Board of Directors
|Rob McKenna, NAJI President
Former Attorney General, Washington State
The former Attorney General of the State of Washington, Mr. McKenna is accomplished in all areas of public policy, appellate law and investigations. Mr. McKenna served two terms as the Attorney General of Washington, from January 2005 to January 2013. He successfully argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and negotiated three of the largest consumer financial protection settlements in national history, all involving mortgage lending and servicing. He is a recognized leader in the development of data protection and privacy regulation. Mr. McKenna was the first state Attorney General to build a computer forensics lab to collect evidence of Internet fraud, and passed one of the nation’s first anti-spyware laws. Mr. McKenna also served as President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) where he co-launched the NAAG Intellectual Property Task Force to advance the national fight against counterfeiting and piracy.
|Drew Greenblatt, NAJI Chairman
President & Owner, Marlin Steel Wire Products
Drew Greenblatt is the President and Owner of Marlin Steel Wire Products, and serves on the Executive Board of the National Association of Manufacturers. His company specializes in production of sheet metal fabrications, wire baskets, and wire forms for industrial markets using advanced laser cutting, robotic bending, stamping, and welding. The company’s sophisticated high-tech approach enables precise manufacturing processes and quick responses to customer demands. This approach also makes the company vulnerable to IP theft – 20% of Marlin Steel’s team are degreed mechanical engineers who make innovative products that need IP protection. Greenblatt has testified to the U.S. Senate and House on topics including small business, taxation, regulations, trade policy, and techniques to grow the economy.
|Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale, NAJI Vice-Chair
Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing and Services, International Trade Administration
In a career spanning both the private sector and public service, Nicole Lamb-Hale has been a staunch supporter of business and manufacturing in the U.S. Ms. Lamb-Hale is currently Senior Vice President at Albright Stonebridge Group, a global commercial diplomacy and strategic advisory firm. As Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services in the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA), Ms. Lamb-Hale worked to enhance the competitiveness of U.S. exports by, among other things, reducing barriers to American trade abroad. She served as Chief Executive Officer of the ITA’s industry-facing unit, where she led business delegations on international trade missions, negotiated with her foreign counterparts on market access issues in furtherance of U.S. commercial interests and served as a key interface with business leaders. Previously, Ms. Lamb-Hale served as the Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she supervised the Department’s 300 lawyers as the Chief Operating Officer of the Office of the General Counsel. Before Ms. Lamb-Hale joined the Department of Commerce, she was a Managing Partner in the law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP where, in addition to her management responsibilities, she counseled the executive management and boards of directors of manufacturing companies in significant business transactions including financial restructurings. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
|Brian Raymond, NAJI Treasurer
Director of Technology Policy, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
Brian Raymond works to advance pro-manufacturing positions on technology policy issues ranging from patent reform, privacy issues and cyber/data security to net neutrality, R&D funding and intellectual property protection. Raymond spent more than eight years in IBM’s Washington office as part of the company’s government relations team, where he led numerous legislative campaigns. He left IBM to launch the government affairs office of NetApp Corporation. He began his career at TechAmerica working on domestic policy issues. Raymond was most recently the deputy chief of staff for U.S. Representative Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), where he was responsible for technology and telecommunications issues.
President, AIMS 360 / Focal Technology Solutions
Shahin Kohan is the President of AIMS 360, and is a member of Voices for Innovation. His company creates ERP software for the fashion industry, with over 7,000 users worldwide. The company’s state-of-the-art software solutions for apparel manufacturers and wholesalers dramatically improves the way companies in the garment industry manage their businesses. Kohan has spoken out on the need for better IP protection for American businesses in emerging markets; he knows selling his software in emerging markets with weak intellectual property protections would threaten his business. Kohan, among other small business leaders, does not have the resources to defend his company against piracy internationally. He has signed letters and met with members of Congress in an effort to tackle the problem of unfair competition from overseas manufacturers.
Prof. of Law, American University
Andrew Popper specializes in torts, product liability, and antitrust law. He has published papers about the negative effects of IT theft on the economy and has outlined ways in which the Federal Trade Commission can exercise its authority to sanction IT theft. Popper has also testified in Congress on regulations for imports of defective and unsafe products from foreign manufacturers. He advocates for raising public awareness on problems of overseas IT theft and issuing guidance to companies on how to address this issue.
Assistant Professor, Oregon Law
Eric Priest specializes in intellectual property law and policy, with an emphasis on copyright, technology, and intellectual property issues in China. He has published articles on copyright piracy in China, and his research analyzes emerging, innovative solutions to the piracy problem. Priest previously ran a Beijing-based technology start-up company, originally founded at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, focused on digital media licensing in China.