Board of Directors

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Senator Orrin Hatch

In 1976, Orrin Hatch ignored a mountain of conventional wisdom when he decided to run against Sen. Frank Moss – a powerful incumbent Democrat in a time when Utah was a very blue state. The novice Republican underdog campaigned tirelessly across Utah, won an endorsement from then California Gov. Ronald Reagan, and eventually beat Moss with 54 percent of the vote.

As a statesman, Senator Hatch is perhaps best known for his chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee, a position in which he served from 1995 to 2001 and again from 2003 to 2005. Still the senior Republican on the committee, Senator Hatch has participated in the confirmation hearings of eight of the nine current Supreme Court justices and countless federal judges.

Senator Hatch has also been chairman of the Labor and Human Resources Committee (now called the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee), serving from 1981-1987. Among his many accomplishments on this committee, Senator Hatch has helped create the modern industries of generic drugs and nutritional supplements.

Senator Hatch is the fifth-most senior member of the U.S. Senate, and the most senior Republican.

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Senator Mark Warner

Mark R. Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008, and serves on the Senate’s Banking, Budget, Commerce and Rules committees. He served as Governor of Virginia from 2002-2006 after spending 20 years as a business leader in the high-tech industry.

Senator Warner was the first member of his family to graduate from college, earning a degree from The George Washington University, thanks to part-time jobs and student loans. He received a law degree from Harvard in 1980.

As a private citizen and philanthropist, Mark Warner helped create the Virginia Health Care Foundation, which has provided health care to more than 600,000 under-served Virginians, and, a referral network for older Virginians and their caregivers.

As Governor of Virginia, Mark Warner inherited budget shortfalls that ultimately grew to $6 billion. He left office four years later with a budget surplus that allowed Virginia to make the largest single investment in K-12 education in state history, key reinvestments in one of the nation’s best public university systems, and record investments in the clean-up of the Chesapeake Bay.

In 2004, Warner chaired the National Governors Association, and TIME Magazine named him one of “America’s Five Best Governors” a year later. Governor Warner’s bipartisan, results-oriented focus resulted in Virginia being designated as the nation’s “best managed state” and its “best state for business.”

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Representative Artur Davis

Representative Artur Davis is an Honorary Co-Chair of the ITIF Board of Directors. In his 3rd term in Congress, he represents Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. Congressman Artur Davis serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.

Recognized by the Washington Post, the National Journal and CNN as one of the future leaders to watch in Washington, Congressman Davis has been tapped by his peers for several important assignments. He is the co-chair of the centrist New Democrat Caucus, a group that emphasizes education and technological competitiveness. Congressman Davis also serves as a member of the House Majority Leader’s Advisory Group and as a member of the Steering and Policy Committee, which approves committee assignments and rules changes for the Democratic Caucus.

Born in 1967 in the impoverished neighborhood of West Montgomery, Alabama, Congressman Davis has built a career committed to excellence and the principles of hard work, which have propelled him his entire life. A product of Montgomery public schools, Congressman Davis excelled in academics, including graduating Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1990 and Cum Laude from Harvard Law School in 1993. Upon graduation from law school, Congressman Davis received a clerkship with Judge Myron F. Thompson, one of the first African-American judges appointed to the federal bench in Alabama. From 1994 to 1998, Congressman Davis established a 98 percent conviction rate as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama fighting white-collar criminals and the scourge of drugs and violence on our streets and in our neighborhoods. From 1998 until his election to Congress, Congressman Davis worked as a litigator in private practice.

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Representative Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa is an Honorary Co-Chair of the ITIF Board of Directors. First elected to Congress in 2000, Darrell Issa currently serves on the House Government Reform Committee where he is Ranking Member of the Domestic Policy Subcommittee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence where he serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Intelligence Community Management, and the House Judiciary Committee. He is also on a temporary leave of absence from the House Energy & Commerce Committee.

