Courtney Tanenbaum (@courttanenbaum) is a senior researcher and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) marketing and research lead at AIR. She is a graduate of the Institute for Education Leadership’s DC Education Policy Fellowship Program. Since joining AIR in May 2003, she has worked on several research and evaluation studies focused on federal policies and initiatives designed to improve the outcome of disadvantaged students and underrepresented minorities, both in K-12 and higher education.
Currently, Dr. Tanenbaum serves as the principal investigator for the National Study of the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Under this grant she is responsible for managing the project, writing data-driven issue briefs on issues related to the participation of underrepresented minorities and women of all races and ethnicities in STEM. Most recently she contributed to an issue brief examining graduate student debt levels and one examining gender differences in the early career pathways of new STEM doctoral recipients. She also led a two-day symposium examining the implicit and explicit biases, barriers and challenges underrepresented groups of individuals in STEM encounter along their academic and career pathways, and how institutions of higher education and STEM academic departments can use this research to develop more effective recruitment and retention programs and practices.
Under a previous grant from the National Science Foundation, Dr. Tanenbaum served as the task lead for the implementation analysis of the national evaluation of the grant program. As task lead, she conducted multiple site visits to institutions of higher education participating in the grant, during which she led interviews with college deans, grant program leadership, faculty, and undergraduate and graduate students. She led the coding and analyses of the data collected during site visits to inform the implementation component of the evaluation.
Dr. Tanenbaum also serves on several studies of federal policy. She serves as a data collection and analysis task lead for the Impact Evaluation of Race to the Top and School Improvement Grant (SIG) programs. In this role, she has contributed to an evaluation brief examining school turnaround policies, practices, and strategies in SIG, the first and second year evaluation reports. She is also lead author on an evaluation brief examining state capacity to support school turnaround.
Dr. Tanenbaum serves as the deputy project director for the Equitable Distribution of Effective Teachers study, for which she assists in the overall management of the project, leads the collection and analysis of data gathered through interviews with officials, and serves as a lead author of the final evaluation report. In addition, she leads the school-level data collection and analysis task for the Early Implementation of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Study. In this role, Dr. Tanenbaum is responsible for producing a policy brief exploring school-level perspectives on the implementation of ESEA flexibility that will be shared with U.S. Department of Education staff to inform future policy making, and for contributing to a key highlights report that will be released to the public.
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Casey Rae (@caseycontrarian) is the Chief Executive Officer of the Future of Music Coalition. He is also a musician, recording engineer, educator and author. Casey regularly speaks on issues such as emerging business models, creators' rights, technology policy and intellectual property at major conferences, universities and in the media. He has testified before Congress on artist rights and is committed to building bridges across sectors in order to identify possible solutions to common challenges. Casey has written dozens of articles on the impact of technology on the creative community in scholarly journals and other publications, and is a regular commentator on the impact of technology on creators in media outlets such as NPR, Washington Post, New York Times, Politico, Billboard, L.A. Times, Gizmodo, The Hill, Ars Technica, Sirius XM Radio and more. Casey is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, an instructor at Berklee Online and the President of the Board of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. He is the principal of Heru.us, a media, technology and policy consultancy. In his "spare time," he runs the DC-based label Lux Eterna Records and publishes The Contrarian Media.
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Jason Llorenz is a professor, researcher and advocate with over a decade of federal and state-level policy development, strategic communication, and legal experience. His research interests focus on:
• Digital literacy and universal inclusion on the Internet
• Telecommunications and Internet policy
• Digital and social media in the innovation economy
Jason teaches courses in digital communication and policy at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information.
Jason's writing appears in the Huffington Post, and he is often sought for comment on the issues facing the digital divide and universal digital inclusion. Jason has been interviewed on this subject by media outlets including the Washington Post and National Public Radio. A regular speaker, Jason has led discussions on Capitol Hill, in state capitols, and for groups and associations. He has been a speaker for SXSWEdu, SXSW Interactive, the Delegation of the European Union, the National Caucus of State Legislators (NCSL), the National Council of La Raza, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, LATISM, and many others.
Jason holds a BA from Cazenovia College, and Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. He serves as an advisory board member of the Multicultural Media Technology & Internet Council (MMTC), which honored him for outstanding service in 2015. He is a board member of the Energy Equity Alliance and the DC Casineros Dance Company. He is a Member of the New York State Bar.
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Kevin Clark, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Division of Learning Technologies, and Founding Director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Kevin Clark is a full professor in the Learning Technologies Division of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. His research interests include the role of interactive and digital media in education; issues of diversity in educational media; and broadening participation in STEM careers and disciplines. In addition to his scholarly activities, Dr. Clark has more than 20 years experience as a designer, advisor, and consultant to organizations such as: National Park Service, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Common Sense Media, Fred Rogers Center, Disney Junior, Jim Henson Company, and DHX Media.
