How tech and policy are shaping our connected future.

Bloomberg Next: The Connected Future invites you to experience the intersection of advancing technology and innovative applications to life, work and play.

Tech professionals and Washington policymakers both have a role to play in shaping the future of technology, connectivity and commerce.

Join Bloomberg for an in-depth understanding how tech and policy are shaping our connected future.

Featuring conversations with:

  • Commissioner Brendan Carr, Federal Communications Commission  
  • Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO)  
  • Governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia
  • Lisa Monaco, former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism  
  • Penny Pritzker, former Secretary of Commerce  
  • Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, Federal Communications Commission 
  • And other leaders in technology, innovation and government. 


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Date and Time:

October 24, 2017
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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7:30 am     Networking Breakfast

8:00 am     Welcome to Bloomberg Next

  • Josh Eastright, President, Bloomberg Government

8:05 am     Future Fast Forward: The Power of Connections

  • Mark Jamison, Senior Vice President, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, Visa Inc.

8:15 am     Unleashing Innovation: America’s Technology Advantage

The Federal Communications Commission is fully staffed and ready to get down to business. The newest additions to the FCC share their priorities for public policies that take advantage of new technology to drive jobs, growth and the American economy.

Interview with  Commissioner Brendan Carr, Federal Communications Commission

Interview with Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, Federal Communications Commission

With David Gura, Anchor, "Bloomberg Markets Americas"

8:45 am     Investing in the Digital Industrial Workforce

With a 350-year history, Saint-Gobain has a strong record of adapting and evolving with each era of technological advancement. What skills does the $42 billion dollar company foresee powering the manufacturing industry long term? In North America alone, Saint-Gobain needs 5,100 new workers in the next 3 years across an array of blue collar and white collar positions.

Interview with Thomas Kinisky, President and CEO, Saint-Gobain Corporation

With  Chris Opfer, Managing Editor, Bloomberg Law

9:05 am     Bridging the Tech Skills Gap

Amazon’s HQ2 search has unleashed a flurry of cities claiming to have the skilled workforce Amazon needs outside of Silicon Valley. To better equip the American workforce for the jobs of the future, the bipartisan CHANCE in Tech Act proposes a public-private vehicle for apprenticeships in the technology sector.

Interview with Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO)

With  David Gura, Anchor, "Bloomberg Markets Americas"

9:25 am     Networking Break

9:40 am     Trusting the News: From Politics to National Security

Seamlessly integrated social media platforms allowed Russia-affiliated propagandists to target and influence voters in the 2016 election. As Facebook and Twitter are called to testify before Congress, will this incident open new avenues for information sharing between the federal government and private companies? Lisa Monaco joins Bloomberg Next to discuss the need for a robust cybersecurity workforce in the public and private sectors to detect and prevent bad actors from controlling our national narrative.

Interview with Lisa Monaco, former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Distinguished Senior Fellow, Law and Security, Cybersecurity, New York University

With  Chris Strohm, National Security Reporter, Bloomberg News

10:00 am     Digital Infrastructure 2050

Virginia is being heralded as a bellwether for national elections and issues in the current political climate. Governor McAuliffe has focused on enabling the jobs of the 21st century through technology investments in driverless cars, drones and set the standard for digital infrastructure that will support statewide 5G.

Bloomberg Next dives into how the governor of Virginia weighed the potential benefits and pitfalls of the connected future, and why he’s forging ahead.

Interview with  Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe

With  David Gura, Anchor, "Bloomberg Markets Americas"

10:20 am     The Internet of Everything

Cities around the world are investing in smarter infrastructure to leverage the internet of things. When digital capabilities are integrated with physical infrastructure, we can unlock the potential of platforms, payments and crowd sourced information to enhance citizen safety, commerce and mobility.

Introduction: Donna Epps, Vice President, Public Policy and Strategic Alliances, Verizon

  • Asha Keddy, Vice President and General Manager of Next Generation and Standards, Intel Corporation
  • Julia Steyn, Vice President, Urban Mobility and Maven, GM

Moderated by Shaun Courtney, Reporter, Bloomberg Government

10:45 am     Keys to the Driverless City

As driverless cars become a reality on American roadways, the barriers to selecting the fastest, cheapest transportation option are disappearing. In a fully mobile, connected society, how is transportation delivery being developed to meet the needs of consumers and corporations?

