Senior Policy Counsel
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Kelsey Guyselman is a senior policy counsel in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, responsible for advancing the President’s technology and innovation priorities. Her portfolio includes broadband, spectrum, and other telecommunications issues. Previously, Guyselman was counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, where she advised the Chairman on communications and technology matters, and law clerk at CTIA-The Wireless Association. Guyselman graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in Journalism and Political Science, and has her J.D. from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, where she also received a Certification in Communications Law Studies.
CEO and Co-Founder
Dane Jasper is the co-founder and CEO of Sonic, one of the fastest growing fiber optic, Gigabit internet service providers in California and is ranked by Consumer Reports as one of the best ISPs and top-scoring phone company in the nation. Sonic known for its award-winning customer service is established as a consumer-friendly local Internet Access alternative. Jasper has a long history and strong commitment to both net neutrality and customer privacy policies. Sonic is recognized as an industry leader for its privacy protection, receiving perfect scores from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Jasper brings extensive experience and expertise in wireline network deployments, serves on the boards of INCOMPAS and CALTEL, and is an active participant in regulatory issues surrounding the Telecom industry.
Founder of JKC Consulting
Senior Advisor to the American Continental Group
John Kneuer is the president and founder of JKC Consulting LLC, and a senior advisor to the American Continental Group.. He sits on the Board of Directors of TerraStar Corporation. Prior to starting JKC LLC, Kneuer served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information. In this capacity, he was the principal advisor to the President of the United States on telecommunications policy and the Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Prior to his service at NTIA, Kneuer practiced law at Piper Rudnick in Washington, D.C., providing regulatory and legislative representation to corporate clients in the telecommunications, defense and transportation industries. Earlier in his career, he served as an attorney-advisor in the FCC's Wireless Bureau. Kneuer earned B.A. and J.D. degrees from the Catholic University of America.
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 Kronenberg was named 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, Kronenberg 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, Kronenberg 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. Kronenberg 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.
Chief Revenue Officer
Victoria Lamberth co-founded ZenFi Networks in 2013 and currently serves as chief revenue officer overseeing the company’s regional sales and marketing organization. Prior to ZenFi’s merger with Cross River Fiber, Lamberth served as COO for the company. She has 10+ years of building, managing, and selling fiber infrastructure companies in the New York metro market. She relies on her proven array of experience in the telecommunications industry to drive growth and profitability at ZenFi Networks. In addition to Lamberth’s role at ZenFi, she is also a founding partner of Metro Network Services, LLC, a company focused on fiber optic and mobile network planning, engineering, and deployment solutions for mobile network operators, tower owners and telecommunications service providers throughout the New York metro market. She is also a partner and board member at Hugh O’Kane Electric Co., a New York City telecommunications and electrical contracting firm dating back to 1946. Lamberth worked as director of Carrier Sales and Marketing for Lexent Metro Connect until it was sold to Lightower Fiber Networks in December 2010. Lamberth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Boston College, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Nicol Turner Lee, PhD
Fellow, Center for Technology Innovation, Governance Studies
Dr. Nicol Turner Lee is a fellow in the program’s Center for Technology Innovation and a contributor to TechTank. She comes to Brookings from the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), a national non-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and civil rights in the mass media, telecommunications, and broadband industries, where she served as vice president and chief research and policy officer. Prior to joining MMTC, Dr. Turner Lee was vice president and the first director of the Media and Technology Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the nation’s leading think tank on issues related to African Americans and other people of color. Her most notable work was her development of the first national minority broadband adoption study in 2009 that was later cited in the congressionally mandated Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan. Dr. Turner Lee graduated from Colgate University magna cum laude and has a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University.
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. Levendos 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, he 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. Levendos 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, Levendos 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. Levendos 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. Levendos 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. He 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.
Margaret Harding McGill is a technology reporter for POLITICO Pro, primarily covering the Federal Communications Commission. She previously wrote about telecom for Law360 in Washington, D.C. She moved to D.C. from Pittsburgh, Pa., where she spent five years covering the Pittsburgh police and other Western Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Vice President, Government Relations
Ben Moncrief oversees C Spire’s interaction with state and federal policy-makers, consumer advocates, other industry players and the media in the telecom policy space. Recently, he 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, Moncrief 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, Ala.-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 earned a 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.
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, Pickering 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, Pickering 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.
Future of Privacy Forum
Jules Polonetsky serves as CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. FPF is supported by the Chief Privacy Officers of 150 companies and by leading foundations, as well as an advisory board of academics, civil society and companies. Polonetsky is co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Privacy, published by Cambridge University Press (2018). He is also Co-Chairman of the Israel Tech Policy Institute, based in Tel Aviv. Polonetsky's previous roles have included serving as chief privacy officer at AOL and before that at DoubleClick, as Consumer Affairs Commissioner for New York City, as an elected New York State Legislator, a congressional staffer, and as an attorney.
Director, Airband USA
Microsoft Airband Initiative
Vickie Robinson joined Microsoft in January 2018 after nearly two decades at the FCC, where she held multiple leadership roles, most recently as acting CEO and general counsel of the Universal Service Administrative Co., an independent not-for-profit organization designated by the FCC as the administrator of the federal Universal Service Fund. At Microsoft, Robinson continues her commitment to universal access by fostering relationships with internal and external partners, with the goal of assisting rural Americans to affordably get online and access applications and services powered by Microsoft’s Cloud. Robinson started her career with the FCC as an attorney advisor, supporting policies underlying the federal universal service support mechanisms and the universal service contribution system. From there, she steadily advanced through a series of promotions of increasing influence, responsibility, and authority, where she advised FCC senior leadership and thought leaders in shaping the development of Universal Broadband Access policies. In 2015, Robinson was promoted to the position of special counsel to the Division Chief, Competition Policy Division, in the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau. Robinson earned a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Howard University, also graduating Magna Cum Laude.
