For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Betsy Barrett 202.803.5783 / firstname.lastname@example.org
DATE: Friday, December 7, 2012
Names Gina Grandinetti Woodworth as Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Internet Association (The IA), the D.C. based trade organization representing the interests of the leading Internet companies, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gina Grandinetti Woodworth as Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs.
The IA is comprised of a diverse group of 14 global Internet companies, including Amazon.com, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Rackspace, salesforce.com, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga.
Woodworth brings to The IA nearly a decade of professional government relations, legislative and lobbying experience in technology policy. She will contribute to The IA’s public policy development and Congressional advocacy. Woodworth joins The IA from the Entertainment Software Association where she served as the Senior Director of Federal Government Affairs. Before ESA, Woodworth served as Staff Director on the U.S. Senate High Tech Task Force. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Italian Studies from Dickinson College.
“We are fortunate that Gina is joining The Internet Association. Her Internet policy expertise and advocacy experience are assets that will help advance public policy solutions for our association and our members,” said The IA’s President and CEO Michael Beckerman.
“Gina has been a tireless advocate for the video game industry. With her constant energy, ideas, and professionalism, we have no doubt she will excel in her new post and we wish her great success.” Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, which represents the U.S. video game industry.
Since its official launch, The IA also hired Betsy Barrett (former Communications Director to U.S. Representative John D. Dingell (D-MI-15)) as Director of Communications, Nika Nour (former New Media Specialist at the House Committee on Energy and Commerce) as Digital Director, and Alezandra Brady (a recent USC MPA graduate) as Office Manager. The IA plans to continue growing its team in the next year.
“I am proud of the bipartisan team we are building,” Beckerman said. “We have a strong group who are all dedicated to protecting Internet freedom. We are still growing, and I look forward to adding more great people to our team in the next year.”
About The Internet Association: The Internet Association is the unified voice of the Internet economy, representing the interests of America’s leading Internet companies and their global community of users. The Internet Association is dedicated to advancing public policy solutions to strengthen and protect Internet freedom, foster innovation and economic development, and empower users. The Internet Association is headquartered in Washington, D.C. www.InternetAssociation.org.
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