Affiliated Faculty and Staff

Ari Ezra Waldman –  Associate Director

Ari Ezra Waldman is the Associate Director of the Institute for Information Law and Policy and Adjunct Professor of Law. This year, he will be teaching Intellectual Property, Sexual Orientation and the Law, and several other courses. He is also the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University, where he is completing his dissertation in sociology.

Professor Waldman’s work currently focuses on the law and sociology of Internet life, with particular focus on the inequalities and injustices that arise in unregulated digital spaces. He has spoken and published widely on cyberharassment, social network privacy, and LGBT youth. In addition to his work at NYLS, Ari is the Legal Editor at Towleroad, the award-winning and widely read LGBT-oriented news and politics website, where he writes a weekly law column on issues facing the LGBT community. He also practiced law at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he focused on intellectual property litigation, and at Winston & Strawn LLP, where he was an appellate litigator, and clerked at the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Dan Hunter – Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law

Dan Hunter is the director of the Institute for Information Law and Policy.  He is an expert in internet law, intellectual property, and artificial intelligence and cognitive science models of law. He joins the New York Law School faculty from the University of Melbourne Law School (Australia) and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He was one of the first scholars to examine the social significance of virtual worlds, co-founded the scholarly blog Terra Nova (terranova.blogs.com), and ran the 2006 State of Play/Terra Nova Conference at New York Law School, and the 2007 State of Play Conference in Singapore. His current projects include examination of the economics and laws relating to user-generated content, and the social significance of luxury handbags.

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Beth Simone Noveck – Professor of Law

Professor Beth Simone Noveck  focuses her scholarship, activism and teaching on the future of democracy in the 21st century. Specifically, her work addresses how we can use technology to create more open and collaborative government.  She served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and founder and director of the White House Open Government Initiative (2009-2011). She founded the Democracy Design Workshop: Do Tank, a program for the design of law, policy, and technology to foster openness and collaboration. With support from the Sloan Foundation, she is currently prototyping OrgPedia, the Wikipedia of firms. Her book Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger and Citizens More Powerful (Brookings Institution Press 2009), appeared in Arabic, Chinese, Russian and in an audio edition. She is also co-editor of The State of Play: Law, Games and Virtual Worlds (NYU Press 2006). Her new book, The Networked State will appear with Harvard University Press. She tweets @bethnoveck and blogs at the Cairns Blog.

She is on leave 2012-2014 and visiting at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the MIT Media Lab.

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Richard Chused – Professor of Law

Professor Chused is a prolific scholar and an expert on property law, law and gender, copyright law, and cyberlaw. He joined New York Law School in the 2008–09 academic year after spending thirty-five years teaching and writing at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. During 2004–05, he received a Senior Scholar Fulbright Grant to teach at the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Before joining Georgetown’s faculty in 1973, he taught for five years at Rutgers School of Law in Newark. He served on the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers for twelve years and as its webmaser for ten.

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Rudolph Peritz – Professor of Law

An expert on antitrust law, Rudolph J.R. Peritz brings to the Institute a focus on the historical and legal relationships between competition policy and private property rights. Professor Peritz has recently been published in both the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society and The Antitrust Bulletin and is currently working on a chapter for the upcoming book “Microsoft at the Dock: Legal and Economic Analysis of a Transatlantic Antitrust Case.” In July, Professor Peritz will present a paper entitled “The Incentive Conundrum: Intellectual Property Rights and the Taxidermist’s Progress” at the 2008 ATRIP conference, which will be held at the Max Planck Institute in Munich.

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Richard Sherwin – Professor of Law

Richard Sherwin, an expert on the use of visual representations and visual argument at trial, has written widely on the interrelationship between law and culture, including interdisciplinary works on the theoretical and practical dimensions of law’s migration to film, television, and computer screens – in court and out.

Professor Sherwin recently won a Fulbright award and will take up the Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair in Law and Literature at the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, at McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, for the spring 2014 semester.

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Jodi Balsam – Associate Professor of Law

Jodi S. Balsam has twenty years of practice experience in sports and entertainment law, including as the National Football League’s Counsel for Operations and Litigation and in the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.  She joined NYLS in 2011, where she teaches Legal Practice, Sports Law, and the Judicial Externship Seminar.  She is the faculty advisor to the NYLS Sports Law Society and its sports law blog, The Official Review.  Professor Balsam has appeared at many sports law conferences and symposia, including presentations on sports concussion litigation and ethical issues in representation of athletes.  She has also taught at New York University School of Law and the NYU master’s degree program in sports management.  She is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association and the ABA Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries, and has served on the NYC Bar Association’s Sports Law Committee.