  • Finch Fulton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Tekedra Mawakana, Head of Public Policy & Government Affairs, Waymo
  • Huei Peng, Director of Mcity, University of Michigan

Moderated by  Shaun Courtney, Reporter, Bloomberg Government

11:10 am     Audience Spotlight

Ask your questions and share insights with our speakers. The floor is open.

11:25 am     The Transparency Needed for Trust in AI

IBM Watson chief David Kenny shares the big problems AI solved first, the transparency needed for trust in AI, and where AI technology will take us next.

Introduction: Jim Menard, Partner/Principal, Ernst & Young LLP

Interview with David Kenny, Senior Vice President, IBM Watson and Cloud Platform

With Dean Garfield, President and CEO, ITI

11:40 am     Artificial Intelligence in the Real World

AI could be worth $15.7 trillion in the global economy by 2030. As AI becomes further integrated with our daily lives, what questions should we be asking to guide responsible design, mitigate bias, and ensure safety and security?

  • Pablo Chavez, General Manager, Microsoft US Policy and LinkedIn Global Policy
  • Tiffany George, Sr. Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Federal Trade Commission
  • Josh Gordon, Developer Advocate, Google
  • Jason Matheny, Director, IARPA, Office of the Director of National Intelligence 

Moderated by Dean Garfield, President and CEO, ITI

12:10 pm     What's Next: Investing in Workers for the New Economy

The most important skill today is not technical know-how – it’s the willingness of workers, businesses and government leaders to learn, experiment and accelerate to meet radical change. Growing the American economy depends on aligning public policy and private investment to train the workers we need for the jobs that we have.

Interview with Penny Pritzker, Chairman, PSP Capital Partners and 38th Secretary of Commerce

With Chris Opfer, Managing Editor, Bloomberg Law

12:30 pm     Next Takeaways

Bloomberg presents highlights from kickoff event and previews upcoming events during Bloomberg Next.

  • Mark Jamison, Senior Vice President, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, Visa Inc.
  • Eric Wagner, Vice President, Bloomberg BNA Plus


  • Carr
    Brendan Carr, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

    Brendan Carr was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC by President Donald J. Trump and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on August 3, 2017. He was sworn into office on August 11, 2017.

    Commissioner Carr brings to the position over a dozen years of public and private sector experience in technology and communications law and policy. Most recently, Commissioner Carr served as the General Counsel of the FCC. In that role, he served as the chief legal advisor to the Commission and FCC staff on all matters within the agency's jurisdiction. Previously, he served as the lead advisor to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai on wireless, public safety, and international issues. Before that, he worked as an attorney in the FCC's Office of General Counsel, where he provided legal advice on a wide range of spectrum policy, competition, and public safety matters.

    Prior to joining the Commission in 2012, Mr. Carr was an attorney at Wiley Rein LLP, where he worked in the firm's appellate, litigation, and telecom practices. He represented clients in both trial and appellate court proceedings, including complex litigation involving the First Amendment and the Communications Act.

    Earlier in his career, he served as a law clerk for Judge Dennis W. Shedd of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Carr graduated magna cum laude from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and obtained a certificate from its Institute for Communications Law Studies. He also served as a Note and Comment Editor of the Catholic University Law Review. Mr. Carr received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.


  • courtney
    Shaun Courtney, Reporter, Bloomberg Government

    Shaun Courtney is a federal transportation reporter at Bloomberg BNA’s Washington bureau. She covers congressional and regulatory news, including funding for the Department of Transportation and new technologies such as driverless cars and drones. Courtney holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Investigative Journalism, both from American University.


  • Epps
    Donna Epps, Vice President, Public Policy and Strategic Alliances, Verizon

    Donna Epps is Verizon’s Vice President for Public Policy and Strategic Alliances. In this role, she is responsible for managing Verizon’s domestic public policy efforts, and managing relationships with key, strategic external partners. Prior to her current position, Donna worked in Verizon’s Federal Regulatory Affairs group where she developed and advocated Verizon’s federal regulatory policy positions on key issues facing the communications industry, with an emphasis on issues related to competition, economic regulation, and consumer protection.

