Aspen Tech Policy Hub Welcomes Thirteen Instructors to Policy Training Network

July 27, 2023

New instructors will expand reach of policy training programs

Contact: Ben Berliner
The Aspen Institute

San Francisco, CA, July 27 – The Aspen Institute’s Tech Policy Hub announces it is bringing on board 13 professionals trained in the Hub’s policy impact methods to teach diverse subject matter experts how to create policy change. These instructors will be critical teachers of Hub curricula for our programs geared toward helping organizations and individuals make a lasting impact on public policy.

This new cohort of instructors completed two virtual week-long training courses and are now equipped to teach crucial advocacy, public speaking, and policy writing skills for the Hub. Through this program, instructors will be able to scale policy impact methodologies beyond the Hub’s team, and enable STEM and social justice professionals to implement policy change.

“We have built a curriculum over time in which we do something that we believe no other organization does: teaching subject matter experts, those that know their fields best, how to influence policy and disrupt the status quo where change it’s needed,” said Betsy Cooper, Founding Director of the AspenTech Policy Hub. “We are delighted that we can bring on such experienced field experts to expand our capacity to teach policy skills.”

Instructors will share their new knowledge and expertise of their specific fields in future Hub programs.

The Summer 2023 Aspen Tech Policy Hub cohort of instructors are:

  • Krista Canellakis, Digital Delivery Program Lead at U.S. Digital Response; former Deputy Secretary, General Services at the State of California’s Government Operations Agency and Chief Innovation Officer for the City and County of San Francisco
  • Sara Collins, Senior Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge; former Policy Counsel at Future of Privacy Forum and Legal Director of Veterans Education Success
  • Caitriona Fitzgerald, Deputy Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC); former Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Massachusetts State Senator Barry Finegold
  • Ross Gillfillan, Communications and Policy Consultant; former Director of Strategic Communications and Senior Policy Advisor for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Alexander Hall, Public Affairs Specialist at Waymo; former Stakeholder Engagement Professional at Airbnb, Postmates, and Robinhood
  • Adrienne Goss, Senior Research Associate at Atlanta Public Schools; former Associate Professor of Education and Social Policy and Founding Director of the Social Policy Hub for Equity Research in Education (SPHERE) at Rhode Island College
  • Henry L. Greenidge, Esq, Executive Vice President at Tusk Holdings; former Head of Government Affairs on the East Coast for GM Cruise and Head of Public Affairs for REEF Technology
  • Nikki Love Kingman, Public Policy Advocate and Educator; former Executive Director of Common Cause Hawaii and Director of Public Policy for the Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Chelsea Magnant, Cybersecurity Policy Manager at Google; former Policy Strategist at Google and CIA analyst
  • Brandie Nonnecke, Director of the CITRIS Policy Lab and an Associate Research Professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley; former Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
  • Rebecca Peters, International Water Policy Advisor in Washington, DC; former ​​Academy Fellow at Chatham House, London, UK, and Researcher at the Asian International Rivers Center in Kunming, China
  • Katelyn Ringrose, Global Policy Lead for Law Enforcement and Government Access at Google; former Legal Fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum
  • Sharon Zezima, independent Policy Advisor for organizations including PolicyLink; formerly held senior legal, policy, and business development roles at Acoustic, Pax Labs, GoPro, and Electronic Arts

Learn more about our Train the Trainer program, which trained these professionals in the Hub’s model, here. Learn more about the Hub’s programs here. You can also read more about the instructors on our website here.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.


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