Amanda Ahlstrand
Administrator for the Office of Workforce Investment at the Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor

Amanda Ahlstrand is the Administrator for the Office of Workforce Investment at the Employment and Training Administration. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing five divisions and their programs with the goal of implementing an integrated national workforce investment system that supports economic growth and provides workers with the information, advice, job search assistance, supportive services, and training in demand industries and occupations needed to get and keep good jobs. Before becoming Administrator in December, 2013, she served as the Acting Administrator for the office starting in October 2011.

Ahlstrand joined ETA in January 2003 as part of the Performance and Results Office, working across program offices to implement the common performance measures and providing training to the field on that topic. She joined OWI in Spring 2006 as part of the Business Relations Group, working with her team to facilitate employer engagement with the workforce system and implement a number of competitive grant programs including the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grants, H1B Technical Skills Training grants, the ARRA competitive grants, and Community Based Job Training Grants.

Prior to joining ETA in 2003, Ahlstrand worked for a private consulting firm, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and the American Society for Training and Development. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University.


Christopher Bates
Senior Counsel to Senator Orrin G. Hatch on the Senate Judiciary Committee

Christopher Bates serves as Senior Counsel to Senator Orrin G. Hatch on the Senate Judiciary Committee with primary responsibility for technology issues and intellectual property. Prior to working in the Senate, Bates was a litigation associate at Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, D.C., where he focused on commercial litigation, white collar, and appeals. Prior to joining Sidley, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas B. Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as the Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brigham Young University.


Charles Cooper
Executive Vice President, Signal Group

At SIGNAL, clients entrust Charles Cooper with solving the toughest challenges they face before government. He’s earned that trust, after more than a decade of senior experience on Capitol Hill, helping clients understand the political landscape so they can effectively position their priorities in front of Congress and the Administration. As the leader of SIGNAL’s retail practice, Cooper advises his clients on how to successfully navigate complex policy and regulatory challenges. He also helps a broad variety of Fortune 100 companies, trade associations and non-profits protect the reputations of their brands on Capitol Hill and with consumers.

Before joining SIGNAL in 2010, Cooper served as Chief of Staff to Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL) and worked in several senior roles within Republican leadership, including Policy Director at the House Republican Conference and Chief of Staff to the Republican Policy Committee. As Legislative Director for Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), he oversaw the Congressman’s input on the Budget Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Cooper began his career in the U.S. Senate. A native of Naples, FL, he holds a BA in political science and history from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Here at SIGNAL, he also heads up our charitable initiatives.


Steve Coran
Member Attorney, Lerman Senter PLLC

Stephen Coran is the Chairman of the firm’s Broadband Practice Group and serves on its Management Committee. His practice focuses on the representation of broadband providers, equipment and technology companies, and new technology firms, serving their policy, transactional, compliance and licensing needs. He actively represents a trade association before the FCC, Congress and other federal agencies in matters involving spectrum policy, internet regulation, the Universal Service Fund and other proceedings affecting wireless broadband service providers and other wireless technology interests. Coran has extensive experience in negotiating complex, multi-party transactions for the purchase, sale and financing of established and start-up communications businesses, and also drafts and negotiates spectrum lease, tower lease, dark fiber and other agreements. He has also represented financial institutions and foreign companies in connection with public and private investments. Coran also advises on regulatory compliance and FCC enforcement matters.


Amy Davine Kim
Global Policy Director and General Counsel, Chamber of Digital Commerce

Amy Davine Kim is the Global Policy Director & General Counsel for the Chamber of Digital Commerce. Prior to joining the Chamber, she advised financial institutions, blockchain-based companies, marketplace lenders, investors, and innovators on their compliance obligations under financial services laws, in particular, the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering requirements, the regulations and sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, state money transmitter laws implemented by state banking departments, and related consumer financial protection laws administered by the CFPB. She is a regular speaker on these issues, particularly as they relate to blockchain-based businesses and technologies.


David Goldman
Chief Counsel House of Representatives Communication and Technology Subcommittee

David Goldman has been the Chief Counsel for the House of Representatives Communication and Technology Subcommittee since January 2015. Before that he served as the Senior Legal Advisor for FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. He was the Commissioner’s chief advisor on issues of policy, strategy, public relations, and office operations. In addition, he had primary substantive responsibility for wireless, international, and public safety issues.

He joined Commissioner Rosenworcel’s office from the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where he served on detail as Counsel to the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet.

Prior to serving on Capitol Hill, Goldman served in a number of positions at the FCC, including in the office of Chairman Genachowski and as a Policy Advisor to the Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. He joined the agency as an Honors Attorney, serving as Attorney Advisor in the Spectrum Competition and Policy Division of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Before this, he served as Staff Law Clerk at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. He also worked as an associate at the law firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed in New York. He received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida.


Kelsey Guyselman
Telecommunications & Technology Policy Advisor, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

Kelsey Guyselman is the Telecommunications and Technology Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, responsible for advancing the President’s technology and innovation priorities. Her portfolio includes broadband, spectrum, and other telecommunications issues. Previously, she was counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, where she advised the Chairman on communications and technology matters, and law clerk at CTIA-The Wireless Association. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in Journalism and Political Science, and has her JD from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, where she also received a Certification in Communications Law Studies.


