New Media Rights Advisory Board

Meet the New Media Rights Advisory Board. Made up of creators, entrepreneurs and innovators, the board are NMR's ambassadors to the community. You can also meet additional individuals who support New Media Rights as Champions here.

NMR's Advisory Board is currently made up of the following members:

 

Alex Johnson

Advisory Board Member

Joined NMR in: 

May 2012

Alex is the CEO of NurseRegistry.com and an attorney. After growing up in the heart of Silicon Valley, Alex has been a life long lover of all thing technological. Alex comes from an entrepreneurial background and has a passion for working with similarly driven individuals. As an advocate, Alex is a strong proponent of copyright reform and net neutrality. In his spare time, Alex enjoys preparing for the coming human-machine singularity, and will gleefully welcome our future mechanical overlords.

Phelan Riessen

Advisory Board Member

Joined NMR in: 

June 2013

Phelan Riessen is the CEO of Digithrive, Inc. a San Diego based web developer company that provides web applications and solutions to startups and businesses. Phelan organizes the monthly Meetups RefreshSD, San Diego Web Designers, and assists with the Advanced WordPress user group. In addition he has helped bring Startup Weekend to San Diego as well as helped organize March Mingle, Tech Mingle, SD Tech Launch, BarCampSD, Cool As Ever Tech, WordcampSD, and SD Tech Week. In his spare time he runs SDTechScene.org, a calendar of San Diego tech events which include all the local tech groups and startups.

Cy Kuckenbaker

Advisory Board Member

Joined NMR in: 

June 2013

Cy Kuckenbaker is an independent filmmaker, photographer and college professor based in San Diego, California. He received his MFA in film direction from the California Institute of the Arts, was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in 2006 and served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Eastern Europe. He is the director of both fiction and documentary films that have screened at many domestic and international film festivals including MoMA NY, Centre Pompidou Paris, The Los Angeles IFF, The Vancouver IFF, the Viennale, The Big Muddy FF, The Calgary IFF and many others. In 2010 his feature documentary Bush League received the Best Feature Doc award at the New Jersey IFF and his human rights doc short INDENTURED screened at the U.S. Pentagon and the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee. In 2012 his short f/x film Landings at San Diego Int. received over four million views online and was re-posted by hundreds of websites including PetaPixel, The Huffington Post, USA Today, The Atlantic, BoingBoing, the AOL Homepage, Designboom, Journal Du Design and many others. Cy is an adjunct film professor at San Diego City College and also creates films for private clients.

Hani Anani

Advisory Board Member

Joined NMR in: 

June 2013

A Mission Driven Product Manager, Yogi and Techno Optimist with an interest in leveraging technology to solve real world problems. Hani came of age during the dot com boom as a software engineer at mp3.com, went on to co-found notify.me a real time notification platform and is currently a Product Manager at Castlight Health developing products focused on improving the quality of life for people with behavioral and chronic health conditions. 

Jonathan McIntosh

Advisory Board Member

Joined NMR in: 

June 2013

Jonathan McIntosh is a pop culture hacker and transformative storyteller.  You can see his work at RebelliousPixels.com. He has been remixing mass media narratives for critical purposes since before the invention of YouTube. Everything he makes is freely available on the internet to view, share and remix. His viral remix videos “Buffy vs Edward” and “Donald Duck meets Glenn Beck” have been featured and discussed by major media publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times and on National Public Radio.

Jonathan is currently an instructor at the Bay Area Video Coalition where he teaches youth classes focusing on media literacy and remix video.

Jonathan has also been a client of New Media Rights for a number of years, utilizing NMR's legal services in copyright, fair use, and content takedown situations.  The highest profile of these took place in late 2012 and early 2013, when Lionsgate took down Jonathan's Buffy v Edward video.

Lauren Brady

Advisory Board Member

Joined NMR in: 

February 2015

Lauren Hanley-Brady is an intellectual property attorney specializing in interactive entertainment (video game) law, as well as business and employment litigation. She is a graduate of California Western School of Law and San Diego State University, where she majored in film and television production. She contributed to the IGDA Business & Legal Special Interest Group’s white paper on copyright enforcement through the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and speaks regularly on intellectual property issues at SDSU and San Diego’s community colleges. Lauren likes working with all types of creators because she enjoys being the problem solver on a project--something she was well used-to doing in film school as a producer. In her free time, Lauren plays video games, practices German medieval long-sword, and is writing a young adult fantasy novel.

Kyle Welch

Advisory Board Member

Joined NMR in: 

April 2015

Kyle is an intellectual property and licensing attorney working in the San Diego State University Foundation’s technology transfer office. He is a regular contributor to Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression project. Kyle received a degree in mechanical engineering at Ohio State University before attending California Western School of Law. At CWSL, he interned at New Media Rights; served as an associate editor for California Western Law Review and International Journal; externed for the Honorable Karen Crawford at the United States District Court, Southern District of California; and studied patent prosecution during an internship at SPAWAR, the Navy’s patent division of general counsel. He graduated from CWSL in 2015. He has been published in the California Western Law Review, and has an article forthcoming in Capital Law Review in the summer of 2015. Kyle greatly respects the work performed by New Media Rights’ clients, and is thrilled to continue helping New Media Rights have positive impacts in the legal, internet, and San Diego tech communities.

Justin Hudnall

Advisory Board Member

Joined NMR in: 

April 2013

Justin received his BFA in playwriting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He currently serves as the Executive Director of So Say We All, a San Diego-based literary arts and education non-profit. In a prior career, he served with the United Nations in South Sudan as an emergency response officer. He is a recipient of the San Diego Foundation’s Creative Catalyst Fellowship and Rising Arts Leader award, and is an alumni of the Vermont Studio Center. He is a two-time semi-finalist for the Fish Publishing international short story contest and winner of the 2014 In-Cahoots Collaborative Arts Contest. His stories have been published by The Quotable, Art Pulse, The Naughty American, and Monologues for Men by Men. He produces and hosts the PRX public radio series, Incoming.

Rebecca Coates Nee

Advisory Board Member

Joined NMR in: 

December 2017

Rebecca Coates Nee is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University. Her teaching and research center around how social media is changing media, politics, and audience behaviors. She has authored seven peer-reviewed articles published in academic journals and presented numerous conference papers. She earned her doctorate in educational technology from Pepperdine University. Prior to entering academia, she worked as a television news anchor/reporter at network affiliates across the United States.  She received her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and bachelor’s in political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Natalie Nicol

Advisory Board Member

Joined NMR in: 

March 2018

Natalie is an in-house lawyer who works on intellectual property, e-commerce, licensing, privacy, and other corporate legal matters. She is an Internet Law & Policy Foundry Fellow and a part of the team at Without My Consent, a non-profit seeking to combat serious online invasions of privacy. She earned a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from Arizona State University. During law school, she was an intern at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the First Amendment Project. Outside of her legal practice, she is deeply passionate about music and the arts.