Vice President and General Manager, Federal Civilian Sales
Zain Ahmed is vice president and general manager at CenturyLink for civilian agency sales and the company’s law enforcement and cybersecurity practices within the U.S. federal government group. In this capacity, Ahmed leads a team of business professionals delivering innovative network, cloud computing, cyber security and IT mission support services with an emphasis on best-in-class solutions and customer experience via GSA’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions, Alliant 2, and other contract vehicles. Ahmed has successfully led a broad range of organizations during his career, which includes 15 years of experience supporting government agencies with IT solutions. Most recently, he served as senior director of CenturyLink’s federal civilian practice. He previously served as client executive for the law enforcement vertical, where he led an organization responsible for the sales and service of the Local Area Network managed service that generated substantial value for both customers and the company. Prior to joining CenturyLink, Ahmed founded an international IT recycling business based out of Dubai. Before his own venture, he spent eight years at Verizon in various roles within the federal markets division supporting government agencies. Ahmed earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Steve Augustino’s telecommunications practice is both broad and deep, ranging from regulatory, legislative and administrative law counsel to transactional advice, advocacy and litigation. An advocate since the early days of competition in telecommunications, Augustino has guided clients through the shifting policies, exponential growth and extraordinary innovation in the telecommunications industry over the last 25 years. His clients include companies and organizations from developing and established markets, including major wireless service providers, manufacturers, trade associations and emerging telecom businesses. Regarding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Augustino is involved in counseling and appeals concerning the use of auto-dialers, calls and texts to mobile telephone numbers and receipt of customer consent. Teaming with litigation colleagues in the TCPA defense practice, Augustino advocates for clients in FCC petitions, waiver proceedings and declaratory ruling proceedings involving TCPA issues. Augustino represented intervenors in an appeal of the FCC’s 2015 Declaratory Ruling on TCPA matters, and provides counseling and strategic advice on calling, texting and faxing practices.
John Bergmayer is legal director at Public Knowledge, specializing in telecommunications, Internet and intellectual property issues. He advocates for the public interest before courts and policymakers, and works to make sure that all stakeholders--including ordinary citizens, artists, and technological innovators--have a say in shaping emerging digital policies.
Federal Communications Commission
Brendan Carr was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC by President Donald J. Trump in 2017 and was nominated to a new, five-year term in 2019. Carr focuses on regulatory reforms that will help create jobs and grow the economy for the benefit of all Americans. He is leading the FCC's work to modernize the infrastructure rules governing the buildout of 5G and other next-gen networks. His reforms are predicted to cut billions of dollars in red tape and have already accelerated 5G builds—helping to bring more broadband to more Americans. By updating our country's infrastructure rules, he's helped extend U.S. leadership in 5G and ensured that rural America has a fair shot at next generation connectivity. He is also focused on expanding America's skilled workforce—the tower climbers and construction crews needed to build next-gen networks. His jobs initiative promotes community colleges, technical schools, and apprenticeships as a pipeline for good-paying 5G jobs. And he is recognizing America's talented and hardworking tower crews through a series of "5G Ready" Hard Hat presentations. He is also leading an FCC telehealth initiative, which is designed to drive down healthcare costs while improving outcomes for veterans, low-income, and rural Americans. Commissioner Carr brings a dozen years of private and public sector experience in communications and tech policy to his role as Commissioner. Previously, he served as general counsel of the FCC, representing the agency in court and serving as the chief legal advisor to the Commission. He first joined the FCC as a staffer in 2012 and worked on spectrum policy and competition matters for a number of FCC offices. Prior to joining the agency, Commissioner Carr worked as an attorney at Wiley Rein LLP in the firm's appellate, litigation and telecom practices. He litigated cases involving the First Amendment and the Communications Act. A graduate of Georgetown University, Commissioner Carr clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for Judge Dennis W. Shedd. He graduated magna cum laude from law school at the Catholic University of America where he served as an editor of the Catholic University Law Review.
