Brad Bernthal Announced as New Interim Executive Director

Today, Silicon Flatirons designated Associate Professor Brad Bernthal as Interim Executive Director, and Amie Stepanovich announced her resignation as Executive Director of Silicon Flatirons to pursue a new professional opportunity in Washington, D.C.   

Professor Bernthal has been affiliated with the center since 2005. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Law School and Director of the Entrepreneurship Initiative at Silicon Flatirons. Professor Bernthal specializes in startups, entrepreneurial law, and early-stage finance.  

Professor Bernthal shared: 

“Amie Stepanovich led Silicon Flatirons with hard work, integrity, and a passionate drive to convene an array of voices as we help shape technology policy. It is an honor for me to now help Silicon Flatirons through this transition period. I was a student in Phil Weiser’s Telecom Law class when he launched Silicon Flatirons. I came back to CU as the Silicon Flatirons Fellow in 2005. I’ve never left. I believe deeply in the center’s mission to advance technology policy, convene brilliant minds to debate important issues, build the startup community and accelerate students’ careers.”  

Stepanovich served as Executive Director to Silicon Flatirons for over two years and is a nationally recognized expert in domestic surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy law. She previously served as U.S. Policy Manager and Global Policy Counsel at Access Now in Washington, D.C., where she worked to protect human rights through law and policy involving technologies and their use. Prior to that, Stepanovich was the Director of the Domestic Surveillance Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center.  

Stepanovich shared: 

“It has been a great privilege to serve the center and work with this amazing community of experts across the many different areas that we work on. I’m also deeply proud of what we have accomplished. With the terrific team here, we have built significant, sustainable infrastructure around the center that not only leaves me confident that it is prepared for this next transition, but that it can continue to thrive in the decades to come.” 

The center’s leadership, staff, and faculty are pleased to welcome Brad Bernthal as Interim Executive Director. Although it is bittersweet that Amie is moving on, the center wishes her all the best on her next adventure.

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