Because of his work, Dr. Clark has also been honored by the White House as a STEM Access Champion of Change. and selected as a Fellow for theTelevision Academy Foundation Faculty Seminar. Dr. Clark holds both a B.S. and M.S. in computer science from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Pennsylvania State University. Click here for the Full Bio
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David Goodfriend is Founder and President of Goodfriend Government Affairs, with current and past clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies, to start-up ventures, to non-profit advocacy organizations in the telecommunications, media, technology, homebuilding, and renewable energy sectors.
David served as Deputy Staff Secretary to President William Jefferson Clinton; professional staff member to congressional committees chaired by Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Charles B. Rangel (D-NY); and Media Legal Advisor to a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission. In the private sector, David was Vice President of Law and Public Policy at DISH Network, the second largest satellite TV provider in the U.S. He was a telecommunications associate at the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
David handles matters before the U.S. Senate and House, particularly the Judiciary and Commerce committees; the Federal Communications Commission; the Department of Justice Antitrust Division; the National Telecommunications and Information Administration; the Rural Utility Service; and the White House.
David is a Professorial Lecturer in Law (adjunct faculty) at the George Washington University Law School, specializing in telecommunications and technology policy, and a guest lecturer in the Georgetown University undergraduate government program. Starting in Fall of 2013, David will be an Adjunct Professor of Law at The Georgetown University Law Center.
David was named by Multichannel News as one of the “40 Under 40” and by Broadcasting & Cable as a “Fifth Estater.” He has been past co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Legislation Committee and serves on the Advisory Board of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council.
David received his J.D., cum laude, from The Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Beloit College.
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Shana Glickfield (@dcconcierge) is a founding Partner of Beekeeper Group, a DC-based public affairs firm, where she helps a wide array of clients with their communications and advocacy strategies, focusing on websites, social media, and mobile technology for online community building.
Prior to launching Beekeeper Group, Shana was the Online Community Director for NextGenWeb.org, the online community of USTelecom, the broadband association. Before that, she was the Director of Strategic Communications at Issue Dynamics Inc. (now Amplify Public Affairs), where she was the first employee to be a hybrid of the Public Affairs and Internet departments. Shana has also worked in-house at several national nonprofit organizations, including Public Citizen and Earthjustice.
Shana’s innovative approach to communications has been widely acclaimed, most recently as one of PRWeek’s 40 Under 40. She was the founder of renowned local blog, “The DC Concierge,” which she authored from 2006-2010. Shana presents and comments frequently on social media topics, including appearances in CNN.com, Mashable, ABC News, TIME, Politico, and Capitol Hill.
Shana graduated from Michigan State University and has a law degree from Temple University. When she’s not at the Hive, Shana spends her time engaging on her favorite social media platforms and supporting local organizations such as Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center, The Trust for the National Mall, and the DC chapter of The Awesome Foundation.
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Jamie Notter, When Millennials Take Over (Ideapress Publishing, 2015)
Timothy Ferriss, The Four Hour Workweek (Harmony, 2009)
Justin Vélez-Hagan (@jvelezhagan)is an economic policy analyst, as well as a policy researcher at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. He is also the founder of The National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, has served as an adjunct faculty member in economics, and is the author of The Common Sense behind Basic Economics.
Previously, Vélez-Hagan worked as an international developer of assisted living facilities. He also founded D.C. Concrete Technologies, which was a frequent guest on HGTV’s Curb Appeal, NBC’s House Smarts, and was featured in several national and local magazines and newspapers.
Vélez-Hagan is the Advisory Chair for Future Leaders in Policy (FLIP) and serves on the boards of several national organizations such as the National Military Family Association’s Technology Advisory Board, The Latino Coalition’s National Advisory Board, and the Multicultural Media, Telecom, and Internet Council‘s Telecommunications and Internet Policy Task Force. Recently, he was appointed to serve on Maryland’s GOMA Small Business Advisory Council.
Vélez-Hagan received his MBA from Arizona State University and is pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. He is also a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
He can be reached at Justin@JustinVH.com, or via Twitter @JVelezHagan.
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Rob Atkinson (@robatkinsonitif) is founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). He leads a prolific team of policy analysts and fellows that is successfully shaping the debate and setting the agenda on a host of critical issues at the intersection of technological innovation and public policy.
Adriana Waterston (@adrianatweets) is Senior Vice President of Insights and Strategy at Horowitz Research. Adriana is a research junkie with a flair for finding the story behind the statistics, teasing the meaning out of the measurement, and revealing the faces behind the facts.
Dr. Kimberly A. Scott (@compugirls) serves as COMPUGIRLS' Executive Director. Kimberly earned her Ed.D. from Rutgers University and is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University (ASU).