Brian has a broad mix of policy, communications, and leadership skills that help clients navigate all kinds of Washington DC audiences. He is recognized as a “veteran” advocate and voice for technology. Brian has founded and managed a number of industry coalition efforts, currently serving as Executive Director of Financial Innovation Now.
Before joining Franklin Square, Brian was Director of Government Relations at BlackBerry. He led the company’s legislative agenda on Capitol Hill and did extensive work on patent reform, telecommunications, cybersecurity, and sustainability. And, yes, he takes credit for helping President Obama keep his BlackBerry in the White House.
Prior to BlackBerry, Brian had a senior role at the Information Technology Industry Council, where he led the industry’s political and advocacy efforts on trade, telecom, privacy, and energy. He created and directed the High Tech DTV Coalition and the Wireless Innovation Alliance, two coalitions that successfully lobbied to free wireless spectrum.
Brian’s expertise is rooted in his years of work in Congress, where he served former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA), then a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He was Inslee’s Press Secretary, and then made the move to policy, where he helped Inslee pass legislation in a number technology areas. Inslee is now the Governor of Washington State.