People

Staff

Cathy Casserly

Catherine Casserly, CEO
Started: March 2011
Catherine M. Casserly is CEO of Creative Commons. Cathy’s career is dedicated to openness, and particularly to leveraging possibilities at the boundaries of formal and informal learning to equalize educational opportunity. She has been a long-time advocate of open educational resources (OER). As the Director of the OER Initiative at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation she managed investments totaling more than $100 million to harness the efficiency and effectiveness of knowledge sharing worldwide.

At the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Cathy spearheaded work in the areas of transparency and technology as a Senior Partner and the Vice President of Innovation and Open Networks. With the extended Carnegie team she launched a continuous performance improvement system to create alternative mathematics pathways for community college students.

Cathy has been instrumental in supporting many young organizations and currently sits on the Startl board, the Peer-2-Peer University board and serves on the advisory committee for MIT OpenCourseWare and the University of the People. She earned her Ph.D. in the economics of education from Stanford University and a B.A. in mathematics from Boston College.

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Heidi Chen

Heidi Chen, Program Manager
Started: March 2011
Heidi joined Creative Commons with several years of experience in development, open education, program coordination and event planning for nonprofit organizations. She has taught English at public junior high schools in Yamanashi, Japan, and received her bachelor’s degree in American Studies and minor in Music from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In her free time, she likes to plan her next trip, practice shorinji kempo and badminton with friends, and always be learning something new.

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Allison DomiconeAllison Domicone, Development Coordinator
Started: April 2008

Allison graduated from the University of San Francisco in May of 2008, with a double major in French and International Studies. She is an unabashed idealist fascinated by diversity of people, culture, and place, and has worked and volunteered extensively in the nonprofit sector in myriad capacities, ranging from writing to construction to working with youth. She finds great joy in reading everything, traveling anywhere, baking pie, and spending time in the Great Outdoors.

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Cable GreenCable Green, Director of Global Learning
Started: May 2011

As Director of Global Learning, Cable Green leads the Education projects at Creative Commons. He mixes digital technologies, open licensing, standards and policies to significantly improve access to quality, affordable, open educational resources. Cable is a strong advocate for open policies that ensure publicly funded education materials are freely and openly available to the public that paid for them.

Previously, as Director of eLearning & Open Education for the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges, he led a project to build and share highest enrolled courses under a CC BY license. They call it the “Open Course Library.”

He also served as the Director of Technology for the Ohio Learning Network and Director of Educational Technology for the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy where he built Ohio State’s first online doctoral program. He earned his PhD (educational technology) from Ohio State University, MA (communication) from Ohio State, MPC from Westminster College, and BS (international affairs) from Lewis and Clark College.

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Nathan KinkadeNathan Kinkade, Systems Admin
Started: June 2007

Nathan has worked and tinkered in the area of computers and technology since around 1997. He has served as an Information Technology Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Belize, and holds a B.A. in history from Emory University.

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Mike LinksvayerMike Linksvayer, Vice President, Creative Commons
Started: April 2003

Mike Linksvayer joined Creative Commons as CTO and became Vice President in April 2007. Previously he co-founded Bitzi, an early open content/open data service.

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Jane ParkJane Park, Communications Manager
Started: January 2008

In addition to managing communications for CC, Jane works closely with creators, institutions, and companies, cultivating stories that exhibit the social and commercial value of CC licenses to different communities. A California native, she has a degree in Philosophy from UC Berkeley and a soft spot for the suburbs and June in San Francisco. She is involved with the Peer 2 Peer University and has designed and facilitated a course on creative nonfiction writing. She lives in New York.

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Sarah Hinchliff PearsonSarah Hinchliff Pearson, Senior Counsel
Started: May 2011

As Senior Counsel at CC, Sarah advises CC on legal issues and policy implications that arise for CC and its programs. She joins CC after spending two years as a Residential Fellow with the Fair Use Project at Stanford Law School, where she litigated cases and advised clients on fair use and copyright law. Sarah began her legal career as an intellectual property associate at Fried Frank in New York City. Prior to law school, Sarah had a brief stint as a journalist, including internships at New York Magazine and HARPO Studios. She has a journalism degree from Northwestern University and a J.D. from University of Michigan Law School.

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Diane PetersDiane Peters, General Counsel
Started: May 2008

As General Counsel for CC, Diane oversees the organization’s legal strategy, affairs and projects. She serves on the board of the Software Freedom Law Center. Prior to joining CC, she served as general counsel for Open Source Development Labs (now, the Linux Foundation), and thereafter was legal counsel to Mozilla. She is experienced at providing strategic advice and leadership on an array of IP issues impacting communities and the technology industry, including open source projects, FOSS licensing, and IP reform efforts and policy. She is based in Portland, Oregon.