Global Head, Connectivity & Access Policy Group
Monica Desai is the global head of the Connectivity & Access Policy group at Facebook, where she focuses on issues involving accessibility, online communications service providers, infrastructure, spectrum, and net neutrality. Prior to joining Facebook, she spent over a decade in senior positions at the FCC, including service as deputy chief of the Wireless Bureau, where she focused on spectrum issues and infrastructure deployment; legal advisor to an FCC Commissioner, where her portfolio focused on spectrum and international issues; chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, which develops all policies and rules in connection with accessibility issues; and as chief of the FCC’s Media Bureau, which has oversight over broadcasters and cable companies, and oversees captioning policies. She was previously a partner at the law firm of Squire Patton Boggs, where her practice included counseling clients on a range of policy advocacy and compliance issues, including spectrum, accessibility, messaging and video competition. Desai received her JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, and her BBA in Finance, magna cum laude, from the George Washington University. She studied Economics at the American College of Switzerland.
Rep. Mike Doyle
Rep. Mike Doyle is currently serving his 13th term in Congress representing the 18th District of Pennsylvania, which includes the City of Pittsburgh and 53 other communities in Allegheny County. He serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is one of only four exclusive committees in the House. There he sits on the subcommittees on Energy, and Communications and Technology, for which he currently serves as chairman. Rep. Doyle has also been working hard on the Energy and Commerce Committee to restore Net Neutrality and promote the availability of reliable, affordable, high-speed broadband internet service for all Americans. Rep. Doyle is a member in the House Democratic Caucus and the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Autism Caucus, also known as the Coalition for Autism Research and Education (C.A.R.E.), and one of the founders and co-chairs of the House Distributed Generation Caucus, which works to promote the widespread adoption of decentralized power generation technology that is both fuel efficient and environmentally friendly and reduces peak demands on our nation's over-utilized electricity transmission grid, and a member of the House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus, which promotes hydrogen and fuel cells. Rep. Doyle also co-founded and chairs the House Robotics Caucus, which works to ensure that our nation remains globally competitive in the field of robotics. He serves on several other important Caucuses, such as Steel, Human Rights, and the Internet.
As leader of the firm’s Communications Practice, and co-chair of the global industry sector team, Michele Farquhar helps clients with a range of global and U.S. communications policy initiatives, spectrum auctions, licensing and compliance matters, and regulatory strategy involving M&A transactions as well as litigation. Farquhar obtains regulatory approvals, waivers, and other licenses for many new and cutting-edge technologies. She also leads teams advising major global companies on regulatory strategy issues involving a range of international jurisdictions. Farquhar joined the firm in 1997, after serving as chief of the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. While at the FCC, she led the agency’s new spectrum auction initiative and held primary responsibility over several major auctions and spectrum policy initiatives, as well as the bureau’s implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Previously, Farquhar served as acting deputy assistant secretary and chief of staff for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She played a lead role in developing the administration’s positions on telecommunications reform as well as spectrum, international, electronic commerce and other policy issues. As vice president for Law and Regulatory Policy at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, she gained industry knowledge and regulatory advocacy experience while representing cellular carriers on regulatory, policy and legal issues before the FCC. Farquhar also served as senior legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Ervin Duggan and as the mass media advisor to two FCC general counsels.
Tamar E. Finn
Tamar Finn has over 15 years of experience representing clients on telecommunications, enhanced services and Internet regulatory issues before the courts, FCC, state public utility commissions and Congress. She advises competitive providers on regulatory compliance and enforcement, contract, and business issues. Finn regularly counsels clients in the day-to-day management of incorporating regulatory compliance into their business. Regarding intercarrier compensation and interconnection issues, for example, Finn works closely with clients in developing policy; implementing the policy by negotiating—and, if necessary, litigating—agreements; and resolving any subsequent contract disputes through dispute resolution, litigation, and/or comprehensive settlement negotiations. Regarding information services, Finn counsels clients on regulatory classification and developing products to take advantage of regulatory classifications. She additionally defends those classifications before state and federal agencies, the Congress, and courts. Finn advises clients on all aspects of universal service, including contributions to the universal service fund (USF) and distributions from federal USF programs. She assists clients with developing basic regulatory USF compliance programs, comprehensively planning to manage and potentially reduce their contributions, prosecuting appeals before both the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and the FCC, advocating policy changes, and defending companies under audits and investigations for possible violations of USF laws and regulations. Tamar is also a frequent speaker in TMT’s webinar program, covering issues ranging from intercarrier compensation to universal service. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Tamar was a partner in the corporate practice of another international law firm.
