural issues and topics of key interest to activists and artists of color.
DIVERSITY & TECH POLICY ADVISOR,
INTERNET LAW & FOUNDRY FELLOW
Nina Archie is a Master's in Public Policy and Law Candidate at George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government as well as the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School. She's worked as a Legislative Fellow at the House of Representatives on intellectual property and technology policy issues.
SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW,
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
Brent Skorup is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research areas include transportation technology, telecommunications, aviation, and wireless policy.
STRATEGIC OUTREACH & POLICY PARTNERSHIPS,
Chanelle Hardy is an attorney, social justice advocate and tech policy expert dedicated to advancing policies and leaders that promote opportunity and justice. At Google, Chanelle serves as Strategic Outreach Counsel and Head of Policy Partnerships for US Civil and Human Rights. In 2016, she launched her passion project: the Google Next Generation Policy Leaders learning community to identify, equip and engage the Nation’s emerging leaders in tech and justice policy.