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.

Jennifer-CarlsonJennifer Carlson
Executive Director, Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA)
Jennifer Carlson serves as Executive Director of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) Workforce Institute. The Institute is the workforce development arm of the WTIA focused on addressing the tech industry’s workforce and diversity needs through a building a nationally registered technology apprenticeship program called Apprenti. Additionally, she serves on the Tech Councils of North America (TECNA) workforce board and as an Adjunct Professor in Graduate Studies at Seattle University. Previously, she successfully ran a $260MM P&L in 12 states, developed web based policy management systems and ran national branding initiatives for AIG Agency Auto, a billion-dollar insurance division of AIG, and managed U.S. sports and event marketing for Progressive Insurance. While Carlson began as pre-law in college, she completed her BA in technical journalism with a concentration in public relations, a minor in sociology, and has an MBA from Ohio University.

Melika CarrollMèlika Carroll
Policy Advisor, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI)
In her capacity as Policy Adviser for Senator Schatz (D-HI), Mèlika Carroll supports the Senator’s work as Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet. Carroll is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University where she offers a practicum on international business and government relations in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program. She is also the co-founder and former chairwoman of the Global Women’s Innovation Network, GlobalWIN.org. Before joining Senator Schatz’s team, Carroll was a member of and led global government affairs teams for Fortune 500 technology companies including Intel, Micron, HP and Salesforce. She holds a Bachelor in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Ottawa in Canada and a Masters of European Affairs from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

Neil ChatterjeeNeil Chatterjee        
Policy Advisor to the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Neil Chatterjee is energy policy advisor to United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. In that capacity he serves as the Leader’s liaison to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Nutrition. Over the years he has played an integral role in the passage of major highway and farm policy and he’s been a leader in the energy policy space shepherding efforts to combat cumbersome regulation and most recently working to lift the decades old ban on US crude oil exports. Prior to serving Leader McConnell Neil worked as a Principal in Government Relations for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and as an aide to House Republican Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce of Ohio. He began his career in Washington with the House Committee on Ways and Means. Neil was recently named one of the 25 Most Influential people on Capitol Hill by Congressional Quarterly and has also been named a top energy staffer to watch by National Journal and Energy and Environment Daily. He is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Lynn ClarkLynne Clark
OCP Chief, National Information Assurance Education and Training Program (NIETP), NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Program Office
Lynne Clark is the chief of the National Information Assurance Education and Training Program, which includes administration of the National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Program. Prior to this assignment, Clark was deputy chief of Workflow Resources, Education, and Development for the NSA’s Information Assurance Directorate. From 1993 to 2012, Clark was assigned to the Interagency Operational Security (OPSEC) Support Staff (IOSS), where she had responsibility for the OPSEC training and program development consultation to all federal departments and agencies with a national security mission. Prior to her tenure at the IOSS, Clark was on active duty with the U.S. Air Force; she retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1999. Clark’s academic credentials include a master’s in clinical psychology from the Fielding Institute, and a B.A. in Community Development from Baldwin-Wallace College.

Charles CooperCharles 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), Charles oversaw the Congressman’s input on the Budget Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He began his career in the U.S. Senate.

A native of Naples, FL, Charles 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.

charles eatonCharles Eaton
CEO, Creating IT Futures
, Executive Vice President, Social Innovation, CompTIA
While filling two charitable executive roles as Executive Vice President, Social Innovation, CompTIA and as CEO, Creating IT Futures, Charles Eaton helps populations that are under-represented in IT and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure and be successful in information technology careers. Under Eaton’s direction, Creating IT Futures has expanded its scope to cultivate best practices in American workforce development and tech-related STEM education. 

Eaton is often invited to participate in White House Administration workforce development campaigns and is quoted frequently in the media as an authority on tech workforce development and STEM education. In the past few years, he’s been a speaker at the US News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference, the League for Innovation STEMtech Conference, the California Workforce Association Spring Conference, the Philly Emerging Tech Conference, the National Career Pathways Network’s Annual Conference, the National Association of Veterans Upward Bound Conference and the Consortium for School Networking Conference. In 2016, he was named to the Corporate Advisory Board for Innovate+Educate

Eaton joined CompTIA and Creating IT Futures in June 2010 and has more than two decades of non-profit management experience. Previously he was responsible for fundraising, business development and marketing for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), a healthcare association focused on improving healthcare quality and patient safety. Before joining APIC, Eaton was vice president of member relations for the Consumer Electronics Association, which organizes the largest tradeshow in North America, the International CES in Las Vegas. 

Eaton graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Duke University and has four kids, ranging from elementary school-age to young adult.

David ForsceyDavid Forscey
Policy Analyst, National Governors Association
David Forscey is a Policy Analyst at the National Governors Association (NGA), where he works closely with states and federal partners on cybersecurity policy. Prior to working at NGA, he was a Fellow for National Security at Third Way, a Washington-based think tank. His research at Third Way focused on surveillance reform, cybersecurity, and counter-terrorism. Forscey earned his Juris Doctor at Georgetown University Law Center in 2015, and he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Virginia in 2011.

