IA’s team is dedicated to fostering innovation, promoting economic growth, and empowering people through the free and open internet. As the voice of the world’s leading internet companies, we bring decades of experience in the public and private sector to this mission.
Abigail Slater is General Counsel at the Internet Association. At the IA, Gail is an advocate for our members on public policy issues before the courts and regulatory agencies. She also works to build out the IA’s presence overseas, in particular in the EU. Prior to the IA, she spent 10 years at the Federal Trade Commission, where she worked as an enforcement attorney and as attorney advisor to Commissioner Julie Brill. She first qualified as a lawyer at Freshfields in London and also worked in their Brussels and Washington, DC offices. She holds law degrees from University College Dublin and Oxford University.
Noah Theran is Senior Vice President of Global Public Affairs & Communications at the Internet Association where he oversees the communications and digital team. In this role, he established the Internet Association as an important voice in public policy debates including net neutrality and the sharing economy. Prior to working at the Internet Association, Theran was Communications Director at the American Investment Council (fka Private Equity Growth Capital Council) in Washington, D.C., where he helped the private equity industry rebut attacks emanating from the 2012 presidential election and managed communications around comprehensive tax reform and regulatory issues. Theran also worked for Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications in Washington, where he developed and executed communications strategies for a diverse set of clients with broad reputation, image, and crisis management challenges. He is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
Director, Office Operations and Executive Assistance
Audrey Porter is the Director of Office Operations and Executive Assistance at the Internet Association. She manages daily operations, human resources, and the CEO’s schedule. Prior to joining IA she worked in the Senate as a scheduler and on several campaigns for national office.
Audrey graduated with a Masters in Public Policy from the Humphrey School for Public Affairs, conducted research on increasing marginalized community involvement in volunteering and voting. She currently lives in Arlington, with her husband Adrian and their cat Norm. She is viciously likable and responds only to email.
Director, Northeast Region
John has spent a decade lobbying in the hallowed halls of the New York State Capitol. He worked for many years at a prestigious and well-regarded law firm specializing in government relations before coming on board as Executive Director in New York. He represented a diverse client base before state and local governments, state agencies and other regulatory bodies. He has forged relationships with lawmakers and staff from both parties, and as a lifelong resident of Upstate New York, has a deep understanding of the economies, political climate, and the differences that define localities from each other throughout the state. He counts some of the brightest and talented lobbyists in Albany as friends and has utilized their knowledge and collaboration to resolve difficult policy decisions.
John has a great interest in advancing New York’s economy through technology and interconnectedness. He does not fear Skynet. He is a rabid New York Yankees and New York Football Giants fan, a former collector of comics, a movie buff, an avid golfer, and will happily take your money in pool or darts. He has many leather-bound books and his office smells of rich mahogany.
Mike Lemon is Director of Federal Government Affairs and Counsel for Internet Association. Mike is responsible for advocating for internet economy before Congress and the federal government.
Mike moved to Washington, D.C. to work with the newly elected Senator Mike Lee in 2011, and since that time has worked on the Senate Judiciary Committee, focusing on intellectual property, privacy, antitrust, and immigration.
Mike grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia with his six siblings, where he worked as a busboy, a library clerk, and a trash man. After graduating high school, he headed west to attend Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. He took two years off to serve as a missionary in Houston, TX, working with the Spanish-speaking population there.
Mike is a member of the Utah State Bar. In 2006, he graduated cum laude from BYU with a degree in music, and in 2010, he received his J.D. from BYU Law School, having been a recipient of the Stephen L. Richards scholarship. He enjoys cooking, playing mediocre tennis, and traveling up to Pennsylvania to spend time with his 12 nieces and nephews.
Brian Larkin is the Director of Cloud Policy at Internet Association. In this role, he advocates for policies, including in procurement, that help IA members to continue delivering innovative cloud computing solutions across the economy.