Representative Issa founded Directed Electronics, the Vista, California based industry-leading manufacturer of automobile security and convenience products. Issa has served as Chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association, served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Electronics Industry Association, and as Director of the San Diego Economic Development Association and the Greater San Diego County Chamber of Commerce. In 1994, Issa received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Inc. Magazine, Ernst & Young, and The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Darrell Issa is perhaps best known as the leader of the successful effort to recall former California Governor Gray Davis in 2003. In 1996, he also co-chaired the campaign to pass the California Civil Rights Initiative that ended racial and gender preferences and quotas in state contracting and college admissions.

Issa enlisted in the Army during his senior year in high school and attended college on an ROTC scholarship. In the Army, Issa served as a bomb disposal technician, tank platoon commander, computer R&D specialist, and attained the rank of Captain. He is a graduate of Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan and serves as a member of the University Board of Trustees. Darrell and Kathy Issa are longtime residents of Vista, California. They have one son, William.

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Vic Fazio

Former U.S. Congressman Victor H. Fazio advises clients of the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld on a range of public policy and government relations issues. Fazio served for 20 years as a member of Congress, representing California’s 3rd District.

During his tenure of distinguished public service, he was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee, serving as a subcommittee chairman or ranking member for 18 years. He was also a member of the Armed Services, Budget, Ethics and House Administration committees. In addition to his role on the Appropriations Committee, Mr. Fazio was active in the Democratic leadership of the House, holding several appointive and elected positions. He served as the vice chair of the Democratic Caucus from 1989 until 1994, when he was elected chairman, the third-ranking position in the House. He was the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the political arm of the House Democrats, for four years in the early 1990s. He also was a majority whip-at-large and served as a regional representative on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

Before his election to Congress, Mr. Fazio served in the California State Assembly. Prior to being elected to public office, he was a senior assistant to the speaker of the California Assembly.

After his retirement from Congress in 1998, Mr. Fazio served as the co-managing partner of strategic communications consulting firm Clark & Weinstock in Washington.

Mr. Fazio is a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, New York. He has a significant background in journalism and co-founded the California Journal, a periodical covering state government and politics.
Mr. Fazio serves on numerous boards, including the California Institute, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, the Campaign Finance Institute, Northrop Grumman Corporation and the National Parks Second Century Commission and Committee for a Responsible Budget. In addition, he is a member of the board of visitors of the University of California at Davis School of Medicine and a former member of the board of the Fund for the Capitol Visitor Center.

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Nancy Johnson

Nancy Johnson

Nancy Johnson is Co-Chair of the ITIF Board of Directors. She is a senior public policy advisor in Baker Donelson’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the Firm’s Federal Public Policy Group. She focuses on health care, tax and trade matters on behalf of Baker Donelson clients.

Ms. Johnson served 24 years in Congress, from 1983 to 2007, representing the fifth district of Connecticut, following 6 years of service in the Connecticut State Senate. The most senior woman in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 109th Congress, she is a recognized authority on health policy. Hailed by the non-partisan Almanac of American Politics as “one of the most active and productive legislators in the House,” Ms. Johnson’s legislative accomplishments include a variety of matters related to health care, children, taxes, manufacturing and the environment. She co-authored the national Children’s Health Insurance Program, was a principal author of the Medicare Modernization Act and authored several taxpayer rights bills as Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee. As a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee and a free-trade proponent, Ms. Johnson played an integral role in passage of every major tax bill, trade agreement and health care initiative during her tenure on the committee.

In support of manufacturing and small business, Congresswoman Johnson focused on tax incentives to invest: increasing expensing for small business, modernizing depreciation law to support high tech manufacturing, authoring the alternative research and development credit to support product development by startups and reformed the low income housing tax credit to improve affordable housing options. She was a consistent advocate for the federal program that assists small manufacturers in improving quality and productivity and of lower tax rates to maintain entrepreneurial vitality.

