Julie Samuels, Executive Director

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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.

Taline Sanassarian, Policy Director

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Taline Sanassarian is Policy Director for Tech:NYC.  Her previous experience includes serving as Managing Director for Government Affairs at Teneo Holdings in New York - Senior Advisor for International Trade with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in Washington, DC - and as an executive team member for several years with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) both domestically and abroad.

Taline’s background additionally includes significant experience in state and local government in California.  She managed Board and Commission appointments for Mayor Willie Brown, and oversaw all government and public affairs functions at the Port of San Francisco under two Mayors:  Willie Brown and Gavin Newsom.  

She has worked on various national campaign efforts as well, including the 2008 and 2012 National Advance teams of Obama for America, and was a staff member with the 2008/09 Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC). 

Taline earned an MSc from the London School of Economics, an M.A. from Emerson College and B.A. from San Francisco State University.

Sean Ludwig, Communications and Marketing Director

Sean Ludwig is the Communications and Marketing Director of Tech:NYC, an organization that advocates for policies to help tech companies hire, grow, and thrive. Sean was previously Senior Communications Manager for Apprenda, a New York-based cloud computing company. He has written thousands of stories about technology and runs NYC BBQ, a site dedicated to BBQ culture in New York. During the past several years, Sean has written for VentureBeat, Gothamist, Gizmodo, Lifewire, PC Magazine, Fast Company, Laptop Magazine, Computer Shopper, and others.

Bryan Lozano, External Affairs Manager

Bryan is the External Affairs Manager 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.