Gabe Rottman is the Washington director for PEN America, where he will work to advance PEN’s mission and defend freedom of expression in Congress and the executive branch. He joins PEN from the Center for Democracy and Technology, where he was deputy director for the Freedom, Security and Technology Project, focused on issues at the intersection of civil liberties and technology, including cybersecurity and computer crime.
Prior to CDT, Gabe was a legislative counsel and policy advisor at the American Civil Liberties Union, where he led federal advocacy on open government, access to justice and the First Amendment. At the ACLU, he also worked extensively on national security issues and cybersecurity—especially as they relate to the First Amendment and press freedom.
From 2007 to 2012, Gabe was a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, specializing in antitrust and national security matters. Before law school, Gabe worked in public relations, and was a communications staffer, senior writer and consultant for the ACLU for seven years.
Gabe has testified before Congress on issues related to free speech and open government, and is frequently quoted in the media on technology and civil liberties matters. He has written for numerous outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, CNN and Roll Call.
Gabe has a joint honors B.A. in political science and history from McGill University, and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the bar in New York and Washington, D.C.