Representing a trading state, Ms. Johnson introduced and worked for passage of trade negotiating authority, agreements expanding market access and laws strengthening enforcement of intellectual property rights, anti-dumping and other fair trade initiatives. She worked to increase funding for Department of Commerce export promotion and support services and for the Foreign Commercial Service, and was a strong support of the EX-IM Bank. She provided extensive constituent services to those needing to be heard by the USTR or other federal agencies and worked closely with companies to better inform their employees regarding trade, tax, and other issues affecting their competitiveness and future.

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Dr. Robert D. Atkinson

Robert Atkinson is President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. He has an extensive background in technology policy and has conducted ground-breaking research projects on technology and innovation. Before coming to ITIF Dr. Atkinson was Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and director of PPI’s Technology & New Economy Project. Previously Dr. Atkinson served as Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council, a public private partnership including as members the Governor, legislative leaders, and corporate and labor leaders. Prior to that he was Project Director at the former Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. While at OTA, he directed “The Technological Reshaping of Metropolitan America,” a seminal report examining the impact of the information technology revolution on America’s urban areas. He is also author of the book, The Past and Future of America’s Economy: Long Waves of Innovation that Power Cycles of Growth (Edward Elgar, 2005). He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989.

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Bill Andresen

Bill Andresen is currently Associate Vice-President for Federal Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining Penn, Bill worked at Dutko Worldwide as Senior Vice-President where he represented a number of corporate and non-profit clients. During his time at Dutko Bill was citied as one of Washington D.C.’s most effective and influential lobbyists.

During his more than 20 year career on Capitol Hill, Bill served as Chief of Staff to Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman from 1992-2003, guiding the Senator’s policy and political agenda. As Sen. Lieberman’s Chief of Staff, Bill was named numerous times as one of the 50 most influential Congressional Staffers by Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper.

Bill started his Capitol Hill career as Chief of Staff to California Congressman Mel Levine. He served Rep. Levine in the same capacity when Levine served in the California State Assembly.

In 2004 Bill served as Vice-President for Federal Affairs at the Democratic Leadership Council, where he served as a liaison to Democratic Members of Congress and assisted the in the development of that organization’s policy and political agendas.

Bill is married with 3 children. He has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Center for Excellence in Education, the Center for Inspired Teaching, and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.. He is also President of the Science Coalition, a non-profit organization composed of 50 research universities dedicated to informing Congress and the Administration about the importance of funding basic research and is a Senior Advisor to Third Way, a progressive non-profit think tank.

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Grant Aldonas

Grant D. Aldonas

Grant D. Aldonas is the principal managing director of Split Rock International, a Washington, D.C.-based trade and investment consulting firm. Mr. Aldonas also holds the William H. Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (“CSIS”).

In addition to his work with Split Rock and CSIS, Mr. Aldonas serves as Chairman of the Board of Synapse, a non-profit microfinance entity, and as a member of the board of directors of the Center for International Private Enterprise, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, and Global Fairness Initiative. Mr. Aldonas also serves as an adjunct professor of law and member of the board of directors of the Institute for International Economic Law at Georgetown University’s Law Center.

Prior to launching Split Rock and joining CSIS, Mr. Aldonas had a distinguished career in law, business, and international economic policy. He began his career in 1980 as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department and served as a trade negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative from 1984-1985 before entering the private practice of law.

As a partner for over a decade with Miller & Chevalier in Washington, Mr. Aldonas built a broad-based, multi-million dollar international practice focusing on international trade, investment, government contracts, taxation and international dispute settlement. While in private practice, Mr. Aldonas also served as counsel to the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform in 1995 and as an adviser to the Commission on U.S.-Pacific Trade and Investment in 1996. He was appointed chair of the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Multilateral Investment Agreements, and served as vice chair of the ABA Section of International Law and Practice’s Committees on Trade and Foreign Investment.

In 1997, Mr. Aldonas left private practice to assume the role of Chief International Trade Counsel to the Senate Finance Committee. During Mr. Aldonas’ tenure on Capitol Hill, Congress enacted several historic trade bills, including the Trade and Development Act of 2000 and the grant of permanent normal trade relations to China following its accession to the World Trade Organization.