Greg Green has more than 20 years of senior management experience in the telecommunications sector. His unique ability to adapt to industry change has kept Greg at the forefront of the industry. Since the inception of the telecommunications deregulation, he has been involved in a number of competitive telecommunications companies, such as NEXTLINK, Avista Communications and OneEighty Communications. While at Fatbeam, Green intends to build a growth engine that maintains financial responsibility, with constant growth and returns for its shareholders. In Green's words, "success at Fatbeam translates into mutually beneficial relationships, not transactions."
Granite Government Solutions
Tim Heaps leads Granite’s government business, focused on providing a full range of solutions which enable agencies to optimize performance and efficiency, and modernize and simplify IT while achieving cost containment, data security and true scalability. Prior to joining Granite, Heaps was a partner at PwC, which he joined when PwC bought PRTM. At PRTM, he was a partner in the public sector business and held various firm management roles including member of the Board of Directors and lead partner for Financial Management of the Global Public Sector Business. At PwC and PRTM, his clients spanned a wide range of missions across diplomacy, development, national security, homeland security and defense. Heaps has over 25 years of experience focused on improving public sector and private sector organizations (spanning Fortune 500 to start ups) by resolving complex problems involving strategy, operations, and technology. He is a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), a unique nonpartisan nonprofit comprised of senior business and industry executives who apply best business practices to address the nation’s pressing security challenges. He is also the vice chair of the Board of Mentors, Inc, a nonprofit organization founded in 1987 that provides mentoring support to public and charter high school students in Washington, D.C. He has an Electrical Engineering degree from Catholic University and an MBA from University of Virginia.
John B. Horrigan
Technology Policy Institute
John B. Horrigan is senior fellow at the Technology Policy Institute, with a focus on technology adoption and digital inclusion. Horrigan is also a senior advisor to the Urban Libraries Council. Additionally, he has served as an associate director for Research at the Pew Research Center, where he focused on libraries and their impact on communities, as well as technology adoption patterns and open government data. During the Obama Administration, Horrigan was part the leadership team at the FCC for the development of the National Broadband Plan (NBP). For the NBP, he was responsible for the plan’s recommendations on broadband adoption. Horrigan earned a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin and his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.
CEO and Co-Founder
Dane Jasper co-founded Sonic, an Internet and telecommunications company, in 1994, at a time when many people hadn’t yet heard the terms Internet, email address or World Wide Web. Today, Sonic is the largest independent Internet service provider in Northern California. From its Fusion phone and data service to its recent roll-out of Gigabit fiber Internet, Sonic is breaking new ground in broadband access. Under Jasper's guidance, Sonic established privacy policies that have become the industry’s gold standard, and Sonic has received a perfect 6-point privacy score from the Electronic Frontier Foundation since the EFF’s inception. Sonic is hailed for taking exceptional care of its customers; something that is rare within the industry. Jasper is an industrywide key influencer with a devout following, expressing his opinions on topics such as Net Neutrality, security and regulatory policy.
Chief Advocate and General Counsel
Angie Kronenberg joined INCOMPAS in 2013 as its chief advocate and general counsel, managing the INCOMPAS policy team and its work before the federal government. FierceTelecom named Angie a "Rising Star in Wireline" in 2014 and one of the Top Women in Wireline in 2015 for her advocacy work on behalf of INCOMPAS members. Angie is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and has been involved in its leadership as a former Executive Committee and Nominations Committee member. Before joining INCOMPAS, Angie was legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, where she was primarily responsible for the Commissioner’s wireline and broadband agenda, including the Commissioner’s work as chair of three federal-state joint boards. Prior to that, Angie was a special counsel in the Spectrum and Competition Policy Division of the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. She also practiced telecommunications and media law in the Washington, D.C. office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP for more than a decade. Angie earned a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America, where she also earned a certification from The Institute for Communications Law Studies, and she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Baylor University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Rep. Bob Latta
Since 2007, Rep. Bob Latta has served the people of Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Latta is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he plays an intricate role in crafting the nation’s telecommunications, energy, environment, health care and interstate commerce policy. He is Republican Leader of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, where he advocates for policies that help consumers, grow our economy, and spur innovation. Rep. Latta is also a member of the Subcommittee on Energy and the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, which he chaired last Congress. Along with his committee positions, Rep. Latta is a Deputy Whip and Co-Chairs the Rural Broadband Caucus and the Congressional Propane Caucus. Throughout his tenure, Rep. Latta has advocated for the interests of the people of Northwest and West Central Ohio through policies that further economic prosperity and job creation. His top priorities include improving access to broadband capabilities in rural areas, balancing the budget, maintaining a strong national defense, and implementing commonsense government reforms.
