Speaker Bios

Speaker Bios

President & Chief Executive Officer

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David Chavern is president and CEO of News/Media Alliance, the news industry’s leading trade organization. David joined the Alliance as president and CEO in October 2015. In addition to developing an entirely new brand and identity for the association, Chavern has been intensely focused on telling the powerful – and optimistic – story of the news industry and fighting for a fair system of valuation and compensation for online journalism. He has been called an “activist” for the news industry by the national media: a title that he embraces proudly.

Chavern has built a career spanning 30 years in executive strategic, operational and legal roles.  Immediately prior to his time at the Alliance, he completed a decade-long tenure at the United States Chamber of Commerce (the largest lobbying and advocacy organization in the world). From 2014 to 2015, he served as the President of the Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation. From 2007 through 2014, Chavern was the Chamber’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he was responsible for day-to-day operations and long-term planning for the 500-person organization. Chavern managed numerous national and international advocacy efforts and guided the organization through periods of intense media attention.

Chavern is a member of the Board of Directors of Transamerica Insurance. He is a founding investor in several innovative companies including Starling Trust Sciences. A proud alum, Chavern also serves on the board of trustees of his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh, where he serves as Chair of the Risk Committee.

Chavern has been named a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill, and one of Washington’s “250 Most Influential People” by Washingtonian.

A graduate of Villanova University’s School of Law, Chavern went on to receive his MBA from Georgetown University, where he was valedictorian. He attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree.
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Executive Vice President & General Counsel

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Danielle Coffey is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the News/Media Alliance, which represents 2,000 news media outlets worldwide. Danielle leads the organization’s advocacy and strategy. While focusing on a digital future for news, which includes building a more favorable legislative and regulatory environment for the digital distribution of news content, her government affairs and policy advocacy is driven by news publishers’ core mission of a flourishing, free and independent press.

Before joining the News/Media Alliance, Danielle was Vice President and General Counsel for the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) where she led advocacy efforts for member companies on issues that affected the internet ecosystem, broadband deployment, content regulation and international trade. She was responsible for informing and educating government representatives about member companies' technologies and advocated for policies that facilitate innovation.

Danielle is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Press Club Journalism Institute (NPCJI).

Danielle earned her JD from the Catholic University Law School, with a specialization in Communications Law. She was born and raised in California and obtained her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University. Danielle lives with her husband and two daughters in McLean, Virginia.

Vice President, Research & Insights

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Rebecca Frank is Vice President of Research & Insights at News/Media Alliance. She is focused on understanding the needs and behaviors of news audiences, publishers, and advertisers, to inform the work News/Media Alliance does on behalf of its members. She has a background in market research, digital analytics, data analysis, social media, and marketing strategy.

Prior to joining News/Media Alliance, she was the Senior Manager of Audience Experience and Acquisition at SmartBrief, a business publisher based in Washington, D.C. She helped launch the Global Strategy & Analytics Group at the public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, working with Fortune 50 brands to develop online reputation monitoring tactics, as well as proprietary audience research and analysis tools. Her previous work also includes audience research and strategy in the public health, automotive and pharmaceutical sectors.

Rebecca graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics.


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