FPF Welcomes the 2019 Class of Policy Fellows


FPF is pleased to announce the selection of its 2019 Policy Fellows: Katelyn Ringrose, Charlotte Kress, and Anisha Reddy. Working at FPF for one- or two-year terms, Fellows are key members of the FPF policy team. Fellows focus on consumer and commercial privacy issues, from technology-specific areas such as drones, wearables, connected cars, and student privacy, to general data management and privacy issues related to ethics, deidentification, algorithms, and the Internet of Things. Their roles may include filing comments on proposed regulatory actions, researching and analyzing US and European privacy issues, developing industry best practices or standards, and tracking consumer privacy legislation.

The Christopher Wolf Diversity Law Fellow is Katelyn Ringrose. This two-year fellowship is distinguished by its commitment to bring diverse perspectives to FPF’s work on contemporary privacy issues. Ringrose comes to this position as a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she was the Faculty Awardee for Excellence in Advanced Legal Research and the President of the LGBT Law Forum. She published law review articles on facial recognition and body-worn cameras, government surveillance, and data collection in schools, among other topics.

While in law school, Ringrose founded Impowerus, an online company connecting juvenile immigrants to pro bono legal aid that was chosen as one of the top eight student tech startups in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine. She interned for the U.S. Department of Justice, the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office of the Juvenile Justice Center in South Bend, IN, and the Hawaii State Supreme Court. Prior to attending law school, she was a teacher in Tacoma, WA.

“Katelyn brings experience as an entrepreneur, an academic, and a public servant to her fellowship at FPF,” said Christopher Wolf, FPF Founder and Board President. “We’re excited that she will be sharing her unique perspective and extraordinary talents with our staff, supporters, and partners.”

Charlotte Kress is the Elise Berkower Memorial Fellow. This Fellowship is dedicated to the memory of Elise Berkower, a leader in the consumer privacy field, who was known for her ability to identify and nurture young lawyers, with a focus on consumer protection and business ethics. Kress graduated from The George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and the Society for European Law Students and volunteered with the International Privacy and Security Forum. A fluent German speaker, Kress undertook post-graduate studies at Heidelberg University in Germany after her graduation from Bucknell University. Kress served as a Legal Intern at the Office of General Counsel for the District of Columbia Housing Authority, and at DLA Piper and Sedgwick law firms.

“Charlotte’s energy and enthusiasm for legal scholarship, collaboration, and ethical negotiation makes her a fitting recipient of the Elise Berkower Memorial Fellowship,” said Howard Berkower, Partner at McCarter & English, and brother of Elise Berkower. “Her international experience, drive, and commitment to the continued development of technology and privacy laws will be a great asset for FPF.”

FPF gratefully acknowledges the Nielsen Foundation, the Berkower family, IAPP and friends of Elise as founding sponsors of the Elise Berkower Memorial Fellowship.

Anisha Reddy is the inaugural FPF Education Privacy Fellow. This newly created position will focus on expanding FPF’s library of resources on student privacy issues, as well as tracking student and child-specific privacy legislation at state and federal levels. Reddy will also help process applicants to the Student Privacy Pledge. Reddy will set the bar high for this role. At Penn State’s Dickinson Law, Reddy was honored with the University’s 2017-2018 Montgomery and MacRae Award for Excellence in Administrative Law. She held the offices of Executive Editor for Digital Media of the Dickinson Law Review, President of the Asian Pacific Law Students Association, and Vice President of the Women’s Law Caucus. Reddy served as a Certified Legal Intern for the Children’s Advocacy Clinic in Carlisle, PA, where she represents children involved in civil court actions like adoption, domestic violence, and custody matters. She previously interned at the Governor of Pennsylvania’s Office of General Counsel, at Udacity in Mountain View, CA and at Blockchain, Inc. in New York, NY.

“We are thrilled to welcome Anisha to the FPF Education Privacy team,” said Amelia Vance, Senior Policy Counsel and Director of the FPF Education Policy Project. “The breadth and variety of her work experience and legal scholarship will be an asset when engaging with the variety of stakeholders in the education community.”

FPF is looking forward to welcoming Ringrose, Kress, and Reddy to the team in September. These three talented, young lawyers will continue a strong tradition of FPF Policy Fellows who make exceptional contributions to the privacy community during their fellowships and throughout their careers.

FPF is seeking to continue to support the next generation of privacy leaders through our fellowships. Please click on the button to make your contribution in support of the Elise Berkower Memorial Fellowship and the Christopher Wolf Diversity Law Fellowship.