Founder & CEO
Family Online Safety Institute
For the past 30 years, Stephen Balkam has had a wide range of leadership roles in the nonprofit sector in both the US and UK. He is currently the Founder and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), an international, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC. FOSI’s mission is to make the online world safer for kids and their families. FOSI convenes the top thinkers and practitioners in government, industry and the nonprofit sectors to collaborate and innovate and to create a “culture of responsibility” in the online world.
Prior to FOSI, Stephen was the Founder and CEO of the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) and led a team which developed the world’s leading content labeling system on the web. While with ICRA, Stephen served on the US Child Online Protection Commission (COPA) in 2000 and was named one of the Top 50 UK Movers and Shakers, Internet Magazine, 2001.
In 1994, Stephen was named the first Executive Director of the Recreational Software Advisory Council (RSAC) which created a unique self-labeling system for computer games and then, in 1996, Stephen launched RSACi – a forerunner to the ICRA website labeling system. For his efforts in online safety, Stephen was given the 1998 Carl Bertelsmann Prize in Gutersloh, Germany, for innovation and responsibility in the Information Society and was invited to the first and subsequent White House Internet Summits during the Clinton Administration.
Stephen’s other positions include the Executive Director of the National Stepfamily Association (UK); General Secretary of the Islington Voluntary Action Council; Executive Director of Camden Community Transport as well as management positions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London) and Inter-Action. Stephen’s first job was with Burroughs Machines (now Unisys) and he had a spell working for West Nally Ltd – a sports sponsorship PR company.
Stephen received a BA, magna cum laude, in Psychology from University College, Cardiff, Wales in 1977. A native of Washington, DC, Stephen spent many years in the UK and is now has dual citizenship. He writes regularly for the Huffington Post, appears often on TV and has appeared on nationally syndicated TV and radio programs such as MSNBC, CNN, NPR and the BBC and has been interviewed by leading newspapers such as the Washington Post, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, radio and in the mainstream press. He has given presentations and spoken in 15 countries on 4 continents.
Family Online Safety Institute
Emily manages communications and special programs for FOSI, as well as assistance in development strategy. Having spent ten years in online safety, she is passionate about the fast-moving fields of technology and child protection. Following years in both FOSI's US and UK offices, her most recent positions have involved research, communications, and program management with an international focus. Emily has consulted independently with various nonprofits and small businesses on press, social media strategy, fundraising and other projects.
In her academic career, Emily completed internships and work studies with various public relations firms in both America and the UK. She graduated from Kingston University London with a First Class degree in Media & Cultural Studies.
Chief of Staff
Maria Conticelli is the Chief of Staff for the Family Online Safety Institute, where she oversees operational processes and human resources, collaborates with senior staff on implementing organizational strategies, and provides financial and administrative oversight. Over the past 10+ years, Maria's primary focus has been in the non-profit sector, leading and building teams, managing day-to-day operations, and implementing effective strategies for programmatic success. In her most recent role, Maria worked in affordable housing, serving as the Manager of Operations for Operation Pathways, the resident services subsidiary of The NHP Foundation.
Maria graduated from Saint Mary's College with a bachelor's degree in Theater and Communication Studies, and she received a master's degree in Child Development at the Erikson Institute in Chicago. Maria also serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) in Washington, D.C.
Family Online Safety Institute
Jonathon Bridgeman is the Administrator for the Family Online Safety Institute, overseeing office logistics and supporting events and communications. His prior experience in the world of education, first working in the non-profit sector with CityBridge Education and then in the public sector with D.C. Public Schools, drives his interest in making digital literacy a more accessible outcome for all learners.
Jonathon studied English at the University of Mary Washington, with a concentration in creative writing. He had a significant extracurricular interest in theatre, and was the President of the Eta Eta chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honor fraternity.
Family Online Safety Institute
Erin McCowey is the program coordinator for the Family Online Safety Institute where she supports the Good Digital Parenting and Global Resource and Information Directory (GRID) initiatives.
She is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan where she studied Political Science and International Studies. She previously interned at FOSI in the summer of 2016 and the fall of 2017 and researched US States for GRID and wrote blog posts for GDP.
Events & Marketing Coordinator
Kelsie is the Events & Marketing Coordinator at FOSI, where she plans and provides social media support for both in-person and virtual events, including member meetings, Good Digital Planning seminars, and the annual conference. Prior to joining the FOSI team, Kelsie planned events of all scopes and sizes at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, focusing mainly on meetings and conferences.
