CTA Tech Week Speakers

Sage ChandlerSage Chandler

Sr. VP, International Trade, Government Affairs Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®

Sage Chandler leads CTA’s trade efforts to protect and expand the reach of consumer technology by advocating open markets unrestricted by tariffs and nontariff trade barriers. She works with member companies, the U.S. government, foreign governments, and international bodies like the World Trade Organization to advocate open supply chains and access to foreign markets. She has led CTA’s efforts on sections 232 and 301 tariffs and testified before the U.S. government multiple times in 2019 on behalf of member companies.

Marjorie DickmanMarjorie Dickman

Chief Government Affairs & Public Policy Officer, BlackBerry

Ms. Dickman is BlackBerry's first Chief Government Affairs & Public Officer, reporting directly to the Executive Chairman and CEO. Leveraging almost 25 years of legislative, regulatory and public policy expertise, she oversees BlackBerry's global Government Affairs & Public Policy organization, including Government Relations and Technical Standards teams across the U.S., Canada, EMEA, and the UK. Ms. Dickman is a Corporate Officer and member of BlackBerry's leadership team.

Prior to joining BlackBerry in March 2020, Ms. Dickman enjoyed a successful 16-year career with Intel Corporation, where she most recently led Global Government Affairs for two of Intel’s most high-profile and "disruptive" businesses: Internet of Things (intelligent endpoints) and Automated Driving (self-driving cars) – managing a team across the U.S., EMEA, China and Japan. Prior to Intel, the Duke University and Georgetown Law grad practiced law in Washington, DC at Wiley Rein.

Known for her deep substantive expertise, analytical ability and solution-orientation, Ms. Dickman is a highly respected leader, industry collaborator and corporate spokesperson (e.g., CES, BlackBerry Security Summit, Analyst Days, U.S. and International Auto Shows). Her expertise across innovative technology sectors includes IOT; cybersecurity; AI; electric, connected and automated vehicles; data privacy; 5G and wireless.

Ms. Dickman serves on the Executive Boards of Eno Center for Transportation and the U.S. Chamber’s Technology Engagement Center, as well as the U.S. Chamber’s Cybersecurity Leadership Council. She also serves as the Co-Chair for Transportation & Mobility at Denton’s Global Smart Cities & Communities Think Tank, and recently completed 3-year term on Consumer Technology Association's Board of Industry Leaders.

Melissa FroelichMelissa Froelich

Director, Government Relations, Aurora

Melissa Froelich leads federal affairs on the Government Relations team at Aurora, the company delivering the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly. Before Aurora, Melissa served as Chief Counsel for the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. Melissa began her career in Washington, D.C. at the National Retail Federation, and is an alum of the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University and the University of Miami.

John Godfrey John Godfrey

Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Samsung Electronics America

John Godfrey is Senior Vice President of Public Policy for Samsung Electronics America, a U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. headquartered in South Korea. Based in Washington, D.C., he leads Samsung’s public policy team in engagement with government and industry, focusing on communications policy, digital television, wireless spectrum, health care, environment, broadband, cybersecurity, privacy and other areas.

An active participant in the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), Godfrey is a member and past chair of the CTA Foundation’s Board of Trustees and CTA’s Video Division Board, among other groups. He is also a past chairman of the Board of Directors of the Advanced Television Systems Committee, the standards developing organization for digital television broadcasting. He served on the Federal Communications Commission’s Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee in 2015 and the U.S. Access Board’s Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Advisory Committee in 1998-1999.

Prior to joining Samsung in 2006, Godfrey was vice president of government affairs for Pioneer North America; and previously, he was director of government affairs for Sony Electronics. Earlier, he was with the Information Technology Industry Council, a trade association of leading information technology companies; the National Research Council, the policy research arm of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering; and SRI International.

Godfrey has a Master of Arts degree in Telecommunications from George Washington University, a Master of Arts degree in East Asian Studies from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife, artist Ellen Hill, have two sons and live in Rockville, Md.

Mitchell KominskyMitchell Kominsky

Director of Government Affairs, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®

Mitchell currently serves as Director of Government Affairs at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), where he leads policy and government affairs on autonomous vehicles, transportation, smart cities, and facial recognition issues.

Mitchell was recently Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives and Technology Policy at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he lead strategic initiatives to advance traffic safety and the deployment of autonomous vehicles.

