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Gigi B. Sohn is the Leadership in Government Fellow at Open Society Foundations. Before coming to Open Society Foundations, Gigi was Special Counsel for External Affairs at the Federal Communications Commisssion. Previously, she was President and Co-Founder of Public Knowledge, a nonprofit organization that addresses the public's stake in the convergence of communications policy and intellectual property law.

Gigi helped found Public Knowledge in order to ensure that the three layers of our communications system -- the physical infrastructure, the systems and the content layer -- promote fundamental democratic principles and cultural values including openness, access, and the capacity to create and compete. Public Knowledge accomplishes its goals through day-to-day advocacy in Congress, administrative agencies and International bodies, press and public education and work with affected constituencies.

Gigi is a non-resident Fellow at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg Center and a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Law, Graduate Studies Program in Melbourne, Australia. In 2002 she was an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, and in 2001 she was an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, in New York City. Gigi previously served as a Project Specialist in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts and Culture unit. In that capacity, she developed the strategic vision and oversaw grantmaking for the Foundation’s first-ever media policy and technology portfolio.

Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, Gigi served as Executive Director of the Media Access Project (MAP), a Washington, DC based public interest telecommunications law firm that represents citizens’ rights before the Federal Communications Commission and the courts. In recognition of her work at MAP, President Clinton appointed Gigi to serve as a member of his Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters (“Gore Commission”) in October 1997. The Electronic Frontier Foundation gave Gigi one of its Internet “Pioneer Awards” in 2006.

Gigi currently serves on the board of the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC) and Broadcasters’ Child Development Center (BCDC). She is a member of the advisory board of the Future of Music Coalition and the Center for Public Integrity’s “Well Connected” Telecommunications Project. Gigi served on the District of Columbia Bar Board of Governors from 1997-2000.

Gigi holds a B.S. in Broadcasting and Film, Summa Cum Laude, from the Boston University College of Communication and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Follow her on Twitter @gigibsohn

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