Mr. Aldonas’ tenure with the Finance Committee ended in 2001 when he was asked by President Bush to serve as the Commerce Department’s Under Secretary for International Trade. In that role, Mr. Aldonas served from 2001-2005 as one of the President’s principal advisers on international economic policy and managed a federal agency of 2,400 employees with offices in 80 countries around the world and a budget of $350 million. Mr. Aldonas also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and as Executive Director of the President’s Export Council.

Upon leaving the Bush Administration in 2005 and prior to launching Split Rock, Mr. Aldonas resumed the private practice of law as a partner with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. While practicing law, Mr. Aldonas also served as Chairman of the Board of the U.S. arm of Transparency International, the leading organization dedicated to fighting corruption and bribery worldwide.

Mr. Aldonas is a native of Minnesota and received his B.A. in International Relations in 1975 and his J.D. in 1979 from the University of Minnesota. He is married with three children.

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Bill Bonvillian

William B. Bonvillian

William B. Bonvillian, since January 2006, has been Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Washington, D.C. Office. At MIT, he works to support MIT’s strong and historic relations with federal R&D agencies, and its role on national science policy. Prior to that position, he served for seventeen years as Legislative Director and Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman. His legislative efforts at the Senator’s office included science and technology policies and innovation issues. He worked extensively on legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, on Intelligence Reform, on defense and life science R&D, and on national competitiveness and innovation legislation. He has lectured and given speeches before numerous organizations on science, technology and innovation questions, and has taught in this area at Georgetown, MIT and George Washington. He serves on the Board on Science Education of the National Academies of Sciences and was the recipient of the IEEE Distinguished Public Service Award in 2007. Prior to his work on the Senate, he was a partner at a large national law firm. Early in his career, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director of Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, working on major transportation deregulation legislation.

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Christopher G. Caine

Christopher G. Caine president and founder of Mercator XXI, a professional services firm helping clients engage the global economy. Prior to April 2009, Mr. Caine was employed by IBM Corporation for 25 years. For thirteen years he had corporate responsibility for global public policy issues that impacted IBM in his role as Vice President, Governmental Programs.

Mr. Caine also served as Director, Human Resources and Environmental Policy for IBM, responsible for public policy issues such as health-care reform, labor, personnel, health and safety, environment, and energy. Prior to that, he was Manager of Federal Government Relations and was Regional Manager of the company’s state government relations programs.

Mr. Caine represented the IBM Corporation on policy and economic development trends involving government, innovation, global electronic commerce, privacy, and new security challenges before a variety of public fora including: United States Congress; 2004 National Intelligence Council Conference convened by the Center for Strategic and International Studies: An Open and Trusted Model in Information Technology; 2003 World Knowledge Forum in Seoul, Korea: Government in an Era of Rapid Innovation along with many others.

Mr. Caine has served on the boards of The Information Technology Industry Council, European-American Business Council, The Washington International Business Council, and as a member of Department of State Advisory Committees on International Economic Policy, and International Communication and Information Policy. Mr. Caine was appointed by former Virginia Governor Mark Warner to serve on the Virginia Information Technology Investment Board. He serves on the advisory boards of the following organizations: The Global Strategy Institute, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Ford’s Theater; The Constitution Project, The Institute for Education, The Ambassador Theater, and Brainfood.

Mr. Caine has been a guest lecturer at Lafayette College and Georgetown University. In the Spring of 2008, he created the Caine Scholar’s Award for Global Leadership, Business and Policy at Lafayette College. It is designed to help develop the next generation of U.S. leaders for the globally integrated economy.

He and his wife Betsy have a daughter and son and live in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Tom Galvin

Tom Galvin is President of 463 Communications. Prior to founding that organization, Tom served as VeriSign’s Vice President of Government Relations, where he had responsibilities for the company’s extensive interactions with federal and state policy makers regarding homeland security, Internet security and telecommunications policy. He also served as Vice President of Corporate Communications and was named by Technology Marketing Magazine as a “Marketer of the Year” in 2002 for his role in shaping VeriSign’s corporate image.