Previously, Mitchell was the Co-founder of Venture Smarter, an enterprise technology startup that built a platform to accelerate the development of smart cities which included a community of 7,000+ public and private sector organizations. He led the company's corporate development, strategic initiatives, product, and partnerships, such as a $3 billion joint venture with investment firms and $50M 'Smart Infrastructure Challenge'.

Additionally, Mitchell served as the senior Policy Counsel to US Senate Leadership on technology, transportation, and infrastructure. Prior to that, Mitchell was a Counsel to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for emerging technologies, cybersecurity, and national security matters.

Mitchell has also served as an advisor to various venture capital firms, accelerators and venture-backed startups.

Tiffany M. MooreTiffany M. Moore

Sr. VP, Political and Industry Affairs, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®

Tiffany M. Moore serves as senior vice president of political and industry affairs for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™. Promoted to the newly created position in 2018, Moore’s expanded role includes overseeing CTA’s U.S. jobs, and diversity and inclusion initiatives. In addition, she leads the association’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill on issues including communications and technology policy, patent litigation reform, strategic immigration reform and international trade, and overseeing CTA’s political action committee CTAPAC. Moore joined CTA as vice president of government and political affairs in 2015.

Before joining CTA, she served as principal of Moore Consulting and strategic consultant with TwinLogic Strategies. In these roles, Moore advised corporations, trade associations, and coalitions on how to influence technology and innovation policy before Congress and the administration.

Moore’s career in Washington, DC spans 20 years where she has served in a variety of roles including stints as a senior advisor to Congress, a corporate government relations executive, a political appointee at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and a strategic consultant to tech and telecom companies and trade associations.

A proud native of Detroit, MI, Moore earned her master’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and her bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University.

James OwensJames Owens

Former Acting Administrator, U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and former Acting General Counsel, U.S. Department of Transportation

James Owens is the former Acting Administrator of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and as the agency’s most senior official he was responsible for all aspects of the agency’s activities and authorities, including its oversight of motor vehicle safety and innovation in automated technologies. Before joining NHTSA, he was appointed to be the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Acting General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel, providing legal advice to the Department’s senior leaders and supervising the legal work of nearly 500 attorneys covering all modes of transportation, and he played a key role in establishing and leading the Department’s highly successful regulatory reform efforts which ultimately reduced unnecessary regulatory costs by more than $95 billion and broadly enabled emerging technologies in transportation, without adversely affecting safety. Prior to his appointment at the Department of Transportation, he investigated and prosecuted market manipulation for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and was an associate in the litigation and regulatory practices of law firms in Washington, D.C. Earlier in his career, he served as a law clerk to then-Chief Judge Danny J. Boggs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He received a law degree, as well as a Ph.D. and a Masters Degree, from the University of Virginia, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from James Madison University.

Michael Petricone Michael Petricone

Sr. VP, Government Affairs, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®

Michael Petricone is the senior vice president of government affairs for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). Based in Arlington, VA, CTA is the trade association representing the $351 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies.

In his position, Petricone is responsible for representing the consumer technology industry’s position before the U.S. government on key technology policy issues that impact Americans’ lives. For over two decades, Petricone has advocated before Congress, federal agencies and state governments on areas such as Internet freedom, intellectual property, music licensing, trade, spectrum and high-skilled immigration.

Frequently listed as one of DC’s top lobbyists, Petricone has been at the forefront of transformative innovations like transition to digital television, the advent of music streaming, and the rise of the internet as a platform that allows us to connect, collaborate and communicate.

Petricone is passionate about using technology as force for inclusion, diversity, and social good. He serves as a board member for a number of non-profit organizations such as Public Knowledge, Center for Democracy and Technology, the American Library Association, Engine Advocacy and the i2Coalition.

Petricone received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and his undergraduate degree from Tufts University. Originally hailing from Connecticut, he now resides in Washington, DC with his wife and two sons.

René QuashieRené Quashie

VP, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Digital Health at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®

René Quashie is the first-ever Vice President of Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Digital Health at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). He provides guidance on key technical, legal and regulatory issues relating to digital health technology products, services, software and apps. Quashie also works on behalf of CTA's Health Division, which supports the health technology industry through advocacy, education, research, standards work, policy initiatives and more. He has also spearheaded a number of cross-sector initiatives, including the Health Equity and Access Leadership (HEAL) Coalition, a multi-sector initiative of private tech companies, healthcare providers and representatives of public agencies examining new ways to leverage the use of technology to mitigate health disparities across diverse demographics, geographies and communities. Prior to CTA, Quashie was in private law practice at several national firms for two decades focusing his work on digital health and privacy. He earned his law degree from George Washington University.