  • Gardner
    Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), United States Senator, Colorado

    Senator Cory Gardner is a fifth-generation Coloradan who was born and raised in Yuma, a small town on the Eastern Plains of Colorado where his family has owned a farm implement dealership for over a century. He lives in the same house his great-grandparents lived in. Cory graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University and received his law degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. After working at his family implement business and the National Corn Growers Association, Cory took a position as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO) and quickly advanced to his Legislative Director.

    He began serving in the Colorado House of Representatives in 2005 where he spent time as the Minority Whip and became known for his expertise in natural resource and agriculture policy. Cory was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Cory championed a true all-of-the-above energy strategy that promoted traditional resources as well as renewable energy. In addition, Cory is a national leader on energy efficiency initiatives and founded a bipartisan energy efficiency caucus in the House.

    In the Senate, Cory continues to pursue common sense energy policy as a member of the Senate Energy & Natural Resource Committee and Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee. In addition, Cory serves on the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee. He also serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

    As Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, Cory led the effort to impose broad new sanctions against North Korea, as the regime continues to be a leading abuser of human rights and its reckless advancement of nuclear weapons threatens our national security.

    Cory is focused on expanding the economy, creating jobs, and making life better for all Coloradans. He lives in Yuma with his wife Jaime and their three children: Alyson, Thatcher, and Caitlyn.

  • George
    Tiffany George, Sr. Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Federal Trade Commission

    Tiffany George is a senior attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection in the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission. Her responsibilities focus primarily on enforcement and policy issues relating to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, privacy, data security, and identity theft. She also does outreach in these areas. Ms. George has been with the FTC since 2008.

  • davidgura
    David Gura, Anchor, "Bloomberg Markets Americas"

    David Gura is the anchor of "Bloomberg Markets: Balance of Power" on Bloomberg Television, weekdays from 1-2pm ET and also co-anchors "Bloomberg Surveillance" on Bloomberg Radio, weekdays from 7-10am ET. He is based in New York.

    Recently, Gura reported from Beijing, Bogota, and Mexico City. In 2015, he was on the ground in Athens, covering a debate over austerity measures, when protests erupted in Syntagma Square. Ahead of the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, he filed reports on reconstruction from the Gulf Coast. Gura regularly interviews cabinet secretaries and chief executives, entrepreneurs and Nobel Prize winners.

    Previously, he was a senior reporter for, and the principal back-up host of, "Marketplace," the public radio business and economics program. Based in Washington, Gura covered countless budget battles, showdowns and shutdowns, and the implementation of financial reform. But he spent a lot of time looking at how policy decisions play out beyond the Beltway. After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, for instance, Gura spent several months reporting "Guns and Dollars," an investigative series about the U.S. firearms industry.

    He began his career at NPR, first as an editor and a producer, then as a reporter for The Two-Way, the network's breaking news blog. Gura regularly contributed radio pieces to NPR's flagship news magazines, "All Things Considered," "Morning Edition," and "Weekend Edition." His writing — reviews and reportage — has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Columbia Journalism Review, and the Virginia Quarterly Review.

    Gura's work has been recognized by the National Press Foundation, the National Constitution Center, and the French-American Foundation, and in 2014, he was awarded a Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship. Gura is also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    An alumnus of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Gura received his bachelor's degree in history and American studies from Cornell University. He also studied political science in Bolivia, at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés and the Universidad Católica Boliviana.


  • asha keddy
    Asha Keddy, Vice President and General Manager of Next Generation and Standards, Intel Corporation

    Asha Keddy is a vice president in Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group and General Manager of the company’s Standards and Advanced Technology team. She is responsible for driving Intel’s innovation and industry standards around mobile communications, including the investigation and development of future technologies, ecosystem intelligence and collaborations, and translating these into Intel products. Current focus areas include cellular and connectivity standards, such as 3GPP, LTE, Wi-Fi, etc.

