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Courtney Reinhard | Senior Legal Advisor and Chief of Staff | Media

Before joining Commissioner O'Rielly's office, Courtney Reinhard served as the Legal Advisor for wireless, public safety and international issues for FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai. Ms. Reinhard came to the Commission from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget where she served as Counsel and Budget Analyst to Chairman Paul Ryan. Prior to that, Ms. Reinhard served as a Telecommunications Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. She has also served as a policy advisor on communications, technology, and intellectual property issues to U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, U.S. Senator Sam Brownback, and U.S. Representative John Shimkus. Ms. Reinhard received her J.D. from George Mason School of Law and her B.A., with honors, from the University of California, Davis.

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Erin McGrath | Legal Advisor | Wireless, Public Safety and International

Ms. McGrath has worked at the Commission since March 2000. Most recently, she was Legal Advisor to Commissioner Robert M. McDowell focusing primarily on media issues. Prior to joining Commissioner McDowell’s staff, she was an Assistant Division Chief in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau’s Mobility Division. During this time, she engaged in numerous rulemaking proceedings, reviewed several major wireless and media transactions, and managed post-auction licensing matters. She also served as interim Legal Advisor to Commissioner Meredith A. Baker for wireless, international, and public safety issues. Ms. McGrath received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Amy Bender | Legal Advisor | Wireline

Ms. Bender served as a Deputy Chief in the Telecommunications Access Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau, where she managed the high-cost universal service program, including the Connect America Fund. Prior to that, Ms. Bender was detailed to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. Before her detail, Ms. Bender was a Legal Advisor to Chairman Kevin J. Martin. Ms. Bender also served as a Legal Counsel to two Chiefs of the Wireline Competition Bureau. Ms. Bender entered the Commission as an Honors Attorney in the Wireline Competition Bureau, where she worked on a range of universal service, competition policy, and pricing policy issues. Before joining the Commission, Ms. Bender was a telecommunications associate at Wiley Rein & Fielding. Ms. Bender received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. summa cum laude from Rice University, where she majored in history and policy studies.

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Susan Fisenne | Confidential Assistant

Ms. Fisenne has worked at the Federal Communications Commission since 2005. Most recently, she served as a Consumer Education and Outreach Specialist in the Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau. She also previously worked as a Confidential Assistant to former FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate.

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Natividad Persaud | Staff Assistant

Mrs. Persaud has worked at the Federal Communications Commission since June 2005. Natividad has served as a Staff Assistant in both the Wireline Competition Bureau and Media Bureau. Currently, Natividad handles scheduling for Courtney Reinhard, Amy Bender, and Erin McGrath in Commissioner O’Rielly’s Office.

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