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, Global Public Policy
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Carl Schonander leads SIIA's public policy team. The team advocates for a pro innovation technology and information policy agenda with respect to privacy; the responsible use of data; respect for the first amendment and continued use of public records; intellectual property rights, digital trade; and, improving student outcomes through the use of education technology. Schonander was previously SIIA’s Senior Director for International Public Policy. In that role, Schonander focused on cross-border data flows, including the successful EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. He oversaw SIIA’s digital trade advocacy, which is increasingly critical to industry competitiveness. Schonander is a former U.S. diplomat. His last three Foreign Service assignments were as the Senior Advisor for Europe, OECD and WIPO Intellectual Property Affairs, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, and Trade Policy Advisor in the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. 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
Chris Mohr is SIIA's Vice President for Intellectual Property and General Counsel.
Senior Director of Technology Policy
Director of Technology Policy
Jesse Spector is SIIA's Director for Technology Policy. She joins SIIA after serving as the Policy Officer for the Digital Economy with the European Union (EU) Delegation to the United States. In this role, she was instrumental in shaping digital relations between the United States and the EU, the two largest markets in the world. Prior to this she worked for the British Consulate in San Francisco, where she cultivated deep relationships with startups and software companies throughout the UK, as well as with Fortune 100 leaders and emerging enterprises in Silicon Valley. Spector holds a Masters in European Politics & Governance from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
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.
Public Policy Coordinator
Diane Pinto is the Public Policy Coordinator for the Software & Information Industry Association. She is the point of contact for the Public Policy team for all policy and media inquiries. Diane holds a B.A. in International Studies from American University and is an M.A. in Security Studies candidate at Georgetown University. For all inquiries, contact her here.