Julie Samuels, Executive Director


Julie Samuels is Executive Director of Tech:NYC. Before that she was Executive Director at Engine, a nation-wide nonprofit focused on technology entrepreneurship and advocacy, where she remains a member of the Board. She is a frequent commentator on technology and policy issues for national media—particularly in the intellectual property space—and has filed briefs with the Supreme Court and testified before Congressional Committees.

Earlier in her career, Julie worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), where she was a senior staff attorney and the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents. Before joining EFF, Julie litigated IP and entertainment cases. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Julie spent time as a legislative assistant at the Media Coalition in New York, as an assistant editor at the National Journal in D.C., and worked at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in Champaign, IL.

Julie earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University and her B.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She serves on the Boards of Engine, and the Internet Education Foundation, TechCongress, and on various Advisory Boards, such as of the Defensive Patent License and the License on Transfer Network, as well as on ABNY's Steering Committee and Comptroller Scott Stringer’s Red Tape Commission. She lives in New York City with her family.

Sarah Brown, Chief of Staff

Sarah Brown is Chief of Staff at Tech:NYC. Prior to joining the founding team, Sarah worked with several leading network-driven philanthropic organizations, including Solidaire, ArtPlace America, Purpose Foundation, and the Educational Foundation of America. In addition, she worked with network-based nonprofits such as the International Refugee Assistance Project, America: Now + Here, and New Leaders Council. 

Prior to working in the philanthropic and non-profit space, Sarah worked in Democratic politics where her work focused on voter protection, electoral reform, policy research, and messaging. 

Sarah is a graduate of New York University where she studied Film & Television Production and Law & Society. While in college she co-founded Roosevelt Institute Network--a 2015 recipient of the MacArthur Prize for Creative & Effective Institutions. A native New Yorker, Sarah is also involved with several cultural institutions and initiatives across the city and sits on the Steering Committee of ABNY Next. She prides herself on the ability to make a solid restaurant recommendation for any occasion and/or neighborhood.

Zachary Hecht, Policy Director

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Zachary is the Policy Director for Tech:NYC. Prior to joining Tech:NYC, Zachary served as the Policy Director to New York City Council Member Ritchie Torres, who chaired the Council’s Oversight and Investigations Unit.

Previously, he also served as the Legislative and Budget Director to Council Member James Vacca, the chair of the Council’s Technology Committee, playing a key role in the formulation and passage of New York City’s first-in-the-nation algorithmic accountability legislation. 

Zachary holds a BA in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and a MSc in Digital Anthropology from University College London. At UCL he examined the ways emergent digital technologies impact everyday life and did fieldwork with a community of vegan activists based in London, analyzing the ways they deployed technological tools. 

Tyler S. Bugg, Director of Partnerships

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Tyler S. Bugg is Director of Partnerships for Tech:NYC. Prior to joining Tech:NYC, Tyler was Associate Director of the flagship New York City hub of New America, a public policy think tank and civic enterprise committed to renewing American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the digital age.

Previously, he has also served in positions with Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc), Obama for America, Congressman John Barrow (D-Ga.), and the Georgia Political Review. In 2012, he was named a Millennial Values Fellow at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and in 2013, was named the recipient of the Postgraduate Research Prize at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. His writing has appeared in TIME, Pacific Standard, Salon, and Mic, among other publications.

Tyler holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Politics from the University of Georgia and a Master's degree from the Center for Art and Public Policy at New York University.

Bryan Lozano, Director of External Affairs

Bryan is the Director of External Affairs of Tech:NYC. Previously he was in the Washington, D.C. area working with startups directing partnerships for MakeOffices and Parking Panda. Bryan also led political communications in Washington, DC for then Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser during her successful Mayoral election run.

Earlier in his career, he help found Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro) in his native Queens and was also awarded the Coro Fellowship in New York City. He's a proud alumni of SUNY Stony Brook and is a member of the Global Shapers and StartingBloc community.