David Logsdon
Senior Director, Public Advocacy, CompTIA

David Logsdon is the senior director, public advocacy, CompTIA. In this role, he runs the association’s Space Enterprise Council. He also represents the aerospace industry on the Department of Commerce International Trade Advisory Committee on Aerospace.

Logsdon also runs CompTIA’s New and Emerging Technologies Committee (focused on the policy surrounding social, mobile, big data/data analytics, cloud, internet of things, and smart cities). He was also the staff lead for TechAmerica’s federally focused technology convergence commission which examined the impact on the public sector when social, mobile, analytics, and cloud converge. Logsdon was instrumental with the creation of regional big data collaboration hubs, bringing together federal/state/local government, private industry, non-profits, and academia to work with big data to help address issues of national importance.

Prior to TechAmerica, Logsdon ran the Space Enterprise Council, based at the US Chamber of Commerce. During his time at the Chamber, he served on the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board, providing independent guidance to both the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Transportation on policy, planning, program management and funding profiles in relation to the current state of national and international satellite navigation services. Logsdon also worked at the Aerospace Industries Association where he was second in command for the Association’s Space Council.

He holds a master’s degree from the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management in political management and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in criminal justice. He is the author of the Brown University Journal of World Affairs article “America’s Aerospace Workforce at a Crossroads”.


Jeanette Manfra
Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, Department of Homeland Security

Jeanette Manfra serves as the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C). She is the chief cybersecurity official for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and supports its mission of strengthening the security and resilience of the nation's critical infrastructure. Prior to this position, Manfra served as Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Director for Strategy, Policy, and Plans for the NPPD. Previously, she served as Senior Counselor for Cybersecurity to the Secretary of Homeland Security and Director for Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity on the National Security Council staff at the White House. At DHS, she held multiple positions in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, including advisor for the Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications and Deputy Director, Office of Emergency Communications, during which time she led the Department’s efforts in establishing the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. Before joining DHS, Manfra served in the U.S. Army as a communications specialist and a Military Intelligence Officer.


Michael O’Rielly
FCC Commissioner

Michael O’Rielly was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama on August 1, 2013 and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on October 29, 2013. He was sworn into office on November 4, 2013. On January 29, 2015, he was sworn into office for a new term, following his re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate. Prior to joining the agency Commissioner O’Rielly served as a Policy Advisor in the Office of the Senate Republican Whip, led by U.S. Senator John Cornyn, since January 2013. He worked in the Republican Whip’s Office since 2010, as an Advisor from 2010 to 2012 and Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director from 2012 to 2013 for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl. He previously worked for the Republican Policy Committee in the U.S. Senate as a Policy Analyst for Banking, Technology, Transportation, Trade, and Commerce issues from 2009 to 2010. Prior to this, Commissioner O’Rielly worked in the Office of U.S. Senator John Sununu, as Legislative Director from 2007 to 2009, and Senior Legislative Assistant from 2003 to 2007. Before his tenure as a Senate staffer, he served as a Professional Staff Member on the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the United States House of Representatives from 1998 to 2003, and Telecommunications Policy Analyst from 1995 to 1998. He began his career as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Tom Bliley from 1994 to 1995. Commissioner O’Rielly received his B.A. from the University of Rochester.


Brent Parton
Deputy Director, Center on Education and Skills, New America

Brent Parton is the deputy director of the Center on Education and Skills with the Education Policy program at New America. The Center is dedicated to building learning-based pathways to economic opportunity that can begin inside or outside of formal higher education. His work focuses on federal and state policies to scale those pathways, and ensure their quality and relevance within an evolving economy. Prior to New America, Parton served as a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor. There he advised leadership on a range of skills issues including the expansion of apprenticeship, the design of investments in regional industry-workforce partnerships, and enhancing federal interagency coordination on skills initiatives. Parton has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in international education policy, both from Vanderbilt University, where he is also an adjunct professor.


Charla Rath
Vice President, Wireless Policy Development, Verizon

Charla Rath joined Verizon in January 2010 as Vice President – Wireless Policy Development, where she leads a team engaged in the development of Verizon’s public policy positions on long term spectrum policy issues. Previously, as Executive Director – Spectrum and Public Policy at Verizon Wireless, Rath worked with the company’s business development and network planning groups to address policy and regulatory issues related to the acquisition of spectrum. Prior to joining Verizon Wireless, Charla was Vice President – Strategic Affiliations, of NextWave Telecom Inc. and Vice President of Freedom Technologies, Inc., a Washington, DC-based telecommunications consulting firm. Rath also served as advisor to FCC Chairman Alfred C. Sikes on common carrier and spectrum policy issues and as a primary specialist in spectrum and internet policy at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Charla is a member of the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, which advises the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at NTIA on a broad range of spectrum policy issues. She has an M.A. in science, technology, and public policy from The George Washington University and a B.S.F.S. (Foreign Service) in international economics and finance from Georgetown University.