Chief, Competition Policy and Advocacy Section, Antitrust Division
U.S. Department of Justice
David B. Lawrence is chief of the Competition Policy and Advocacy Section at the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. The Competition Policy and Advocacy Section has responsibility for the development and implementation of the Antitrust Division’s significant policy initiatives. Its functions include legal and policy analysis, competition advocacy, and serving as an intergovernmental liaison with other federal agencies, Congress, and state and local officials. Lawrence recently rejoined the Antitrust Division from a detail to the FCC, where he served as the director of the T-Mobile/Sprint Transaction Task Force. In this role, he reported directly to the Office of the Chairman and oversaw all aspects of the FCC’s review. Before the FCC, Lawrence served as counsel to the Assistant Attorney General at the Antitrust Division, most recently for AAG Makan Delrahim. He joined the Front Office of the Antitrust Division in 2016 as Counsel for AAG Renata Hesse, assisted the management of the Division through the transition between Administrations, and focused on issues in the telecommunications and transportation sectors. Lawrence started his career at the Antitrust Division as an Honors Program attorney in the Telecommunications and Broadband Section. While there, he served as lead attorney for several complex investigations. He has won four Antitrust Division Awards of Distinction for his work on the investigation and litigation of major merger and conduct matters. Lawrence clerked for Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Richard J. Holwell of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He graduated magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law.
Georgios A. Leris
Georgios Leris advises telecommunications, satellite operators, leading internet providers, media companies, and trade associations on regulatory, policy, transactional, and litigation matters before the FCC, Department of Justice (DOJ), federal and state courts, and Congress. Leris represents clients in regulatory review of mergers and acquisitions, rulemaking, licensing, compliance, and reform within the U.S. telecommunications and technology sectors. He obtains regulatory licenses and waivers on behalf of his clients. He assists clients in supporting or challenging agency rulemakings before appellate courts. Additionally, he advises clients in connection with antitrust review, including closing, blocking, or imposing conditions on transactions. Leris’ representative experience includes working on net neutrality, 5G deployment, programming disputes, and media concentration proceedings and transactions. Additionally, he represents clients in regulatory and compliance matters globally, working with technical, business, legal, and policy personnel to develop solutions to regulatory concerns. As an active member of the firm’s pro bono program, he regularly engages on a variety of pro bono matters, including working on a death penalty representation and on telecommunications-related public safety issues.