Prior to joining IA, Larkin served as a policy advisor on digital services and cloud computing at the U.S. Department of Commerce. While there, he drove policy development on key trade matters, advised principals on U.S. technology sector priorities, and routinely engaged with foreign officials to advocate for market access. Larkin also produced the Department of Commerce’s first-ever report on the global cloud computing sector and represented the Department at e-commerce negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Later, as a Brookings Institution fellow with the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, Larkin worked on a wide array of trade issues for Ranking Member Ron Wyden, including major areas of concern for digital services providers.
Larkin earned his BA summa cum laude from Villanova University and his MA from The George Washington University. A native Philadelphian, he and his wife make their home in Washington, DC but often venture north in search of the nearest Wawa.
Lauren Kimzey has worked in and around Sacramento politics for nearly a decade. Kimzey has worked in a variety of advocacy roles for
clients ranging from local government, nonprofits, trade associations to international corporations.
She currently handles State and Local Government Affairs for the Internet Association (IA), where she is tasked with monitoring local government policies and engaging city/county public officials on internet issues. Prior to joining IA, Kimzey worked at the League of California Cities as a policy analyst and legislative communications liaison. Prior to the League, Kimzey worked for a boutique lobbying firm, McHugh, Koepke & Associates where she provided legislative analysis and assistance to the firm’s lobbyists and clients.
Kimzey graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in Government and a minor in Philosophy. During her time at CSU Sacramento, she was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, a political science honor society and the Sacramento Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, a co-ed pre-law fraternity.
Christopher Hooton, Ph.D. is the Chief Economist of Internet Association where he leads the organization’s economic analysis and research on the internet sector. Dr. Hooton also serves as a Senior Scholar (non-resident) at the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy.
Dr. Hooton publishes academic work across a variety of media examining internet issues including sector identification methodologies, the internet’s economic contributions, and internet policy broadly. While at Internet Association, Dr. Hooton received the 2017 Edmund A. Mennis Contributed Papers Award from the National Association for Business Economics for his work on internet produced income.
Dr. Hooton is an authority on the internet sector and the internet economy, with his work recently featured in leading news publications such as New York Times, Financial Times, and TechCrunch. He is also often invited to speak on economic issues surrounding the internet and economic development and policy.
Dr. Hooton’s areas of research include economic development, spatial analysis, and evaluation. Prior to joining IA, he served as a consultant to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as other leading organizations. Dr. Hooton formerly served as a Lecturer on policy evaluation and evaluation research at the Social Science Research Methods Centre of the University of Cambridge.
Dr. Hooton earned his Ph.D. without revision from the University of Cambridge (St John’s College), his MSc with distinction from the London School of Economics, and his BA summa cum laude from University of Miami.
Scott Haber is Communications Director at Internet Association.
Prior to joining IA, Scott was a Senior Analyst at Hamilton Place Strategies. In this role, he developed and executed communications and digital campaigns for a variety of clients in the trade, healthcare, and financial services spaces, including the successful effort to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank in 2015. Scott also served as senior policy fellow on a 2013 New York City mayoral campaign, crafting policy and research documents for the candidate.
A New York native, Scott received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.
Manager, State Government Affairs, Northwest Region
Rose is Manager, State Government Affairs, Northwest Region for Internet Association. She leads state advocacy efforts for IA in the northwest states.
Rose Feliciano has worked in and around the Washington State Capitol for a number of years for state and local governments. During her time she has worked on a variety of policy matters ranging from public safety, to environmental issues, to energy-related issues. She has been successful working with coalitions on some contentious and some mundane issues.
In her spare time she serves on the Board of NeighborCare Health, a community health clinic in Seattle. She has completed seven Ironman distance triathlons, ten marathons (four of them the Boston Marathon) and has run every day since November 29, 2014.
Senior Communications Manager
Mahsau Daee is a Senior Communications Manager at Internet Association in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining Internet Association, Mahsau was a Senior Associate on the Public Affairs and Crisis team at Burson-Marsteller, where she developed and implemented integrated communications campaigns for private, public and non-profit clients. She also was responsible for fostering client relationships, engaging with media and key influencers, serving on the rapid response team for client crisis events, and providing in-depth analyses of media and social media coverage.
