Joshua S. Lamel
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Joshua is co-founder and CEO of InSight Public Affairs, running the firm’s day-to-day operations and meeting the advocacy needs of his clients. He is a seasoned communications, campaign, and policy professional in Washington, D.C., with more than a decade of technology industry experience.
Before founding InSight, Joshua was vice president at the Computer and Communications Industry Association, senior vice president at TechAmerica, and senior vice president and Washington technology practice lead at Hill + Knowlton Strategies. His work has brought him to the forefront of many key policy fights throughout the years on issues including tax reform, health care reform, pension reform, free trade, international corporate taxation, budget reform, innovation policy, telecommunications competition, and intellectual property. Prior to his work in the private sector, Joshua served as chief of staff to then-Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Chairman Kendrick Meek (D-FL), as counsel to current Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), and as counsel to former Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY).
Joshua began his work on innovation policy as an early advocate for an open internet, working on the seminal Vonage vs. Madison River case at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and authoring the first legislation introduced to preserve an open internet. He also served on the legal team at the FCC opposing the mergers of SBC with AT&T and Verizon with MCI. Joshua led efforts on Capitol Hill to save the then-fledgling internet radio industry, to reauthorize the Internet Tax Moratorium, promote a balanced copyright system, protect fair use, and move forward with a national broadband deployment strategy. He played a crucial role in the battle to stop website seizure as a remedy for copyright infringement, working closely with his former boss and mentor, Sen. Ron Wyden, to ensure that this legislation did not get a vote on the Senate floor. Joshua also has led a coalition of more than 20 trade associations, companies, and nonprofits seeking significant reform to patent law. He is the executive director of Re:Create, a coalition of technology trade associations, digital rights groups, library groups, and fan groups fighting for a more balanced copyright system.
Joshua is an expert on economic policy, including the federal budget and tax policy. He is a frequently quoted and sought-after panelist on the economics of the federal budget, innovation policy, and tax reform. Proposals he developed while working in the Senate on tax reform and budget reform have garnered national attention, including editorial board support from many of the top newspapers in the United States.
Joshua has a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University with High Honors and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the bar of New York and the District of Columbia. Active in both national and local politics, he currently co-chairs the Communications Committee of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Democratic Party and serves on the County Executive’s Consumer Advisory Committee Board. He lives in Somerset, Maryland, with his wife, Meredith, and their two children.