OITP Fellows, Senior Advisors, and Research Associates

Robert Bocher, Senior Fellow

July 2009 – Present

Bob Bocher

Bob Bocher was the Library Technology Consultant with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries and Technology (the State Library Agency). Bob retired from full-time work in 2012, but still works part time for the department providing support for Wisconsin’s libraries and schools on the E-rate program and broadband connectivity. In 2014, Bob co-managed a project to get fiber connectivity to 362 public libraries in the state and as a result 95% of libraries now have fiber. Bob has an MLS from the University of Wisconsin and has been working in the area of libraries and information technology for over 40 years.
Mr. Bocher assists the Office for Information Technology Policy in a number of areas including serving on the E-rate Task Force since 1999 and serving on the OITP’s Advisory Committee.  In addition, Bob assists OITP on filings with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the E-rate, Net Neutrality and other issues related to Internet access and broadband connectivity.

Ellen Satterwhite, Fellow

September 2016 – Present

Ellen SatterwhiteEllen provides leadership, counsel and representation on the full array of telecommunications issues that affect libraries and the general public, as well as those that intersect with information policy more broadly. Ellen is a director at the policy communications firm Glen Echo Group, where she helps clients formulate policy positions and tell their stories within the rubric of information policy.
As a co-author of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) National Broadband Plan, Consumer Policy Advisor to the FCC and freelance consultant, Ellen’s work has been written about in the Huffington Post, AllThingsD, CNet, Geekwire, GigaOm, and CivSource. Previously, Ellen also served as Program Director for Gig.U, supporting communities seeking gigabit speeds. She earned a master’s degree in Public Affairs from University of Texas at Austin and completed her undergraduate degree at Grinnell College.

Senior Advisors

Roger Rosen

April 2016 – Present

Roger Rosen

Roger Rosen is president and CEO of the Manhattan-based educational house Rosen Publishing, an independent business founded in 1950.

Rosen Publishing produces more than 1,000 new pre-K–12 titles per year in various print and digital formats and also offers subscription databases, specializing in what Rosen has called “compelling content correlated to curriculum."



Alan Fishel (Senior Counsel)

Alan FishelNovember 2013 – Present

Alan leads the Communications, Technology & Mobile group at Arent Fox, LLP, and is a partner in the firm’s Corporate group, Antitrust & Competition Law group, Government Relations/Political Law group, and Sports Law group. Alan practices regularly in front of the FCC, and is nationally recognized for his advocacy and transactional skills.

Research Associates


Kristen Batch, Senior Research Associate

September 2016 – August 2017

Charlie Wapner ImageCharlie Wapner, Senior Research Associate

Charlie was a Senior Information Policy Analyst at ALA OITP in 2014-16. Among his contributions for ALA included the completion of two major reports: "Progress in the Making: 3D Printing Policy Considerations Through the Library Lens" (pdf) and "The People’s Incubator: Libraries Propel Entrepreneurship" (pdf).

Previously, Charlie was a legislative fellow with the Office of Representative Ron Barber (Ariz.). Earlier, he served as a legislative correspondent for Representative Mark Critz (Penn.). Charlie also interned in the offices of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Governor Edward Rendell (Penn.). After completing his B.A. in diplomatic history at the University of Pennsylvania, Charlie received his M.S. in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Margaret Kavaras, Research Associate

September 2014 – August 2017

Margaret Kavaras is a recent graduate of George Washington University and served as ALA’s Google Policy Fellow for 2014. She is currently an MPA student at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where she will continue to focus on the role of libraries in technology innovation, digital literacy and community development. In collaboration with ALA, Margaret launched a digital storytelling initiative; Living Stories, Living Libraries, to create a database of librarian’s and patron’s stories of library value, change, and impact. She plans to expand and  build upon this project in graduate school, using it as a platform for library advocacy and community building.

Nicholas Gross, Research Associate

September 2016 – August 2017

Nicholas Gross

Nick Gross is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Media & Journalism at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, specializing in media law and policy. In 2016, he served as ALA’s Google Policy Fellow, exploring diverse areas of information policy, such as copyright law, telecommunications policy, information access for underserved populations, digital literacy, the future of libraries, and others.