    Ms. Keddy has more than 17 years’ experience leading and managing wireless and mobile broadband technology and product areas, including the scaling of Intel’s WiMAX products to multiple operators and Telcos. Other strategic efforts include research in technologies such as WiMAX and PAN, MAC and cross layer systems research, performance analysis and characterization, and research on 802.16m.

    Keddy also led efforts in the Wi-Fi area, including end-to- end interoperability of the International Roaming Access Protocols, end-to- end performance characterization of wireless networks, and innovative test technology methods for Intel® Centrino® Mobile Technology.

    She holds multiple patent filings and papers on mobile broadband technologies. Keddy obtained a B.E. degree in Computer Engineering from Bombay University, India and a M.S. degree in Computer Science from Clemson University.

  • kinisky
    Thomas Kinisky, President and CEO, Saint-Gobain Corporation

    Thomas Kinisky is President and CEO of Saint-Gobain Corporation, the North American holding company of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions. Saint-Gobain Corporation has approximately 150 locations and more than 14,000 employees in North America. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $5.8 billion in 2016.

    Mr. Kinisky joined Norton Company (which was acquired by Saint-Gobain in 1990) in 1989. He spent over a decade working in research and development in various roles, including Vice President of Technology and New Business Development for the company’s Abrasives Division. He was named President of Saint-Gobain Crystals in 2002. Mr Kinisky was President of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics from 2008 until assuming his current role in 2017.

    Mr. Kinisky holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Pace University and a Master of Science in materials science from New York University (Polytechnic University). He has authored many technical publications and holds five U.S. patents. Throughout his career, Kinisky has been active in technology education as an industrial adviser to the engineering programs at several universities.

  • Tekedra
    Tekedra Mawakana, Head of Public Policy & Government Affairs, Waymo

    Tekedra N. Mawakana is the vice president of public policy and government affairs at Waymo -- a self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around. Tekedra joined Waymo with over two decades of experience handling public policy, legal and regulatory issues facing technology companies.

    Prior to Waymo, she served as eBay’s vice president of global government relations and public policy. There, she focused on promoting trade and protecting the interests of small businesses globally.

    Before that, she served as the vice president, global head and deputy general counsel of public policy for Yahoo, and worked at AOL for over 12 years where she formed AOL’s independent (post-Time Warner) public policy organization and served as senior vice president and deputy general counsel. She started her career at the Washington, DC-based law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

    Tekedra has garnered a reputation as a trusted and reliable industry leader. In May 2015, Tekedra was recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a Tech Titan -- top 100 tech influencer in DC. In August 2016, she was recognized as a Visionary Leader by ALM and InsideCounsel.

    Tekedra received her JD from Columbia University School of Law and her BA from Trinity College.

  • Menard
    Jim Menard, Partner/Principal, Ernst & Young LLP

    Jim Menard is responsible for leading the EY Government and Public Sector (GPS) Technology Advisory Practice. In this role, Mr. Menard leads all GPS Technology Advisory Sub-Competency areas to include Data & Analytics, Digital & Emerging Technologies, ERP Implementation and Support Services, Technology Transformation and Onshore Delivery & Managed Services. Mr. Menard closely integrates with the EY Americas Technology Advisory Practice to bring all of EY’s technology capabilities to GPS client challenges, and to strengthen the technology skillset within GPS Advisory Services. Mr. Menard joined EY in 2016 after more than 20 years with Accenture, with his last several years as Managing Director, IT Optimization Technology Practice. In this role, Mr. Menard led the sale and implementation of Cloud Services, Infrastructure and Application Modernization, and Business Analytics capabilities across the US Federal market. Mr. Menard brings experience in client service leadership roles with both US Department of Defense and Civilian agencies and as a presenter and panelist at numerous industry events and symposiums.

  • Opfer
    Chris Opfer, Managing Editor, Bloomberg Law

    Chris Opfer is a Managing Editor at Bloomberg BNA, covering the policy, politics and court battles that shape the way people work. Among other topics, he’s written about efforts to organize gig workers, how smartphones challenge the meaning of overtime work and what happens when robots take over factory floors and fast food cashier stations. He’s also delved into the money behind politics with looks at lobbying efforts and campaign funding contributions by key players in the labor and employment field.