Prior to VeriSign, Tom created a Washington, DC communications office for Cisco Systems just as the company launched a nationwide branding campaign. Tom later managed Cisco’s corporate public relations team. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from George Washington University.

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Dean Garfield

Dean Garfield was elected President of the Information Technology Industry Council in October 2008 by the association’s board of directors.

Dean comes to ITI after serving most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). While there, he was a member of the senior management team and was responsible for developing the association’s global strategies, securing accomplishment of key operational objectives, and forging industry alliances on behalf of the MPAA.

He was also in charge of MPAA’s Research and Technology Departments and represented the MPAA before legislative bodies and at key conferences around the world, including the European Commission and at Oxford University.

Before that, Dean was Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Recording
Industry Association of America (RIAA). He helped develop the organization’s comprehensive intellectual property policy and litigation strategies and managed several of the country’s most important intellectual property cases, including the Grokster/Kazaa case, from its filing to its resolution at the Supreme Court.

Dean has worked as an attorney in New York and Washington. He received a joint degree from New York University School of Law and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Administration and International Affairs at Princeton University. He was a Ford-Rockefeller as well as a Root-Tilden-Snow scholar.

He lives in Washington DC with his wife and two children.

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David Goldston

David Goldston is a Professor of Public Policy at Princeton University. He was appointed to run the House Committee on Science in January, 2001. Prior to becoming Staff Director, Goldston was Legislative Director for Congressman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY). Previously, he served on the Science Committee as Special Assistant on the Subcommittee on Science, Research and Technology. Goldston is a graduate of Cornell University.

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David Hart

David Hart

David Hart is Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. Dr. Hart holds a Ph.D. from MIT and taught for a decade at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, before taking up his present position as a tenured professor at GMU. Hart’s research focuses on how private and public actors craft policies together. He is the author of several books, including The Emergence of Entrepreneurship Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and Forged Consensus: Science, Technology and Economic Policy in the United States (Princeton University Press, 1998). His work reaches the policy community as well as scholars, appearing in such venues as Nature, Issues in Science and Technology, and the Congressional Quarterly Press. Hart’s expertise is frequently drawn upon by journalists; he has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Science, National Journal, and The Boston Globe, among others. He has worked with an array of public and private organizations in the U.S. and abroad, including the U.S. National Research Council, the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, the National Natural Sciences Foundation of China, and the U.K. Treasury Department. He currently chairs the Don K. Price Prize Committee of the American Political Science Association, which recognizes the best book in science and technology policy.

Rebecca Lenaburg

Rebecca Lenaburg

Rebecca Lenaburg is Associate General Counsel at Microsoft. Rebecca leads the Government and Industry Affairs team which acts as an internal think tank and is responsible for policy and strategy development, as well as outreach to Government and industry in areas including IP, interoperability, competition and innovation. From 1997-2004 she was based in Sydney Australia and was responsible for leading a diverse team of lawyers, corporate affairs professionals and communications specialists located in six countries in support of 10 Microsoft subsidiaries across Asia Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and India). Her team was responsible for representing the Company before governments and industry associations in one of the most diverse regions in the world and her team also provided all legal support and managed Microsoft’s intellectual property programs and community affairs programs in the region.

Before joining Microsoft in 1997, Becky was a partner in the law firm of McCutchen Doyle Brown & Enerson (as it was known then, now Bingham McCutchen) in San Francisco California. At McCutchen, she served on the firm’s executive committee and was the first woman to do so. Becky is a Trustee of the Seattle Repertory Theatre and also serves as a Trustee of the World Affairs Council. Becky obtained her BA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and her JD from Hastings College of the Law.

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Catherine Novelli

Catherine A. Novelli is Vice President, Worldwide Government Affairs at Apple, Inc. In that role, Ms. Novelli heads a team responsible for Apple’s federal, international, and state and local government relations. Prior to her tenure at Apple, Ms. Novelli was a partner in the Washington office of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP where she assisted Fortune 100 clients on issues involving international trade and investment.

