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Biography: 

Sally Shipman Wentworth joined the Internet Society in May 2009 and is currently the Vice President of Global Policy Development.  She will lead the organization’s public policy activities, guiding the development of public policies that support the global, open Internet and the principles that underpin it.

Prior to joining the Internet Society, Sally Shipman Wentworth was the Assistant Director for Telecommunications and Information Policy in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House from 2007-2009. There, she was responsible for government-wide coordination and implementation of policies related to Internet governance; cybersecurity; telecommunications policy; digital television transition; intellectual property and patent reform; privacy; broadband deployment; spectrum auctions; and other information technology policies.

From 1999 – 2007, Sally was the principal policy advisor on Internet policy issues at the U.S. Department of State. She organized U.S. negotiations for several United Nations treaty conferences, Phases I and II of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In addition, she was instrumental in building coalitions among developed and developing countries and Internet stakeholders on Internet public policy issues to promote a multi-stakeholder approach to ICT for development. Sally joined the State Department in 1999 as a Presidential Management Fellow.

Sally holds an M.A. in International Political Economy from the Claremont Graduate University (Claremont, California) and a B.A. in Political Science from Westmont College (Santa Barbara, California).

Sally is based in Reston, United States

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