    A licensed attorney and member of the New York Bar, Opfer has been reporting for Bloomberg BNA since 2012. He started at Bloomberg BNA as a Labor Economics Reporter, tracking various employment-related economic indicators, and later reported on Congress and the courts before taking his current position.

    Before joining Bloomberg BNA, Opfer was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. He helped lead fair housing investigations and defended lawsuits against the department alleging violations of the Administrative Procedure Act and U.S. Constitution.

    Opfer is regularly interviewed by outlets including Sirius XM, Bloomberg TV, and Bloomberg Radio.

    Opfer was awarded a National Press Foundation Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship in 2013. He earned a B.B.A. in Business Management from James Madison University, a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and a professional certificate in journalism from New York University.


  • Pritzker
    Hon. Penny Pritzker, PSP Capital Partners and 38th Secretary of Commerce

    Penny Pritzker is the founder and Chairman of PSP Capital and its affiliate, Pritzker Realty Group. From June 2013 through January 2017, she served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration.

    Ms. Pritzker is an entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist, with more than twenty-five years of experience in numerous industries. Ms. Pritzker founded Vi Senior Living (formerly known as Classic Residence by Hyatt), and co-founded The Parking Spot and Artemis Real Estate Partners. Ms. Pritzker is the former chairman of the board of TransUnion and is a past board member of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, Marmon Group, and LaSalle Bank Corporation.

    Ms. Pritzker is also a member of board of the Carnegie Endowment, a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and the Aspen Economic Strategy Group and on the advisory council of the Hamilton Project. Ms. Pritzker was also member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Stanford University, the Harvard University Board of Overseers and founded Skills for America’s Future. She also served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and his Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

    Ms. Pritzker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University. Ms. Pritzker and her husband, Dr. Bryan Traubert, co-founded The Pritzker Traubert Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation that works to foster increased economic opportunity for Chicago’s families.


  • juliasteyn
    Julia Steyn, Vice President, Urban Mobility and Maven, General Motors

    Julia Steyn is vice president, Urban Mobility Programs at General Motors, spearheading Maven, the new personal mobility brand that combines and expands GM’s multiple personal mobility programs under one single brand. Maven focuses on a wide array of car and ride-sharing offerings, including GM’s strategic alliance with Lyft. Steyn’s mission is to shape the future of personal mobility, giving customers access to highly personalized, on-demand mobility services that match their ever-changing needs in today’s world.

    Steyn joined General Motors in 2012 as vice president, Corporate Development and Global Mergers & Acquisitions.

    Steyn managed a diverse portfolio of GM’s global automotive partnerships as well as partnerships outside the industry. She also developed new merger and acquisition opportunities for the company.
    Before joining GM, Steyn was vice president and co-managing director for Alcoa's Corporate Development group, leading its mergers and acquisitions, competitive scanning and new business target screening activities.
    She also has worked at Goldman Sachs in key positions in London, Moscow and New York. Her responsibilities included a broad variety of transactions across a number of countries, industries and products. Earlier in her career, she was a business analyst at A.T. Kearney.

    Steyn has a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and an MBA with a concentration in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago. Steyn also was a concert pianist of international distinction. She was born in Russia and moved to the U.S. in 1990.

  • Chavez
    Pablo Chavez, General Manager, Microsoft US Policy and LinkedIn Global Policy

    Pablo Chavez is the General Manager, US Public Policy for Microsoft and Global Public Policy for LinkedIn. In his Microsoft role, Pablo leads the company's US policy team. In his LinkedIn role, Pablo Chavez is responsible for LinkedIn's public policy and government affairs initiatives as well as the company's policy research and civic engagement programs. Before taking his combined role, Pablo was LinkedIn's Vice President of Global Public Policy and Government Affairs.

    Prior to joining LinkedIn, Pablo was a Senior Director of Public Policy with Google where he held a number of leadership roles in public policy and government affairs. Before then, Pablo worked in the U.S. Senate where he engaged in numerous technology policy issues

    Pablo serves on the boards of trustees of the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation St. Coletta of Greater Washington, an organization dedicated to serving the needs of individuals with disabilities.

