New Board Members

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October 11, 2012

The Center for Public Policy Innovation Announces New Board Members

Addition of Business Leaders Strengthens Mission to Enhance U.S. Competitiveness

Washington, DC – The Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI) announced the addition of new members to its Board of Directors.

Christopher Long, CPPI President and Chairman of the Board, said, “CPPI’s mission is significantly enhanced by the addition of these well-known and respected industry leaders to our Board. I’m thrilled to have such a great team in place and I look forward to working together with the Board to continue providing innovative educational platforms to advance U.S. competitiveness and innovation.”

Since its launch in 2010, CPPI has created a robust community of collaboration comprised of leaders from Congress, the Administration, academia and industry. CPPI advances the dialogue for economic growth and jobs creation by combining unique policy forums with social media and other state of the art technologies to produce original reports, multimedia resources, and a standing platform for collaboration between policymakers and other stakeholders.

“CPPI is tackling the tough public policy questions and doing so in new and innovative ways,” observed new Board Member Becca Gould, Vice President, Global Government Affairs and Public Policy for Dell. “CPPI also understands the holistic approach to developing policy recommendations. By combining traditional methods with today’s digital realities, CPPI is reaching a new level of policy engagement.”

In joining the CPPI Board, Greg Farmer, Vice President for Government Affairs for Qualcomm praised the organization, noting that “CPPI is uniquely skilled at bringing policy makers and private sector leaders together for high level discussions on competitiveness and innovation. CPPI also does an excellent job of using social media so that the information from events becomes a living document, not a dialogue that ends when the event is over.”

New Board Member John Backus, Founder and Managing Partner for New Atlantic Ventures, remarked, “High potential startup companies need a voice in Washington, DC. CPPI helps educate policy makers on the needs of young, high growth companies.”

“This outstanding Board will enable CPPI to advance our mission to the next level,” added Mr. Long. “I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished and excited about what lies ahead.”

New Board Members include:

  • John Backus – Founder and Managing Partner, New Atlantic Ventures
    Mr. Backus is a seasoned technology investor and entrepreneur with more than 24 years of experience investing in and managing rapidly growing, high-technology companies.
  • Greg Farmer – Vice President for Government Affairs, Qualcomm
    Mr. Farmer manages the legislative agenda for the company with respect to federal government and the United States Congress.
  • Becca Gould – Vice President, Global Government Affairs and Public Policy, Dell
    Ms. Gould is responsible for steering Dell’s policy advocacy, support, and positioning efforts and communicating Dell’s business strategy and impact with elected officials, policymakers, and stakeholders worldwide.
  • Jason Mahler – Vice President, Government Affairs, Oracle Corporation
    Mr. Mahler is responsible for formulating the company’s global public policy agenda and communicating those policies to lawmakers and government agencies at all levels of government.

View full list of CPPI Board Members and bios here.


About the Center for Public Policy InnovationThe Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational think tank whose mission is to enhance U.S. competitiveness, innovation, jobs creation, and economic growth.

CPPI fulfills this mission by developing educational materials, publishing reports, and hosting policy forums that highlight new thought leadership and facilitate a sustained dialogue between the public, private, and academic sectors. In cultivating this community of collaboration, CPPI harnesses the power of social media and other state of the art technology for continuous engagement on its quest to secure America’s legacy of greatness. Visit CPPI at