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Bryan Choi – Visiting Associate Professor of Law

Bryan Choi is a Visiting Associate Professor at New York Law School. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. in Computer Science from Harvard College. He joins the faculty from the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, where he was the Director of Law and Media, a Thomson Reuters Fellow, and a Kauffman Fellow. Previously, he practiced law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, followed by clerkships with the Honorable Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Honorable William C. Bryson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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Adjunct Faculty

Karen Artz Ash  Adjunct Professor (IP Licensing & Drafting – Fashion)

Karen Artz Ash is the national co-head of the Intellectual Property practice at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and co-head of the firm’s Trademarks practice. She is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and also serves as chair of the national Pro Bono Committee. She has worked in fashion law for more than 20 years.

Karen is a monthly columnist for Managing Intellectual Property magazinecontributing writer for The Licensing Journal and regular sponsor and participant in events hosted by Women’s Wear Daily. She is also a contributing author to Becoming a Fashion Designer (Wiley, 2013) and Fashion Law (Bloomsbury, 2013). Karen is an adjunct professor at New York Law School focusing on courses in fashion law licensing and is a mediator for the Southern District of New York.

Joshua Blank  Adjunct Professor (IP Job Track – Media & Entertainment)

Joshua Blank works as in-house counsel to the media company UBM LLC, and its affiliated companies, where he specializes in intellectual property law and commercial transactional work.  Prior to joining UBM, Josh was in-house counsel to the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi.  Josh is a graduate of Vassar College and New York Law School.

Darren Bloch – Adjunct Professor (Tech Law Lab)

Darren Bloch is a public affairs, government relations and communications veteran having spent over 15-years working in a variety of senior level roles in government and the private sector; he is currently the Vice President for Public Affairs at New York Law School. Immediately before joining NYLS, Mr. Bloch worked with several early stage start-ups in the consumer tech and digital media space to develop and implement short and long term strategic plans, communications and engagement strategy, and development of strategic partnerships.

Prior to building his independent practice, Mr. Bloch was the Publisher and Executive Director of Capital Media; the Executive Vice President of the Empire State Development Corp.; and a Government Relations Manager for Con Edison of New York. During his time in government he also has held senior positions with the New York City Council, the New York City Public Advocate’s Office, and the Nassau County Legislature. Bloch is a graduate of Middlebury College (‘97) and New York Law School (’04, cum laude).

Peter Canelias  Adjunct Professor (Patent Claim Drafting)

Peter S. Canelias graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Physics from the Massachusetts State College at Bridgewater, and did graduate work there in mathematical physics and quantum mechanics. He graduated cum laude from Boston College Law School. While there, he served as an Executive Editor of the Boston College Law Review. After completing his legal education, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Pauline Newman, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Canelias is the author of the Patent Practice Handbook and Patent Practice Forms, and was a contributor to the Art Law Handbook and Drafting Print and Online Publishing Agreements. He is also an active member of numerous intellectual property bar associations.

Elizabeth Dambriunas  Adjunct Professor (IP Job Track – Media & Entertainment)

Elizabeth Dambriunas started her lengthy in-house counsel career in 1985 at Warner Bros. Inc., handling worldwide business and legal affairs for Warner Bros. Consumer Products, primarily licensing the Looney Tunes characters and the DC Comics franchise properties, most notably the “Batman” motion pictures. She left Warner Bros. in 1994 to join the Viacom family at Paramount Pictures, as Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs of the studio’s Licensing Group, handling the “Star Trek” property, while also negotiating deals for the “Cheers” restaurant and pub in London, and the “Bubba Gump Shrimp Company” restaurants, based on the Oscar winning film “Forrest Gump.” In 1997 she relocated to New York to join Viacom’s MTV Networks division and became Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Nickelodeon and MTV’s global ancillary businesses. While at Viacom, Elizabeth handled master toy deals, master interactive software deals, theme park, hotel, and cruise ship licensing deals, and home video and digital media distribution deals for all of Nickelodeon’s successful television and motion picture properties, from “Blues Clues” to “Spongebob Squarepants” to “Dora the Explorer.” She left Viacom in June 2010 to start her own transactional practice and pursue some of her other interests, such as teaching. She currently teaches the Entertainment and Media Law Jobtrack seminar at New York Law School and also serves as the Faculty Tutor for student internships within the Entertainment and Intellectual Property fields. Her clients include production companies, publishers, licensing agencies, and IP owners.

Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Toledo (BA in English Literature, 1982, cum laude) and New York Law School (JD 1985).

Dolores DiBella  – Adjunct Professor (IP Job Track – Sports)

Dolores DiBella is an Associate Counsel at the National Football League in New York, where she manages intellectual property, rights enforcement, and commercial litigation for the League and its member clubs. Dolores received her Bachelors of Arts in Government from Georgetown University, and her juris doctor from Columbia Law School in 2006.  After graduating from Columbia, Dolores was a litigation associate at Proskauer Rose LLP in New York, where she specialized in intellectual property, false advertising, and entertainment law, and handled a variety of commercial litigation matters.  Dolores joined the NFL at the beginning of 2012.

Dr. Paula Estrada de Martin  Adjunct Professor (IP Job Track – Patent)

Dr. Paula Estrada de Martin is a senior associate in the Intellectual Property Department of WilmerHale. She joined the firm in 2005 as a technology specialist. Dr. Estrada de Martin received her B.S. in Biology, with honors, and her M.S, in Biology from California State University-San Bernardino.  She then received her Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Yale University and was a post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.  Dr. Estrada de Martin graduated cum laude from New York Law School.  While there, she served as an Associate Editor of the New York Law School Law Review and was a member of Institute for Information Law and Policy.

Dr. Estrada de Martin’s practice focuses on U.S. and foreign patent prosecution for life science, biotechnology and plant fields, patent interferences, patent portfolio management, patentability assessment, non-infringement and invalidity opinions, due diligence, pre-suit investigation and litigation support for life sciences and plant matters.

Dr. Estrada de Martin is Adjunct Faculty at New York Law School, where she serves as the Patent Law Mentor in the IP Jobtrack at the Institute for Information Law and Policy (IILP).

Kathryn Fararra  Adjunct Professor (IP Job Track – Advertising)

Kathryn is a Senior Marketing Counsel for Unilever, where she handles a variety of brands in the personal care, food and beverage categories.  In addition, Kathryn serves as an adjunct professor for New York Law School where she teaches the Advertising & Media Law Job Track Program. Prior to joining Unilever and NYLS, Kathryn was a Senior Attorney and advertising review specialist for the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Advertising Self Regulatory Council (ASRC).  Kathryn is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops on advertising claim substantiation, social media, environmental marketing, and sensory testing.

Joseph M. Forgione – Adjunct Professor (IP Job Track – Fashion)

Joseph M. Forgione is the Director of Trademark Enforcement at the Gioconda Law Group PLLC, a law firm in New York City that handles litigation and intellectual property enforcement for high-profile fashion companies like Hermès of Paris Inc., Burberry Limited (UK), Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A., and others.  Among other duties, Mr. Forgione currently oversees a large portion of the domestic and international intellectual property enforcement work on the Internet for a number of famous fashion brands, including Tiffany & Co.  Mr. Forgione came to the firm after years of working on intellectual property-related matters in the corporate legal department at CHANEL, Inc. and, prior to that, he interned at kate spade LLC, Seven For All Mankind LLC, and Time Inc. while he was a law student at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  His professional career in intellectual property law began as a law clerk in the legal department at HBO.

As a member of the adjunct faculty at New York Law School, Mr. Forgione is currently serving as an Adjunct Professor of Law and teaching Fashion Law in the Intellectual Property Job Track Program at the Institute for Information Law & Policy.  Mr. Forgione holds both an LL.M. degree, Master of Laws in Intellectual Property Law, and a J.D. degree from Cardozo.  Mr. Forgione also holds a B.A. cum laude with Honors in Sociology from Hofstra University and he is a member of the Omega Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Jay Kogan  Adjunct Professor (IP Licensing & Drafting – Publishing & Media Law)

Jay Kogan is Vice President Business & Legal Affairs: Publishing and Intellectual Property, and Deputy General Counsel for DC Entertainment (DC Comics and MAD Magazine).  His primary areas of practice include rights acquisition, publishing and licensing, and he serves as the company’s chief intellectual property counsel.

Jay is also an adjunct professor at New York Law School, where he teaches Intellectual Property Licensing and Drafting.  Jay has previously served as an adjunct professor at  Purchase College, State University of New York, where he taught courses on copyright law and Internet law, and at New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies’ E-Commerce and E-Business program where he taught survey courses on intellectual property, both live and online.

In addition, Jay is a co-chair of the Copyright and Trademark Committee of the New York State Bar Association, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section and an active member of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., having held the positions of Secretary and New York Chapter Chair.