Mahsau graduated with a degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma.
Melika Carroll is Senior Vice President of Global Government Affairs at Internet Association. Carroll leads the advocacy team that is responsible for the association’s domestic and international political strategy and outreach to government officials.
Throughout her career in government and the private sector, Carroll has developed an in-depth expertise in domestic and international technology policy. Before joining IA, she was Policy Advisor for U.S. Senator Schatz (D-HI), the Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet. Prior to the Senate, Carroll was a member of and led global government affairs teams including at Intel, Micron, HP, and Salesforce while based in either Washington, DC or Brussels. Carroll began her career in politics in Canada, working for the Prime Minister of Canada as well as Members of the Canadian Parliament and began working on technology policy in Brussels. Carroll graduated from the University of Ottawa in Canada and holds a Master in European Affairs from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.
Carroll is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and the co-founder and former chairwoman of the Global Women’s Innovation Network, GlobalWIN.org. She is a Star Trek and Star Wars fan who regularly quotes both the Borg and Chewbacca.
Robert Callahan is the Vice President of State Government Affairs for Internet Association.
Robert has over a decade of experience lobbying in California, and has lead multi-state advocacy efforts for the tech industry for 7 years. Prior to joining the Internet Association, he served as director of state government affairs in California for another prominent technology association. Over the years, Robert has found himself in the middle of a number of high-profile issues impacting tech in California and elsewhere, from privacy and government surveillance, to the sharing economy and internet taxation. Prior to his work in tech, he lobbied for five years at the California Chamber of Commerce.
Robert graduated from UC Davis and got his law degree via night school at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, which drastically enhanced his daily caffeine intake. You can follow his meticulous vetted retweets on Twitter at @norcallahan.
Michael Bloom is currently the Director of Federal Government Affairs at Internet Association where he is responsible for advocating for IA policies before Congress and the federal government. Prior to joining Internet Association Bloom served as a Senior Advisor to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Bloom, a San Francisco native, is a graduate of The George Washington University.
During whatever free time he has Bloom enjoys spending time with his wife and amazing toddler daughter and occasionally golfing. He is a fan of the San Francisco Giants and New England Patriots (there’s a reason for this) and on the weekends can be found searching for a decent taqueria in the D.C. metro area.
Michael Beckerman is the President and CEO of the Internet Association where he has worked to advance public policy that fosters innovation, promotes economic growth, and empowers people through the free and open Internet. Under his leadership, association membership has grown to over 40 top internet companies.
Michael is regularly cited as an authority on Internet policy, and appears regularly on national radio and television networks to offer the Internet industry’s perspective on topical policy issues. He was recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as one of DC’s Tech Titans, and by Re/code as one of Silicon Valley’s top advocates in Washington.
Prior to the Internet Association, Beckerman served 12 years as a top congressional staff member, serving as the Deputy Staff Director and chief policy advisor to the Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which oversees America’s Internet policies. Beckerman is on the national board of After-School All-Stars, an organization that provides comprehensive After-School programs to over 72,000 at-risk children in 42 U.S. cities. He is also active in the local angel investing community in Washington, DC, where he has invested in a number of local startups.
Beckerman graduated with honors from George Washington University.
Patrick has more than a decade of experience creating campaigns for small businesses, nonprofits, and political campaigns. As a “full-stack” designer he brings his development experience into the design process early on to create a more effective end product by utilizing the latest ideas, tools, and methodology from the development community. He believes that the advent of the internet ushered in the great egalitarian age, allowing anyone with a device to learn about, create, and build what’s next, and is infinitely excited to be a part of protecting and growing this invaluable tool.
Prior to joining IA, Patrick worked at GMMB as their Digital Designer and Developer, responsible for developing new workflows and best practices for content-first web design and development while creating digital assets and websites for a diverse array of organizations such as: The American Beverage Association, The Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Consumer Healthcare Products Association, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, The World Bank, and the Center for International Reproductive Health.
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 »