Rick GeritzRick Geritz (Invited)
CEO, LifeJourney
Rick Geritz is CEO and founder of LifeJourney, a scalable mentorship platform that enables students to "test drive” their future by experiencing the journey the world’s cyber leaders. Geritz has spent twenty-five years building early stage technology companies in cybersecurity, media, and education. Prior to founding LifeJourney, he was CEO of BDMetrics, and President of SafeNet, (bought by GEMALTO)a cybersecurity company serving more 25,000 customers across commercial enterprises and government agencies.

Before SafeNet, Geritz was Executive Vice-President and Board Member at Rockville, MD-based ICARUS Corporation, a chemical engineering simulation software company serving Fortune 100 critical infrastructure clients, such as Shell Chemical, and Amoco; he led the company's worldwide product development and operations until its sale to Aspen Technology (NASDAQ; AZPN).

Geritz has been a featured guest speaker on network security on “Today,” and “Innovator of the Year.” Rick is the Chairman of CyberMaryland and co-founder of the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame. He sits on the board of the UMBC Cyber Incubator. In 2014, his TEDx talk entitled “What do I want to be when I grow up” was recorded to inspire students to pursue STEM and cybersecurity-related pathways.

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.

Travis HallTravis Hall
Telecommunications Policy Analyst, Office of Policy Analysis and Development (OPAD), National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce

Dr. Travis Hall is a Telecommunications Policy Analyst for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Office of Policy and Development, focusing on Surveillance and Consumer Privacy. His portfolio includes IoT, UAS, and Blockchain, and he recently successfully concluded two privacy multistakeholder processes. He has a PhD from the Department of Media, Culture and Communication from New York University, and his dissertation research focused on the cultural contexts and histories of state identification programs, specifically those that use bodies as the media of identity (biometrics, tattoos). He has acted as a consultant for advocacy groups, academic institutes, and private companies on the technical and policy details of identification and the potential impacts of these technologies on privacy rights. Before joining the Department of Commerce, Dr. Hall taught at American University and was a research fellow at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin, Germany. He received his MA in International Communications and BA in International Relations from American University.

Tim HerbertTim Herbert
Vice President, Research & Market Intelligence, CompTIA
Tim Herbert serves as vice president of research and market intelligence at the CompTIA. Under his leadership, CompTIA produces a wide range of research and analysis to further the understanding of technology, channel and workforce trends. Herbert regularly pens articles for industry publications, presents at industry conferences and in his 18 years as a technology analyst has been cited in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED and many others. Prior to joining CompTIA, Herbert directed the research program and was a lead analyst at the Consumer Electronics Association, producer of the International CES, the largest technology event in the world. He also co-founded two startups: eBrain Market Research and the Memory-on-Demand cloud service. Herbert holds a degree in economics from John Carroll University and an MBA from George Mason University.

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.

Derek KilmerRep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA)
Derek Kilmer serves as the United States Representative of Washington’s 6th Congressional District.

With over a decade of experience working in economic development in the Puget Sound region, Derek Kilmer is focused on getting our economy and our Congress back to work. Rep. Kilmer has a strong record as a problem solver for Washington families and he's been recognized by veterans’ organizations for his support of our troops, their families, and those who have served. He received a BA from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and earned a doctorate from the University of Oxford in England.

Rep. Kilmer put his education into practice right here in Washington, first as a business consultant for McKinsey & Company, where he helped businesses, non-profits, and government agencies run more efficiently. He moved closer to the community he was raised in so he could put his experience in economic development to use helping to retain jobs and attract new employers during the decade he worked for the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County. He served in the Washington state House from 2005 to 2007 and the state Senate from 2007 until he was elected to the U.S. House in 2012. While in Olympia, he was the principal writer of the state's capital budget, and helped author a bipartisan infrastructure package that has been credited with creating 18,000 jobs. He also led a successful bipartisan effort in the Washington state Senate to balance the budget and reduce state debt. He was reelected to a second term in in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014 and chosen by his Democratic colleagues to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, one of only four ‘exclusive’ committees in the House. Rep. Kilmer serves on the Interior and Environment Subcommittee and Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee.

Rep. Kilmer is a strong supporter of Naval Base Kitsap and Joint Base Lewis-McChord and has secured key investments to ensure that these installations will continue to play an essential role in our national defense and our local economy. He also believes we must provide service members and their families, veterans, military retirees, and the civilian workforce with the support they deserve. Along with fighting for the region’s military community he has championed bipartisan efforts to better leverage federal research dollars to spur private sector innovation and job growth and bolster a 21st century workforce.

In his short time in Congress, Rep. Kilmer has already been recognized by a wide variety of groups for his effectiveness and advocacy. He's received a Silver Helmet award from AMVETS, been named a Hero of Main Street by the National Retail Federation, an Outstanding New Member by the Voices for National Service, and a Humane Champion by the Humane Society.

