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CDT Announces Four New Board Members

CDT Completes Transition to New Board with Election of Four New Members

WASHINGTON – The Center for Democracy & Technology today is pleased to announce four new board members:  Bill Bernstein, member of the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; Pamela Jones Harbour, former FTC Commissioner; Doug Lowenstein, President and CEO of the Private Equity Council; and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia.  

With the appointment of these individuals, CDT completes the two-year transition to a new board. At a time when the issues facing the Internet are becoming increasingly complex and global in nature, the wisdom, insight, and leadership of our board will strengthen CDT and help advance its mission of keeping the Internet open, innovative, and free.  CDT board members serve for three years.   

"The new Board members bring enormous talent and a diversity of relevant experiences to our organization," said CDT President Leslie Harris.  "Our ability to attract thoughtful, independent, and impassioned leaders has always been one of our key assets," Harris said.  "Our new board members share our vision for the Internet and a dedication to CDT's mission. They are committed to sustaining CDT’s growth and expanding the organization’s global influence.”

CDT's new board members:

Bill Bernstein is a member of law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and its Board of Directors. He is also chairman of the firm’s Healthcare Division and is Administrative Partner for the New York office.  His law practice concentrates on advising clients in the healthcare industry and also emphasizes strategic, business, transactional, and regulatory matters.
Bernstein counsels numerous states, providers, companies, and coalitions on healthcare information infrastructure, regulation, and finances.  He is a well know speaker and writer on new health IT issues. He has assisted clients in raising billions of dollars of public sector financing, ranging from innovative public-private ambulatory initiatives to cutting-edge funding for hospitals.

Pamela Jones Harbour is a partner in Fulbright & Jaworski's antitrust and competition practice and a former Federal Trade Commissioner. She is well recognized for her knowledge of competition and consumer protection law, including privacy and data security issues. She spent 11-years working in the New York Attorney General’s Office, including serving as Deputy Attorney General, where she investigated and prosecuted antitrust and consumer protection violations. During her 11-year term in the AG's office, she argued before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of 35 states in State Oil v. Khan, a landmark price-fixing case.

At the FTC, Ms. Harbour helped shape an ambitious agenda that focused on competition and consumer protection.  She was frequently a leading or sole dissenter in situations where she advocated to vigorously uphold the letter and spirit of the nation's antitrust and consumer protection laws.

Doug Lowenstein is currently the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Private Equity Council, which operates as the public voice of the private equity industry.

Prior to his role at PEC, Lowenstein founded and served as president of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which became the world's leading trade organization for the $30 billion computer and video game software industry.  While under his leadership, ESA created the Entertainment Software Rating Board, which the FTC called the most effective rating system in the entertainment industry.  Earlier, Lowenstein was an executive vice president in the Washington and New York strategic communications firm Robinson Lake Sawyer Miller, Inc.  From 1986-1991, Lowenstein was a Principal in National Strategies, Inc., a Washington public policy consulting firm.

Jimmy Wales, an American Internet entrepreneur, founder and chief spokesman of Wikipedia, the free, open-content online encyclopedia.  Since 2006, he has been Chair Emeritus of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit charitable organization that operates Wikipedia.  In 2004, he co-founded Wikia, a worldwide, collaborative publishing platform, and in 2006, Time magazine named him to its list of the world’s most influential people.