Kelsie studied Hospitality Management and Business Administration at the University of South Carolina before moving back home to Washington, DC. During her academic career, she also completed three internships and two leadership positions in the hospitality and events industry.
Family Online Safety Institute
Andrew Zack is the Policy Manager for the Family Online Safety Institute, supporting policy and research work relating to online safety issues, laws, and regulations. He works with federal and state legislatures, relevant federal agencies, and industry leaders to develop and advance policies that promote safe and positive online experience for families.
Andrew joins FOSI after five years in Senator Ed Markey's office, where he worked primarily on education, child welfare, and disability policies. Andrew studied Government and Psychology at the College of William and Mary.
Family Online Safety Institute
Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov is a lawyer from California, a law professor in Paris, France and a Digital Safety Consultant in Europe. Using her European/American focus on Internet, technology and social media issues, she researches solutions to empower parents to guide their children in the digital age. As Project Consultant, she will bring her experience in digital parenting, wellbeing and safety to FOSI's Good Digital Parenting.
She is the founder of DigitalParentingCoach.com, a website and community with resources and strategies for parents. Currently, she also provides support as an independent consultant for the Council of Europe (Children’s Rights and Education departments), Microsoft (Digital Safety) and e-Enfance (Child online protection). She is an international speaker on digital parenting and safety and her work has been featured in BBC, France 24, WSJ, Internet Matters and other media outlets and organizations focused on child online safety and digital parenting.
Family Online Safety Institute
With more than ten years of experience in strategic communications and event management, Stephanie is a specialist in issue-based events. She joined the FOSI team to assist with their annual event programs and the 2017 Annual Conference. Stephanie works with a wide variety of clients to provide event planning, project management & logistical support. Prior to becoming a consultant, Stephanie led the team at CWA Events as Vice President. Throughout her tenure, she produced hundreds of events, ranging from corporate conferences with The Wall Street Journal and General Electric, to international summits with Conservation International and the State of Qatar.
Chief Security Evangelist
Tony Anscombe is the Chief Security Evangelist for ESET. With over 20years of security industry experience, Anscombe is an established author, bloggerand speaker on the current threat landscape, security technologies andproducts, data protection, privacy and trust, and Internet safety. His speakingportfolio includes industry conferences RSA, Black Hat, VB, CTIA, MEF, GartnerRisk and Security Summit and the Child Internet Safety Summit (CIS). He isregularly quoted in cybersecurity, technology and business media, includingBBC, Dark Reading, the Guardian,the New York Times and USA Today, with broadcastappearances on Bloomberg, BBC, CTV, KRON and CBS. Anscombe is a current board member of the NCSA.
Head of Digital Safety
Ethan Arenson is the Head of Digital Safety at Verizon. In this role, Ethan leads Verizon’s online safety efforts, including Verizon’s work to fight online child exploitation and the company’s work to promote internet safety through parental education and digital literacy. Ethan is also responsible for content standards across the company.
Ethan previously led the Trust & Safety and Law Enforcement teams at Verizon Media, home to Yahoo and AOL. Prior to joining Verizon, Ethan served as a computer crimes prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice, as cyber counsel to U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and as a consumer protection attorney focused on internet-based fraud at the Federal Trade Commission.
Ethan holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and a B.A. from American University.
VP of Marketing & Digital Civility
As VP of Marketing & Digital Civility for Roblox, Tami Bhaumik is supporting the company on a global scale to inspire brand advocacy, awareness, and engagement through social channels, digital experiences, and community-driven events. She is also creating a worldwide community of internet safety leaders to help foster good digital citizenship habits among kids and teens.
Tami is passionate about growing companies that have disruptive technologies and enhance people’s day-to-day lives. She brings over 25 years of consumer and high-tech marketing experience to the team, having launched and led the growth of many start-ups including Sling Media, Anki, Ooma, and Lyve Minds. She also built deep ad agency expertise at Saatchi & Saatchi and J. Walter Thompson
VP and Counsel, Global Public Policy
Rudy N. Brioché serves as Vice President for Global Public Policy and Policy Counsel for Comcast Corporation. In this role he focuses on the development of the company’s public policy positions and legislative analysis.
Prior to joining Comcast, Rudy served as Legal Advisor to Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein at the Federal Communications Commission and Legislative Counsel to U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). In these roles, he focused on media and broadband policy.