Jay is a frequent lecturer on characters, copyright, and trademark law.  He has served as faculty for the Practicing Law Institute’s programs on Understanding Copyright Law in the Data Era; “Technotainment” The Convergence of Entertainment and Technology; Advanced Licensing; and Representing the New Media Company, the National Business Institute’s program on Internet Law, and the National Conference and Research Group’s program on Protecting & Managing Online Content.  Jay has had articles published on copyright and trademark law, the protection available to characters, advertising law, and broadcast regulation.

Jay received his J.D. and Masters Degree in Mass Media in a dual degree program at Boston University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut.

Joseph Lewczak – Adjunct Professor (Advertising, Marketing, and Promotions Law)

Joseph J. Lewczak is a partner in the Advertising, Marketing & Promotions; Entertainment, Media & Publishing and Intellectual Property Practice Groups of Davis & Gilbert.  He represents numerous multinational, national and local advertising agencies, promotions agencies, advertisers, direct marketers, and telemarketers in connection with all aspects of advertising, promotions, marketing, direct marketing and telemarketing.

Mr. Lewczak has been ranked as a leading lawyer for advertising law by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for six consecutive years (2008-2013). He is described by clients as “very practical in his approach to dealing with advertising law issues.” The Legal 500 U.S. directory has also recognized him for the fifth consecutive year (2009-2013) for his “broad knowledge base” in the area of advertising and marketing. In addition, Mr. Lewczak has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America in advertising law (2011-2013).

Mr. Lewczak has considerable experience in all areas of advertising, direct marketing and promotions, and he is an expert in the areas of games of chance, complex skill contests, telemarketing, direct mail and charitable solicitations.  He regularly counsels clients on issues relating to all aspects of intellectual property, including copyright and rights of privacy and publicity.  Mr. Lewczak’s practice extends from providing advice on the content of advertising copy and telemarketing scripts, to the review and drafting of rules for sweepstakes and skill contests, to the negotiation of complex agreements relating to the advertising, marketing and promotions industry.

Deborah McNamara – Adjunct Professor (Fashion Law)

Deborah McNamara is a solo practitioner with extensive transactional and litigation expertise in the areas of Fashion and Intellectual Property Law. Over the years her clients have included apparel, jewelry, accessories, design, fabric, furniture, publishing, and entertainment companies, as well as museums, art collections, and recording artists. She began her career practicing corporate intellectual property at the firm of Shearman & Sterling and then practiced intellectual property litigation at Thelen Reid & Priest. While at such firms she concurrently attended Parsons School of Design (New York and Paris), graduating with a degree in fashion design, as well as Central Saint Martins (London), with a focus on innovative patternmaking. At present, in addition to practicing Fashion Law, she is a freelance designer. Her garments have been shown on runways in London and New York, and have been published in fashion, art and design books, magazines, and showcased in film.

Prior to teaching Fashion Law at NYLS, Deborah was an adjunct faculty member at Parsons the New School for Design, where she created and taught courses in both Fashion Law and Avant-Garde design.

Carole Post – Adjunct Professor (Tech Law Lab)

Carole Post is the Executive Vice President at New York Law School and serves as its first Chief Strategy Officer. She was previously the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Commissioner of the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) and was the first woman to ever serve in this role for the City of New York.  Since 2001, she held a number of senior positions at the City of New York under Mayors Bloomberg and Giuliani.

At New York Law School, she will help implement strategic initiatives to support the institution and lead efforts to identify operational efficiencies to achieve measurable outcomes.

During her tenure with the City of New York, she led Mayoral initiatives focused on modernizing and streamlining City services, increasing transparency, and improving the public’s access to government.  She led New York City’s open government initiative and in 2012 she steered the City’s adoption of landmark legislation (NYC Local Law 11, of 2012) concerning the public’s access to City data.

In 2011 she was recognized as one of the country’s top 50 CIOs by InformationWeek and was also named the New York State Public Sector CIO of the Year.

Zvi S. Rosen  Adjunct Professor (Copyright)

Zvi S. Rosen received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 2005, and LLM in Intellectual Property in 2006 from the George Washington University Law School. While earning his LLM, he interned with the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice. After graduating from GW, he clerked for the Honorable Judge Thomas B. Bennett, of the 11th Circuit, U.S. Bankruptcy Court. He went on to join Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP as an Associate in the Bankruptcy Department, and later, Cohen Tauber Spievack & Wagner P.C, where he specialized in Bankruptcy and Restructuring. He has written numerous scholarly articles, including his 2007 and 2010 publications The Twilight of the Opera Pirates and In Search of the Trade-Mark Cases, respectively.

