Jeff Joseph is president of SIIA – the principal trade association for the software and digital information industries. SIIA’s more than 700 members consist of software companies, data and analytics firms, information service companies, and digital publishers serving nearly every segment of society, including business, education, government, healthcare and consumers.
Prior to joining SIIA, Joseph was founder and CEO of Starlight Public Affairs, a strategic communications firm advising an array of corporate and non-profit clients. Joseph also served as senior vice president of communications and strategic relationships for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies. CTA owns and produces CES® – The Global Stage for Innovation.
Senior Vice President and Managing Director, FISD
Tom Davin is Managing Director, FISD - the Financial Information Services Association of SIIA. FISD is the global, neutral forum for the financial information industry with a diverse membership that includes major market data vendors, exchanges, technology providers, and the financial institutions that utilize financial data products. Tom works closely with FISD members to identify major issues and seek opportunities to bring the financial information industry together to discuss and resolve those issues. FISD conducts regular membership events in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia and hosts the biennial World Financial Information Conference – the premiere global industry conference for financial information professionals.
Senior Vice President,Global Public Policy
Carl Schonander advises member companies and directs public policy initiatives in international policy, technology policy, information privacy, trade, Internet governance, intellectual property and educational technology. He brings 25 years of experience in the State Department. He most recently was Senior Advisor for Europe, OECD and WIPO Intellectual Property Affairs, where, among many achievements, he played a key role in obtaining approvals for the 2013 Marrakesh Treaty. 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. He 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. He speaks Swedish, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Managing Director, SIPA
Nancy Brand is the Managing Director of SIPA - the Specialized Information Publishers Association of SIIA. Previously, Nancy was the senior director of operations at Chartwell, Inc, a SIPA member company focusing on best practices in the electric and gas utility industry. She managed marketing, IT, account management, training and sales to support the company’s evolving business strategy . She has overseen the transition from software to cloud-based solutions as well as developed multiple websites. A former member of the SIPA Board of Directors and a past presenter at SIPA conferences, she brings hands-on experience in marketing, operations, event management, memberships and sales. Nancy graduated with high honors from Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Management and earned her MBA focusing on data analysis and marketing from Georgia State University.
Managing Director of Connectiv
Michael Marchesano has been the managing director of Connectiv - The Business Information Association, formerly ABM, since October 2013. In 2017, he led the acquisition of Association Media and Publishing (AM&P) and its integration as a division of Connectiv. He also developed and launched Connectiv U, the associations distance learning platform in 2017.
Previously, Marchesano was president and CEO of Aequor Media, a consulting firm dedicated to providing strategic, customized technology solutions for b-to-b and consumer magazines, newspapers, and Fortune 1000 companies. Marchesano was also managing director at the Jordan Edmiston Group, an investment banking firm, where he led the sale of Congressional Quarterly to the Economist Group. Before that, he was executive vice president & chief transformation officer at The Nielsen Company; president and CEO at VNU Business Media; president and CEO at Bill Communications (an operating company of VNU), and president at BPA International (now BPA Worldwide). Marchesano was an ABM board member from 2001-07, serving as chairman in 2006-07, and a SIIA Content Division board member from 2007-11.
Marchesano is a graduate of Marist College and completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business.