Jack KrumholtzJack Krumholtz
Managing Director
Glover Park Group

Since joining The Glover Park Group in July 2009, Jack Krumholtz has worked with corporate, non-profit and coalition clients to develop and manage the execution of strategic communications, advocacy and reputational campaigns. In addition, he represents clients in Congress and before the Administration on a wide range of policy issues, including antitrust and competition policy; intellectual property; online privacy; data security; agriculture, and health and wellness. In particular, he has managed campaigns at both the federal and state levels, which integrate traditional government affairs advocacy with third party engagement, paid and earned media, online strategies and research. his clients have included The Coca-Cola Company, DuPont, FairSearch.org, Open Allies for Airfare Transparency, AMD and Visa.

For 14 years prior to joining GPG, Krumholtz managed Microsoft’s federal government affairs program in Washington, D.C., serving as the company’s Managing Director of Federal Government Affairs and Associate General Counsel. He opened the Microsoft Government Affairs office in March 1995, and he oversaw its growth to nearly twenty professionals. Krumholtz directed Microsoft’s government affairs activities in the Nation’s capital and served as a key architect of the company’s public policy and outreach programs. Jack was also responsible for developing and managing Microsoft’s relationships with external groups based in Washington, including industry associations, think tanks, and other third-party opinion elites. He regularly represented Microsoft in public and with the media, and he testified before Congress on Microsoft’s behalf on a number of issues. He was named by The Hill newspaper as one of the top corporate lobbyists in Washington and was called a “K Street legend” by Politico.com.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Krumholtz was an attorney with the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson, and Hand in Washington, D.C., where he practiced in the legislative and government relations area. He graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.

Ted LieuRep. Ted Lieu (D-CA)
In 2014, Ted W. Lieu was elected to California’s 33rd Congressional District, succeeding retiring 40-year incumbent Henry Waxman. In the 114th Congress, he was elected president of the Democratic Freshman class by his colleagues. Today he serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He is also an Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus. Lieu is a former active duty officer in the US Air Force and currently serves as a Colonel in the Reserves.

As one of only four computer science majors currently serving in Congress, and as a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Information Technology, Lieu is frequently sought out for his insight on technology and innovation matters including cybersecurity, cloud computing and innovation as well as the sharing and creative economy. 

Prior to serving in Congress, Lieu was elected to the California State Senate in 2011 and the State Assembly in 2005. His legislative accomplishments include authoring landmark legislation regulating the subprime mortgage industry; a first-in-the-nation ban on gay conversion therapy for children; and a first-in-the-nation ban on the use of tanning beds for minors. 

He fought for California state tax reform that saved small businesses from millions in retroactive taxes, and tax incentives for film and TV production.  Ted also co-authored California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act and co-authored the law banning state pension funds from investing in Iran’s nuclear and energy industries.

Lieu's wife, Betty, is a Water Commissioner and a former California Deputy Attorney General.  They live in Torrance with their two sons, Brennan and Austin.

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.

Chase NorlinChase Norlin
CEO, Transmosis
Chase Norlin is the CEO of Transmosis, an organization founded by Silicon Valley Technology Entrepreneurs dedicated to the research and application of technology to strengthen the American workforce. Transmosis is a nationally recognized Workforce Intermediary focused on enabling companies to build a pipeline of skilled labor by helping individuals address skill gaps through state and federal training dollars.

Norlin was previously the founder and CEO of Emerge Digital Group (EDG), named the 8th fastest growing company in America and the #1 fastest growing company in Silicon Valley by Inc. Magazine based on revenue growth. EDG was a holding company for a portfolio of digital marketing businesses that Norlin founded and grew to $50mm in revenue in three years. EDG was one of the first advertising technology companies to execute a broad and aggressive roll-up strategy resulting in domestic and international acquisitions.

A veteran of the Internet industry, Norlin developed Sony's first online photo sharing venture, founded the first online video sharing company, and served as new venture consultant in launching Boeing's online media licensing division. Norlin is a noted speaker on digital advertising, entrepreneurship, and workforce development.

Maureen OhlhausenMaureen Ohlhausen
Acting Chairman, FTC
Maureen K. Ohlhausen was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on April 4, 2012, and was designated to serve as Acting FTC Chairman by President Donald Trump in January 2017.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ohlhausen was a partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, where she focused on FTC issues, including privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity.

Ohlhausen previously served at the Commission for 11 years, most recently as Director of the Office of Policy Planning from 2004 to 2008, where she led the FTC's Internet Access Task Force. She was also Deputy Director of that office. From 1998 to 2001, Ohlhausen was an attorney advisor for former FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle, advising him on competition and consumer protection matters. She started at the FTC General Counsel’s Office in 1997.

Before coming to the FTC, Ohlhausen spent five years at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, serving as a law clerk for Judge David B. Sentelle and as a staff attorney. Ohlhausen also clerked for Judge Robert Yock of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims from 1991 to 1992.

Ohlhausen graduated with distinction from Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University in 1991 and graduated with honors from the University of Virginia in 1984. Ohlhausen was on the adjunct faculty at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, where she taught privacy law and unfair trade practices. She served as a Senior Editor of the Antitrust Law Journal and a member of the American Bar Association Task Force on Competition and Public Policy. She has authored a variety of articles on competition law, privacy, and technology matters. Ohlhausen lives in Virginia with her husband, Peter. They have four children.

Matthew Starr
Director, Public Advocacy
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.