Non-Affiliated Experts

Individuals not affiliated with ITIF who have participated in ITIF events or co-authored an ITIF publication.

Jay F. Whitacre

Jay F. Whitacre
Associate Professor
Carnegie Mellon University

Professor Whitacre examines the materials science of synthesizing, characterizing, and implementing promising materials and device architectures for energy storage and generation technologies such as Li-ion batteries, fuel cells, and photovoltaics. He will concurrently be addressing the policy implications involved with selecting and implementing these renewable technologies. Read more »

Deborah Stine

Deborah Stine
Assoc. Dir. for Policy Outreach
Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University

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Evan Engstrom

Evan Engstrom
Policy Director
Engine Advocacy

As Engine’s first Policy Director, Evan develops Engine’s positions on the key policy issues facing startups and the tech community. Prior to joining Engine, Evan was an attorney at Farella Braun + Martel in San Francisco, focusing on copyright and other intellectual property litigation matters. At Farella, Evan litigated several high-profile Digital Millennium Copyright Act cases, defending websites and ISPs against claims for secondary copyright liability, and was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine. Read more »

Michael Weinberg

Michael Weinberg
Vice President
Public Knowledge

Michael is a Vice President at Public Knowledge.  He oversees PK Thinks, Public Knowledge's place to explore long term trends and anticipate policy challenges.  He also focuses on the policy implications of emerging technologies such as 3D printing and open source hardware. Read more »

Gregg Rothschild

Gregg Rothschild
Managing Director of Government Affairs Division
Glover Park Group

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Jim Moran

Jim Moran
United States Congress
(VA-8)

Congressman Jim Moran is serving his twelfth term as U.S. Representative from Virginia’s 8th District, made up of Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church and parts of Fairfax County. Read more »

Jennifer Sanford

Jennifer Sanford
Senior Manager of International Trade & Energy Policy
Government Affairs Department, Cisco

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Steve Seiler

Steve Seiler
CEO
AesRx, LLC

Stephen Seiler is CEO of AesRx, a company he founded in 2009 to develop orphan drugs. Prior to founding AesRx, he was CEO of several public and private biotech companies that he successfully led through restructuring and refinancing and/or trade sales, including Idera Pharmaceuticals, Access Pharmaceuticals and Effective Pharmaceuticals. Before that, Seiler was executive vice president for planning, investment and development at Elan Corp. Read more »

Paul Kaplan

Paul Kaplan
Program Manager
Genzyme

Paul Kaplan has been a member of the biomedical research community for more than 30 years.   He started his career in cancer research, earning a Ph.D. Read more »

Ronald J. Bartek

Ronald J. Bartek
Co-founder and President
Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance

Mr. Ronald Bartek is FARA's Co-founder and President; Chairman of the Board of the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD); 4-year member, NIH National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council, and former partner and president of a business and technology development, consulting, and government affairs firm. Mr. Read more »