Global Intellectual Property Center

Staff

David Hirschmann, President and CEO

David Hirschmann, President and CEO

David Hirschmann serves as president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC). The GIPC works to champion intellectual property (IP) as a vital engine of global development, growth, and human progress. He oversees the Center’s work in communicating the value of IP, building support for IP protection in the United States, growing alliances to promote IP in international markets, and improving enforcement.

Hirschmann also serves as president and CEO of the Chamber’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) where he leads the Chamber’s initiative dedicated to promoting a modern and effective regulatory structure that fosters robust and diverse sources of capital, investment, liquidity, and risk management for our nation’s job creators.

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Kelly Anderson, Director of International Policy

Kelly Anderson, Director of International Policy

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Kelly Anderson serves as director of international policy at the U.S. Chamber’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC). Anderson is primarily responsible for the production and marketing of the U.S. Chamber’s International IP Index. Anderson discusses the report’s findings with U.S. and foreign government officials, industry stakeholders, and international third party groups. In her five years at the Chamber, Anderson has presented the U.S. Chamber’s IP Index at events in nearly a dozen global markets. Additionally, Anderson concentrates on advocating for effective IP protection in Australia and the Americas to advance innovators rights internationally.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Anderson handled congressional affairs at the Embassy of Gabon in Washington, D.C. During her time at the Embassy, she worked with congressional staff to raise the profile of Gabon both on the Hill and throughout Washington, D.C. Prior to this, Anderson worked at the lobbying firm American Continental Group after previously interning on the Hill.

Kasie Brill, Senior Director of Brand Protection

Kasie Brill, Senior Director of Brand Protection

Staff PhotosKasie Brill is the senior director of brand protection at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) and the Executive Director of the Global Brand Council. Kasie advocates for the protection of IP rights both online and in physical markets with a special focus on designing public policy solutions to combat counterfeit goods.

Jennifer Creel, Coordinator for Operations and International Intellectual Property

Jennifer Creel, Coordinator for Operations and International Intellectual Property

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Jennifer Creel is the Coordinator for Operations and International Intellectual Property (IP) for the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Creel leads the team’s program operations on global events. She provides research support to advance the International IP team’s advocacy efforts across regions, specifically those in the Middle East.

Frank Cullen Jr., Vice President of U.S. Policy

Frank Cullen Jr., Vice President of U.S. Policy

Frank W. Cullen Jr. is vice president of U.S. policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC). Cullen directs the center’s domestic programs in promoting and protecting IP rights in both the online and physical markets. He guides the efforts to advance IP enforcement and deter trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy.

Charles Danehey, Coordinator of U.S. Policy

Charles Danehey, Coordinator of U.S. Policy

Staff PhotosCharles Danehey is the coordinator of U.S. policy for the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He serves as liaison between the Fundraising Department and GIPC and manages GIPC’s invoices. Charles fields various assignments from the domestic and International teams to forward both teams’ policy agendas.

Patrick Kilbride, Senior Vice President

Patrick Kilbride, Senior Vice President

Patrick Kilbride is senior vice president of the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. There, he oversees the center’s multilateral and international programs promoting the protection and enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights, managing a team of country and regional experts. Previously, Kilbride was Executive Director, Americas Strategic Policy Initiatives, and Executive Vice President, Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA), within the Chamber’s International Division.

Ashley Kennedy, Director of International Policy

Ashley Kennedy, Director of International Policy

Staff PhotosAshley M. Kennedy is Director of International Policy at the U.S. Chamber’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC). She leads GIPC’s advocacy efforts in multilateral organizations, in addition to implementing special projects which advance IP policy in international trade agreements, global rule setting, and throughout Europe. Kennedy also serves as co-chair for the intellectual property working group of the Business Coalition for Transatlantic Trade (BCTT) as well as co-chair for the intellectual property section for Women in International Trade (WIIT).

Jared Parks, Executive Director of Advocacy and Public Affairs

Jared Parks, Executive Director of Advocacy and Public Affairs

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Jared Parks is the executive director of advocacy and public affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC). He is responsible for developing and implementing integrated strategies to promote the importance of intellectual property (IP) both at the state level and inside the Beltway. To this end, Parks engages third party advocacy groups, state and local chambers of commerce, grassroots organizations grasstops leaders, academics, and business/industry IP stakeholders to form strategic partnerships to raise the profile of IP and promote its importance to jobs, economic growth, and competitiveness. He also ensures that these messages are heard on Capitol Hill and within the administration.

Courtney Paul, Manager of Communications

Courtney Paul, Manager of Communications

Staff PhotosCourtney Paul is the manager of communications for the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Courtney manages GIPC’s social and digital media platforms, creating and publishing relevant content in coordination with specific policy agenda.

Hemal Shah, Director of International Policy

Hemal Shah, Director of International Policy

SzymanskiEllen_176x264px Hemal Shah serves as director of international policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC). She leads GIPC’s advocacy efforts in strategic markets, including India, Brazil, and South Africa.

Previously, she led the U.S. Chamber U.S.-India Business Council’s advocacy efforts in transportation and logistics, trade facilitation, supply chain infrastructure, and smart cities policies. She also led the Council’s private sector efforts on the U.S.-India-Japan trilateral and explored synergies for similar partnerships with Israel and Taiwan.

Ellen Szymanski, Executive Director of International Policy

Ellen Szymanski, Executive Director of International Policy

Ellen Szymanski is executive director of international policy for the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Concentrating on China and the Americas, Szymanski’s work at GIPC is dedicated to advancing intellectual property systems to incentivize creations and breakthroughs that benefit the global consumer.

Before joining the Chamber, Szymanski worked for eight years in the Office of China and Mongolia at the U.S. Department of Commerce where she managed U.S.-China trade policy development, negotiation, and implementation. She represented the Commerce Department on intellectual property matters, designed cutting-edge business advisory programs for companies, and engaged in government dialogues on IP-related matters.