Jeremy Robbins
Executive Director, New American Economy

Jeremy Robbins is the executive director of New American Economy, a bipartisan coalition of more than 500 CEOs and mayors making the economic case for immigration reform. Robbins previously worked as a policy advisor and special counsel in the Office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Robert Sack of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, a Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellow working on prisoner rights issues in Argentina, and a litigation associate at WilmerHale in Boston where, along with working on general corporate litigation matters, he was part of the firm’s team representing six Bosnian men detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights, and federal courts in Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts. He received a JD from Yale Law School and a BA in political science from Brown University.


Seth Robinson
Senior Director, Technology Analysis, CompTIA

Seth Robinson joined the CompTIA Research team in January 2011 as the Director of Technology Analysis. In this role, he focuses on the technology trends that are shaping the IT industry, as well as participate in research on macro trends and channel activity. The goal of this research is to produce intelligence that will help CompTIA member more accurately predict market behavior and align their business models and offerings. From a technology standpoint, he is particularly interested in the three trends of cloud computing, mobile technologies, and social applications are working together to change IT in the future.

Prior to joining CompTIA, he worked in processor design at IBM. His team build the chips for the gaming industry (Xbox360, Wii, and Playstation3). Through this work, he was able to see how customers were exploring advances in microprocessor design to capture a growing market in consumer electronics. This consumerization of technology is now making its way into the enterprise, making for a challenging environment for traditional IT departments.


Matthew Starr
Director, Public Advocacy, CompTIA

Matthew Starr leads CompTIA’s Federal Privacy and Broadband & Telecom Committees. He advocates on behalf of the tech industry to members of Congress and federal agencies on issues such as data security and privacy standards, broadband and spectrum access, and net neutrality. Prior to joining CompTIA, Starr served as a legal fellow at TechFreedom and the International Center for Law & Economics where he focused on issues such as net neutrality and access to wireless spectrum. Before working at TechFreedom and ICLE, he was a public policy fellow at Comcast.

Starr is a member of the New York State Bar, and received his J.D. from Catholic University in 2011 where he was enrolled in the Institute for Communications Law and was heavily involved in a number of organizations dedicated to legal issues in the Internet and technology sector. He received his BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.


Tracey Welson-Rossman
Founder, TechGirlz

Tracey Welson-Rossman is the founder of TechGirlz. She is also a founding member of, and chief marketing officer for, Chariot Solutions, a Philadelphia-based Java and open source software development and consulting firm. After graduating from Drexel, Welson-Rossman started her career in retail management and advertising sales. She learned about lead development, marketing, and distribution in these roles, but what she really learned was that she’s an entrepreneur at heart. In 1996, she bought a New Jersey-based child transportation company called KangaKab. In 1999, with revenues at $2.5 million and having started a branch in Pennsylvania, she sold KangaKab. As the director of sales and marketing for accounting software provider Skylight Systems, she developed and executed marketing and channel efforts around one of the first-ever hosted accounting products. This program supplemented the existing sales of RFS, Skylight’s server based flagship product. It was very early on for the web-hosted software concept, but several firms began to use this product for their clients. Welson-Rossman is also the founder and current chair of the Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference, (ETE), which is held in Philadelphia each year. ETE attracts world-renowned thought leaders in cutting-edge technologies and serves as a community forum for regional technology companies. She is one of the founding board members of Philadelphia Startup Leaders, a regional organization dedicated to growing technology startup businesses.


Joel Waterfield
Director, State and Local Tax Practice
Grant Thornton

Joel Waterfield is a Managing Director within Grant Thornton’s Atlantic Coast Market Territory for the State and Local Tax Practice. In addition, he serves as the National Tax Leader for the firm’s Technology Industry Practice (TIP). He is experienced in all areas of state and local taxation with an emphasis on transaction taxes for diverse industries including high tech, manufacturing, utilities, construction, and retail. With over 20 years of experience with state and local taxes, Waterfield is considered the area expert in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, as well as an industry expert in the high-tech, telecom and government contracting fields. He received a B.A. from Virginia Wesleyan College.


Darrell M. West
Vice President and Director, Governance Studies
Founding Director, Center for Technology Innovation

Darrell M. West is vice president and director of Governance Studies and holds the Douglas Dillon Chair. He is founding director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings and Editor-in-Chief of TechTank. His current research focuses on educational technology, health information technology, and mobile technology. Prior to coming to Brookings, West was the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University. West is the author or co-author of 22 books and is the winner of the American Political Science Association’s Don K. Price award for best book on technology (for Digital Government) and the American Political Science Association’s Doris Graber award for best book on political communications (for Cross Talk). He has delivered many lectures in more than a dozen different countries around the world.


Michelle White
Director, Shared Services & IT Products Contract Operations, GSA

Michelle White has more than thirteen years of federal information technology procurement experience and is currently the Director of Shared Services and Information Technology Products Contract Operations in the Information Technology Category in the Federal Acquisition Services at GSA. She previously served as a contracting officer for multiple IT and telecommunications contracts at GSA. White graduated from N.C. State University in Raleigh, North Carolina and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She serves as the program manager for the distributed ledger technology project to automate the IT Schedule 70 FASt Lane proposal review process.

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