Drive Smart VIP Judges

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

Meredith Attwell Baker joined CTIA as its President and CEO in June 2014 and is the current President of CTIA Wireless Foundation.

With extensive experience in spectrum and wireless policy, Ms. Baker has a keen understanding of how government and business must work together to drive innovation. She is also a champion of using wireless technology to empower and enrich the lives of Americans.


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 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 advocated 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 historic transition to digital television and promoted market-based policies that encouraged innovation; served on delegations representing the U.S. at major international conferences; and engaged in bilateral discussions with senior level officials from other countries 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. She sits on the Boards of the Economic Club and the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Mrs. Baker and her husband Jamie reside in McLean, Virginia. She has four stepdaughters.

Morgan Cihak is the Teen Injury Program Manager at the National Safety Council.

Ms. Cihak joined the organization in 2017 and brought with her a history of working with youth on critical issues. She also spent numerous years instilling healthy lifestyles and values to people of all ages through community, state and national-level programs.


Prior to joining the National Safety Council. Ms. Cihak was a Prevention Specialist with the Bureau of Positive Youth Development in the Illinois Department of Human Services. She also held internship and volunteer positions in Community Health Education with Prevention Works, Inc. and in grant reviewing for the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago.

Upon joining the National Safety Council, she said she was proud to be working for an organization that's mission is to eliminate preventable deaths.

Ms. Cihak holds a Bachelor's Degree in Community Health Education from Western Michigan University.

Craig Miller is Vice President and Group Creative Director at BBDO.

Mr. Miller returned to his hometown of Atlanta and joined BBDO after stints in New York, Boston, London and Colorado at numerous different agencies including Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Publicis Worldwide, JWT, VCCP London and Crispin Porter & Bogusky.


The one consistent has been his production of award winning work for some of the greatest brands in the world, with notable pieces including VW's Routan Babymaker3000, Budweiser's "Harry's Last Call" and Domino's Pizza's "Pizza Turnaround" campaign.

When he is not working on ads, Mr. Miller can be found performing standup comedy, trying to convince himself that this is the year for the Atlanta Falcons, or hanging out with his wife Holly and their crazy hound Rosie.

Mr. Miller holds a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from Southern Methodist University.

Karen Kovacs North, Ph.D. is a recognized expert in digital and social media and in psychology. She was the founding Director of USC Annenberg’s Digital Social Media (DSM) program and is a Professor in the School of Communication. She is the chief architect of the World Economic Forum's Social Media Transformation Map.

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 U.S. 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.

Dr. Anne Marie Lewis is currently the Senior Director of Technology and Innovation Policy at the Auto Alliance in Washington, DC.

She obtained her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Masters from the University of Michigan in Mechanical Engineering, and PhD from the University of Michigan in Mechanical Engineering and Natural Resources and Environment.


Dr. Lewis leads the Alliance’s Technology Innovation and Policy Committee which is comprised of the Alliance’s 12 member companies. Her portfolio includes emerging vehicle technologies, including automated vehicle policy at the federal, state and international level.

Prior to working at the Alliance, she was at Booz Allen Hamilton as a technical advisor to the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) at the US Department of Energy (DOE). During this time, she supported over 15 projects across 5 energy technology funding programs. Prior to this, she was a AAAS Science and Technology Congressional Fellow in the Office of Senator Heitkamp (D-ND) where she worked on a variety of energy policy issues.