Courtney Reinhard Courtney Reinhard

Vice President of Federal Government Relations, Verizon

Courtney Reinhard is a Vice President of Federal Government Relations at Verizon where she advocates on communications-related issues before the U.S. Congress. Prior to joining the private sector, Ms. Reinhard spent a number of years at the FCC, where she served as the Wireless Legal Advisor to Commissioner Ajit Pai and later as the Chief of Staff and Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioner Mike O'Rielly. Before the FCC, she spent fifteen years in various positions on Capitol Hill. She served in the offices of Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA), Congressman Gary Miller (R-CA), and Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL). She served as an advisor on Commerce, Science and Transportation and Judiciary issues for Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC). She also served as a Telecommunications Counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee and as a Counsel and Budget Analyst for the House Budget Committee. Ms. Reinhard earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis and her J.D. from George Mason School of Law.

Gary Shapiro Gary Shapiro

President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, North America’s largest technology trade association. CTA owns and produces CES® – the most influential tech event in the world.

Shapiro directs a staff of about 200 employees and thousands of industry volunteers, leading his organization’s promotion of innovation as a national policy to spur the economy, create jobs and cut the deficit. CTA advocates for reducing the federal deficit, skilled employees, immigration and free trade and policies that support innovative new business models. CTA does not seek government funding for industry.

Shapiro is a New York Times bestselling author, whose books include “Ninja Future: Secrets to Success in the New World of Innovation” (HarperCollins, 2019), “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses” (HarperCollins, 2013) and “The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream” (Beaufort, 2011). Through these books and television appearances, and as a columnist whose more than 1000 opinion pieces have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation in the U.S. economy. He is considered an “influencer” on LinkedIn and has more than 300,000 followers.

Jamie SusskindJamie Susskind

VP, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®

Jamie Susskind is the Vice President of Policy and Regulatory Affairs for the Consumer Technology Association. In that role, she coordinates CTA’s advocacy strategy and represents the association before Federal agencies and the Administration for policies to encourage the growth of innovative consumer technologies. Susskind oversees a portfolio of regulatory issues, including cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, content moderation, equipment authorizations and standard setting, consumer protection, spectrum, and broadband and infrastructure deployment. Additionally, she helps manage CTA’s relationships with third-party advocacy groups to promote CTA’s policy agenda. Susskind previously worked as Chief of Staff to a Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission, Chief Counsel to a United States Senator, and clerked for a federal judge. 

Jeff WernerJeff Werner

Vice President, Corporate & Government Affairs, Panasonic Corporation of North America

Jeff Werner is Vice President of Corporate & Government Affairs at Panasonic Corporation of North America. In this role, Jeff leads the company’s strategic direction in navigating the legislative and regulatory processes at all levels of government. He is responsible for the company’s government and public affairs office in Washington, D.C., as well as the environmental and product safety compliance units at headquarters in Newark, N.J.

Since joining Panasonic, Jeff works to advance the company’s public policy strategy to foster the century-old mission of contributing to society through its products and solutions, and its commitment as a government and community partner. Jeff’s extensive experience in international relations and government affairs helps position Panasonic for growth by maintaining and strengthening our relationships with governments in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to Panasonic, Jeff served as general manager for international and public policy in Daimler’s external affairs office in Washington, D.C., managing the company’s international government affairs for U.S., Mexico and Canada. He also worked as executive director of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue’s (TABD) U.S. Office from 2003 to 2005.

Jeff currently serves on the boards of the Panasonic Foundation, the Organization for International Investment, the Consumer Electronics Association’s Video Board, and Cultural Tourism D.C., a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit.

Ron Wyden Ron Wyden

U.S. Senator (D-OR)

Ron Wyden represents Oregon in the United States Senate. Wyden serves as Chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, while also serving on the Senate Budget Committee, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senate Joint Committee on Taxation. Senator Wyden is a champion on many important issues in Congress, but his work on promoting innovation makes him a true leader in technology and internet policy.

Wyden’s interest in the internet goes back to the mid-1990s. He was an early champion of internet freedom, often siding with the tech sector against powerful interests who sought strict anti-piracy laws. He, and then-California Republican Rep. Christopher Cox, sponsored a three-year ban on taxation of access to the internet that passed in 1998. The ban on such taxes was extended several times until Congress made the prohibition permanent in 2016. Wyden and Cox also co-authored the language that today is known as Section 230, which allowed the internet to flourish into what it is today.