Public Knowledge Appoints Gene Kimmelman as New President and CEO
WASHINGTON—Gene Kimmelman is the new president and CEO of D.C. lobby,
Public Knowledge. Kimmelman was chief counsel at the Department of Justice’s
antitrust division, and more recently, director of the Internet Freedom and
Human Rights project at the New America Foundation.
When former President and CEO Gigi Sohn left Public Knowledge to join the
Federal Communications Commission, Public Knowledge’s board of directors were
charged to find a replacement. Kathleen Wallman, chair of Public Knowledge’s board
of directors, describes Kimmelman as a proven leader in the focus areas that
Public Knowledge cares about most.
One of Kimmelman’s primary goals as the new president of Public Knowledge will
be to work with members of the civil rights, technology, and public interest
communities to create a policy center geared towards training the next
generation of thought leaders in technology and telecommunications policy. “I
hope to extend the skillful and effective work of Public Knowledge to promote
innovation, creativity, competition and protect peoples’ rights to meet their
needs in the exploding digital marketplace,” Kimmelman said.
“Simultaneously, I am bringing together a wide array of public
interest and human rights groups to coordinate policy and train the next
generation of advocates.” The Policy Strategy Center would be implemented by
several non-governmental organizations to decide on tactics, tools, and
strategies to promote human rights principles, fairness, and access to technology
in the digital economy.
Public Knowledge board member and former Commissioner and Chair of the Federal
Communications Commission Michael Copps was pleased to see Public Knowledge
continue with leadership that will maintain the vision of Public Knowledge and
expand upon what the organization has achieved in the past 13 years. “Gene
Kimmelman’s selection as president and CEO of Public Knowledge ought to
reignite the flame of every reformer’s commitment to the public
interest,” Copps said. “Whatever Gene does, he does with
incredible intelligence, wonderful good judgment, and experience that few can
match. As a Public Knowledge Board Member, I am just plain delighted.”