Vice President, Network Engineering and Operations
Christopher Levendos is vice president of Network Engineering and Operations for Crown Castle’s national fiber infrastructure network. Crown Castle’s comprehensive portfolio of towers, small cells, and fiber gives people and communities access to essential data, technology and wireless service and opens the door to countless opportunities and possibilities. Chris recently was executive vice president of Field Operations for Frontier Communications, where he was responsible for service delivery across 29 states. Prior to joining Frontier, Chris was an executive of Google Fiber (Alphabet), where he led network deployment and operations and helped expand Google Fiber’s network operations from three cities to ten cities. Chris also served as region president of New York City for Verizon, where he worked for 26 years. Prior to that he served as vice president of National Operations and supported Verizon’s annual capital program investments and operational process improvements. He joined New York Telephone as a field technician in Harlem in 1989, and served in positions of increasing responsibility in operations and engineering. While at Verizon, his teams led the planning, design and early build of Verizon’s fiber-to-the-home network across New York City. Chris helped lead a number of key operational innovations in fiber-optic deployment and holds two patents. After superstorm Sandy, Chris led the recovery effort of Verizon’s wireline infrastructure in Lower Manhattan, converting the entire local distribution system to fiber-optic based infrastructure within six months. Chris serves on the boards for Junior Achievement of New York, the Regional Planning Association and INCOMPAS. He also is a member of the President’s Leadership Council at Stevens Institute of Technology. Chris earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, where he was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society. Chris also received a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from New York University and a Master’s degree in Telecommunications Management from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Policy Analyst, New Street Research
Non-Resident Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Project, Brookings Institution
Blair Levin has worked for the past 25 years at a high-level at the intersection of broadband policy and capital markets. From 1993-1997 Levin served as chief of staff to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt. In 2009, he co-lead the technology transition team for President-elect Obama and returned to government service from 2009-2010, to oversee the development of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan. He then founded and oversaw Gig.U, a consortium of three dozen university communities working to accelerate the deployment of next-generation broadband networks. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has praised Levin’s work, noting “no one’s done more to advance broadband expansion and competition through the vision of the National Broadband Plan and Gig.U.” In 2018, working with the World Bank and UNHCR, he led a team that produced a Global Broadband Plan for Refugees. Between his stints working for the FCC, Levin worked as an equity analyst at Legg Mason and Stifel Nicolaus. He now does similar work for New Street Research. Barron’s Magazine noted his work, "has always been on top of developing trends and policy shifts in media and telecommunications … and has proved visionary in getting out in front of many of today's headline making events." Levin has also served as a consultant to numerous communications enterprises, and to a number of local, state, and national governments on broadband policy. In addition, he is as a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Project of the Brookings Institution and previously was with the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program. He is the co-author, with Reed Hundt, of “The Politics of Abundance” (2012) and, with Denise Linn, of “The Next Generation Connectivity Handbook: A Guide for Community Leaders Seeking Affordable, Abundant Bandwidth” (2014), as well as numerous articles on telecommunications policy. Prior to his government service, Levin practiced law in North Carolina, where he represented new communications ventures, as well as local governments. He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.
Mattey Consulting LLC
Carol Mattey is the principal of Mattey Consulting LLC, a Washington, D.C. metro area-based firm that provides regulatory, strategic and public policy advisory services to broadband providers, governmental entities, non-profit organizations, and others active in the telecommunications industry, with a particular focus on government programs to fund broadband deployment. Prior to launching her own firm, Carol was deputy chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau at the FCC from March 2010 to February 2017, focusing on modernizing the FCC’s universal service programs, including the creation and implementation of the Connect America Fund. She served as senior attorney advisor on the FCC’s National Broadband Plan from September 2009 to March 2010. From 2005 to 2009, she was a director in Deloitte’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice advising private sector clients on business strategy and regulatory compliance matters. Between 1994 and 2004, she held several management positions at the FCC, including deputy bureau chief, focusing on wireline policy issues including local competition, merger condition enforcement, privacy, and universal service. Earlier in her career, she worked on telecommunications, media and spectrum issues at the National Telecommunications & Information Administration and was an attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C.
Director, Social Impact and Public Policy
Victoria McCullough leads the Social Impact and Public Policy team at Tumblr focusing on cultivating partnerships with nonprofits, civil society and other advocates to support the user safety and wellbeing of the Tumblr community. McCullough was a 2019 Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Technology and Democracy where she focused on the intersection of media and digital literacy and online harms. McCullough is a Board member of the Planned Parenthood Corporate Advisory Council and The Public Good Projects, a nonprofit dedicated to revolutionizing public health communications so that the business and private sector have greater impact, and communities are healthier.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Relations
Ben Moncrief is responsible for developing business and policy solutions to achieve C Spire’s strategic goals, as well as identifying and developing strategic partnerships and business opportunities, and overseeing C Spire’s interaction with state and federal policymakers, consumer advocates, other industry players and the media in the telecom policy space. Moncrief led C Spire’s participation in the successful opposition to AT&T’s attempted takeover of T-Mobile, was a principle negotiator in discussions leading to the FCC’s 700 MHz Interoperability Order, and led C Spire’s successful effort to become the exclusive voice and data services provider for the State of Mississippi. As a result of his work, Ben was listed among the state’s “Top in Tech” by the Mississippi Business Journal in 2018. Before joining C Spire, Moncrief served in several capacities on Capitol Hill, including as a senior advisor to two members of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee: Sens. Mel Martinez (R-FL) and George LeMieux (R-FL). While serving as Senate staff, he was named a National Review Institute Washington Fellow and co-founded the Capitol Hill chapter of the Federalist Society. Before his time on the Hill, Moncrief was in private legal practice with the Birmingham-based law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, where he litigated complex business disputes in the U.S. and Europe. A native of Mississippi, Moncrief received his B.A. in Political Science from Birmingham-Southern College in 1999 and his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 2003. In 2001, he received an M.Litt. in International Security Studies from the University of St Andrews (UK), where he was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.