Michael Santorelli – Adjunct Professor (Tech Law Lab)

Michael J. Santorelli is a Director of the Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute (ACLP) at New York Law School. The mission of the ACLP is to promote solution-focused dialogues amongst local, state, and federal policymakers, academe, service providers, the financial community, and consumers concerning changes to local, state and federal legal, policy and regulatory regimes governing the advanced communications space.  As Director, Michael writes widely on broadband, telecommunications, wireless, and Internet law and public policy issues. He has also been called upon to advise numerous groups on broadband policy and regulatory matters. These have included: the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Task Force on Federalism in Telecommunications; the Technology Working Group of the New York City Mayoral Task Force for an Age Friendly NYC; the Joint Mayoral-City Council Broadband Advisory Committee in New York City; and the Social Impact Technology Network, a group of leading nonprofits that focus on bolstering broadband connectivity among under-adopting groups.

Immediately prior to joining the ACLP, Michael was the lead staffer for the New York City Council’s Committee on Technology. In that capacity, he organized numerous hearings and briefings to evaluate the technology needs of discrete communities and sectors. Michael also advised Councilmembers on relevant telecommunications and Internet policy matters pending before the city.

Michael received his B.A., with honors, from Tufts University, and his law degree, with honors, from New York Law School.

Lawrence Sapadin  Adjunct Professor (IP Licensing & Drafting – Entertainment Law)

Lawrence Sapadin is Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at Entertainment One U.S., one of the largest independent distributors of motion pictures, television programming, and music in the United States. Sapadin handles and oversees all rights acquisition agreements, music and video label distribution agreements, and license agreements with television and digital outlets, including iTunes, Amazon.com, and Netflix. Sapadin has held similar positions at Wellspring Media, Genius Entertainment, and Unapix Entertainment. In addition to his in-house legal work, Sapadin has served as Executive Director of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF), a trade association of independent producers, and was the founding president and chair of the Independent Television Service (ITVS), a funder of independent production for public television. Sapadin has also worked as Managing Director of the critically-acclaimed public television documentary series, “P.O.V.”

Peter Zablotsky  Adjunct Professor (Entertainment Law)

Peter A. Zablotsky is a Professor of Law at Touro Law Center. He received his B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He is admitted to the bars of New York, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Professor Zablotsky practiced privately in the areas of entertainment law, torts, and products liability law, before entering full-time teaching to serve as coordinator of the Legal Writing and Research Program at New York Law School. He has published in the areas of products liability, torts, civil rights, criminal procedure, and domestic relations. Professor Zablotsky is also a member of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. His plays, H. Finn, Esq. and Off the Meter, were produced off-Broadway during the 1997-98 and the 2000-01 theater seasons, respectively.

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Postgraduate Fellow

The Institute for Information Law and Policy Postgraduate Fellowship is a one-year position that rewards a recent Law School graduate who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the study of intellectual property and technology law. The Fellow acts as liaison between the Institute and current Law School students, Institute alumni, and the larger legal community. The position offers a recent graduate the opportunity to design a program of study consistent with the Fellow’s professional interests and the Institute’s mission, as well as develop legal and practice management skills.

Nyasha Foy –  Postgraduate Fellow

Nyasha S. Foy is the Postgraduate Fellow at the Institute for Information Law and Policy. She received her B.A. in Music and French from Wesleyan University, and her J.D. from New York Law School.

Nyasha served as a student research fellow with the Institute during her second and third years of law school, where she demonstrated a passion for intellectual property law, specifically related to copyright law and the entertainment business industry. During her tenure as student research fellow, she started ForTheRechord.com, New York Law School’s blog on the intersection of music and law, where she served as its first Editor and Contributing Writer. Additionally, Nyasha has organized and moderated panels on reality television, DIY remix culture, copyright termination, and international copyright reform.

Nyasha’s postgraduate research focuses on future of the music marketplace from a legal, economic, and entrepreneurial perspective. She is admitted to practice in New York and passed the February 2013 California bar exam.

Naomi Allen – Institute Manager

Naomi Allen has been the Manager of the Institute for Information Law and Policy since December 2007. Prior to this she worked for the New York Junior League. Most of her career was spent working for AT&T in Marketing and for their equipment leasing subsidiary. Naomi has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Brandeis University and an M.S. in Business Policy from the Executive Business Program at the Graduate School of Business of Columbia University.