Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller graduated from Georgetown University and started her career in the Global Public Policy office of Sun Microsystems, Inc. prior to heading to law school.  She became the Manager of Regulatory Affairs for France Telecom, North America, and then in an effort to fulfill her commitment to public service, left the corporate world for the U.S. Small Business Administration.  As the SBA’s Assistant Chief Counsel for Telecommunications and Technology, she shifted roles—instead of advocating on behalf of the fourth largest carrier in the world, she advocated on some of the smallest women and minority-owned technology firms before the White House and Congress.  She pushed to ensure that small business priorities were a main focus of the Obama Administration, and worked with them to include these priorities in the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan.  Upon completing her mission at the SBA, she served as the Deputy Staff Director for Technology and Innovation for The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  While there, Cheryl worked on the Small Business Act, the first legislative proposal on behalf of small businesses to become law in over twenty years, and the America Invents Act, which also became law in 2011.  Cheryl also teaches Intellectual Property Law courses at The George Washington University, and developed the University’s online IP law courses.  In her current role as the Director of Technology Policy at Verizon, she focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, intellectual property, entrepreneurship and innovation issues.  When she is not being a “Techie Chica,” Cheryl is usually training for adventure races, at the beach, pursuing her LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law or fundraising for Food & Friends in Washington, D.C.