Wasch's involvement in SIIA is based on both personal and professional interests. His long-standing interest in computers and software, coupled with the industry's need for a central trade association, led him to establish the Software Publishers Association (SPA) in 1984 with an initial group of 25 software firms. Wasch has led the association from its infancy to its merger with the Information Industry Association in January 1999, resulting in the formation of SIIA.
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 for Public Policy
Mark MacCarthy advises member companies and directs public policy initiatives in technology policy, information privacy, trade, Internet governance, intellectual property and educational technology. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Communication, Culture & Technology Program at Georgetown University where teaches courses and conducts research in information privacy, AI and the future of work, global Internet freedom, algorithmic fairness and the development of electronic media. He also teaches courses in philosophy & privacy and philosophy & free speech and AI and Ethics in the Philosophy Department. He is an Affiliate of the Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. He has been a consultant on technology policy issues for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and for the Aspen Institute. His previous public policy experience includes senior positions with Visa, Inc., the Wexler|Walker Group, 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.
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
Mike Marchesano is the managing director of Connectiv. Previously, Marchesano most recently 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.
Senior Director of International Policy
Carl Schonander respresents SIIA's international policy interests. 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.