2021 ISOC-DC Chapter Council Elections – Candidates

Beth Bacon

Beth is the Senior Director of Policy and Privacy for Public Interest Registry (PIR), the operator of .org, .ngo, and .ong, as well as several IDNs. She works within ICANN and Internet governance organizations to develop and implement policy for the domain name space and is the lead for PIR’s privacy compliance and policy efforts. Beth joined PIR in April 2016 with over ten years of experience with domestic and international policy analysis and development in Congress and the Executive Branch. Previously, she held positions with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the United States Senate. Beth has worked on a variety of emerging technology, science, and internet governance issues and is currently service on the ISOC-DC Council.

Tara Burke

Tara Burke is a research development professional with thirteen years of experience in the leadership, execution, and management of philanthropic and extramural funding opportunities in higher education. She is the Manager (staff not faculty) of two programs within the University of Maryland, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (MAPP): the Research Development proposal office and the Smart Cities Initiative. She leads all centralized research development support programs and services for the school including proposal management, engagement with industry, and municipal stakeholder management; She has experience organizing and executing workshops/events with up to 300 participants. The Smart Cities Initiative (SCI), a collaboration between MAPP and the College of Information Studies, is a cross-disciplinary research initiative and learning community of scholars, municipal leaders, industry representatives, and community-engaged practitioners who seek to improve the efficiency, sustainability, resilience, social justice, and equity of cities. Their focus is to leverage applied research projects into local economies of scale to build smart cities infrastructure. As an example, they have a stormwater internet of things (IOT) remote sensing project installed on our campus (sensors at 3 priority outfalls) as a proof-of-concept pilot for future expansion to local municipalities. In addition, their research team has done work that detailed – pre Covid – the depth and breadth of the Digital Divide in West Baltimore. She has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology; She spent time doing field biology in the Pacific northwest and have great pictures of me holding bald eagles. She has opened a restaurant and worked in the movie industry.

John More

John More is  a lawyer with experience and expertise in the areas of corporate and banking law, of healthcare, and of non-profits. He serves as the treasurer and a director of a number of non-profits for which he also provides legal advice. More has been in legal practice in Washington since 1979, although now semi-retired. His principal areas of specialization have been corporate and business law, domestic and international commercial and transactional law, small business formation, employment law, and federal and state securities law. For many years he represented the US branches of international banks and advised on structuring their operations in compliance with US and state banking laws. He has provided legal advice and other assistance to non-profit organizations in their formation, corporate governance, and filings for 501(c)(3) tax status.

In the District, he has been active in affordable housing and neighborhood redevelopment through a multi-racial interfaith grassroots organizing group, Washington Interfaith Network (“WIN”). In the Internet area, I am currently the Treasurer of the Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society. For the Internet Society and a number of other international organizations involved with the Internet, he has provided legal advice on corporate governance and drafted their governing and procedures documents.

Khedidja Ouheb

Khedidja Ouheb has 14+ years of experience in project management, business development, social impact strategies, social entrepreneurship, consulting training and facilitation. For over 10 years, Khedidja managed multi-billion dollar investment projects and supported collaborative initiatives between subcontractors, stakeholders, high-profile clients, and other program divisions. She has helped various global organizations and institutions develop their project management plans using the logic model approach as a roadmap to provide direction and clarity by presenting the big picture of change along with impact measurement and scalability. She is skilled in business growth strategies, developing partnership relationships, business development, operations, sales, leading cross-functional teams and workload by promoting professional service excellence to increase value. Her professional interests lie at the intersection of adaptive leadership and change management, global development, innovative ways of solving social problems, new technology, and corporate social responsibility.

Monica Sanders

Monica Sanders is a professor at Georgetown University and the Georgetown University Law Center. She teaches Law, Policy and Society and Long-Term Disaster Recovery. Her research interests include technology and vulnerable groups and legal constructs for just recovery. She also has faculty affiliations at Tulane University and the University of Southern California. Professor Sanders also served Senior Legal Advisor for International Response and Programs at the American Red Cross, focusing on international disaster response and humanitarian assistance principles. Previously, she was a Senior Committee Counsel for both the House of Representatives and Senate Committees on Homeland Security.

