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Patrick Ross, Executive Director

Patrick Ross is executive director of the Copyright Alliance, a grass-roots coalition of artists, producers and distributors from across the copyright spectrum. Prior to joining the Copyright Alliance he was a senior fellow with The Progress & Freedom Foundation, a free-market think tank in Washington, D.C. Ross focused on intellectual property issues for PFF’s Center for the Study of Digital Property (, specifically the rights of artists. He was also PFF’s vice president for communications and external affairs.

Ross spent a decade as a journalist covering the growth of the Internet. Most of that time was spent writing for Communications Daily and its sister publication Washington Internet Daily, the latter of which he managed. He also was the first Washington bureau chief for CNET Prior to writing for those publications he spent six years as a self-employed freelance reporter and editor. A nine-time award winner for investigative journalism, Ross has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The New Republic, Red Herring, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, and has been distributed by the Associated Press.

In the late 1980s Ross worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada. He studied international relations as an undergraduate at Pomona College and as a graduate student at Oxford University’s St. Antony’s College.

Stephanie Badger, Research Associate

Prior to joining the Copyright Alliance, Stephanie Badger studied Art History at Florida State University.

Before the launch of the Alliance in May of 2007, Ms. Badger worked to help recruit members for the Copyright Alliance and assisted in general organizational duties. Today, Ms. Badger serves as Research Associate for the Copyright Alliance

In addition, Ms. Badger is the Director of Pause Parent Play and performs legislative and research duties for The Nickles Group.

Lucinda Dugger, Director of Outreach and Field Initiatives

Lucinda is the director of outreach and field initiatives for the Copyright Alliance where she is leading a grassroots movement of creators. Previously she was the research associate for education at the National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. While there, she encouraged mayors and councilmembers to create partnerships with their school districts in order to improve public schools.

Before moving to Washington, DC, Lucinda worked at the Research Center for Arts and Culture in New York City where she sought funding for and engaged in research on current artistic practices surrounding living artists. As a visual artist, Lucinda has taught art to both children and adults in numerous settings, including the Kalamazoo Public Schools, the Michigan Commission for the Blind Training Center, and Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II in Peru. She has also exhibited her own paintings in galleries within the United States and abroad.

Lucinda is currently first-vice chair of the Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Commission in Takoma Park, Maryland. While serving on the Commission, she visualized and coordinated the city's successful annual community-wide Open Studio Tour.

Lucinda holds a master of arts in arts administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a bachelor of fine arts in painting and a bachelor of business administration in advertising and promotions.

Jeff Murray, Deputy Director of Congressional Relations

Jeff Murray
is Deputy Director of Congressional Relations for The Nickles Group, LLC, and he specializes in covering issues that come before the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, particularly intellectual property issues.
Prior to his start with the Nickles Group, Jeff began his career in Washington with the Financial Services Forum and then served for more than two years in Congress as Legislative Counsel for Representative Tom Feeney of Florida.  Jeff advised the Congressman on fulfilling his duties as a member of the Judiciary Committee and Deputy Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, and he also served as primary staff for the Intellectual Property Caucus, of which Rep. Feeney is a co-chair and founder. 
Jeff earned his undergraduate degree from Auburn University, and he received his law degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, spending his summers working for Sixth Circuit Judge Julia Smith Gibbons and clerking for the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.  Jeff is licensed to practice law in the state of Alabama.
Gayle Osterberg, Director of Communications

Gayle is a founding partner of 133 Public Affairs, LLC, of which the Copyright Alliance is a client. A 14-year veteran communications officer in Washington, DC, Gayle has both Capitol Hill and trade association experience.

Gayle most recently served for two years as Vice President of Corporate Communications for the Motion Picture Association of America, the trade association representing the major motion picture studios.

While at MPAA, Gayle managed the construction of the Alliance in partnership with other founding members. Gayle was the chief architect and manager of a first ever movie industry symposium in Washington, DC, The Business of Show Business. She also designed and implemented a nationwide public service announcement competition for college students, which in its first year attracted participation by more than 50 schools.

Prior to working with MPAA, Gayle was a communications officer and spokesperson for former Senate Assistant Republican Leader Don Nickles for 11 years, working with national broadcast and print media on a daily basis.

She also served as communications director for two influential Senate Committees - the Senate Budget Committee under Chairman Nickles and Chairman Judd Gregg, and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, under Chairman Gregg, developing and implementing communications plans for the entire Senate Republican Conference for major initiatives including the federal budget, Higher Education Reauthorization, and the Senate Republican Task Force on the Uninsured.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where she served as managing editor of the national award-winning student newspaper the University Daily Kansan, and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Andrea Siwek, Summer Intern

Andrea joins the Copyright Alliance for summer 2008. She just completed her freshman year at Ithaca College, where she majors in Integrated Marketing Communications at the Roy H. Park School of Communications.
She will be assisting with the development of our grassroots operation, with our official events, and with research, including a project on evolving business models for creative works in the digital age.
Not only does Andrea come to us with some background in administrative work in a variety of settings, she is also a competitive dancer. She has studied tap, jazz, ballet, and point and has competed in both national and regional competitions.
Cindi Merifield Tripodi, Director of Congressional Relations

Cindi Merifield Tripodi is a founding partner of The Nickles Group, LLC, of which the Copyright Alliance is a client. Cindi specializes in entertainment and intellectual property issues and offers her extensive professional experience in public affairs and communications strategy.

Cindi is a veteran consultant with more than 15 years of experience representing client interests in Washington. She possesses a strong knowledge of intellectual property rights protection and was extensively involved in the major IP legislation of the past decade including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Copyright Term Extension Act. Cindi helped to create the television ratings system while working at the Motion Picture Association and created and ran the Copyright Assembly, a diverse group of 50 copyright groups.

Prior to joining the Nickles Group, Cindi served as Vice President of Congressional Affairs for the Motion Picture Association of America, where she served as Jack Valenti's chief lobbyist, a Managing Director for Public Strategies, Inc., a strategic communications firm headquartered in Austin, Texas, and the principal Senate advocate for the American Medical Association.

Cindi began her career in Washington as a legislative assistant to Senator Don Nickles after receiving her law degree. Cindi is licensed to practice law in Oklahoma. Privately, Cindi serves as a Board member and spokesperson for Stop Child Abuse Now.

Diana Walters, Treasurer

Diana Walters' (pronounced Dee-a-na) organizing skills and strong work experience have made her an integral component wherever she works. Diana is currently Operations Manager of The Nickles Group, LLC, of which of the Copyright Alliance is a client.

Previously, she worked for Public Strategies Inc. as a Senior Level Executive Assistant to three managing directors while providing administrative assistance to the company chairman and vice chairman.

Before Washington, Diana worked in Austin, Texas where she worked as office manager for a political consulting firm and was an integral part in the development of political campaigns. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the Austin Stream Train Association where she developed and successfully marketed sales programs to Dell, 3M, IBM and Advanced Micro Devices to name a few.

Diana is bilingual in English and Spanish. She has served as an in-house English/Spanish translator for direct mail pieces, radio and TV spots. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and has been since 2003.

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