PRESS RELEASE: Evan Engstrom to become new Acting Executive Director


January 14, 2016


Rob Haralson for Engine Advocacy

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Engine Advocacy Announces New Leadership

Evan Engstrom, Policy Director, to take on new role as Acting Executive Director


SAN FRANCISCO - January 14, 2016 - The Board of Directors of Engine, the policy advocacy group and research foundation focused on tech entrepreneurship, today announced that it has appointed Evan Engstrom as the organization’s new Acting Executive Director. Evan has served as Engine’s Policy Director since 2014. Julie Samuels, who is stepping down as the organization’s Executive Director, will remain as President of Engine’s Board of Directors and will be closely involved in the organization’s strategy and operation.

“Not only has Evan played a pivotal role in shaping Engine’s policies, he has also worked diligently to help grow the organization’s presence and has consistently demonstrated the leadership qualities necessary to lead Engine as the team continues to champion issues important to startups,” said board member Marvin Ammori. “Engine plays a critical role representing startups in policy debates, and we are excited to see the continued growth of the organization with Evan at the helm.”

Prior to joining Engine, Evan was an attorney at Farella Braun + Martel in San Francisco, focusing on copyright and other intellectual property litigation matters. At Farella, Evan litigated several high-profile Digital Millennium Copyright Act cases, defending websites and ISPs against claims for secondary copyright liability.

He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“Since its inception, Engine Advocacy has played an important role in shaping the discussions around key policy issues affecting the startup community,” said Engstrom. “2016 will undoubtedly bring a continued focus on issues surrounding patent reform, copyright, taxes, data localization, privacy and encryption, and newer technologies such as drones, driverless cars and platforms that are advancing the sharing economy. Along with the entire Engine team, I look forward to engaging on these and other important issues to ensure this vibrant community continues to have a voice in Washington and beyond.”


About Engine Advocacy

Engine is a technology policy, research, and advocacy organization that bridges the gap between policymakers and startups, working with government and a community of high-technology, growth-oriented startups across the nation to support the development of entrepreneurship. Engine creates an environment where technological innovation and entrepreneurship thrive by providing knowledge about the startup economy and constructing smarter public policy. To that end, Engine conducts research, organizes events, and spearheads campaigns to educate elected officials, the entrepreneur community, and the general public on issues vital to fostering technological innovation. To learn more, visit