Business Operations & Program Management Leader
Microsoft Airband US
Erica Myers is the business operations and program management leader for Microsoft’s Airband U.S. initiative. In this position, she is responsible for regional business development and project management with Airband partners in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions of the United States, including Puerto Rico. She is also responsible for several strategic partners, including several federal government agencies; as well as overall program management of the U.S. Initiative. Previously, Myers served as the deputy general counsel at the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). She has almost 20 years of experience working in telecommunications as legal counsel for the FCC and USAC working on a host of telecommunications and broadband policy issues, with a focus on universal service and the Universal Service Fund (USF). She is especially proud of her previous work with Teach for America as a middle school history teacher in the Bronx, N.Y. Myers earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors from Williams College, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Brooklyn Law School. She continues to give back to the community through her work as co-chair of a program for 5th to 12th grade girls entitled “Globally Empowered and Motived for Success (GEMS)” in Upper Montgomery County, Md.
Chip Pickering has been CEO of INCOMPAS since January 2014. During that time, INCOMPAS has achieved significant growth with leading internet, backbone, business broadband, wireless, and international companies. Under his leadership, INCOMPAS has led numerous public policy campaigns promoting competition through an open internet and in the business broadband market. Pickering was a six-term Congressman representing Mississippi’s Third District. During his time in the House, he served on the Energy & Commerce Committee, where he was vice chairman from 2002 to 2006 and a member of the Telecommunications Subcommittee. He also was co-chairman and founder of the Congressional Wireless Caucus and an assistant minority whip of the House. Previously, Chip worked for Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and served as a staff member on the Senate Commerce Committee, where he helped shape the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Because of his role in drafting the 1996 Act, he became well known as a Congressional leader on telecommunications issues. While in Congress, Chip served as chair of the subcommittee overseeing the transition to the commercial internet, the establishment of domain names, registries, and internet governance. He also successfully led a bipartisan legislative effort to codify net neutrality principles through the House in 2006. Prior to joining INCOMPAS, Chip was a partner with Capitol Resources LLC, a public affairs and government relations firm, where he represented an array of telecom clients, including wireless, cable and competitive broadband providers, as well as non-profits and companies specializing in education, energy, technology and defense.
Head of Global Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Greg Rogers is head of Global Policy and Regulatory Affairs for Bandwidth Inc., where he leads Bandwidth’s regulatory and public policy matters. Bandwidth’s software-enabled communications platform (CPaaS) powers a wide-range of innovative VoIP and Messaging services. Bandwidth is also a leading industry provider of VoIP 9-1-1 routing services across the country. Bandwidth’s nationwide Internet Protocol-based network incorporates its wholly owned facilities-based CLEC with an interconnection footprint that spans the 48 continental states. Greg has been leading Bandwidth’s regulatory and public policy efforts since 2010. Prior to joining Bandwidth, he managed state and federal regulatory matters at Level 3 Communications. Greg is an alumnus of The Colorado College and the University of Colorado School of Law.