Formerly Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe & the Mediterranean, Ms. Novelli coordinated U.S. trade and investment policy for the over 65 countries of Western Europe, Central Europe, Russia, the NIS, the Middle East and Northern Africa. She has taken a leading role in many of the most important U.S. trade negotiations in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Ms. Novelli has also played a critical role for the United States in Central Europe, Russia, Ukraine and Central Asia. As the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, she negotiated most of the bilateral trade and investment agreements that underpin our economic relationship in that region.

Prior to joining USTR, Ms. Novelli served in the Office of General Counsel at the Department of Commerce.

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Christopher Padilla

Christopher A. Padilla was named Vice President, Governmental Programs of International Business Machines Corporation in April 2009.

Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Padilla served as Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He led the International Trade Administration, a 2,000-person agency which works to develop U.S. trade policy, promotes and reviews foreign direct investment in the United States, supports U.S. exports, and ensures compliance with international trade agreements and trade laws. Mr. Padilla was also appointed by the President to serve on the Congressional-Executive Commission on the People’s Republic of China. Prior to serving as Under Secretary, Padilla was Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration.

Mr. Padilla’s government experience also includes service in the U.S. Department of State and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. From 2005-2006, he served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick, with a particular focus on U.S.- China relations, Latin America, Sudan, and international economic matters. From 2002-2005, Padilla was Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison, where he built support for free trade agreements with nations in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, as well as for multilateral agreements and initiatives.

Mr. Padilla holds both a B.A. and an M.A. in international studies from Johns Hopkins University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

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Robert Pepper

Robert Pepper is Senior Managing Director of Global Advanced Technology Policy at Cisco. He joined Cisco in July 2005 from the Federal Communications Commission where he served as chief of the office of plans and policy and chief of policy development beginning in 1989. At the FCC, he focused on issues cutting across traditional industry and institutional boundaries as a result of new technologies and convergence, and led teams implementing telecommunications legislation, planning for the transition to digital television, designing and implementing the first U.S. spectrum auctions, and developing policies promoting the development of the Internet.

Before joining the FCC, he was director of the Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy. His government service also included Acting Associate Administrator at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and initiating a program on computers, communications and information policy at the National Science Foundation. Prior to joining Cisco, Robert was Chief of Policy Development at the Federal Communications Commission.

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Shane Tews

Shane Tews is the Vice President for Global Public Policy and Government Relations for VeriSign, Inc. VeriSign operates intelligent infrastructure that enables and protects billions of interactions every day across the world’s Internet, voice, and data networks. Shane is a board member of the Internet Caucus Advisory Counsel, the Information Technology Industry Counsel, the Internet Alliance, and The United States Telecommunications Training Institute.

Prior to being at VeriSign Shane represented the Distilled Spirits Council as their lead Federal lobbyist for four years working on tax, advertising, and regulation issues. Shane has also worked for an economic think tank, Citizens for a Sound Economy working on tax, federal budget, telecommunications, appropriations, electricity deregulation, regulatory reform, labor, health care, FDA reform and legal reform.

Shane worked in Congress from 1992 to 1995 as Legislative Director to Congressman Gary Franks from Connecticut on Energy and Commerce issues. From 1989 to 1992 Shane worked in the first Bush Administration, as a special assistant to Transportation Secretary Samuel K. Skinner and in the Office of Legislative Affairs, and for the President at the White House in Cabinet Affairs.

Shane graduated from American University in 1988. She is originally from Lincoln, Nebraska.

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In Memoriam: Jennifer Dunn

Jennifer Dunn held a position as co-chair of ITIF until her untimely death on September 6, 2007. As co-chair of ITIF, Jennifer provided extraordinary leadership to the organization, offering not only her time, energy, and commitment, but also valuable insights and advice that have helped the organization get off the ground and be a success. In her work with ITIF she always put the interests of the nation first and focused on how the nation and the world could maximize innovation. We will miss her spirit and her leadership.