Mobile Future

About Mobile Future

Mobile Future is an association of cutting-edge technology and communications companies and a diverse group of non-profit organizations, working to support an environment which encourages investment and innovation in the dynamic wireless sector. Our mission is to help inform and educate the public and key decision makers in business and government on the broad range of wireless innovations that are transforming our society and the nation’s economy.

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Our Team

Jonathan Spalter

Jonathan Spalter

Chair

Jonathan Spalter

Chair

Jonathan Spalter has a long track record building innovative technology, mobile, Internet, and research companies in the U.S, Asia/Pacific, and Europe.  He founded the independent investment research company, Public Insight, and was CEO of Snocap, the digital music technology company founded by the creators of Napster. He has held senior management roles at the Paris headquarters of Vivendi Universal, the global media and telecommunications group, where he was group senior vice president in charge of the company’s public policy and external affairs teams, served as executive vice president of business development and strategy for Vivendi Universal Net, and CEO of company affiliate Atmedica Worldwide.

During the Clinton Administration, Spalter was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate for the position of associate director at the US Information Agency, where he was also appointed chief information officer. He also served in the White House as director of public affairs for the National Security Council, and chief international affairs spokesperson and speech writer for Vice President Al Gore.  He also co-founded and chaired the non-profit animation studio Climate Cartoons, which produced media content about global warming. One of its productions recently won the Emmy Award for National Public Service Announcements/Broadband.  Early in his career, Spalter held various productions and editorial roles in broadcast and cable – among them, foreign affairs reporter for PBS’ MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.  He graduated from Harvard College and Cambridge University.

Allison Remsen

Allison Remsen

Executive Director

Allison Remsen

Executive Director

Allison Remsen is the Executive Director of Mobile Future. With nearly twenty years experience working on communications issues, she joined Mobile Future in 2008. Prior to the coalition, she served as Vice President – Media Relations for the United States Telecom Association. Earlier in her career, Remsen worked for House Democratic Whip David Bonior serving as his Press Secretary as well as assisting Members of Congress on policy issues on the House floor, helping to coordinate legislative and messaging efforts for House Democrats and advising Congressman Bonior on telecom issues. She began her career working in the government relations shop for the National Cable Television Association where she closely monitored the progress and passage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

Remsen serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Horton’s Kids as well as volunteers for the nonprofit group that provides tutoring, mentoring and other critical services to children in Washington DC.

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Brian Fontes, Ph.D.

Advisor

Brian Fontes, Ph.D.

Advisor

Brian Fontes currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the National Emergency Number Association, a position he has held since June 2008. As CEO, he is responsible for all aspects of the Association. His primary objectives are to ensure that Americans have access to reliable 9-1-1 service, 9-1-1 centers have state-of the art technologies and well-trained professionals, and sufficient funding is available so that the 9-1-1 system can best serve those who call upon it as their first voice of hope. Prior to joining the Association, Fontes was Vice President, Federal Relations for Cingular Wireless and served in that capacity after its acquisition by AT&T. Prior to that, Fontes was Senior Vice President for Policy and Administration at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA). Before joining CTIA, Fontes served as the Senior Advisor to Commissioner James H. Quello, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and as the FCC’s Chief of Staff. Fontes started his professional career as a Professor of Communications at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

In the Fall of 1995, President Clinton appointed Fontes as head of the United States Delegation to the International Telecommunication Union’s World Radio Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland, in the rank of Ambassador. Fontes also served as Chairman of the Council of the Communication Regulatory Agency in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Fontes has served on numerous U.S. delegations. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the 9-1-1 Institute and the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management, Policy and Law.

Fontes received a Ph.D. in Mass Media/Telecommunications from Michigan State University’s Department of Telecommunications.

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Diane Smith

Advisor

Diane Smith

Advisor

A rural entrepreneur, Diane Smith was the co-founder and CEO of a ground-breaking IPTV company in Northwest Montana that successfully raised millions in start-up capital and continues to grow as the nation’s largest global provider of digital video services. Diane is also the author of TheNewRural.Com where she examined the role of technology in rural economic development and concluded that “There’s never been a better time to live and work in Rural America.” An attorney as well as a businessperson, Diane worked on the launch of the competitive long distance, mobile and iptv industries. Diane often advises start-ups on their strategies for early stage sustainability and profitability, she serves on numerous boards and can be found biking, hiking or skiing with her family in Whitefish, MT.

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Bryan Tramont

Advisor

Bryan Tramont

Advisor

Bryan Tramont, Wilkinson, Barker, and Knauer LLP managing partner, offers strategic counsel to Fortune 100 companies and trade associations, as well as small and mid-sized telecommunications and media companies, on all aspects of communications law and regulation. Given the breadth of his work in the industry, he is regularly called on to advise companies as they develop and evaluate new business opportunities in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Prior to joining Wilkinson Barker Knauer, Mr. Tramont served as Chief of Staff of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under Chairman Michael Powell. As FCC Chief of Staff, Mr. Tramont managed all aspects of the agency’s operations and directed the FCC staff in implementing all components of the agency’s broad policy portfolio including media, broadband, mobility and traditional telephone services. Before being elevated to the Chief of Staff post, Mr. Tramont was Chairman Powell’s Senior Legal Advisor, advising him generally on strategic policy matters and specifically on wireless, international, technology, satellite, and consumer issues. Mr. Tramont also served as Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy and, before that, to Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth. Before joining the FCC in 1999, Mr. Tramont practiced communications law at Wiley Rein and Fielding in Washington, DC. He also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Duane Benton on the Supreme Court for his home state of Missouri.

