Presenting the CTIA Wireless Foundation: Drive Smart Contest VIP Judges...

Meredith Attwell Baker joined CTIA as its President and CEO in June 2014. She is also President of the CTIA Wireless Foundation. Mrs. Baker brings extensive experience on spectrum issues and wireless policy and a keen understanding of how government and business must work together to drive innovation.

Prior to joining CTIA, Mrs. Baker served as the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at Comcast NBCUniversal where she was responsible for developing policy positions on legislative and regulatory issues and representing those positions before the U.S. Congress, the Administration and government agencies.

Appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009, Mrs. Baker served as a Commissioner to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) until June 2011. During her tenure, she championed a forward-looking approach to spectrum management issues as well as a flexible regulatory environment to encourage continued innovation and competition in the technology and telecommunications industries.

Previously, Mrs. Baker served in the Bush Administration as the Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information as well as the Acting Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). While at NTIA, she facilitated the nation’s historic transition to digital television, which freed commercial spectrum for wireless companies, and promoted market-based policies that encouraged innovation; served on delegations representing the United States at major international telecommunications conferences; and engaged in bilateral discussions with senior level officials from countries around the world to encourage investment in the United States. 

Mrs. Baker holds a B.A. from Washington & Lee University and a law degree from the University of Houston. She is a member of the Texas State Bar. 

Karen Kovacs North, Ph.D. is a recognized expert in digital and social media and in psychology. She is the Director of USC Annenberg’s Digital Social Media (DSM) program and a Professor in the School of Communication. Established in 2006, DSM (formerly APOC, the Annenberg Program on Online Communities) is the world’s first master’s degree program and research center focused exclusively on the leadership and management of digital social media and online communities. Trained as a clinical and social psychologist, and with considerable work experience in telecommunications policy, social media, digital strategy, and practice, Dr. North’s interests come together in the digital world where entrepreneurs and large companies seem most focused on using social and digital media to bring people together and form groups and interact online.

Dr. North teaches these skills, works with small and large companies, helps nonprofits and government agencies, and frequently shares her expertise with journalists from local, regional, national, and international news. Previously, Dr. North was the Assistant Dean of the UCLA School of Public Policy, where she also taught classes focused on government and psychology. Earlier in her career, she worked with the federal government in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (during the Clinton Administration) and for Congressman (now Senator) Edward Markey, Chairman of the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance.

Dr. North is dedicated to educating the public throughout the lifespan, and is frequently seen and heard in the local, national, and international news explaining the “how and why” of digital and social media and human behavior. She lives in Santa Monica, California, with her husband and two children.

Stephen McMennamy, as VP Sr. Creative Director at BBDO ATL, has developed award-winning work recognized by Cannes, One Show and the ADDYs, with vast range of clients, from AT&T, ING, Dell Computers, REI and Capital One, to Comcast, Delta Airlines, ESPN, Saturn and The Ritz Carlton.

With AT&T he helped craft the visually memorable corporate campaign where orange took over major cities to show AT&T’s unparalleled coverage nationwide, which shifted perceptions about the provider and started the conversation about speed, technology and value.

You might recognize Mr. McMennamy’s two most recent AT&T campaigns; “Lily” starring Milana Vayntrub as AT&T’s friendly spokesperson and the “It’s Not Complicated” campaign, which was featured by Stuart Elliot with The New York Times, as well as Ad Age and Creativity Online.

Mr. McMennamy’s latest passion project has made him somewhat of an Instagram/social celebrity. He developed a photo series called #combophotos that gained him recognition from the likes of Wired, FastCompany and CNN.

Christopher Sanew is the National Safety Council content producer. Mr. Sanew has worked on the Council’s resource for parents of new teen drivers, DriveitHOME, as well as other teen driving – related initiatives. He has also worked on several video projects for the Council, which promote traffic, home and community safety. Prior to joining the Council, Mr. Sanew was involved in the Chicago film community, working with filmmakers and organizers on local, national and international festivals and competitions.

Jonathan Weinberger is Vice President of Innovation and Technology at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, where he coordinates industry programming on issues surrounding autos and the Internet of Things. Before coming to the Auto Alliance, Mr. Weinberger led strategic efforts behind the launch of an “IoT” research and development firm as President and Managing Member of VEEDIMS, LLC. Prior to that, from 2008 to 2012, Mr. Weinberger served as Executive Secretary and Associate General Counsel in the White House Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Weinberger worked in various capacities at the U.S. Treasury Department. He served as Executive Secretary of the Treasury in the Office of the General Counsel and as Senior Advisor for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes.

Before coming to the Treasury Department, Mr. Weinberger worked at the U.S. Department of State from 1997 to 2003. During that time, he served in the Office of Central American Affairs and in the Executive Secretariat within the Office of the Secretary of State where he coordinated briefing materials, testimony and other matters.

Originally, from Scranton, Pennsylvania, Mr. Weinberger received his Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs and Italian from The John Hopkins University in 1998. He also earned a Master’s Degree in U.S. Foreign Policy from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University in 2000, a Juris Doctor degree from the Washington College of Law at American University in 2003, and a Masters of Law (LL.M) in international finance and national security law with distinction from The Georgetown University Law Center in 2005.