Federal Communications Commission
Jessica Rosenworcel believes that the future belongs to the connected. She works to promote greater opportunity, accessibility, and affordability in our communications services in order to ensure that all Americans get a fair shot at 21st century success. She believes strong communications markets can foster economic growth and security, enhance digital age opportunity, and enrich our civic life. From fighting to protect net neutrality to ensuring access to the internet for students caught in the Homework Gap, Rosenworcel has been a consistent champion for connecting all. She is a leader in spectrum policy, developing new ways to support wireless services from Wi-Fi to video and the internet of things. She also is responsible for developing policies to help expand the reach of broadband to schools, libraries, hospitals, and households across the country. Named as one of POLITICO's 50 Politicos to Watch and profiled by InStyle Magazine in a series celebrating "women who show up, speak up and get things done," Rosenworcel brings more than two decades of communications policy experience and public service to the FCC. Prior to joining the agency, she served as senior communications counsel for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, under the leadership of Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV and Sen. Daniel Inouye. Before entering public service, Rosenworcel practiced communications law in Washington, D.C.
Chief Legal Officer
Jill Sandford joined FirstLight Fiber in June 2015 and currently serves as its chief legal officer. Sandford manages all aspects of legal, regulatory, compliance and human resources. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector. From 1995-2001, Sandford served as a section chief in the New York State Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Telecommunications and Energy. From 2001-2014, she held legal roles at Metromedia Fiber Network, AboveNet and Zayo, each with increasing and broad responsibilities. Sandford earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School.
Senior Corporate Counsel
Sana Sheikh is a senior member of Granite’s legal team and assists with Granite’s strategic and tactical legal initiatives. She was a key member in Granite’s proposal and subsequent award of GSA’s Enterprise Infrastructures Solutions (EIS) contract. She provides assistance with regulatory matters, government relations, carrier partnerships, vendor relationships, and other matters under the direction of the General Counsel. Sheikh graduated from Boston College Law School in 2012 where she served as President of the Law Student Association and the Public Interest Law Foundation. Prior to coming to Granite, Sheikh was an associate at a mid-size firm in New York City that specialized in commercial litigation.
Christopher L. Shipley
Attorney and Policy Adviser
Chris Shipley joined INCOMPAS in 2015 as attorney and policy adviser and is responsible for representing INCOMPAS on wireless, universal service, disabilities access, media, and competition issues. Before joining INCOMPAS, Shipley was an associate with LMI Advisors, advising clients in the satellite and wireless industries on regulatory issues related to experimental licensing and international market access. Earlier in his career, Shipley completed a legal internship with Harris Corporation, a telecommunications equipment manufacturer, and served as the legal fellow for Rep. Anna Eshoo, the Ranking Member of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Shipley graduated from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America with a Juris Doctor in 2013 and also earned a certification from the Institute for Communications Law Studies. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2000, Shipley served for three administrations as a policy analyst and grant administrator at the Arizona Governor’s Office.
Broadband Legal Strategies
Gina Spade founded the boutique telecommunications law firm Broadband Legal Strategies in 2015 to ensure E-rate and Rural Health Care applicants obtain the program funding that they deserve. She advises companies, state networks, schools, libraries and trade associations on program compliance and regulatory issues, represents program participants in rulemakings, and has helped her clients win numerous appeals of funding denials at both USAC and the FCC. During her 13 years at the FCC, Gina spent more than a decade working on universal service programs, including managing both the E-rate and the Rural Health Care programs. Her major accomplishments while overseeing the E-rate program include releasing the 2010 Sixth Report and Order and managing the resolution of more than a thousand appeals, which included major decisions, such as the Bishop Perry order. She also served as an advisor on the National Broadband Plan. Prior to joining the FCC, Gina worked on telecommunications issues at Hogan and Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) and Mintz Levin. Gina is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Wichita State University. She is admitted to practice law in Washington, D.C., Massachusetts and Kansas.
