Jason Pielemeier, GNI Policy DirectorThe Global Network Initiative is pleased to announce that Jason Pielemeier has joined the organization as Policy Director, as of August 1.

Jason will be responsible for working with GNI’s diverse members to develop and articulate GNI’s policy positions, and engaging with policy makers and other stakeholders to enhance protections for free expression and privacy globally.

Prior to joining GNI, Jason was a Special Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, where he led the Internet Freedom, Business and Human Rights section in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. In that role, he worked with colleagues across the U.S. government, counterparts in other governments, and global stakeholders – including many GNI members – to promote and protect human rights online.

“Jason’s deep experience working with diverse stakeholders to advance business and human rights and Internet freedom make him an ideal policy director for GNI,” said Executive Director Judith Lichtenberg. “We are excited to be able to draw on his wealth of experience at this time where GNI is expanding, and amidst enormous global challenges for freedom of expression and privacy online,” she continued.

Jason is a graduate of Northwestern University and Yale Law School. Between degrees, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer and later led an innovative land titling and conservation project in rural Guatemala. After law school, he worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Raymond J. Dearie in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and as an Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.