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ISOC-DC’s Chapter Council


Jeffrey Alexander

jeff.alexanderSenior Science & Technology Policy Analyst at SRI International

 Jeff brings 20+ years of research and writing in the fields of technology strategy, market strategy, high-technology industry, R&D strategy and policy, and organizational collaboration to the table in his work with ISOC-DC.  Jeff is  currently working in a non-profit research center focusing national and international science & technology policy issues, R&D program evaluation, and regional economic development strategy.

David Vyorst

David’s online marketing and social media expertise stems from his experience at RelevantKnowledge (one of the first web ratings companies, now Comscore), Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, and as owner of ZejMedia. A blogger and critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker ( The First BasketUnusual Pairs), David’s insights and depth of knowledge have earned him recognition as a thought leader in the realm of the rapidly changing world of social media.


Council Members

Philip Verveer

verveerPhilip L. Verveer served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy with ambassadorial rank from 2009 to 2013.
Mr. Verveer has practiced communications and antitrust law in the government and in private law firms for more than 40 years. From 1969 to 1981,

Mr. Verveer practiced as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, as a supervisory attorney in the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission, and as the chief of the Cable Television Bureau, the Broadcast Bureau, and the Common Carrier Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. Between 1973 and 1977, he served as the Antitrust Division’s first lead counsel in the investigation and prosecution of United States v. American Tel. & Tel. Co., the case that eventuated in the divestiture of the Bell System. As a Bureau Chief at the FCC, Mr. Verveer participated in a series of decisions that enabled increased competition in video and telephone services, introduced asymmetric telecommunications regulation, and limited regulation of information services. In 1979, Mr. Verveer became a charter member of the United States Government’s Senior Executive Service and in 1980 received the Distinguished Presidential Rank award. Between 1981 and 2009, Mr. Verveer engaged in private law practice in Washington, DC.

In 1995 and 1996, Mr. Verveer chaired the Federal Advisory Committee that identified the spectrum requirements necessary to afford public safety organizations efficient and interoperable wireless communications.

Mr. Verveer served in the United States Army as a Captain, Military Intelligence, principally at 8th U.S. Army Headquarters, Seoul, Korea.

Mr. Verveer is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.


Michael Nelson 

nelsonAnalyzing technology policy at Bloomberg Government

Michael has spent the last fifteen years working in government and the private sector to accelerate the development, deployment, and application of Internet technologies. A large part of his job has always been explaining Internet technology and applications in clear, concise, non-technical terms to decision-makers in government and the corporate sector and to the press and the general public. Michael believes that the main barriers to development of the Networked Economy are not technological, they are cultural and political, so it is imperative that a broad cross-section of society–in the US and worldwide–understand and appreciate the opportunities offered by the Internet and the Next Generation Internet.

Specialties: Next Generation Internet technologies and the Grid; IT policy and cyber-politics; vision.

Judith Hellerstein

judithOwner, Hellerstein & Associates and Telecommunications Consultant

Judith Hellerstein is the President of Hellerstein & Associates, an ICT consulting group specializing in ICT policy consulting, regulatory reform, regulatory capacity building, e-government assessment, and regulatory impact analysis of the communications marketplace. Judith Hellerstein has over eighteen years experience regulatory, legislative, policy analysis, and in evaluation and assessment of, telecom, technology, e-government, and other ICT projects. She has worked on several high profile projects while she was at the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission, MCI Communications, and Former Vice President Gore’s Reinventing Government office.
G.S. McNamara


The solutions man. Entrepreneur, information security researcher, speaker, consultant. In the driver’s seat of startups
G. S. is the solutions man–a full stack entrepreneur, information security researcher/hacker, speaker, and consultant. He’s in the driver’s seat of Incless LLC and Floodspark.com, the combination news aggregator and social media platform. He is also an INTJ.


John More

johnTreasurer at Greater Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society


 John on LinkedIn




About Our Chapter and ISOC

In order to build a better Internet, we have restarted the Internet Society chapter for Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.


About ISOC – The Internet Society

The Internet Society (ISOC) is a nonprofit organisation founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education, and policy. With offices in Washington D.C., USA, and Geneva, Switzerland, it is dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of people throughout the world.

The Internet Society provides leadership in addressing issues that confront the future of the Internet, and is the organisational home for the groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).

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We invite you to join us. Participate in our meetings and events in person or via the Internet.
To find out more about our chapter, email chapter@isoc-dc.org.

Questions about our chapter?

Email us at chapter@isoc-dc.org or click here and we will phone you.

Our Sep. 14 meeting, A Discussion on INTERNET 2020, was held in the magnificent new Visitors Center of the U.S. Capitol building — the first public event for our restarted DC chapter. It was an exciting time. For a video of the evening, click here.

Restart activities: We have held 4 organizing meeting: June 9, July 13, August 17, and October 19.  We’ve completed four Brainstorming Breakfast meetings: July 21 in VA, July 28 in DC, and Aug 4 in MD, and Sep. 8 in DC.

  • Gene Gaines

    Barry, Where do you live? In Fairfax County, Virginia, we have a wonderful project, providing broadband Internet access at home to low-income students. This involves three functions: (1) A free, refurbished computer with XP Pro and Office, (2) free-installation $11 per month high-speed Internet cable access at home, and (3) free 24-hour technical support. We have completed 2 successful pilots, now are working on our first school – a middle school with about 300 low-income students now without computers. This project is a blast! More info, email gene.gaines@gainesgroup.com

  • Grammar

    organizational, not organisational.

  • http://wwwhatsup.com Joly MacFie

     Fact is, as a global organization, the Internet Society uses the global standard and that is UK English, hence the s rather than the z. You’ll also see a lot of programmes rather than programs, etc., etc.

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