Who’s Who Among the 100 on U.S. 2014 Plenipot

State department5 or 6 public delegates in 100. Update Oct 15 New list has ~7 public delegates out of about 140. The public advocates were outnumbered something like 10-1 at WCIT, as usual. Some of the top lobbyists aren’t even bothering to come. Verizon, Cisco and Google have cut back. The top people probably believe the even may have some loud talk but nothing important is going to happen. The U.S. is likely to be able to block anything we don’t like. We essentially don’t like the ITU doing anything of substance other than giving us some satellite slots. Hardly anything will get through. 

    The rest are from government, including some from DOD and other three letter agencies. On a similar article for WCIT, I wrote “Multi-stakeholder” is worthless if the only stakeholders are corporate.

   I know most of the top U.S. government people. I believe Danny, Larry, Julie and most of the rest genuinely are working to keep the Internet open and democratic. U.S. Ambassador Danny Sepulveda is hard driving and very capable. He was close to both John Kerry and Barack Obama. I expected very different choices from an Obama person respected by several mutual friends.

Here’s the complete list, with a few details you might not find on Google.  

     I’ll fill in more of the bios as I have time.

Possibly primarily serving in the public interest. (6)

Mr Farid BEN AMOR, Strategist, University of Southern California according to the latest bio I could find works in content for DirecTV, soon to be owned by AT&T. He is also a doctoral student with an interest in policy. It isn’t clear whether he is essentially independent or representing his company. 

Ms Avri DORIA, Researcher, Dotgay LLC is an experienced Internet engineer long active in policy and clearly not corporate owned.

Mr Eli DOURADO, Research Fellow, Mercatus Center At George Mason University is an academic who created WCITleaks to distribute the ITU documents the U.S. didn’t make public. I contributed several items to WCITleaks. His article “Protecting the open Internet may require defunding the ITU” in the Washington Post makes his position clear. I strongly disagree with many of his opinions but respect his independence.

Mr Gary FISHMAN, President, Pearlfisher International was a long time standards guy who worked for Lucent. Whether he is now completely independent or is representing clients is unclear.

Mr Gordon GOLDSTEIN, Director, Silver Lake, works on external affairs for an investment firm. He has been previously active in policy.

Ms Judith HELLERSTEIN, CEO, Hellerstein & Associates is a D.C. based consultant long active in ISOC and elsewhere.

In charge

Mr Daniel SEPULVEDA, Ambassador, Department Of State is the main public face. He’s articulate, effective and personally has a liberal record. He’s been personally very accessible to those who know to ask, myself included. He hasn’t been holding press conferences. He’s done a remarkable job reaching out to other nations in search of support. He had a great coup, breaking Brazil from the BRICs. He jokes he’s setting a world record for number of miles flown in coach. Extremely dedicated to the mission he defines.

Mr Lawrence E. STRICKLING, Assistant Secretary, NTIA – Department Of Commerce. At WCIT, Larry and Ambassador Kramer worked very closely together but Larry stayed mostly behind the scenes. The most effective bureaucrat in telecom and Internet policy in D.C. the last six years. Strongly committed to the U.S. position, much of which he determined.

Mr Thomas WHEELER, Chairman, Federal Communication Commission. The previous chair put in only a token appearance at WCIT and quickly rushed out of town. I hope Wheeler at least does a press conference. He’s more knowledgeable than any other FCC leader in a decade. The positions he’s taken are generally quite reasonable, with an exception for sender pays. But nearly two years in, he’s delayed most of the important decisions so we don’t know how effective he’ll be. 

Ms Julie ZOLLER, Senior Deputy Coordinator, Department of State. An engineer by training. Zoller’s predecessor, Dick Beaird, essentially ran the division for a decade while the Ambassadors flew around. She’s likely to do similar.

Three veterans of NTIA. I don’t know how they divide the work.

Ms Fiona ALEXANDER, Associate Administrator, National Telecommunications And Information Administration, Department Of Commerce

Ms Vernita HARRIS, Deputy Associate Administrator, National Telecommunications And Information Administration, Department Of Commerce

Mr Christopher HEMMERLEIN, Telecommunication Policy Specialist, National Telecommunications And Information Administration, Department Of Commerce


Ms Mindel DE LA TORRE, Chief, International Division, Federal Communications Commission. Experienced and knowledgeable. Presumably representing the FCC when the Chairman isn’t in town.