Earlier in his career, Rudy practiced law as a commercial litigator in New York City and Baltimore, and served as Counsel to the Washington Bureau of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He also clerked for Judge André Davis on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and Chief Judge Robert Bell on the Maryland Court of Appeals.
Rudy received a B.A. from Rutgers College, a J.D. from the University of Maryland, and an M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.
Senior Director, Industry & Association Affairs
NCTA – The Internet & Television Association
Before joining NCTA - The Internet & Television Association in 2012, Kristin began her career at Discovery Communications and Discovery Education. For over 15 years, her work has focused on the intersection of media, technology and education. She's also the mom of two beautiful, spirited girls. Both professionally and personally, she's committed to connecting other parents with the best resources available for navigating, understanding and mentoring our children’s online and media use.
Chief Communications Officer
Howard Clabo is Chief Communications Officer (CCO) at Aura, a mission-driven technology company dedicated to creating a safer and more accessible internet for everyone. As CCO, Howard is responsible for communicating the power of digital wellness to improve consumers' security, while bettering the lives of those most vulnerable to online threats through education, engagement and other forms of support.
Prior to joining Aura, Howard led communications for Fortune 500 companies including Hewlett-Packard, Applied Materials and FedEx. As SVP, Global Communications at Hewlett-Packard, Howard led communications in support of the largest corporate turnaround in history, the largest corporate separation, creating two $50 billion companies, and the subsequent spin-off and mergers of HPE's Enterprise Services and Software businesses, creating the world's second largest IT services company and sixth largest software company. Howard holds an BA in Political Science from Tulane University.
Public Policy Manager
Lauren Culbertson is a Manager on Twitter's Public Policy team, whose mission is to help shape policies that defend and respect the Twitter user's voice. Twitter Public Policy also manages Twitter's non-profit initiatives as well as #TwitterForGood, the company's philanthropic mission to make the world a better place by harnessing the positive power of Twitter.
Lauren is based in Twitter's Washington, D.C. office where she oversees public policy issues related to online safety, content moderation, and telecommunications. She is also Twitter's global lead for intermediary liability policy.
Before joining Twitter, Lauren worked in the U.S. Senate and on statewide campaigns in her home state of Georgia. She also founded a business, Millennial Bridge Consulting, to advocate for public policies that are important to millennials.
Director, Government Affairs
Microsoft, FOSI US Board Chair*
Caroline Curtin joined Microsoft in 2008 and is a Director within Microsoft’s U.S. Government Affairs team, where she advocates on policy, regulatory and legislative matters related to gaming. Among other issues, she has worked on child safety, child privacy and content issues that affect Microsoft’s gaming platform. In 2009, Caroline helped launch Microsoft’s Get Game Smart Campaign, a national public education campaign created to help educate parents, children and policymakers about the safety and privacy tools provided by Xbox.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Caroline worked at America Online as the Director of Children’s Privacy, Advertising and Safety Policies. A former Federal Trade Commission attorney, Caroline joined the Federal Trade Commission as a staff attorney in the Division of Advertising Practices where she pursued cases of misleading and unfair advertising. She was part of the FTC’s first Internet Privacy Task Force and co-authored, “Privacy Online: A Report to Congress”, a report that recommended Congress develop legislation to place parents in control of the online collection and use of their children’s personal information. Caroline began her legal career as a judicial clerk working for the Honorable Mildred M. Edwards at DC Superior Court.
Caroline graduated from Duke University with honors and received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center. She is the proud mom of Caroline and John Goddard.
Senior Director, Strategy
Amit is the Senior Director, Strategy at ActiveFence, where he is responsible for connecting between market needs, user safety and technological capabilities. Amit has 10 years experience in leading commercial efforts for international, high growth businesses. Prior to ActiveFence, he led cross functional, revenue centric teams at Taptica to market leadership and sizable growth. In the past two years, he has been in the Trust and Safety space, building tools to make the web a safer place.
Evan T. Davis is a Corporate Counsel in the T-Mobile Privacy Office. At T-Mobile, Evan manages a wide portfolio of products including family products and features, IoT products and content filtering services. Evan is an alumni of the U.C. Berkeley School of Law and was a Senior Associate at WilmerHale where he primarily represented technology and finance companies in regulatory investigations.
