Members of the Board:
Sheena Franklin, Walgreens
Paula Timmons, T-Mobile
Bios of Board Members
Sara Akbar is a Director in Oracle’s Government Affairs office. She manages workforce and education policy issues and serves as Oracle’s representative on philanthropic efforts and several international task forces. She frequently represents Oracle on STEM education issues from Kindergarten through Higher Ed. Before joining Oracle in 2004, she was a contract and business development specialist for information technology firms.
In addition to serving on the WHTC board, Sara currently sits on the board of Emergent Leaders Network, which focuses on developing community college student leaders. She is an active volunteer with Higher Achievement; participates with the Parent’s Association of a local Washington D.C. Boys and Girls Club; and was a founding board member of “mothertongue,” a Washington, D.C. women’s arts collective.
Sara holds a BA in International Relations from American University and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Maryland.
Jamie Boone is Director of Government Affairs for the Consumer Technology AssociationTM. She serves as an advocate for the consumer technology industry on Capitol Hill, focusing on privacy, telecommunications, transportation, drones, and intellectual property policy issues. Jamie worked for Congressman Bill Shuster for nearly eight years, where she last served as his Deputy Chief of Staff. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
Megan L. Brown is a partner in the Communications, Litigation and Appellate Practices at Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, DC. She has expertise helping businesses, including wireless and technology companies, respond to regulation raising constitutional, administrative law and statutory issues. Megan represents corporate clients at the trial and appellate levels in a variety of litigation. She also counsels businesses on complex compliance challenges in the emerging area of national security and cybersecurity. Megan received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In addition to her time in private practice, she served at the Department of Justice as Counsel to two Attorneys General. To see Megan’s full profile, click here to be directed to Wiley Rein LLP.
As the founder and principal of Carman Communications, Krista Carman has over 15 years of experience working with governors and federal policy makers.
A trusted voice in advising both the public and private sectors, Krista’s expertise lies in understanding the intersection of federal and state policy. As evidence of this, she has advised multiple sitting governors, directing their strategy in working with the federal government. She maintains solid relationships with decision makers and their respective staffs at the state and federal levels, regularly interacting with the executive branch and agencies.
Some selected highlights of her work with state executives include advising the 2003 10-governor Medicaid reform task force; formerly serving as the Midwestern Governors Association staff chair; participating in the 2007 National Governors Association Energy Task Force; and currently serving as the Republican staff chair for the NGA Natural Resources Committee. She is an active participant in the Western Governors and Republican Governors Associations and the Conference of Western Attorneys General.
Krista has repeatedly appeared before organizations such as the National Association of Home Builders, The Christine Todd Whitman Series and The American Association for Homecare, giving both political and election analysis. During the healthcare reform debate in Congress, she guest lectured on the issue to undergraduates at Catholic University.
Prior to establishing Carman Communications, Krista spent several years leading the Hall of States office on Capitol Hill for a top-ten Washington based public affairs firm. She formerly served as associate director in Acting Governor Don DiFrancesco’s (R-NJ) Washington, DC office and previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry.
A native of New Jersey, Krista holds a B.A. in political science from Mary Washington College and received her M.A. in Congressional and Presidential Studies from The Catholic University of America. She previously served on the board of directors for the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, and is a currently a board member of The Women’s High-Tech Coalition. She is an active member of Republicans Associated for Mutual Support and sits on the Republican Governors Association National Finance Committee.
Lee Carosi Dunn is Senior Counsel at Google’s legal and policy office here in Washington, DC focusing on technology issues and regulatory policy before the United States Senate and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Prior to her work at Google, Lee spent close to ten years working for Senator John McCain (R-AZ) as his General Counsel in his Senate office and as counsel for the Senate Commerce Committee when the Senator served as Chairman of the committee. While on the committee staff, Lee focused on telecommunications and media issues. Lee also worked for former FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell and at the law firm Dow, Lohnes and Albertson representing Cox Communications, Nextel and Media General. She served as a judicial clerk for the Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Virginia after graduating from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, cum laude. Lee spent her years before law school working for one of the regional bell operating companies, US West Communications, as an operations and planning manager. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a major in Sociology and can rewire a telephone jack. Lee is married to Brendan Dunn and has three young children.
MaryClare Fitzgerald has headed the former Dutko’s and now Grayling’s Financial Services Practice for the last ten years. She began her career on Capitol Hill as Staff Assistant to the House Ways and Means Committee. From there she was recruited to San Francisco to head the Bank of America’s federal government relations operations. Subsequently, the Chase Manhattan Bank hired her away from the Bank of America, to head their efforts in the Washington office.
She earned a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins while working full-time for the Bank of America and Chase Manhattan, and working for a law firm, she earned her J.D. from George Mason School of Law.
MaryClare founded the Women’s High-Tech Coalition in Y2000, and the group continues to be a vibrant leader in advancing both women and relationship-building and viewpoint exchange between the policymaking bodies in Washington and the high-tech centers of the country.