    Pablo received his law degree from Stanford Law School. He received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University.

  • Eastbright
    Josh Eastright, President, Bloomberg Government

    Josh Eastright is the President of Bloomberg BNA’s Government division and is responsible for the growth of the division’s flagship Bloomberg Government product, which serves government affairs and government contracting professionals. Eastright, who spent nearly 20 years with Bloomberg L.P., joined Bloomberg BNA when Bloomberg Government became a part of the company in July 2017

    Eastright served in numerous commercial roles at Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg New Energy Finance in the United States and in Europe with a focus on product management, strategy and operations, particularly in the energy and commodities markets. He has worked as part of the Bloomberg Government team since 2012 with roles in commercial operations and strategy and as head of the Government Affairs business unit

    Eastright has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Amherst College and is a CFA charterholder.

  • Fulton
    Finch Fulton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation

    He served as a member of the President’s Transition Team, focusing on Transportation and Infrastructure Policy, and with the Department of Transportation as a Special Advisor to the Secretary on Transportation Policy.

    He has served in the House of Representatives under Congressman Jim McCrery and Congressman John Fleming, M.D. and in the Senate for Senator Jeff Sessions. In addition, he has worked in public affairs at VOX Global, devising and executing integrated policy and advocacy campaigns.

    He is a native of Mobile, Alabama, a graduate of the University of Alabama, received his MBA from Johns Hopkins University and was most recently a resident of Dallas, Texas.


  • DeanGarfield
    Dean Garfield, President and CEO, ITI

    Dean Garfield is the President and CEO of ITI. Since taking on this role in 2009, Dean has built ITI into the global voice of the tech sector and membership has nearly doubled. He leads a team of professionals who, combined, bring nearly three centuries of advocacy experience to bear on the most complex policy challenges facing the world’s leading and most innovative technology companies.

    Dean has worked to foster a policy environment that embraces cutting-edge research, game-changing technologies, and national economic champions as central to the foundation for sustained job creation and growth. The results: the tech sector has continued to grow despite global economic challenges. Companies are expanding — putting more people to work, creating breakthrough products and services, and expanding into new markets with enormous opportunity. Under Dean’s leadership, ITI has defined the tech agenda for global policymakers, expanded its membership and influence, and launched a foundation that serves as the preeminent thought leader on innovation. ITI has deepened its expertise on core issues — from trade and new market development to taxes, from cloud computing to core standards. During Garfield’s tenure, ITI’s advocacy experts have helped to achieve critical legislative victories in the U.S. and internationally, knocking down barriers to innovation, strengthening America’s economic competitiveness, and advancing sustainable technologies that will be at the heart of 21st century innovation.

    Prior to joining ITI, Dean served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). While there, he developed the association's global strategies, securing accomplishment of key operational objectives, forged industry alliances on behalf of the MPAA, and led the MPAA's Research and Technology Departments. Dean also represented the MPAA before legislative bodies and at key conferences around the world, including the European Commission and Oxford University

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

    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.

  • Gordon
    Josh Gordon, Developer Advocate, Google

    Josh Gordon works on the TensorFlow team at Google, and teaches Deep Learning at a small university in NYC. You can find him on YouTube and Twitter.


  • mark jamison
    Mark Jamison, Senior Vice President, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, Visa Inc.

    Mark Jamison leads Visa’s flagship, state-of- the-art, One Market Center in San Francisco. The first in a global network of Visa innovation centers, One Market Center hosts hundreds of clients and partners annually who are looking to learn more about Visa’s innovation agenda and co-create new payment solutions for their customers. Mark manages a team that maintains a focus on “what’s next” in digital commerce and payments platforms including tokenization, the blockchain, human- centered design, and emerging mobile capabilities.

