Wheeler Names His FCC Staff
“This team will
hit the ground running.”
That’s the promise of new FCC
Chairman Tom Wheeler, who announced several staff and other
appointments. Among them is Gigi Sohn, who enjoys a high profile in media policy
and intellectual property law.
Wheeler characterized the people he named as providing “an
excellent mix of governmental, private-sector and public-interest expertise.”
Ruth Milkman will be his chief of staff. She is currently chief
of the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and has worked as special counsel
to the chairman for innovation in government. She’s former deputy chief of the
International and Common Carrier Bureaus and was senior legal advisor to
Chairman Reed Hundt. She was a founding partner of Lawler, Metzger, Milkman
& Keeney LLC.
Philip Verveer was named senior
counselor to the chairman. He is former U.S. coordinator for international
communications and information Policy at the State Department, and practiced
communications and antitrust law for 35 years. At the FCC he was chief of the
Cable Television Bureau, the Broadcast Bureau and the Common Carrier Bureau.
Gigi B. Sohn joins as Wheeler’s special counsel for external affairs.
Since 2001 she has been president/CEO of Public Knowledge, an “open Internet” advocacy
organization, and more recently co-chair of the board of directors of the
Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group. She was on the board of the
Telecommunications Policy Research Conference and the Advisory Board of the Center
for Copyright Information; and she was on President Clinton’s Advisory
Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television
Diane Cornell was named the chairman’s
special counsel. She was VP for government affairs at Inmarsat and VP of
regulatory policy at CTIA, The Wireless Association. Her FCC background
includes working as a legal advisor to three commissioners, chief of staff of
the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and division chief in the International
and Common Carrier Bureaus. She’s former president of the Federal
Communications Bar Association and was a director of the Universal Service
Administrative Co. She will have responsibility for issues in the International
Bureau as well as for FCC process reform, according to the announcement.
Daniel Alvarez was named a legal advisor to the chairman, with
responsibility for issues in the Wireline Competition and Public Safety and
Homeland Security Bureaus. Renee Gregory was named a legal advisor with
responsibility for issues in the Office of Engineering and Technology and the
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, as well as incentive auction issues. Maria
Kirby will serve as a legal advisor, with responsibility for issues in the
Media, Consumer and Governmental Affairs and Enforcement Bureaus.
Deborah Ridley was named confidential assistant to the
chairman, Sagar Doshi was named special assistant.
Also named to the
commission staff: Jon Sallet will serve as interim director of the Technology
Transitions Policy Task Force and will become acting general counsel when
General Counsel Sean Lev leaves shortly. Jon Wilkins was named acting managing
director and advisor to the chairman for management. And Roger Sherman becomes acting
chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.