SIIA aggressively promotes and protects the interests of its member companies in legal and public policy debates by working with state, federal and international policymakers and participating in landmark legal decisions. SIIA supports the development of a robust global electronic marketplace that is diverse and highly competitive. To that end, SIIA is the leading voice of the software & digital content industries across a wide-range of issues, including intellectual property protection, privacy and data security, e-government and information policy, taxation of electronic commerce, security, education technology and workforce development.
Public Policy Staff
Senior Vice President, Public Policy
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Mark MacCarthy directs SIIA's public policy initiatives in the areas of intellectual property enforcement, information privacy, cybersecurity, cloud computing and the promotion of educational technology. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University, where he teaches courses in information privacy and tech policy in the Communication, Culture, and Technology Program, and courses in political philosophy in their Philosophy Department. His previous public policy experience includes senior positions with Visa, Inc., the Wexler Walker Group and Capital Cities/ABC and the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. He holds a Ph.D in philosophy from Indiana University and an MA in economics from the University of Notre Dame.
Senior Director of International Policy
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Carl Schonander represents SIIA's international policy interests. Those interests include the EU-US Privacy
Shield, the EU General Data Protection Regulation, cross-border data flows,
intellectual property, trade (especially as future trade agreements
pertain to data flows and intellectual property), and Internet governance. Schonander is a former U.S. diplomat. He most recently was Senior Advisor for
Europe, OECD and WIPO Intellectual Property Affairs. He previously served as Special Assistant to
the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, where he managed
the leadership of the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science. Schonander also spent four years as the Trade
Policy Advisor in the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, and over a decade as a senior
advisor in in various embassies and consulates around the world. Schonander has
a Masters of Law degree from George Washington University, a Masters Degree
from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a JD from the
University of Stockholm.
Vice President for Intellectual Property and General Counsel
Director of Education Policy
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Sara Kloek is the Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) director of Education Policy, Programs and Student Privacy. Most recently, Sara was the senior privacy and technology fellow at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer. Much of her time there was spent leading interagency discussions and subsequent negotiations on joint guidance on student privacy and educational technology. She also provided technical assistance to states, districts, schools and companies through ED’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center. Prior to her fellowship, she led the development of privacy and transparency best practices at Know What’s Inside and served as an education policy advisor to a senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Sara is an International Association of Privacy Professionals Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) and is an enthusiastic advocate for education technology, clear privacy policies, and bees.