Jamie Belcore Saloom
Assistant Chief Counsel for Telecommunications
U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy
Jamie Belcore Saloom is the assistant chief counsel for Telecommunications at the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy. Prior to joining SBA Advocacy in 2008, Saloom was a regulatory studies fellow for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University School of Law. She earned her undergraduate degree from George Washington University in 2003 and her J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law in 2007, where she was a member of the Journal of Law Economics and Policy. Saloom has published scholarship on the importance of economic analysis in federal rulemaking, and is a member of the American Bar Association's Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section.
Distinguished Fellow at Georgetown Institute for Technology Law and Policy
Benton Senior Fellow and Public Advocate
Gigi Sohn is a Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy and a Benton Senior Fellow and Public Advocate. She is one of the nation’s leading public advocates for open, affordable and democratic communications networks. For 30 years, Sohn has worked to defend and preserve the fundamental competition and innovation policies that have made broadband Internet access more ubiquitous, competitive, affordable, open and protective of user privacy. From 2013-2016, Sohn was Counselor to the former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. From 2001-2013, she served as the Co-Founder and CEO of Public Knowledge, a leading telecommunications, media and technology policy advocacy organization. Sohn was previously a Project Specialist in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts and Culture unit and Executive Director of the Media Access Project, a public interest law firm. Sohn earned a B.S. in Broadcasting and Film, Summa Cum Laude from the Boston University College of Communication and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Senior Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection
Federal Trade Commission
Jim Trilling is a senior attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. He previously worked in the FTC’s Division of Advertising Practices. At the FTC, Trilling has led policy initiatives, investigations, and litigation enforcement actions involving a wide range of consumer protection issues, including online privacy, data security, and the installation of malware on consumers’ computers. For two years, Trilling was detailed from the FTC to serve as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In that role, he conducted investigations, planned Committee hearings, drafted reports, and worked on legislative proposals regarding digital privacy, cybersecurity, data security, and a variety of other issues. Before joining the FTC, Trilling litigated a variety of cases at a law firm in Washington, D.C., and clerked for then-U.S. District Court Judge David F. Hamilton. He graduated from Indiana University and Harvard Law School.
Kurt Van Wagenen
President and CEO
Kurt Van Wagenen is the president and CEO of FirstLight Fiber. Prior to assuming that role, he was president and CEO of FiberTower from April 2008 until November of 2012. He also served as president and CEO of NEON Communications from January 2007 until NEON was acquired by RCN Corporation, and earlier was president and COO of Globix Corp. Van Wagenen began his career at Verizon Communications and its various predecessors, holding positions of increasing responsibility. He earned a Master’s in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Van Wagenen also is a long-time Board member of non-profit organizations A Better Chance and Pathways To College.
Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
Stephanie Weiner is a partner with Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP. Her practice focuses on Internet, telecommunications, and energy law. Before entering private practice, Weiner served as the senior legal advisor to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. In that role, she oversaw all matters relating to broadband policy, including net neutrality, broadband provider privacy, subsidies for broadband deployment and major broadband transactions. Prior to joining the Chairman’s office, Weiner served in the FCC General Counsel’s Office as special advisor on Internet Law and Policy and was the point person for the agency’s efforts to establish and defend net neutrality protections. Weiner also served for two years as the senior legal advisor to the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). There, she oversaw and managed the creation of a program to comprehensively enforce — for the first time — DOE’s energy efficiency regulations covering the import and sale of appliances, consumer electronics, lighting and other products in the United States.
Senior Policy Advisor
Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)
Joseph Wender currently serves as senior policy advisor to Sen. Ed Market, handling a wide range of issues including telecommunications and privacy. Wender previously served as then-Rep. Markey’s legislative director. Prior to working for Markey, Wender was counsel for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Sen. Roger F. Wicker
Sen. Roger F. Wicker has represented Mississippi in the United States Senate since December 2007. During his time in the Senate, Wicker has championed pro-growth policies to create jobs, limit federal overreach, protect life, and maintain a strong national defense. Sen. Wicker is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for the 116th Congress. He previously served as the chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet. He is the second-highest ranking Republican member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. His other committee assignments include the Environment and Public Works Committee; and the Rules and Administration Committee. Prior to his service in the Senate, Sen. Wicker was elected seven times, beginning in 1994, to represent Mississippi’s First Congressional District in the House of Representatives. Before being elected to Congress, he served in the state Senate on behalf of Lee and Pontotoc counties. Sen. Wicker served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and then joined the Air Force Reserve. He retired from the Reserve in 2004 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
John Windhausen Jr.
John Windhausen Jr. is the founder and executive director of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, based in Washington, D.C. The SHLB Coalition is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) advocacy and educational organization with 142 members from across the U.S., including representatives of schools, libraries, telehealth networks and health providers, broadband companies, research and education networks, state broadband officials and public interest groups. The Coalition promotes open, affordable, high-quality broadband services for anchor institutions and their communities. Windhausen previously operated his own broadband policy consulting firm and was president of a telecommunications trade association. From 1987 to 1996, he served as staff counsel for the U. S. Senate Commerce Committee, where he was one of the key drafters the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Windhausen began his career as a staff attorney at the Federal Communications Commission in 1984. He has a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.