Karen G. Mills was sworn in April 6, 2009, as the 23rd Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the Senate, Ms. Mills directs a federal agency with more than 2,000 full-time employees, and a leading role helping small business owners and entrepreneurs secure financing, technical assistance, training and federal contracts. SBA also plays a leading role in disaster recovery by making low interest loans for businesses and residents. Read more »
Ike Brannon is the Director of Economic Policy as well as the Director of Congressional Relations for the American Action Forum. Before joining The Forum he had been the chief economist for the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Prior to that he was Senior Policy Adviser and Chief Economist for the Republican Policy Committee, positions he also held in John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008. Prior to the campaign he was Senior Adviser for Tax Policy at the U.S. Read more »
William W. Lewis was a partner at McKinsey for 20 years. He was director of the McKinsey Global Institute, the firm’s economics think tank, from its founding in 1990 until his retirement from McKinsey in 2001.
Prior to his time at McKinsey, Bill held several policy-making positions in the U.S. government, including Acting United States Secretary Of Energy and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. Earlier he served as Associate Provost at Princeton University and as Senior Financial Officer at the World Bank.
Kenneth Peres, Ph.D. is APT's President and Research Economist for the Communications Workers of America. In relation to telecommunications, he has represented CWA in many proceedings before the New York Public Service Commission and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, worked on regulatory legislation, and conducted analyses of service quality performance. He has served as economist for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, the Montana House Committee on Economic Development and the Montana Alliance for Progressive Policy. Mr. Read more »
Harold is Public Knowledge’s Legal Director. He is responsible for managing and mentoring PK’s growing legal team and acting as lead attorney for issues before the Federal Communications Commission and the courts. He is also lead attorney for the Public Interest Spectrum Coalition, of which PK is a proud member. Read more »
Scott Cleland is an analyst with a long track record of industry firsts. Cleland is President of Precursor LLC, which consults for Fortune 500 clients; authors the "widely-read" PrecursorBlog.com; publishes GoogleMonitor.com; and serves as Chairman of NetCompetition.org, a pro-competition e-forum supported by broadband interests. Eight different Congressional subcommittees have sought Cleland's expert testimony on a wide range of complex emerging issues related to competition; and Institutional Investor twice ranked him as the top independent telecom analyst in the U.S. Read more »
Clyde Prestowitz is founder and President of the Economic Strategy Institute. His leadership has propelled ESI into an important role in the public policy process, influencing and often defining the terms of the debate in the areas of international trade policy, economic competitiveness, and the effects of globalization. Mr. Prestowitz has played key roles in achieving congressional passage of NAFTA and in shaping the final content of the Uruguay Round, as well as providing the intellectual basis for current U.S. trade policies toward Japan, China, and Korea. Read more »
Gregory Tassey is Senior Economist for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His major fields of research are the economics of innovation, technology-based economic growth policies, and R&D program impact analysis. Dr. Tassey has a B.A. in physics from McDaniel College and a Ph.D. in economics from The George Washington University. He has published 35 articles in policy and economics journals and written four books, the most recent being The Technology Imperative.