Appointment of Members to the Re-Chartered FCC Diversity Committee
Federal Communications Commission
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Appointment of Members to the Re-Chartered FCC Diversity CommitteeWashington, DC: The Federal Communications Commission hereby announces, consistent with
the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the members of the re-chartered Federal Advisory
Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age (“Diversity Committee”). See
the attached list.
The Diversity Committee is a critical component of the Commission’s diversity agenda.
Chairman Genachowski re-chartered the Committee in December 2012 to extend the terms of the
current members and to ensure that they have adequate time to continue their important work.
The Committee’s expert insight has informed Commission policy on vital issues like capital
access, broadband infrastructure and adoption, the importance of data driven action on diversity,
nondiscrimination in advertising, and many others.
The Committee’s mission is to advise the Commission regarding policies and practices that will
enhance diversity in the telecommunications and related industries. In particular, the Committee
focuses on lowering barriers to entry for historically disadvantaged men and women and creating
an environment that enables employment of a diverse workforce within the telecommunications
and related industries. This Committee will continue to work on (1) unlicensed spectrum
opportunities for diverse communities and entrepreneurs; (2) how exemplary EEO practices by
telecommunications industry participants can contribute to the FCC’s goal of viewpoint
diversity; (3) how exemplary supplier diversity practices by industry participants can contribute
to the FCC’s goal of ownership diversity, and (4) reviewing past diversity initiatives that have
positively impacted ownership diversity and determining how these initiatives can be
incorporated in the Commission’s current diversity agenda.
Last year, before the expiration of its previous charter, the Committee worked with the FCC’s
Office of Communications Business Opportunities to launch a supplier diversity outreach
program for the Commission. In July 2012, the Commission hosted a successful supplier
diversity conference, featuring supplier diversity experts from telecommunications and IT
companies, and will continue the program this summer. The Committee also began work on
designing an outreach program for the Commission to educate women and minority
entrepreneurs about unlicensed devices and related business opportunities.
With the help of industry and public interest representatives, including the Diversity Committee
membership, the Commission is moving forward on an ambitious diversity agenda. In
December of last year, we enabled the largest-ever expansion of community radio and created
opportunities for non-profit organizations and minority groups to launch thousands of new low-
power FM radio stations. The Commission’s recently released Form 323 ownership report
provides, for the first time, detailed information by race, ethnicity, and gender concerning
ownership of commercial television and radio. And in our review of the Comcast-NBCU
transaction, the Commission worked closely with the parties to develop initiatives, including
major ones on broadband adoption and independent programming, to ensure that the transaction
improved diversity in the media marketplace.
With the assistance of the re-chartered Diversity Committee, the Commission is looking forward
to making continued strides to advance diversity and inclusion in the communications sector.
Barbara Kreisman, Carolyn Fleming Williams, and Nicole McGinnis, will serve as the
Designated Federal Officer and Deputy Federal Officers, respectively, of the Diversity
Diversity Committee meetings will be open to the general public and will be announced, in
advance, by Public Notice. The first meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, April 25, 2013,
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, Washington, DC. We will provide
additional details as they become available. Information about the Diversity Committee can be
found at www.fcc.gov/DiversityFAC .
If you have any questions, please contact Karen M. Beverly, (202) 418-0993 or
MEMBERS OF THE FCC’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSITY FOR
COMMUNICATIONS IN A DIGITAL AGEBarbara Kreisman, Designated Federal Officer
Carolyn Fleming Williams, Designated Deputy Federal Officer
Nicole McGinnis, Designated Deputy Federal Officer
Emma Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media
American Public Media
Broadband Opportunities Coalition
21st Century Telecom
Women in Cable Telecommunications
Wilco Electronic Systems, Inc.
National Association of Broadcasters
Anita Stephens Graham
Opportunity Capital Partners
The National Hispanic Media Coalition
National Urban League
The IT Architect
Minority Media Telecommunications Council
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Kizart Media Partners
Communication Services for the Deaf
Asian American Justice Center
National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications
Latinos in Science and Technology Association
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors
The Roberts Companies
Andrew Jay Schwartzman
Shooting Star Broadcasting
Alliance for Women in Media
Dr. Jorge Schement
Dr. Cindy Shao
Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Loris Ann Taylor
Native Public Media
National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters
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