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Powell Loses Top Aide

Powell Loses Top Aide

FCC Chairman Michael Powell’s chief of staff is leaving to re-join the private sector. Marsha MacBride stated, “It is with difficulty I choose to leave my post as chief of staff at this time. Although the chairman has a challenging agenda ahead of him, the time is right for me to pursue new opportunities.”
Powell called MacBride his “most trusted and loyal advisor.”
Powell lost another top aide, his legal advisor on media issues Susan Eid, in July.
MacBride initially came to the FCC in 1991. She rejoined the commission in January 2001 to serve as Powell’s chief of staff. At the time, MacBride was VP, Government Relations, for the Walt Disney Company.
MacBride also heads the commission’s Homeland Security Policy Council.
During her prior tenure at the FCC, MacBride served as legal advisor to Michael Powell when he was a commissioner. MacBride served as executive director of the FCC’s Task Force on Year 2000 Conversion, chaired by Commissioner Powell. From December 1996 to November 1997, MacBride was legal advisor to Commissioner James Quello for matters relating to broadcast and cable television.