Our board comprises executives from a variety of indie and major record labels with diverse backgrounds in the music business:
Mitch Glazier is Chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). RIAA is the trade association representing the U.S.-based global entertainment companies that are responsible for creating, manufacturing, or distributing approximately 85 percent of the world’s recorded music.
In his nearly 20 years at RIAA, Glazier has played a vital role in the music industry’s transition to streaming and “anywhere, anytime” access to music.
Before joining RIAA, Glazier served as Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property to the Judiciary Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives under Chairman Henry Hyde. In his career in and out of government, Glazier has worked on every major copyright bill considered in the past three decades from the Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act of 1995 to the Music Modernization Act of 2018, laying the foundation for the modern streaming economy that has strengthened and remade the music business for the 21st Century.
A native of Illinois, Glazier served as law clerk to the Honorable Wayne R. Andersen, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, and practiced law at the Chicago firm Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg as an associate in commercial litigation. He graduated from Northwestern University and Vanderbilt Law School.
Glazier serves as Chairman of the Board of RIAA, Chairman of the Board of Musicians on Call, the charity that brings the healing power of music to the bedsides of patients in hospitals and health care facilities around the country, and serves on the Boards of IFPI, SoundExchange, Leadership Music and the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew in Silver Spring, Maryland.
As a teenager in the 80s, Glazier’s room posters included Simple Minds and INXS. A fan of Chicago Blues, he was privileged to see Koko Taylor live several times before she passed. He and his wife, Carly, have two sons, ages 19 and 16, who constantly keep their parents in check with new music discoveries. Glazier’s goal: to foster respect for the power of music.
Michele Ballantyne is Chief Operating Officer, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
As COO, Ballantyne manages the day-to-day operations of the RIAA. A driving force for updating intellectual property laws for the digital age, she has played an instrumental role in advocating for congressional reforms including the Music Modernization Act, the PRO-IP Act that established the nation’s first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Executive Office of the President, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 that provided colleges and universities with meaningful tools to reduce the illegal downloading of copyrighted works on campuses. Before her time at RIAA, Ballantyne has worked in the highest reaches of government, including as Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton, Special Counsel to then-White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, and as General Counsel for Senator Tom Daschle.
Ballantyne earned a B.A. from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, a Masters Degree from George Washington University and her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, which provides academic scholarships, service opportunities, and leadership experiences for African American students.
Growing up, Ballantyne listened to an eclectic range of music including reggae, soca and dancehall, as well as Motown, classic rock and 80’s pop music. She feels lucky to have had the opportunity to see Prince and George Michael in concert. Her Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake fandom is legendary, although country artist Brett Eldredge is her not-so-secret passion – a constant source of bemusement to her husband and son.
Brad Buckles is Executive Vice President, Anti-Piracy, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Buckles is responsible for leading the industry’s strategic efforts to address digital and physical music theft. As head of the RIAA’s Anti-Piracy unit, Buckles oversees dozens of analysts, technical specialists and investigators in Washington and throughout the country who work to take down illicit copies of songs online and who play a big role assisting various law enforcement agencies as they address criminal instances of digital and physical piracy.
Before joining the RIAA in 2004, Buckles was head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Mr. Buckles also served as an attorney in the Office the General Counsel at the Department of Treasury, as ATF Chief Counsel and as ATF Deputy Director.
Buckles earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from University of Wyoming and his Juris Doctor from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.
Jonathan Lamy is Senior Advisor, Communications and Strategic Analysis, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Lamy oversees the Communications and Strategic Analysis department which encompasses media relations, market research and the Gold & Platinum Awards Program. For the past decade, Lamy has spearheaded the public roll-out of a variety of high-profile music industry policy, legal, licensing and technology initiatives and campaigns.
Before joining the RIAA, Lamy was Press Secretary for Bread for the World, the nation’s largest anti-hunger organization. He also served as Press Secretary to U.S. Congressman Martin Meehan (D-Mass.), Deputy Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Press Secretary for the Vermont Democratic Party leading into the 2001 presidential elections.
Lamy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.
Karen Silhol is Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Silhol oversees all aspects of the organization’s financial management, information technologies and facilities departments. Silhol is responsible for budgeting and overseeing the association’s current financial structure. She has more than 20 years of accounting, managerial and strategic planning experience in the nonprofit sector through her work at the RIAA and in public accounting.
Before joining the RIAA in 2001, Silhol spent three years as an auditor with the public accounting firm Calibre CPA Group where she served clients in the nonprofit and labor union industries. Silhol earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from James Madison University and is a member of the Greater Washington Society of CPA’s. She is a certified public accountant.