Assistant Vice President, Global Public Policy
Sara DePaul is an Assistant Vice President for Global Public Policy at AT&T, where she is responsible for developing and coordinating public policy positions on privacy and consumer protection issues at the state and international level. She also leads the company’s public policy engagement on Artificial Intelligence, children’s privacy and online safety, health data privacy, and other emerging privacy and consumer protection issues. Prior to joining AT&T, Sara served as Associate General Counsel and Senior Director for Technology Policy at the Software & Information Industry Association and advocated the association’s global public policy positions on privacy, data security, cross-border data flows, among other issues. She previously worked at the Federal Trade Commission as Counsel for International Consumer Protection in the Office of International Affairs, Counsel to the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, and as a Regional Office Attorney. Sara is located in Washington, D.C.
Director of Public Policy
Eric is responsible for US strategic policy initiatives and government affairs for TikTok and the ByteDance portfolio of companies. He has more than a decade of experience working on regulatory & policy issues for technology and energy companies.
Prior to joining ByteDance, Eric was Head of North America Public Policy at DJI–the world's leading civilian drone company. During his tenure, he led DJI's advocacy efforts for regulatory and legislative issues on the federal and state level as well as internationally for Mexico & Canada. Before this, Eric was at POET-the sustainable energy company, where he built the state Government Affairs team and mandate. Earlier, he was Chief of Staff for Government Relations at Hewlett Packard, where he advised on the North American government affairs program.
Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Lehigh University, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa and a Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is based in ByteDance’s Washington DC office and lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and two children.
Chief Technology Officer
Sven Gerjets has served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Mattel, since July 2017.
As CTO, Gerjets is leading Mattel’s rapid transformation into becoming a leaner, faster and smarter high-performing toy company. He is responsible for all aspects of Mattel’s technology implementation, including shared technology platforms, analytics, software and hardware development and connected products. In addition, Gerjets also leads the Company’s initiatives around data privacy and security – he currently sits on the board of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) to develop and institute industry best practices that keep our children’s digital data safe and secure.
Recognized as an enterprise technology visionary with a strong background in product development, data security and privacy, Gerjets has more than 25 years of experience leading technology organizations and improving business results across a broad range of industries, including telecommunications, higher education and biotechnology. Prior to joining Mattel, Gerjets served as Chief Product Officer of n.io Innovation, a startup that develops a real-time, distributed and extensible software platform used to integrate legacy technology with modern forms of computing such as AI and IOT. Gerjets currently serves as an advisor to n.io Innovation.
Before n.io Innovation, Gerjets held key leadership positions with Time Warner Cable, Inc., where he served as Chief Information Officer; Pearson, where he served as Chief Technology Officer and helped transform the quality of customer-facing education products; and DIRECTV, Inc., where he served multiple executive roles, including Senior Vice President, Information Technology, and led the creation of the company’s IT lifecycle processes that increased business value. Earlier in his career, Gerjets led IT teams and operations at Symantec Corporation, GeneticMedic and AT&T Wireless Services.
Gerjets brings a personal passion for revolutionizing legacy technology mindsets into one that is appropriate for today’s hyper-connected world. This has inspired him to build sustainable cultures of innovation throughout his tenure. In 2014, Computerworld magazine recognized his efforts at DIRECTV naming Gerjets as a top 100 technology leader. Gerjets has also contributed to many renowned publications, including WIRED magazine, InfoWorld and CIOReview magazine, discussing topics such as innovation, disruption and technology leadership.
Gerjets earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kennedy-Western University. He later participated in Harvard Business School’s Advance Management Program.
Head of Public Policy and Consumer Affairs
Natasha Jackson, Head of Public Policy and Consumer Affairs at the GSMA, is responsible for public policy and regulatory issues arising from mobile content services. Natasha leads the GSMA's work on promoting responsible self-regulatory approaches to mobile content services. She was responsible for the development of a global code of practice on mobile spam and has recently developed educational toolkits for mobile operators outlining issues and good practice in the areas of age-sensitive commercial content and child protection. She also leads the GSMA's global mobile initiative against child sexual abuse content (child pornography). Natasha has a broad telecommunications background, having worked in the sector for over 15 years. She started her career at Cable & Wireless and has worked internationally across fixed and mobile business in both blue chip and start up environments.
Executive Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs
Patrick Kilcur is Executive Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs at the Motion Picture Association of America, where he oversees all government relations functions and policy agenda for the association and its member companies for the United States.
Prior to joining MPAA, Patrick served in the United States Senate as the Republican Floor Assistant for Majority Leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell. In this role, Patrick worked on behalf of the Senate Republican caucus in negotiating legislative and executive matters with Democratic leadership, and providing floor strategy and Senate procedure counsel to Republican Senators. Patrick started his professional career working in the office of United States Senator Arlen Specter as a member of his legislative staff in Washington D.C.