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Jonathan ReesJonathan Rees, Principal Scientist
Started: January 2006

Jonathan Rees is a computer scientist with interests in biological knowledge representation, the Semantic Web, open access publishing, and software technology. Prior to joining Science Commons he worked in the computational biology group at Millennium Pharmaceuticals on large-scale curated protein interaction networks and their use in the analysis of high-throughput experimental data. Jonathan is also an officer of the Cambridge Entomological Club and has initiated a project to bring 100 volumes of its journal Psyche — one of America’s oldest natural history journals — onto the web. He earned a B.S. in computer science from Yale and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.

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Ted RoseTed Rose, Controller
Started: July 2009

Ted started his accounting career at Deloitte, and since 2005 he has worked as a Controller for both private and nonprofit organizations. He received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He also serves as a board member of a nonprofit organization called Asia Connection Inc. Outside of work you’re likely to find Ted watching live music at the Fillmore, attempting to cook something palatable, taking a stroll with his dog at Golden Gate Park, or glued to the TV during a Carolina basketball game.

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Alan RuttenbergAlan Ruttenberg, Principal Scientist
Started: February 2007

Alan Ruttenberg is a principal scientist at Science Commons whose interest lies in structuring and using open biological and clinical knowledge to answer questions and computationally interpret experimental data. He is currently involved in a number of open biomedical ontology efforts, including: the Ontology for Biomedical Investigations (OBI), the Basic Formal Ontology (BFO), the Infectious Disease Ontology (IDO), the Program on Ontologies of Neural Structures (PONS), and the Information Artifact Ontology (IAO). He has been an active participant in W3C Semantic Web activities being an early participant in the Health Care Life Sciences Interest Group and a chair of the OWL Working Group specifying OWL 2. He is a coordinating editor of the OBO Foundry. Full bio at sciencecommons.org.

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Aurelia SchultzAurelia J. Schultz, Counsel
Started: June 2009

Aurelia hails from Wisconsin, the land of green & gold and yummy cheese. Her main interests are in copyright and intellectual property in Sub-Saharan Africa, and she has lived and worked in Zambia and Nigeria. She received her BA in Religious Studies from Carroll College (now Carroll University) and her JD from Vanderbilt University Law School. When not frolicking in the wonderful world of IP, she can be found sewing, buying shoes or re-reading Pride and Prejudice for the umpteenth time.

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Jorge VargasJorge Vargas, Legal Intern
Started: June 2011

Jorge is a 4th year Law student at Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia, with a double major in Architecture. He has been working at Baker & McKenzie’s Intellectual Property area for over a year on trademark law and enforcement. Jorge has also been involved with Creative Commons Colombia in some specific projects at his school. He’s worked for non profit organizations in the past as a translator, being fluent in English and Spanish, and competent in Japanese. Jorge has been passionate about arts and creativity since an early age, being involved in theater and music groups since middle school. He finds great joy in traveling anywhere, meeting new people and sharing with other cultures around the globe.

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Timothy VollmerTimothy Vollmer, Policy Coordinator
Started: December 2009

Timothy Vollmer is Policy Coordinator for Creative Commons, and has worked as a policy fellow, business development assistant, and intern for Creative Commons. Prior to rejoining CC, Timothy was Assistant Director to the Program on Public Access to Information for the American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy in Washington, D.C. Timothy is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Information, with a specialization in information policy. While at Michigan, he was a research investigator for the Open.Michigan Open Educational Resource initiative, helped develop a student-centric OCW publishing pilot there. Timothy likes to ride bikes, take photos, and bake bread.

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Christopher WebberChristopher Webber, Software Engineer
Started: August 2009

Christopher Webber is a programmer and free software activist living in Chicago, IL. He has a BA from DePaul University in the Interdisciplinary Humanities. Previously he did work with the Participatory Culture Foundation on the Miro family of projects. He hacks code, makes artwork and animations with the GIMP and Blender, and generally forgets where he puts things or where he’s going.

