Peter Karafotas has been appointed Senior Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy at SoundExchange.
Previously, Karafotas served as Chief of Staff to Ranking Member David N. Cicilline, where he oversaw issues related to intellectual property and music. Karafotas’ career on the Hill includes Communications Director, Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director roles. He has also served as the Vice President of Operations for the media and strategic communications consulting firm Adelstein | Liston. He received his BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Karafotas replaces Linda Bloss-Baum, who recently left SoundExchange after nearly a decade with the company to pursue her passion in academia at American University. He will be based in Washington, D.C. and report to SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe.
“Peter will be an incredible asset to SoundExchange with his extensive experience serving on the Hill and tackling some of the nation’s most pressing challenges,” says Huppe. “I am thrilled to have someone with Peter’s expertise at the helm of our Government Relations & Public Policy department at a time when SoundExchange is amplifying our legislative efforts to ensure creators are paid fairly.”
With over 20 years of experience on Capitol Hill, Karafotas will oversee SoundExchange’s global public policy and legislative issues that impact the company. He will lead the development of a proactive public policy strategy to help SoundExchange fulfill its mission of protecting creators and the value of music and will also provide policymakers with a stronger understanding of the international political landscape for the music industry.
“I’m excited to embark on this new journey with SoundExchange,” says Karafotas. “I truly believe this is a great opportunity to utilize my experience to energize SoundExchange’s already formidable advocacy efforts to ensure creators get paid fairly for their work.”
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