Patrick received his bachelor of arts from De Sales University, and served as Student Body President his senior year. He has been named an Honorary Kentucky Colonel and is a member of the De Sales University President’s Council. Patrick is an alumni of the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), serves on the US Chamber of Commerce Committee on Taxation, and is on the board of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI).
Director, Innovation & Technology Public Policy
Josh Korn is the Director, Innovation & Technology Public Policy for Netflix, the world's leading Internet television network.
Josh works with governments and industry around the world to promote policies that support a competitive, open and dynamic Internet ecosystem with vibrant choice for consumers.
Josh is an expert on global protection of minors and ratings policy. His work includes leading efforts to receive approval from the Australian government to use a self-regulatory tool for classification of films and television series, a global first.
Prior to joining Netflix, Mr. Korn investigated anticompetitive conduct and mergers as a part of the Telecommunications and Media Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division.
Director, Global Safety Policy
Karuna Nain is Director, Global Safety Policy at Facebook based in Menlo Park, California where she is responsible for working with internal and external stakeholders on issues of child online safety and well-being, women's safety, and suicide prevention. In her past six years at Facebook, Karuna has developed Facebook’s Safety Center, Bullying Prevention Hub, Parents Portal, Youth Portal and Digital Literacy Library and led the global expansion of the company’s suicide prevention resources and the pilot program for victims to proactively report non-consensually shared intimate images.
Prior to this role, Karuna was based out of the Facebook India office where she spearheaded programs on online safety for teens and women. She previously worked at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi where she served as Cultural Affairs Specialist in the Public Affairs Section. During her tenure, she was responsible for successfully developing and maintaining the outreach strategy for U.S. Government exchange program alumni in India and Bhutan. Prior to joining the U.S. Embassy, Karuna worked as Senior Analyst in Ernst & Young. She started her career in media with India’s first 24x7 news channel, NDTV in 2003 and also worked at German Broadcaster Deutsche Welle in Bonn in 2006. Karuna is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, and has completed her post-graduate studies, specializing in globalization studies and international relations, from Albert Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany; University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India. She received a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship for her Masters studies. Karuna also serves on the board of an Indian non-profit, Happy Hands Foundation that focuses on revitalizing traditional arts and making them sustainable.
The Meet Group
Norman became our General Counsel in 2021. He leads our Legal team as well as our Trust & Safety team. Prior to joining The Meet Group, Norman spent 25 years as a lawyer for Dow Jones and primarily advised Dow Jones' consumer division, which includes The Wall Street Journal and Barron's.
During his tenure at Dow Jones, Norman gained extensive experience negotiating strategic alliances with large technology platforms and international partners as well as advising on legal issues impacting consumer-focused subscription and advertising businesses. Prior to Dow Jones, Norman worked as an attorney at both Morgan Lewis and Reed Smith in Philadelphia.
Vice President, External and State Affairs
Jim Schuler has been with CTIA for the last 19 years. Mr. Schuler’s responsibilities include forming, coordinating and advocating wireless policy on topics of concern to CTIA membership, including critical issues involving taxation, broadband deployment, wireless verticals, and government mandates.
As Vice President of External and State Affairs, Jim has led the State Regulatory effort, Grassroots and Grasstops engagement on federal and state issues, Third Party partnerships and coalition building, Intergovernmental outreach, Accessibility Outreach and Online Safety.
As Assistant Vice-President, Jim lead CTIA’s efforts in developing and implementing strategies relating to minimizing federal, state, and local taxation of wireless services. Activities include: Developing and implementing a strategic plan to educate policymakers and consumers on the negative impact of taxes on consumers and network infrastructure; advocacy at the federal, state and local level; management of the Association’s tax efforts in coordination with CTIA membership; and integration of the industry’s grassroots efforts on state and local tax issues.
Tencent Research Institute
Dr. Jason Si is currently the Dean of Tencent Research Institute, the Vice General Legal Counsel of Tencent Group , and the Director of Tencent Public Strategy Research Department . He is a member of Information Society 50 Forum and a senior research fellow of International Copyright Research Center in NCAC. He is also a visiting scholar of Stanford Law School, President of the Shenzhen Copyright Association, and an advisor to Masters students at Peking University Law School.
