Richard Bennett has a 30 year background in network engineering and standards. He was vice-chair of the IEEE 802.3 task group that devised the original Ethernet over Twisted Pair standard, and has contributed to Wi-Fi standards for fifteen years. He was active in OSI, the instigator of RFC 1001, and founder, along with Bob Metcalfe, of the Open Token Foundation, the first network industry alliance to operate an interoperability lab.
Travis Korte has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining ITIF, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. Read more »
Bethany Imondi is the executive assistant to the president at ITIF. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 2013 with a B.A. in English and with honors in Government. Bethany spent a semester studying Italian and government at the Villa Le Balze in Florence, Italy.
Saana Skinner is the development assistant at ITIF. She graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in French Language and Literature and International Relations in 2010. Before joining ITIF, Saana worked for the International Rescue Committee and for the University of Virginia Center for International Studies.
Justin Hicks worked at ITIF from June 2012-February 2013 as a Senior Economic Analyst. Prior to joining ITIF, Justin Hicks finished his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California, Merced. His research focused on potential spillovers of cooperative R&D in the international setting as well as the impact of funding on R&D productivity in universities. In his current research, he looks to identify the effect of trade policy on the flow of ideas and home-country R&D productivity. Read more »
Clifton Yin is a Clean Energy Policy Analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Prior to joining ITIF, he earned a Master of Public Policy degree with a focus on environmental and regulatory policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. His master’s thesis sought to use statistical analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard on encouraging in-state renewable energy generation.
Alexis Fearon is director of new media at ITIF. She graduated magna cum laude from the Catholic University of America in 2011 with a B.A. in Media Studies and a minor in History. Alexis spent a semester abroad as a visiting student at Oxford University, New College studying English and History.
Catherine Gergely graduated with a B.A. in Art History and European History from SUNY Albany in 2008. She spent a semester abroad studying Art History and Italian in Florence, Italy. Before joining ITIF, she worked with Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia, an international non-profit with a focus on creating a healthy body image in young girls.