After an extensive search, it is with great enthusiasm that we announce Amie Stepanovich will be the next Executive Director of Silicon Flatirons. Amie is a nationally renowned cybersecurity and privacy law and policy expert. With this background and at the helm of the center, Amie will build upon Silicon Flatirons’ long-standing commitment to intellectually honest technology policy debate through interdisciplinary conferences, programming, and thought leadership.
Amie is a frequent speaker and author on matters involving government surveillance, human rights, and privacy law. She joins us from Access Now, where she has served as U.S. Policy Manager and Global Policy Counsel, responsible for developing the organization’s U.S. policy and leading global projects at the intersection of human rights and government surveillance. Prior to this, Amie was the Director of the Domestic Surveillance Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Amie is a board member of the Internet Education Foundation and an advisory board member for the Future of Privacy Forum. Amie has a B.S. from Florida State University and a J.D. from New York Law School.
“We are thrilled to welcome Amie to lead Silicon Flatirons,” commented Dean and University Distinguished Professor S. James Anaya upon naming Amie to the position. “Amie brings unique experiences in policy, human rights, and government surveillance, and I am excited to see what she will accomplish as executive director.”
In this role, Amie will serve as a thought leader for the center, lead our fundraising and external relations efforts, support our academic and research programs, oversee our day-to-day programmatic and administrative functions, and mentor and support students aspiring to work in the area of technology law. Amie will assume duties July 29, 2019.
Upon accepting the position, Amie noted, “I am excited to join the team at Silicon Flatirons as it embarks on its next chapter. Today we’re at a critical juncture in the conversations about the evolution and governance of technology, and the world-class directors and staff of Silicon Flatirons are helping to shape those discussions. As executive director, I hope to live up to the standards set for the role by Phil Weiser as our founder and longtime leader, while also seeking out new opportunities and means for engagement. I look forward to connecting with the students of Colorado Law and the University of Colorado as well as the entire Silicon Flatirons community. I am grateful for this opportunity and am committed to the center’s mission and to continuing to grow Silicon Flatirons as an inclusive leader in law and innovation.”
A search committee, chaired by Harry Surden, led efforts to find a new leader for the center following Phil Weiser’s departure in January to become Colorado’s Attorney General. Phil founded Silicon Flatirons in 2000 at Colorado Law when he was a faculty member. The Silicon Flatirons team extends gratitude to Harry, who is a Silicon Flatirons Affiliated Faculty Member and Colorado Law Associate Professor, for his leadership as the Interim Executive Director in recent months.
We look forward to introducing you to Amie once she arrives and seeing you at an upcoming Silicon Flatirons event!
– Silicon Flatirons