    Mark is a recognized FinTech pioneer and a proven corporate leader of digital transformation. Prior to his role leading One Market Center, Mark was the head of New Product R&D and Design for Visa Inc. Before joining Visa, Mark was the Global Head of Customer Solution and Digital Transformation for BBVA in Madrid, one of the 10 largest banks in the world. In this role, Mark managed all consumer banking and insurance products across 36 operating countries, established a global design function, and led BBVA’s Big Data and analytics teams. Mark also previously served as the Chief Digital Officer for Capital One Bank and the founding executive leader of Capital One Labs. The Capital One Labs team continues to be recognized as one of the industry’s top applied innovation centers.

    As a FinTech entrepreneur early in his career, Mark founded and ran MaxMiles, the web’s first online personalized account aggregation service which was acquired by American Express’ venture arm in early 2000.

    Mark has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School and a B.S. in Business Administration and Religious Philosophy from Indiana University. He has also completed Business Ethics courses at London Business School and has an executive degree in Design Thinking from Stanford’s Hasso-Plattner Institute of Design.

    Mark lives in Mill Valley, California and is married to Cory Jamison, a nationally known jazz singer and recording artist. Although Mark believes he is a legitimate jazz pianist, his wife only hires real players for all of her paying gigs.

  • DavidKenny
    David Kenny, Senior Vice President, IBM Watson and Cloud Platform

    David Kenny is senior vice president, IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, spearheading the Watson technology platform development, as well as optimizing IBM’s public cloud for data and cognitive workload.

    David was most recently General Manager, IBM Watson, responsible for the Watson platform, its global ecosystem of business partners and developers, and emerging solutions. Prior to joining IBM he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Weather Company (Weather), where he oversaw the company’s portfolio of consumer and business-to-business weather brands and businesses including The Weather Channel, weather.com, wunderground.com and WSI. David was previously president of Akamai, the leading cloud platform designed to help enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences to mobile and fixed Internet users.

    Previously, he served as managing partner of VivaKi, the combined worldwide media and digital arm of Publicis Groupe, and he was co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Digitas Inc., a top global integrated brand agency.

    David currently serves on the Board of Directors of Best Buy. He is also a director of Teach for America, a nonprofit that enlists recent graduates to teach and to effect change in under-resourced and low-income communities. David received an MBA from the Harvard School of Business, and a bachelor's degree from the GM Institute (now Kettering University).

  • Matheny
    Jason Matheny, Director, IARPA, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

    Dr. Jason Matheny is Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), a U.S. Government organization that invests in high-risk, high-payoff research in support of national intelligence. Before IARPA, he worked at Oxford University, the World Bank, the Applied Physics Laboratory, the Center for Biosecurity and Princeton University, and is the co-founder of two biotechnology companies. His research has been published in Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Risk Analysis, Tissue Engineering, and the World Health Organization’s Disease Control Priorities, among others.

    Dr. Matheny holds a PhD in applied economics from Johns Hopkins, an MPH from Johns Hopkins, an MBA from Duke, and a BA from the University of Chicago. He received the Intelligence Community’s Award for Individual Achievement in Science and Technology.


  • TerryMcauliffe
    Terry McAuliffe, Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia

    Terry McAuliffe is the 72nd Governor of Virginia. Governor McAuliffe’s top priority is building a new Virginia economy. He has conducted 30 trade missions, including two to China, personally delivering Virginia’s calling card to business leaders around the globe. As a result, he is bringing thousands of jobs and more than $16 billion in capital investment to communities across the Commonwealth, which is more than any previous governor.

    To ensure that Virginia remains competitive, the Governor is implementing major economic development initiatives designed to strengthen the Commonwealth’s pro-business climate, ensure efficient investment in world-class infrastructure and develop a 21 st century workforce capable of meeting the needs of emerging businesses and industries.

    Governor McAuliffe has won bipartisan support for historic investments in public education. He also successfully secured passage of a law establishing a pay-for- performance workforce training program, the first of its kind in the nation.

    Virginia is home to more than 725,000 veterans, and the Governor is committed to fighting for those who have served their country. He expanded the Virginia Values Veterans initiative, which encourages employers to recruit, hire, train and retrain veterans. He also worked to facilitate partnerships that increase Virginia veterans’ access to health care. And he led Virginia to become the first state in the nation to functionally end veteran homelessness.

