Speaker Biographies

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Jason BoxtJason Boxt
Executive Vice President, Penn Schoen Berland
Jason Boxt is an Executive Vice President based in the Washington DC office, overseeing the growth and development of the firm’s corporate client base. Boxt has worked in the public affairs and public opinion research spaces for nearly 20 years, with expertise in communications and digital research, reputation and brand management, message development and issue advocacy.

Before PSB, Jason spent more than eight years at The Glover Park Group, a Washington, D.C.-based strategic communications firm, the final three of which he spent leading its research and analytics team as Managing Director. Prior to GPG, he was the Director of National Advocacy at the Center for U.S. Global Engagement. Before GPG, he served as National Deputy Political Director at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). In both roles, he provided political guidance and cultivated “grass tops” advocacy, encouraging citizen activists to become involved in the political process.

Boxt began his career in public opinion research at Roper Starch in August of 1999, before joining Global Strategy Group in 2000. A native of South Carolina, he received his undergraduate degree in International Studies at the University of South Carolina and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Columbia University.

Melissa-Glidden-TyeMelissa Glidden Tye
Vice President, Public Policy, Verizon
Melissa Glidden Tye is Vice President, Public Policy for Verizon. In that role, she advances Verizon’s federal and state domestic policy, regulatory, and legislative objectives through direct advocacy to policymakers as well as work with strategic partners. Glidden Tye works on a wide range of issues, but specializes in Internet of Things policy, including connected cars, unmanned aerial systems (“drones”), smart community solutions, and more.

Prior to joining Verizon in 2014, Glidden Tye served as the lead regulatory counsel for a large wireless device manufacturer, where she acted as an advocate for the company before federal agencies on a variety of issues, including spectrum policy, accessibility, privacy, IP and patent policy, device regulation, and international trade. She joined that company after gaining significant experience as a Legal Advisor in the Wireless Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission, where she helped guide the agency's position on a number of wireless issues, including spectrum policy, privacy, stolen cell phones, and wireless mergers and acquisitions. Glidden Tye began her career as a telecommunications associate at a major Washington, DC law firm. She graduated summa cum laude from Roger Williams University in 2000, and is a 2005 graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was the Editor in Chief of the Harvard Journal on Legislation.

Matt-KelloggMatt Kellogg
Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel to the House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy
Matt Kellogg serves as Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel to the House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. He is responsible for developing the Majority Leader’s policy priorities, and working to advance the priorities of the House Republican Conference through the legislative process. His portfolio includes a number of policy issue areas, including: energy, environment, telecommunications, financial services and judiciary issues, among others. Previously, he served as General Counsel at the Independent Petroleum Association of America. Kellogg earned his law degree from Albany Law School and his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo. He is a member of the New York State Bar.

Bill-NewhouseBill Newhouse
Deputy Director, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Program Office, NIST
Bill Newhouse is the Deputy Director of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), and Senior Security Engineer at that National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE). Both NICE and the NCCoE are part of the Applied Cybersecuirty Division in the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

As the deputy director of NICE, he leads and promotes efforts within government and with those involved in cybersecurity competitions to foster, energize, and promote a robust network and an integrated ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development that can more effectively secure cyberspace.

At the NCCoE, he is leading the drafting of building blocks that address broad technology gaps in cybersecurity implementations that affect multiple sectors. These projects rely on insight and passion from members of various industries who share a common goal of meeting a particular cybersecurity need and will demonstrate commercially available technologies that provide cybersecurity improvements to the multiple sectors addressed.

Additionally, Newhouse promotes cybersecurity R&D efforts as a co-chair of a Federal cybersecurity interagency working group and as a regular representative to other federal cybersecurity R&D working groups.

Before coming to NIST in 2010, Newhouse spent five years in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he worked initially with the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)) and then with the Office of the Chief Information Officer for Identity and Information Assurance focused on cybersecurity R&D and technology discovery. He utilized the Defense Venture Catalyst Initiative (DeVenCI) to focus on innovative companies working in areas that had the potential to improve cybersecurity. Newhouse started his Federal career at NSA evolving from telecommunications to information assurance to cybersecurity. Newhouse is a graduate of both the Georgia Institute of Technology and George Washington University and has been with the federal government for over 29 years.