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John WilbanksJohn Wilbanks, Vice President, Science
Started: October 2004

As VP of Science, John Wilbanks runs the Science project at Creative Commons. He came to Creative Commons from a Fellowship at the World Wide Web Consortium in Semantic Web for Life Sciences. Previously, he founded and led to acquisition Incellico, a bioinformatics company that built semantic graph networks for use in pharmaceutical research & development. Previously, John was the first Assistant Director at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and also worked in US politics as a legislative aide to U.S. Representative Fortney (Pete) Stark.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Tulane University and studied modern letters at the Universite de Paris IV (La Sorbonne). He serves on the Board of Directors for DuraSpace and AcaWiki.

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Jennifer YipJennifer Yip, Operations Director
Started: October 2005

Jennifer Yip hails from the midwest. She holds a Bachelors’ degree in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. She came to Creative Commons with several years of experience in research and administration for non-profit institutions. She enjoys the bay area’s temperate climate and cultural offerings.

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Iris BrestIris Brest, Special Counsel
Started: May 2011

Iris’ work at Creative Commons focuses on foundation grants and legal issues. Before joining Creative Commons, she was a lawyer at the Carnegie Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, a couple of biotech start-ups, Stanford University, and LDF (the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., as it was then). She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, and what she likes doing is reading, cooking, baking, traveling and doting on her grandchildren, although not in that precise order.

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Diane CabellDiane Cabell, Corporate Secretary
Started: 2001

Diane Cabell, Corporate Secretary for Creative Commons, was the founder of the Clinical Program in Cyberlaw at the Berkman Center for Internet & Societyl where she also served as Assistant Director. Her legal practice focuses on web-based nonprofit start-ups and she also serves as a domain name dispute panelist for the World Intellectual Property Organization. Based in Portsmouth, NH, Diane is currently serving as acting director of iCommons Ltd, a UK charity founded by CC in 2005.

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Jessica CoatesJessica Coates, Affiliate Network Coordinator
Started: May 2011

Jessica has spent a decade as a copyright adviser and community manager in Australia. She comes to us from a short sojourn advising Australia’s commercial television broadcaster as the Director of Copyright Law and Media Policy at Free TV Australia.

Prior to this, Jessica spent four years as the Project Manager of both Creative Commons Australia and the Creative Commons Clinic, a research program of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Innovation at Queensland University of Technology. Both organizations aim to further the implementation Creative Commons in Australia through the promotion of research, community development and usage. In this role she was a university lecturer, a frequent conference presenter and the author of a number of publications on copyright, open access and Creative Commons.

Jessica has also spent six years as a copyright and communications policy officer with the Australian government, where she took a major role in the development and implementation of copyright reform in Australia, including the Digital Agenda Amendments and the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement.

She has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (English Hons) from the Australian National University.
Photo by Joi Ito, licensed CC-BY 2.0

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Chiaki HayashiChiaki Hayashi, Asian Projects Coordinator
Started: October 2009

Chiaki Hayashi is the co-founder of Loftwork Inc., a leading creator network in Japan. With 13,000 registered creators, Loftwork works as a CC-based creative platform which provides massive creative solutions. One of her roles are to develop projects which connect best practices and activities of CC in Asian countries. Since 2006 she also sits on the advisory board of Creative Commons Japan.
Photo by Joi Ito, licensed CC-BY 2.0

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Lisa GreenLisa Green, Chief of Staff
Started: December 2009

Lisa is passionate about innovation in open systems, particularly open science. Lisa holds a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of California Berkeley. She did two postdoctoral fellowships before leaving bench research to pursue her keen interest in the interface of science and tech. Immediately prior to joining Creative Commons she worked in corporate development for the bioinformatics company NextBio.

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Greg GrossmeierPaul Keller, Collecting Societies Liaison
Started: October 2009

Paul Keller works as copyright policy advisor at Knowledgeland, an Amsterdam based think tank. He is the public project lead for Creative Commons in the Netherlands, coordinates the copyright related aspects of ‘Images for the Future‘ mass digitization project and is one of the developers of the Europeana Licensing Framework. Paul has been working on the relationship between Creative Commons and Collective Rights Management organizations since 2005. In August 2007 this work has lead to a first pilot project with the Dutch Collecting Society Buma/Stemra. Since 2006 Paul sits on the board of iCommons, currently serving as chairman of the board.

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Tal NivTal Niv, Research Analyst
Started: June 2010

Tal is a PhD student at UC Berkeley law school’s Jurisprudence and Social Policy program. Her research and interest revolves around copyright and collaborative works of authorship, cyber-policy and innovation. She enjoys the piano (actively and passively), food (as a consumer not a producer) and urban spaces. Tal worked for Israeli stratups first as a system analyst and then as a product manager. She is a Tel Aviv university Computer Science graduate and a Law graduate.

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