Melissa (Missy) Cortese Foxman is a Director of Federal Government Relations at the Entertainment Software Association. She is the former Executive Director of the WHTC. Prior to working with the WHTC and managing her firm, Baseline Public Affairs, she served as a senior advisor at Blank Rome Government Relations and represented clients from the telecom, technology, homeland security, transportation, and financial service sectors.
Before that, Missy helped establish and run the Washington office of a Colorado-based, mid-sized technology company. Her public sector background includes serving U.S. Sen. Connie Mack (R-FL) as Deputy to the Chief of Staff at the Senate Republican Conference and as a professional staff member of the Joint Economic Committee. She also served as a political appointee at the U.S. Small Business Administration under President George H.W. Bush. Missy graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University with a BA in politics and English.
Dena Graziano serves as the Director of Federal Government Affairs at Symantec Corporation, where she is responsible for Symantec’s public policy development as well as political and strategic engagement with Capitol Hill. Prior to joining Symantec, Dena worked on Capitol Hill for 15 years, serving in various capacities in both the Senate and the House, including Communications Director for the House Homeland Security and Judiciary Committees, and as the Executive Assistant to the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Dena currently is a Member of the Infragard National Advisory Board and serves as Vice-Chair of the Tech America Cybersecurity Legislative Committee.
Stacey Hutchinson is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Chamber Technology Engagement Center (C_TEC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the Chamber, Stacey was the Executive Director of the Conservative Reform Network (f/k/a YG Network). Stacey worked for Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN) as his Deputy Chief of Staff where she managed the day-to-day operations of the Washington office. She was also Communications Director on Paulsen’s first campaign in 2008.
Stacey served as Press Secretary for Governor Bob McDonnell (VA) on both his campaign and administration. She worked in Congressman Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) communications department for four years during his tenure as Chief Deputy Whip and Whip of the House of Representatives. She was also Political Director on Cantor’s 2006 campaign. She began her career in Virginia on the 2005 Governor’s race after graduating that spring from James Madison University. Stacey is originally from Southern California, but grew up mostly in Virginia Beach. She likes to golf in the summer and ski in the winter.
Michone Johnson joined Verizon in January of 2011 as Vice President, Federal Government Relations. Previously, Ms. Johnson was a congressional staffer with the House Judiciary Committee serving as a Minority Counsel to the Ranking Member’s Democratic Staff from 2000 to 2006 and then as Majority Chief Counsel to the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law of the Committee on Judiciary from 2007 to 2011. From 1997 until March 2000, Ms. Johnson was an associate in the Litigation and Government Contracts groups of Crowell & Moring, LLP in Washington, DC where she represented clients in matters of general litigation and advised government contract clients in state procurement laws.
She also did extensive pro-bono work for political asylum clients. From 1996 to 1997, Ms. Johnson was law clerk for the Hon. Deborah Robinson, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court of the District of Columbia. She graduated from Columbia University in 1996 with a law degree (JD) from Columbia Law School and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration (MPA) from the Columbia University School of International and Public Administration. She received her Bachelor of Art degree from Brown University in 1992.
Patty is currently working as a Director in VMware’s Global Government Relations office. Prior to VMware, Patty was the Executive Director for a new Political Action Committee that was established to elect more Republican women to Congress.
Patty previously had worked for Siemens, where she worked in corporate headquarters handling business development across the entire Siemens portfolio. Before joining Siemens, Patty was a political appointee at the General Services Administration as the Senior Advisor to the Commissioner who was responsible for the U.S. Government’s Civilian real estate portfolio. Prior to her time at GSA, Patty worked in government relations for a technology company where she represented the company on federal procurement and corporate technology issues before Congress and the executive branch.
She began her career working on Capitol Hill handling legislative policy on technology, taxes, defense and foreign policy in both the House and Senate. Patty also worked for several years in the former Soviet Union training political parties at the International Republican Institute and has served as an international election observer in Ukraine and Azerbaijan.
Patty earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Russian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She also attended St. Petersburg State University in the former Soviet Union.
Patty serves on the Advisory board of the Women’s Democracy Network of the International Republican Institute and is the Treasurer of RightNOW Women PAC. She resides with her husband Jeff in Washington, DC.
Sharon McBride has been a political and issue advocacy professional for nearly 30 years. In her early career, she worked on Presidential, senatorial and gubernatorial political campaigns and managed a statewide judicial race in her home state of Texas. Sharon then worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Anne Northup (R-KY). Recruited off the Hill to work in the legislative practice group of Hogan & Hartson, (now Hogan Lovells) Sharon managed a financial services coalition and assisted clients in the automotive and technology sector.
