Berkeley TECHVocacy 2024: Emerging Tech Advocacy Summit


Every emerging tech (e.g., the internet, crypto, AI, AV) seems to start in an adversarial posture with policymakers and the public. Does it have to be this way?

Join us on Monday, May 13th, for this pioneering event, co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law and BusinessHaas Business School Entrepreneurship Program, and the Berkeley Center for Responsible Decentralized Intelligence with support from Berkeley Space Center. Our inaugural TECHVocacy 2024: Emerging Tech Advocacy Summit aims to reboot the advocacy landscape for emerging technologies.

Keynote Speaker:

Rich Lyons


Rich Lyons

Incoming Chancellor of UC Berkeley; formerly, Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, UC Berkeley

Our innovative summit structure throws away the long-winded panels playbook. We will train emerging tech startup founders, and the advisors/lawyers who represent them, on how to effectively and authentically advocate for themselves to policymakers and the public.  

  • 6 curated speakers who will each do a 6-min lightning talk, followed by an expert panel of facilitators who will guide a discussion on what made the speakers effective, and which traps they did not fall into when talking to policymaker and general public audiences.
  • Real-time media training demos to showcase the challenges of communicating technical ideas effectively and empathetically.

Our speakers’ experience include government service in the White House, Congress, and federal and state agencies, as well as in-house experience leading public policy efforts at tech companies that have dominated headlines in the past.  Our media trainers have extensive experience as on-camera reporters and prepping senior executives at major multinational tech companies.

This full day in-person only event will be hosted at the Haas Spieker Forum on the UC Berkeley campus.  The event is free, but space is limited. Advance registration is required and will be reviewed by the organizers.  


Confirmed speakers and facilitators


Brandon Borrman, VP of Global Comms at Mozilla, former VP of Global Comms at Twitter

Ben Brooks, Global Head of Public Policy at Stability AI

Darek DeFreeceFounder of Berkeley Space Center, Regent Emeritus, University of California

Lauren DiGeronimo, Managing Director at TrailRunner International

David Caragliano, Global Head for Ads Safety at Google

Betsy Cooper, Director of the Aspen Tech Policy Hub, former U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Zachary Fallon, Partner at Ketsal, former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Stavros Gadinis, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law

Anne-Marie Kelley, Partner at Mercury Strategies, former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, former U.S. Senate

Avy Mallik, General Counsel of California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation, former U.S. House of Representatives

Vignesh Ram, Vice President Public Policy at Serve Robotics

Jennifer Sanasie, Anchor and Producer at CoinDesk

Sheila Warren, CEO of Crypto Council of Innovation, former Head of Data, Blockchain, and Digital Assets at World Economic Forum

JoAnn Yamani, VP of Communications & Marketing at Adeia, former Congressional Counsel at U.S. Congress


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Organizing Committee:

Karin Bauer, Program Director, Berkeley Center for Responsible, Decentralized Intelligence (RDI)

Angeli Patel, Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Law and Business, former White House Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Rhonda Shrader, Executive Director, Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program

Hermine Wong, Lecturer, UC Berkeley Law School, former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, White House Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Department of State



Program Details


Emerging/disruptive tech startup founders, startup executives, investors, in-house counsel, and students. 


A summit that trains emerging/disruptive tech startups founders and those who advise and counsel them to set themselves apart as trusted resources in conversations with policymakers and the general public.


Monday, May 13, 2024  
9am – 5pm

9:00 AM – Registration

9:30 AM – Welcome Remarks / Setting Forth the Problem Statement

9:45AM – 10:30 AM Session 1: Internet/Social Media

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Session 2: Crypto/web3

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM KEYNOTE REMARKS (with lunch)

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Session 3: AI/4th Industrial Revolution

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM  Media Training for Tech Founders/Lawyers

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM  Closing Remarks

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM Networking Session (w/appetizers & bar)


Chou Hall – Spieker Forum  
Haas School of Business
University of California, Berkeley


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