Mr Albert LEWIS, Senior Council, Federal Communication Commission. Day-to-liaision with State. Took a strong position against Net Neutrality when I raised the issue, despite Barack Obama’s nominal support. Official line is “We don’t think this belongs at ITU.” 

The real powers:

Mr David GROSS, Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP is the former U.S. Ambassador. He led the multi-million dollar campaign against the WCIT. One of the nicest guys you can meet, gracious and knowledgeable. 

Ms Marilyn CADE, CEO, MCADE LLC is a former AT&T senior lobbyist who is coy about who is funding her today.  Knowledgeable, effective and efficient. She is on almost every governing body of the “multi-stakeholder” Internet, ICANN, IGF, Net Mundial, ISOC stuff and I don’t know how many more. Folks at the State Department and ISOC look to her for guidance.

Ms Amy ALVAREZ, Executive Director, AT&T. When I jumped into Internet governance 3 years ago, a friend at the FCC told me that AT&T and Verizon were the real powers. Verizon is either joining late or decided why bother in Korea when the U.S. government will block anything they might be bothered by.

Ms Sarah FALVEY, Policy Manager, Google, Inc. I believe Larry, Sergei and Eric are genuine and benevolent but their policy people in D.C. are “by any means necessary” lobbyists. Their lead is veteran lobbyist Susan Molinari, who has a budget they are growing to buy power away from the Bells. After a nationwide campaign, Schmidt just pulled out of ALEC, the corporate tool of the Bells and the coal company climate deniers. Google’s D.C. team is a cynical group, throwing money at some of the most neanderthal politicians. That’s how D.C. works. At WCIT, Google had four people on the U.S. delegation and ran a worldwide campaign that they weren’t represented. I don’t know Sarah’s personal work.

Other corporate


Ms Audrey ALLISON, Director, The Boeing Company


Ms Flavia ALVES, Senior Advisor, Telecommunications Management Group, Inc


Ms Ellen BLACKLER, Vice President Global Affairs, The Walt Disney Company


Mr James BLADEL, Senior Policy Director, GoDaddy.com, LLC


Ms Iren BORISSOVA, Director of International Policy, Verisign, Inc.


Mr Jared CARLSON, Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Ericsson


Mr Mike CHARTIER, Director Spectrum Technology, Intel Corporation


Dr William CHECK, Senior Vice President – Science & Technology, National Cable & Telecommunications Association


 Mr Mademba CISSE, Senior Vice President – Africa, Space Partnership International


Ms Danielle COFFFEY, Vice President and General Counsel – Government Affairs, Telecommunications Industry Association


Mr Jerry CONNER, Director, Spectrum Assurance, Exelis


Mr David FARES, Senior Vice President – Government Relations, 21st Century Fox


Mr Carl FRANK, Attorney, Wiley Rein, LLP


Ms Janet HERNANDEZ, President, Telecommunications Management Group


Mr Eric HOLLOWAY, Director – International and Government Affairs, Telecommunications Industry Association


Mr Kyung Yeop HONG, Principal Engineer, Cisco Systems


Notably missing, at least so far

Microsoft Paul Mitchell, Amazon Paul Misener, Cisco, Robert Pepper and Chip Sharp, Verizon Jackie Ruff, Leslie Martinkovics, and Kathy Brown. (Kathy is now in charge at the Internet Society.)


The quiet ones

Down from 14 at WCIT from security divisions. These people are not going to Korea to protect Freedom of Speech. 

Mr Kenneth TURNER, Deputy Director, Department of Defense


Ms Jabin VAHORA, Director for Technology and Security Policy, Department of State


Ms Erum WELLING, IG Strategist, Department Of Defense


Ms Katherine WISENER, International Affairs Analyst, Department of Homeland Security


Mr Lee KIMBLE, Lead Associate, Department Of Defense


Mr William HUDSON, Director, National Security Council


Ms Micaela KLEIN, International Affairs Analyst, Department Of Homeland Security


Ms Jordana SIEGEL, Director of International Affairs, Department Of Homeland Security


Particularly active in government.