Rebecca Murphy Thompson
Head of Communications Policy
Rebecca Murphy Thompson is head of Communications Policy at Twilio. She leads efforts to secure and expand Twilio’s trusted communications platform for both customers and carrier-partners in an increasing complex global regulatory environment. Thompson joined Twilio in October 2018 with more than 20 years of telecommunications experience, working primarily with wireless carriers and vendors in the mobile ecosystem on spectrum, roaming, universal service, public safety and infrastructure policy. Focusing on competitive access and interconnection issues, Thompson has advocated in front of various federal agencies including the FCC; the Federal Trade Commission; the Department of Justice; the Department of Commerce; various presidential administrations; appellate courts; and she has testified in front of Congress. Prior to joining Twilio, Thompson helped to lead the legal and policy efforts for the competitive wireless industry as executive vice president and general counsel of the Competitive Carriers Association. Before that, she spent several years in private practice, most recently at Patton Boggs. Thompson earned her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Drexel University and her JD from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, with Law & Technology Institute certificate. She is the co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation Board of Trustees and sits on the Board of Trustees of William Woods University.
Kate Tummarello works on privacy, security, telecommunications and platform issues for Engine. Prior to Engine, she worked on privacy issues at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Before joining the advocacy community, Tummarello spent years as a technology policy reporter in D.C., including at Politico, The Hill and Communications Daily.
Senior Director of Product Marketing, Wholesale Telecoms
Transaction Network Services
Jim Tyrrell joined TNS in July 2018 as senior director of Product Marketing with specific responsibility for the organization’s Wholesale Telecoms solutions. In this role, he takes the lead on TNS’ product marketing activities, working closely with the wider product team and colleagues in sales, marketing and operations, among others. An innovative strategist, Tyrrell’s focus is to drive the advancement of TNS’ go-to-market initiatives, refine the communication of its value proposition, generate thought leadership opportunities and ensure all activities support the company vision. Tyrrell prides himself in being a creative problem solver and has more than 15 years’ experience in product management, development and marketing roles. Most recently, he was vice president of Product Management at Conduit Global where he helped the company to raise global brand awareness by 15% and increased EBITDA by 43% in one year by productizing its range of operational and technical solutions. A telecommunications industry veteran, Tyrrell has also spent time in senior roles with Comcast Business, Siemens Enterprise Communications (now Unify), Verizon and XO Communications. Tyrrell earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems, both from The State University of New York.
Founder and CEO
Gary Watts is the founder and CEO of Fuse.Cloud, a Jackson, Miss.-based business passionate about helping other businesses regain their focus. Over the last three decades, Watts has led a number of organizations through periods of significant growth. He founded Fuse.Cloud under the name Broadband Voice in 2006. The company soon gained recognition as one of the fastest growing Voice over IP (VoIP) technology companies in the Southeast. Today, Fuse.Cloud serves over 2,000 business customers in 40 states throughout the country. For the first decade of his career, Watts established a dedication to hard work and honed his business skills by owning and operating a popular restaurant franchise. Then, in 1995, he started a concert promotion business. This business grew to national recognition and, within its first few years, Watts promoted over 100 performances nationally while still running the restaurant. In 1997, Watts began in the sales division for startup technology company Unity Communications, based in Jackson. He was rapidly promoted to VP, Sales in 2000. After nearly a decade here, Watts recognized that the next generation of telephony would be rooted in hosted VoIP solutions. This vision for advanced business technology solutions was catalyst for him starting Broadband Voice in 2006. In addition to his business endeavors, Watts serves on the INCOMPAS Board of Directors and the 2020 Entrepreneurship Center Advisory Council at Mississippi State University. Watts also founded Jackson-based concert series, Covered, a nonprofit that benefits various causes throughout the world. These concerts have helped raise money for local adoption, prevention of human trafficking in Cambodia, local arts organizations, Young Life and medical bills to support a local family. Watts is a graduate of McCluer Academy (now Hillcrest Christian School), and he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi College.
Chief Advisor for International Competitiveness and Innovation
Senate Committee on Finance, Democratic Staff
Ranking Member Wyden
Jayme White currently serves as chief advisor for International Competitiveness and Innovation for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, serving as a top advisor on international trade to Democratic Senators. In this position, White works with his counterparts in the House and the Senate to provide oversight and direction to the Executive Branch on trade and economic policy. White has served in the Congress for more than 19 years. Before taking his position for the Finance Committee under the leadership of Senator Wyden, he served as Wyden’s legislative director and led his work on technology policy, including the successful fight to defeat the so-called Stop Online Piracy Act. He also worked in the House of Representatives for a senior member of the Committee on Ways and Means.