One of her clients there was eBay Inc. In 2003 she officially joined eBay Inc.’s Government Relations team as head of global grassroots advocacy, digital communications and events. The work of her team has been recognized by the Public Affairs Council and The National Journal. Sharon serves on the Boards of BIPAC and the Public Affairs Council. For the 2017-18 school year Sharon will be the President of Flint Hill School’s Parents’ Association. Sharon and Sean McBride have two children and live in Fairfax, Virginia.
Linda Moore is the CEO of TechNet and a 25-year veteran of presidential campaigns, The White House, and Capitol Hill. She is a senior strategist known for playing crucial roles for high profile leaders. Prior to joining TechNet, she was the founder and President of LMF Strategies, a public affairs consulting firm.
Linda served for a decade as Senior Advisor to Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, helping to establish the Senator’s profile as a national leader for centrist Democrats. Linda took two leaves of absence during her tenure with Senator Bayh to work on presidential campaigns. In 2004, she was recruited by the John Kerry for President campaign to serve as Political Director for the vice-presidential nominee. In 2008, during its most critical and tumultuous period in the primaries, the Hillary Clinton for President campaign brought in Linda to serve as Director of Congressional Affairs and as a member of the campaign’s strategic decision-making team.
Prior to the Senate, Linda served for eight years in the Clinton White House Office of Political Affairs, first as Special Assistant to the President, and in the second term as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Political Director. Linda took a leave in the fall of 1996 to serve as Deputy Political Director for the Clinton-Gore campaign, helping Clinton become the first Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt to win a second term as president.
Linda came to the White House from the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), the organization that developed much of Clinton’s campaign strategy and governing agenda. Serving for five years as its Field Director, Linda built a strong, cohesive organization that would later become the backbone of Clinton’s presidential campaign. The DLC’s success became a model for the New Labor movement in Great Britain and other progressive governments around the world.
In the fall of 2011, Linda was a Resident Fellow at Harvard Institute of Politics (IOP), where she led a weekly seminar on the decline of centrists and the increase of polarization in both parties and its impact on policy and politics. Linda now serves on Harvard IOP’s Fellows Alumni Advisory Council.
In March 2012, Linda was appointed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Linda also frequently lectures on U.S. politics and governance to foreign audiences for the U.S. Department of State.
Linda, a native Texan, is a 1984 graduate of the University of Texas (UT), and a member of the Advisory Council of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at UT.
Since January 2013, Allison O’Brien has served as Director, Political Programs with Oracle America, Inc. In this role, Allison is responsible for the oversight and administration of the corporate political action committee (PAC) and all political, fundraising, and corporate events hosted at Oracle’s venue on Capitol Hill. Prior to Oracle, Allison served as Coordinator, Government Affairs for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). In this role, Allison was responsible for tracking over $1M in annual receipts to WSWA’s PAC, the association’s annual fly-in and dozens of wine and spirits tasting events. Before her foray into public affairs, Allison worked as a major gift fundraiser for Venture Philanthropy Partners, a D.C. based non-profit that invests money and human capital into high-performing organizations that provide services to children and youth of low-income families in the National Capital Region.
Allison is a graduate of both Georgetown University (2007, Master of Arts, Government) and the University of San Francisco (2005, Bachelor of Arts, Politics). As a graduate student, Allison worked as a research assistant for a New York Times bestselling author and journalist Thomas Frank. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Alice Tornquist is vice president of government affairs for Qualcomm, Inc. in Washington DC. In this capacity, she manages Qualcomm’s domestic public policy agenda and its relationships with government entities and related organizations at the federal level. Key areas include telecommunications, transportation, taxation, workforce and education issues.
Prior to joining Qualcomm, Alice was a professional staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. She also served at the U.S. Office of Management Budget, and as an account manager at Time Warner, Inc., in New York City.
Alice holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University in New York City.
Kristina Wilcox serves as Vice President at Capitol Hill Consulting Group. Ms. Wilcox first joined the firm in 2007, and has a breadth of experience across a number of policy areas. She has represented clients on issues related to energy, telecommunications, appropriations, natural resources, health, financial services, banking and education.
Ms. Wilcox previously served as a Public Affairs Specialist for the Congressional Research Service, where she oversaw policy events and seminars for Congressional staff and coordinated outreach efforts to Hill offices. She also has worked as Accreditation Specialist at Siena College in Loudonville, New York and as a Special Events Assistant at The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, where she planned speaking events for senior elected officials at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. She got her start in Washington, DC in 2006 as an intern for former Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey (D-NY-22).
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with honors from Binghamton University, Ms. Wilcox went on to earn a Master of Arts Degree in American Government and Politics from The Johns Hopkins University. She recently earned her Doctorate in Liberal Studies at Georgetown University’ School of Continuing Studies in U.S. Business and Labor Policy, where her dissertation investigates the changing expectations of America’s workforce as a result of globalization through a case study of IBM’s (and her own) hometown of Endicott, New York.
Kristina is an active participant in the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs and the New York State Society of Washington, DC. She serves as a board member and the Executive Director of the Women’s High Tech Coalition.