January 22, 2018 | News, Press Releases

Internet Association Promotes Robert Callahan To Lead State Government Affairs, Expands Other SGA Team Roles

BECKERMAN: “The internet creates jobs and improves lives in every community, and I know Robert is the right person to work with policymakers in statehouses across the country to foster a thriving internet ecosystem.”

 

Washington, DC – Today, Internet Association announced the promotion of Robert Callahan to lead the association’s State Government Affairs team. Callahan previously managed IA advocacy efforts in Sacramento and the Western United States as IA’s California’s Executive Director.

“Robert has a proven track record of success advocating on behalf of the internet sector in multiple states, including California,” said IA President and CEO Michael Beckerman. “The internet creates jobs and improves lives in every community, and I know Robert is the right person to work with policymakers in statehouses across the country to foster a thriving internet ecosystem.”

Callahan will oversee Internet Association’s 50-State Government Affairs program as Vice President, State Government Affairs, and will report to Melika Carroll, Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs.

“Robert will be able to expand on his exemplary work in California with this new role,” said Carroll. “We have a robust state policy program and, with the support of a great team, Robert will continue to cultivate a strong internet business environment across the country.”

New York Executive Director John Olsen and State & Local Government Affairs Senior Manager Lauren Kimzey will be take on expanded roles in order to better serve IA members in state capitals across the country. Olsen now will oversee state government affairs in the Northeast, from Maine to Maryland, and Kimzey will take on additional responsibilities directing IA’s political engagement in California. Olsen, Kimzey, and Rose Feliciano, Manager, State Government Affairs, Northwest Region, will report to Callahan in his new role.

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IA Statement On San Francisco City Attorney’s Lawsuit To Prevent Peer-To-Peer Car Sharing At SFO

Sacramento, CA — Internet Association Vice President, State Government Affairs Robert Callahan issued the following statement on the San Francisco City Attorney’s lawsuit to prevent peer-to-peer car sharing at SFO: “It is unfortunate that San Francisco’s City Attorney chose to block innovation and competition in the car sharing market at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Read more »

Internet Association Announces 2017 Internet Champions In California

Sacramento, CA – Internet Association today announced California Senator Steven Bradford (D-35), Senator Henry Stern (D-27), and Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-37) as 2017 California Internet Champions for their leadership and advocacy on internet-related issues in the State Legislature. “Senator Bradford, Senator Stern, and Assemblymember Limón are champions of the internet economy. Their leadership on internet Read more »

IA Calls For Senate To Act To Preserve Net Neutrality Protections

Internet Association today called for the Senate to preserve a free and open internet with strong, enforceable net neutrality protections.

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Sacramento, CA — Internet Association Vice President, State Government Affairs Robert Callahan issued the following statement on the San Francisco City Attorney’s lawsuit to prevent peer-to-peer car sharing at SFO: “It is unfortunate that San Francisco’s City Attorney chose to block innovation and competition in the car sharing market at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Read more »

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