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Ryan Clough

Senior Director of Public Policy and General Counsel
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Ryan Clough is the senior director of Public Policy and general counsel of the Association of Research Libraries. He leads the Association’s Advocacy and Public Policy agenda, which is focused on copyright and intellectual property; information access; diversity, equity, and inclusion; accessibility; privacy; and open scholarship.

Prior to joining ARL, Clough was general counsel for Public Knowledge, a nonprofit organization that promotes freedom of expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works. Holding this position since 2016, Clough oversaw advocacy efforts on copyright, privacy, net neutrality, and other organizational priorities.

Previously, Clough was an intellectual property litigator at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in Denver, Colorado. Before that, he served as counsel to Representative Zoe Lofgren of California, with a focus on intellectual property, internet, and competition policy. Clough has also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Law School. He holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Emory University.