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Broadband People Column: Rey Ramsey to Leave One Economy for TechNet

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WASHINGTON, November 19, 2009 – Rey Ramsey, the head of non-profit organization One Economy Corp., is leaving to head the technology industry fundraising organization, the group said Thursday.

Ramsey will assume his new leadership role beginning in January. TechNet’s former president, Lezlee Westine, left the organization in May to head the Personal Care Products Council.

As the CEO of One Economy Corporation, a global nonprofit he co-founded in 2000 that works to leverage the power of technology to improve the lives of low-income people. He plans to continue to serve as chairman of the board for One Economy. Moustafa Mourad, who is currently president of One Global Economy, will serve as acting president of One Economy during the transition.

In the portions of this article included as Premium Content, the column reports further details about Ramsey’s new role at TechNet, plus news about the Federal Trade Commission, Google picking up a former Microsoft employee, plus news about the non-partisan independent project Expert Labs.

[Private_Premium Content][Private_Free Trial]Ramsey is co-author of the book ManagingNonprofits.org: Dynamic Management for the Digital Age. Prior to his work for One Economy, Ramsey practiced law and served as the state director of housing and community services in the cabinets of two Oregon governors. He holds a bachelors degree in political science from Rutgers University and is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School.

In his new role at TechNet, Ramsey will be based in Washington, D.C., and will oversee the organization’s day-to-day operations, strategic planning and implementation of the group’s public policy and political agenda.

TechNet, a bipartisan network of CEOs that promotes the growth of technology industries, also announced Thursday that TechNet members Paul Otellini, president and CEO of Intel, and Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO of Google, are joining the group’s executive committee.

Ohlhausen To Lead’s Firms FTC Practice

Maureen Ohlhausen is joining the Washington, D.C., communications law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer as a partner. In her new role she will lead the firm’s Federal Trade Commission practice. Ohlhausen spent 11 years at the FTC including as director of the FTC’s Office of Policy Planning from 2004 to 2008. She last served as technology policy counsel for the Business Software Alliance.

Ohlhausen has been on the adjunct faculty at George Mason University School of Law and is a member of the American Bar Association Task Force on Competition and Public Policy.

Google Nabs ex-Microsoft Employee

Google has hired Dan Dodge who was recently laid off by Microsoft where he served as director of business development, he announced on his blog. Dodge spent nearly five years with Microsoft.

“I hope I played a small part in making Microsoft more approachable, friendly to startups, and easier to work with. Microsoft is a different company, a better company, than when I joined 5 years ago. There are more new people who joined Microsoft in the last 5 years than all the previous employees combined. However, laying off 5,000 people when you have $37 [billion] in cash and huge profits is not cool. But hey, thanks for pushing me on to the Next Big Thing,” wrote Dodge.

Dodge said he was contacted by Google 90 minutes after the news of his layoff broke. “That fast decisive action was refreshing, and such a contrast to the slow, secretive, bureaucracy at Microsoft,” he wrote.

Dodge’s job at Google will be helping developers and startups build great products and services using Google technology and platforms. He also noted in his blog that he is moving from Microsoft Outlook to Gmail, from Microsoft Office 2007 to Google Docs, from Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 to Google Android, and from Microsoft Internet Explorer to Google Chrome.

Anil Dash To Lead Expert Labs

Anil Dash will be leading Expert Labs, a nonpartisan, independent project that aims to improve the policy-making process by engaging experts and technologists, according to the New York Observer. The project is getting its support from a $500,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and their Policy Innovation Network.

Dash is the co-founder and “chief evangelist” for Six Apart, a company that creates the most popular blogging software in the world including the software that runs President Barack Obama’s blog.[/Private_Premium Content][/Private_Free Trial]

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