WASHINGTON (September 25, 2013) - The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is pleased to announce that the Honorable Phil English, former Republican Member of Congress from Pennsylvania, has been elected Co-Chairman of the ITIF Board of Directors. In this post he will help lead strategic planning, organizational and development activities for the non-partisan, non-profit technology policy think tank.
"I am excited to be part of the ITIF team," English says. "The foundation is a leader on tax, trade, and tech policies and has pointed the way for strengthening the country's economy and encouraging sunrise investments of tomorrow."
"Over his long career in public service, Phil English has been a strong advocate for innovation-centric policies that promote competitiveness, job growth and economic development," notes Robert Atkinson, President of ITIF. "We are extremely pleased to have him join the board as co-chair and look forward to utilizing his experience and expertise as we continue to help advance pro-innovation policies."
English served in the House from 1995-2009, and was a legislative leader in the areas of tax, energy and trade policy. He was a member of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, as well as a Congressional representative to the President's Export Council. After leaving Congress, he served as a member of the United States National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which advises the State Department on educational, scientific, cultural, and communications issues. He is currently a Senior Government Relations Advisor with Arent Fox.
English replaces former Congresswoman Nancy Johnson who after six years of service as ITIF board co-chair will step down from that position, while remaining on the board. English will co-chair the ITIF board with Vic Fazio, former Democratic Congressman from California.
"Phil English and Vic Fazio will make an excellent team and I would like to thank both of them for their service and support of ITIF," Atkinson adds. "I would also like to thank Nancy Johnson for her tireless efforts to support our mission and we are very happy she will be staying on the board as a member."
For a full list of ITIF's Board of Directors visit, http://www.itif.org/content/board.
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues. Learn more at www.itif.org.