She serves on a number of advisory boards, including the Institute for Building Technology and Safety. Professor Sanders received her degrees from the University of Miami (B.S.), the Catholic University of America (JD), Harvard Law School Project on Negotiation (Cert.) and University College London (LL.M).

Aram Sinnreich

Dr. Aram Sinnreich is Professor and Chair of the Communication Studies division at American University’s School of Communication. Sinnreich’s work focuses on the intersection of culture, law and technology, with an emphasis on subjects such as emerging media and music. He is the author of three books: Mashed Up (2010), The Piracy Crusade (2013), and The Essential Guide to Intellectual Property (2019), and is currently writing a fourth, The Secret Life of Data, under contract at MIT Press. He has also written for publications including The New York Times, Billboard, Wired, The Daily Beast, and The Conversation. Prior to coming to AU, Sinnreich served as Associate Professor at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information, Director at media innovation lab OMD Ignition Factory, Managing Partner of media/tech consultancy Radar Research, Visiting Professor at NYU Steinhardt, and Senior Analyst at Jupiter Research. Sinnreich has served as Councilor for ISOC-DC for the past five years, and has helped to organize and host more than a dozen events, including symposia on “fake news”, data privacy protections in the US., and global internet freedom initiatives.

Shane Tews

Shane Tews is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute managing the Global Internet Strategy program that focuses on cyber security and Internet governance as part of AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy. Along with her work at AEI Shane in the President of Logan Circle Strategies working with her clients to create a coordinated public policy approach to Information Communications and Technology policies and cyber security and cyber governance strategies on a global scale. Additionally, Shane manages many of the relationships with Congress, the Administration, Foreign Governments, Think Tanks and Trade Associations on behalf of Vrge Communications.

Shane was formerly Vice President of Global Public Policy and Government Relations for Verisign, Inc. where she was responsible for the strategic planning and daily management of the Policy and Government Relations efforts for Verisign globally. Shane represented Verisign’s interest before United States and International government officials in the Information Communications and Technology Sector where she participated in the development of e-commerce policies with International governing bodies, National and State Legislators, International, National and Regional trade associations and Information Technology coalitions.

Shane is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Internet Education Foundation and previously served as the co-Chair of the Internet Governance Forum USA (IGF-USA). She is also currently a board member of TechFreedom and GlobalWIN. She formerly sat on several Information Technology Boards including the European American Business Council, the Information Technology Industry Council, the Information Technology Industry Foundation, and the United States Telecommunications Training Institute.

Le Marie V .J. Thompson

Le-Marie V.J. Thompson is an entrepreneur, educator and technologist looking to make the world a better place one innovation at a time. She spends a good bit of her energies advocating for women and girls in STEM, tech for good and STEM education among the underserved. Le-Marie is the Founder and CEO of Nettadonna, LLC and was selected by Fast Company magazine as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business and Social Good. She has over ten years of experience with global 100 telecom companies and 5 years experience with innovative education programs. She holds an M.A. in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Steve Williams

From Los Angeles CA, Steve was raised in a military family, Navy. He is a Network Engineer in the computer and security industry, skilled in network services and wireless technologies, and a results-driven professional who graduated from Colorado Technical University (ETI) Accounting and Los Angeles City College Music Performance.

As President of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation, Steve organizes one of the Nation’s oldest and largest grassroots movements, Juneteenth, our Mission “To bring all Americans together to celebrate our common bond of freedom through the recognition, observance, education and historic preservation of Juneteenth in America.” Their national mission is the help Bridge the Digital Divide and is glad to have worked with Dustin on project together.

In 2001-2004, he was Technical Adviser to Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee for Polycom. They presented technology to members of congress and the White House at the Hart Senate building. As founder of SkyNet Access in Leesburg, VA, one of the first Wireless Internet Service Providers in America, he delivered high-speed Internet access through an enterprise class wireless network to businesses and residents. Michael Powell often visited my site in Leesburg and RoadStar Blueridge mountains.

He joined ISOC in 1998 in Los Angeles California and I regularly attend American Security Project meetings. I believe secure open access is one of the keys to a better world.