The Secretary of Commerce recently re-appointed Mr. Tramont to the Spectrum Management Advisory Committee to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on which he serves as Co-Chairman. Mr. Tramont also is active in the Federal Communications Bar Association, where he serves as President Elect on the Executive Committee and was awarded the organization’s Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Tramont serves on the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Communications Law. He also serves as a member of the Federalist Society’s Telecommunications Practice Group Executive Committee. Mr. Tramont is currently an adjunct law professor at The Catholic University of America as part of the Communications Law Institute, is a senior adjunct fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and served as the Syracuse University Law School’s Practitioner in Residence. Mr. Tramont is the author of numerous articles on communications policy and is a frequent speaker and lecturer at academic and industry events. In its most recent survey, Mr. Tramont was named by Washingtonian magazine as one of the Top Communications Lawyers in the city. In addition, Mr. Tramont has served as an expert witness in a number of communications-related litigation matters.

Bryan Tramont graduated summa cum laude from The George Washington University with a degree in political science. He earned his law degree from Yale Law School, where he served as editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review.

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Jim Kohlenberger

Advisor

Jim Kohlenberger

Advisor

Jim Kohlenberger is a former White House policy advisor to two U.S. Presidents and is President of JK Strategies- a public policy consulting practice. He serves as executive director of jobs4america and serves on the board of the Benton Foundation and the Advisory Board for Mobile Future. Most recently, Kohlenberger served as Chief of Staff for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where he helped craft the President’s innovation strategy, advanced policies to help spur a mobile broadband revolution through spectrum reform, worked to secure cyberspace, helped put the U.S. space program on a bold new course for the future and sought to harness innovation to advance economic growth and opportunity for all Americans. He also served 8 years in the Clinton White House as Senior Domestic Policy Advisor to the Vice President where he advanced pragmatic telecommunications, Internet and innovation policies, and helped connect every classroom to the Internet. He launched the “Voice on the Net” or VONCoalition and served as its executive director representing more than two dozen high tech companies and working to advance technologies that improve communications over the Internet.

Monica Martinez

Monica Martinez

Advisor

Monica Martinez

Advisor

Ms. Martinez is principal and founder of Ruben Strategy Group LLC where she specializes in strategic regulatory policy consulting .

Previously, Ms. Martinez served for over 6 years as a Michigan Public Service Commissioner, where she led new consumer education and awareness efforts promoting low-income and senior programs.  During her tenure, she was also an active member of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners’ Committees on Telecommunications and Consumer Affairs.  Additionally, she represented state commissions on the Federal Interstate Telecommunications Relay Services Advisory Council.   Having served as a senior advisor to the Michigan Senate and former Michigan Governor Granholm, she was also responsible for drafting Michigan’s energy telecommunications laws and oversaw their implementation while on the Commission.

In addition, Ms. Martinez serves as President and co-founder of Hispanics in Energy, a 501(c)3 dedicated to promoting energy literacy and improving economic opportunities in the energy sector. Ms. Martinez earned a Bachelors in Economics and Political Science and a Masters in Business Administration, with distinction, both from the University of Michigan.

Rachael Bender

Rachael Bender

Senior Policy Director

Rachael Bender

Senior Policy Director

Rachael Bender is Senior Policy Director for Mobile Future, where she focuses on issues involving wireless technology, broadband, and spectrum. Prior to joining Mobile Future in 2011, Rachael was a law clerk in the Department of Regulatory Affairs at CTIA – The Wireless Association. Rachael graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Government & Politics, and from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law with a J.D. and certificate from the Institute for Communications Law Studies.  During law school, she served as president of the Communications Law Student Association and competed in the National Telecommunications Moot Court Competition, for which she also served as Vice Chancellor during her third year. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars.

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Emma Christman

Community Outreach Manager

Emma Christman

Community Outreach Manager

Emma Christman is the Community Outreach Manager for Mobile Future, where she handles strategic partnerships, digital media, diversity and tech outreach. Prior to joining Mobile Future in 2014, Emma was an associate at a Washington, DC public affairs firm  where she provided clients with coalition-building and stakeholder engagement strategies in a variety of policy areas including civil rights, education, the economy, health, and sports.

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Mark Rebholz

Marketing and Events Director

Mark Rebholz

Marketing and Events Director

Mark Rebholz leads Mobile Future’s marketing and events initiatives. He focuses on brand development, marketing, and in-person and online events.  Prior to joining Mobile Future in October of 2014, Mark was a partner at Team Lightbulb a marketing, events and sales firm focusing on the needs of associations in the broadband and telecom industries.  Previously, Mark was the Marketing Director for Membership, Meetings and Business Development at the United States Telecom Association. Earlier in his career, Mark worked for the National Association of Broadcasters where he started in sponsorship sales and ended as the director of their successful European Radio Conference.

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Natasha Mahapatro

Communications Manager

Natasha Mahapatro

Communications Manager

Natasha Mahapatro is the Communications Manager for Mobile Future, where she focuses on digital media outreach and logistics. Prior to joining  the Mobile Future team, Natasha was at the National Association of Broadcasters, where she worked on Communications and Media Relations for the 2015 Congressional Public Service Announcement Campaign. Previously, she worked as an Associate at the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. During her time there, she worked to efficiently maintain an ongoing dialogue between the Administration and the American people through mail analysis, constituent research, and responding to a variety of letters.

Passionate about women’s issues, she currently serves at the Communications Network Chair for the Women’s Information Network (WIN) and is a member of the 2015 cohort of the Claudia McKoin Leadership Academy, a program dedicated to increasing the number of women in public office.

Contact Us

Address

Mobile Future

http://mobilefuture.org

1325 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Suite 600

Washington, D.C. 20004

USA

Phone

1-(866) 485-7413

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