Developers Alliance Expands Policy Focus


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Developers Alliance Expands Policy Focus 

U.S. and E.U. Policy Staff Additions to Support Innovators Policy Council

Washington, D.C. and Brussels – The Developers Alliance (formerly Application Developers Alliance) today announced its plans to launch the Innovators Policy Council: a network of innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world including more than one hundred small and early stage companies. The Alliance also announced the appointment of Michela Palladino as the Director of European Policy and Government Relations and Rachel Emeis as the Director of the U.S. Innovators Policy Council.

“The global software developer’s workforce is growing in size and importance every day, and we are proud to be their advocates around the world,” said Jake Ward, president and CEO of the Developers Alliance. “At a time when public policy issues from immigration and data flow to security and taxes are affecting millions of developers and small businesses, I am excited to add such great talent to our team. Their work and the formation of the Innovators Policy Council will enable the Alliance to more quickly and effectively deploy in Europe and North America on any number of issues essential to the future of the software driven economy.”

Michela Palladino will run the Developer Alliance’s Brussels office, focused on E.U. policy issues affecting developers across Europe. Michela brings more than eight years of E.U. Public Policy experience to the Alliance’s Brussels office. Before joining the Alliance, Michela worked for six years at the GSMA, the trade association that represents the worldwide mobile communications industry. Michela will be overseeing a series of policy roundtables this summer across the E.U., including meetings in Berlin, Paris and Brussels. The roundtables will bring mobile app developers together to participate in an open discussion on the role of government in the marketplace, the future of mobile app technology, and the state of competition and the mobile economy in Europe.

Rachel Emeis  will head the newly formed Innovators Policy Council. Rachel specializes in coalition management, crisis response, grassroots engagement, and external stakeholder relationships to achieve advocacy and public policy objectives.

The Innovators Policy Counsel is a global network of companies, startups, and innovators representing more than 35 countries that ensures companies of every size, interest, and industry have a voice in policy discussions and access to policymakers at every level of government.

“The policy goals of software powered companies large and small are closely aligned, but the disparity in resources often limits access and influence,” said Rachel Emeis, the new Director of the Innovators Policy Council. “Alliance members share a common interest in the software developer workforce and public policies that promote innovation and the Innovators Policy Council harnesses the energy and expertise of Alliance members to deliver unique insight, valuable content, and a strong voice on issues and topics affecting the industry.”


The Developers Alliance is the world’s leading advocate for software developers and the companies invested in their success. Alliance members include industry leaders in consumer, enterprise, industrial, and emerging software development, and a global network of more than 70,000 developers.