April 10, 2017



Meredith Jacob

Meredith is the Public Lead for Creative Commons USA. She manages the day-to-day operations of the organization and maintains the core legal guidance around Creative Commons licenses. Meredith is currently working with libraries and archivists on a project to define best practices in fair use specific to those communities. Additionally, Meredith serves as the Assistant Director for Academic Programs at the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University's Washington College of Law, where her work includes research and advocacy on open access to federally funded research, flexible limitations and exceptions to copyright, and the public interest in intellectual property law.


Ethan Senack

As Outreach and Policy Manager for Creative Commons USA, Ethan's focus is on crafting a message and strategy around open licensing, educating decision-makers about its potential, and expanding use of the Creative Commons licenses in the US. Previously at U.S. PIRG, Ethan worked as an advocate for students on affordable and accessible higher education, organized youth voter turnout campaigns, and conducted research around open educational resources and their impact.


Michael Carroll

Michael W. Carroll is Professor of Law and the Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP). He teaches and writes about intellectual property law and cyberlaw. He is recognized as a leading advocate for open access over the Internet to the research that appears in scholarly and scientific journals. In addition, he speaks about and promotes publication of open educational resources and open scientific data.

Professor Carroll is a founding member of Creative Commons, Inc. He also serves on the Board of the Public Library of Science (2012- present) and recently completed service on the National Research Council’s Board on Research Data and Information (2008-2013). He is a member of the Editorial Board of I/S Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society (2006 – Present). In addition, he is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology (2009- Present) and a member of the Advisory Board of Public Knowledge (2009-Present).


Prathima Appaji

Prathima is a Policy Fellow with Creative Commons USA, and an India-qualified lawyer with a double masters in International Relations from University of Warwick and American University. She has previously worked as a research assistant to the ERC project "Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty", a legal intern at the United Nations-ICTY, and a clerk for the Supreme Court of India. Her fields of interest include, International Political Economy, Intellectual Property Rights, Energy Security and Global Politics. Prathima is currently working on ​compiling a database analysing all the State bills on OER and drafting factsheets on OER for K-12 education, directed towards legislators.

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Asha Velay

Asha is a Policy and Communications Fellow with Creative Commons USA. She is a Maryland licensed attorney and received her Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law. She currently works at a boutique trademark law firm and is pursuing her LL.M in Intellectual Property at her alma mater. She has previously worked as a research assistant for Professor Jaszi where she worked to develop best practices in fair use specific to the software preservation community. Asha’s interests include trademark law and copyright law - in particular, fair use, music licensing and open licensing.


Sean Flynn

Sean Flynn teaches courses on the intersection of intellectual property, trade law, and human rights and is the Associate Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP). At PIJIP, Professor Flynn designs and manages a wide variety of research and advocacy projects that promote public interests in intellectual property and information law and coordinates PIJIP’s academic program. Prior to joining WCL, Professor Flynn completed clerkships with Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson on the South African Constitutional Court and Judge Raymond Fisher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also represented consumers and local governments as a senior associate with Spiegel & McDiarmid and as senior attorney for the Consumer Project on Technology, served on the policy team advising then Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Deval Patrick, and taught Constitutional Law at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.


Mike Palmedo

Mike Palmedo directs multidisciplinary research on copyright user rights at the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University. His current work focuses on the effects of different types of copyright limitations over time in different countries. He writes for and administers the InfoJustice blog on the public interest in intellectual property law, and is working on a project to . Palmedo holds a Masters in International Economic Relations from the American University School of International Studies, where he focused his studies on the economic effects of increasingly high levels of intellectual property laws worldwide, and is currently pursuing a PhD in economics.

Former Team Members:

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Kai Thompson

Kai Thompson was a Policy and Communications Fellow with Creative Commons USA. She is currently a Master's of Public Policy student at American University's School of Public Affairs and received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Africana Studies from University of North Carolina at Asheville. She serves a senior editor for The Public Purpose, a policy journal run by graduate students at American University. Kai's research interests include comparative and social policy. She is originally from Harper Woods, Michigan, but grew up in Huntersville, North Carolina and currently resides in Washington, DC.

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Anyi Fomengia

As a Communications Fellow, Anyi’s focus was on creating and executing a dynamic communications plan to build the reach and renown of Creative Commons USA. Anyi is also earning her L.L.M. from American University Washington College of Law in Intellectual Property. She is particularly interested in copyright, trademark, and entertainment law. Anyi holds a dual degree from Towson University in Health Science and Electronic Media & Film.