Dr. Si has received his Ph.D from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law. He has dedicated much of his academic works to studying legal and public issues associated with the Chinese internet industry and published dozens of articles accordingly. Before joining Tencent, he held key positions in Netease, Xunlei, and other renowned Chinese internet companies. This unique combination of both academic and practical experiences helps him cut deep into those often fast-changing structures and practices of the Chinese internet industry, and develop his reputation as an influential advisor in relevant fields.
Chief Legal Officer
Clint is the first Chief Legal Officer at Discord, leading the Legal, Trust & Safety, and Policy functions. Prior to Discord, Clint was at DataStax where he served as General Counsel and was responsible for the company's legal affairs, including corporate law, intellectual property strategy, commercial contracts, compliance, and litigation. From 2015 to 2019 Clint served on the Board of Directors of the Business Software Alliance, the leading trade association for software companies, and regularly engaged with public sector leaders in the U.S. and Europe on data privacy and security matters.
Senior Manager, Public Policy
Lartease Tiffith is Senior Manager at Amazon where he leads the company’s policy work around privacy, security and other consumer protection issues. He regularly represents Amazon on these issues with the federal government and intergovernmental bodies. Prior to joining Amazon, Lartease served as Senior Counsel to Senator Kamala Harris and Counsel to Senator Dianne Feinstein, Ranking Member, on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Before working in the Senate, Lartease practiced law at two international law firms (Kirkland & Ellis LLP and O’Melveny & Myers LLP) and the U.S. Department of Justice. He began his legal career as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Roger L. Gregory, Chief Judge, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
In addition to his work with the Family Online Safety Institute, Lartease serves on the Advisory Board of the Future of Privacy Forum.
Lartease earned his B.A., J.D., and M.B.A. from Northwestern University.
Entertainment Software Rating Board*
As president of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), Ms. Vance leads the non-profit, self-regulatory body for the video game industry in the United States, which includes the assignment of age ratings to video games and mobile apps, enforcement of marketing guidelines adopted by the video game industry and operating Privacy Certified, an FTC-sanctioned COPPA Safe Harbor privacy seal certification program. Ms. Vance is also the chairperson of the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC), a ground-breaking global rating and age classification system for digitally delivered games and apps that reflects the unique cultural differences among nations and regions.
Ms. Vance also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and was appointed to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Online Safety and Technology Working Group (OSTWG), which was established by Congress to make recommendations on the protection of children on the Internet through education, labeling and parental control technology.
Prior to joining the ESRB in 2002, Ms. Vance spent 18 years at Disney/ABC, with responsibility for the development of a broad range of new media and market initiatives. As Senior Vice President, General Manager of the ABC Internet Group, she oversaw the operations and strategic development of ABC-branded news and entertainment related web sites, and was also responsible for launching and/or managing several interactive entertainment and educational software publishing ventures, the direct response marketing of ABC programming and ABC's in-flight entertainment business.
Ms. Vance holds a B.A. in International Relations/Russian from Washington University in St. Louis, is the mother of two daughters and lives in New York, NY.
US Director of Public Policy
Gina Grandinetti Woodworth is U.S. Public Policy Director for Snap Inc, a camera company that has reinvented the camera to improve the way people live and communicate. She is based in Snap's Washington DC office.
Prior to joining Snap, Gina spent over 10 years working on internet and technology policy issues at two major trade associations in Washington DC, one of which she helped to build. Gina served as Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs at the Internet Association, the US trade association representing major internet companies. Gina also spent several years on the Federal Government Affairs team at the Entertainment Software Association representing companies that publish interactive games for video game consoles, handhelds, personal computers and the internet.
Before her trade association work, Gina served as Staff Director for the Senate Republican High Tech Task Force, acting as the primary contact to the high tech community for 18 United States Senators and their staff.
Gina proudly served for 5 years as a board member and treasurer of the Global Women’s Innovation Network (GlobalWIN), a bipartisan organization highlighting the important role of women in innovation fields. She is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA and holds a BA in Political Science and Italian Studies.
Head of Global Public Policy
Wenchi Yu is the head of global public policy for VIPKid, one of the world’s largest education technology companies. She also led the launch of VIPKid’s social impact initiative, including aKIDemic, a non-profit organization that promotes online education. Before joining VIPKid, Wenchi was the Head of Corporate Engagement for Goldman Sachs in Asia. She also spent significant time in the government and non-profit before joining the private sector. She was an appointee in the Obama administration’s Department of State, and worked in the US Congress. Wenchi’s writing has appeared in the Council on Foreign Relations, Wall Street Journal, the Forbes, and other media outlets.