    Governor McAuliffe is making unprecedented progress on the restoration of civil rights to rehabilitated felons who have completed their sentences and paid their debt to society. To date, he has restored the rights of more than 161,000 Virginians.

    He has recently served as Chairman of the National Governors Association, where he used that leadership position to assist states as they strengthen their cybersecurity policies and infrastructure. He was also appointed by President Obama to NGA’s Council of Governors to provide advice on national security matters.

    Governor McAuliffe attended Catholic University and Georgetown Law School. He and his wife Dorothy were married in 1988 and have five children.

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    Lisa Monaco, Former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Distinguished Senior Fellow, Law and Security, Cybersecurity, New York University

    Lisa Monaco assumed her duties as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism on March 8, 2013. As President Barack Obama’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor, she was responsible for advising the President on all aspects of counterterrorism policy and strategy and coordinating homeland security-related activities throughout the Executive Branch. She chaired meetings of the Cabinet-level Homeland Security Principals Committee, which advised the President on homeland security policy issues and crises. Ms. Monaco was responsible for policy coordination and crisis management on issues ranging from terrorist attacks at home and abroad to cybersecurity and natural disasters.

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    Huei Peng, Director of Mcity, University of Michigan

    Huei Peng received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992. He is director of Mcity, the University of Michigan’s public-private partnership devoted to advancing the development of connected and automated vehicles

    Peng is also the Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Mechanical Engineering at U-M. Peng’s research interests include adaptive control and optimal control, with emphasis on their applications to vehicular and transportation systems

    In the last twenty years, Peng has worked on vehicle automation, vehicle dynamics, design and assessment of active safety systems, and human model development—with a special focus on understanding how they err. He has served as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator of more than fifty research projects, with a total funding of more than $30 million. He has more than 240 technical publications, including 100 in referred journals and four books

    Peng is an SAE Fellow and an ASME Fellow. He is a ChangJiang Scholar at the Tsinghua University of China.

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    Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

    Jessica Rosenworcel returned as a Commissioner to the Federal Communications Commission on August 11, 2017 after being nominated by the President and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate.
    Previously, Commissioner Rosenworcel served as an FCC Commissioner from May 11, 2012 to January 3, 2017 following her nomination by President Obama and unanimous Senate confirmation.

    Commissioner Rosenworcel brings a decade and a half of public sector and private sector communications law experience to her position at the FCC. This experience has shaped her belief that in the 21st century strong communications markets can foster economic growth and security, enhance digital age opportunity, and enrich our civic life.

    Prior to joining the agency, Commissioner Rosenworcel served as Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, under the leadership of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. She previously served in the same role on the Committee under the leadership of Senator Daniel K. Inouye. In this position, she was responsible for legislation, hearings, and policy development involving a wide range of communications issues, including spectrum auctions, public safety, broadband deployment and adoption, universal service, video programming, satellite television, local radio, and digital television transition.

    Before joining the staff of the Committee, she served as Legal Advisor to former FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps. She also served at the agency as Legal Counsel to the Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau and as an Attorney-Advisor in the Wireline Competition Bureau.
    Prior to entering public service, Commissioner Rosenworcel practiced communications law at Drinker Biddle and Reath.


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    Eric Wagner, Vice President, Bloomberg BNA Plus

    Eric Wagner joined Bloomberg BNA in March 2016 as Vice President, Bloomberg BNA Plus. He joined the company after more than two decades in broadcast journalism, communications and marketing.
    Wagner leads the Bloomberg BNA Plus content organization, which creates events, marketing services and professional learning for professionals in the legal, government, tax & accounting, energy, human resources & payroll, and environmental, health & safety industries.

    Wagner was previously the director of communications and marketing at Bloomberg Government, where he was responsible for building a digital and content marketing team and growing Bloomberg Government’s presence in Washington. While at Bloomberg Government, Wagner led a complete rebranding effort for the business. In previous roles at Bloomberg LP, Wagner launched and produced three new Bloomberg Television broadcasts and was responsible for Bloomberg Television’s political conventions and debates coverage.

    Wagner previously held broadcast journalism positions at PBS and ABC News.



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