Ms Marian GORDON, Foreign Affairs Officer, Department of State


Ms Roxanne MCELVANE, Senior Counselor, Federal Communication Commission


Mr Franz ZICHY, Electronics Engineer, Department Of State


Mr Paul NAJARIAN, Foreign Affairs Officer, Department Of State


Other Government 

Dr Pamela HAMAMOTO, Ambassador, U.S. Mission To Geneva – Department of State

Ms Elizabeth BACON, Telecommunication Policy Specialist, Department Of Commerce

Mr Manu BHARDWAJ, Senior Advisor, Department of State

Ms Lisa CARNAHAN, Computer Scientist, NIST, Department Of Commerce

Mr Rizwan CHOWDHRY, Attonrey Advisor, Federal Communication Commission

Ms Diane CORNELL, Special Counselor, Federal Communications Commission

Mr Kiran DUWADI, Senior Industry Economist, Federal Communications Commission

Mr Justin FAIR, Foreign Affairs Officer, Department of State

Mr Stephen FAROLE, International Policy Analyst, Department of Homeland Security

Mr Robert FAUCHER, Director, Department of State

Mr Glenn FELDHAKE, Senior Spectrum Engineer, NASA

Ms Sheila FLYNN, Policy Advisor, Department of State

Ms Sally GADSDEN, NASA Consultant, Department Of State

Mr Gordon GILLERMAN, Chief, NIST, Department Of Commerce

Mr Richard GREEN, Senior Counsel, Department of Justice

Mr Andrew HARRIS, Foreign Affairs Officer, Department of State

Mr Michael D. HOGAN, Standards Liaison, NIST – Department Of Commerce

Mr Cecily HOLIDAY, Director, Department Of State

Mr David HUITEMA, Attorney Advisor, Department Of State

Dr Ajitkumar JILLAVENKATESA, Senior Standards Policy Advisor, NIST – Department Of Commerce

Mr Richard JOHNS, Economic Officer, U.S. Mission To Geneva – Department Of State

Mr Bradford KAUFMAN, Deputy Director, NASA

Ms Adriane LAPOINTE, Senior Policy Advisor, Department Of State

Mr Gregory MANN, International Programs Specialist, NASA

Ms Megan MATTSON, Lead Public Affairs, Department Of State

Mr Brandon MITCHELL, Chief, Department Of Commerce

Ms Jessica NELSON, Economic Officer, U.S. Mission To Geneva – Department Of State

Mr Kathryn O’BRIEN, Assistant Chief, Federal Communication Commission

Mr Christopher PAINTER, Coordinator, Department Of State

Mr Gregory (greg) RATTA, Telecommunication Regulatory Policy Analyst, ASRC Federal (NASA Consultant)

Ms Mary B. RIOS, Senior Advisor, Department Of State

Ms Susan RITCHIE, Senior Advisor, Department of State

Ms Angela Marie SIMPSON, Deputy Assistant Secretary, NTIA – Department Of Commerce

Mr Victor SPARROW, Director, NASA

Mr John (Jack) SPILSBURY, Deputy Coordinator, Department Of State

Mr Charles SUN, Census IPv6 Transition Manager, U.S. Census Bureau

Mr Anthony TEELUCKSINGH, Senior Counsel, Department of Justice

Mr Gary THATCHER, Associate Director, U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau

Ms Joanne WILSON, Deputy Program Manager, ASRC Federal (NASA Consultant)

Mr Badri YOUNES, Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Communications and Navigation, NASA

Mr Robert LATTIN, Policy Analyst, U.S. House Of Representatives

Ms Nilmini RUBIN, Senior Professional Staff Member, U.S House Of Representatives

Mr Avis ALSTON, Office Management Specialist, Department of State

Ms Olivette HOOKS, Deputy Director, Department of State

Ms Roslyn JOHNSON, Budget Officer, Department Of State

Ms Pauline STONE, N/A, NASA




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