Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: click for press photo

Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel believes that the future belongs to the connected. She works to promote greater opportunity, accessibility, and affordability in our communications services in order to ensure that all Americans get a fair shot at 21st century success. She believes strong communications markets can foster economic growth and security, enhance digital age opportunity, and enrich our civic life.

From fighting to protect net neutrality to ensuring access to the internet for students caught in the Homework Gap, Jessica has been a consistent champion for connecting all. She is a leader in spectrum policy, developing new ways to support wireless services from Wi-Fi to video and the internet of things. She also is responsible for developing policies to help expand the reach of broadband to schools, libraries, hospitals, and households across the country.

Named as one of POLITICO's 50 Politicos to Watch and profiled by InStyle Magazine in a series celebrating "women who show up, speak up and get things done," Jessica brings over two decades of communications policy experience and public service to the FCC. Prior to joining the agency, she served as Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, under the leadership of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV and Senator Daniel Inouye. Before entering public service, Jessica practiced communications law in Washington, DC.

She is a native of Hartford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband Mark, and children Caroline and Emmett.

 

Travis Litman

Travis Litman

Chief of Staff and Senior Legal Advisor, Wireline and Public Safety

Travis Litman is a Commission veteran, who returns to the office after previously serving as Commissioner Rosenworcel's Senior Legal Advisor for wireline and consumer issues. Travis has held a variety of roles in the agency's Wireline Competition Bureau, including as Assistant Chief of the Telecommunications Access Policy Division. He also has served as Counsel to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where he provided assistance to the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet. Before entering public service, Travis practiced communications law at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP and Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP. He is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College and the University of Colorado School of Law.

Kate Black

Kate Black

Policy Advisor, Media

Kate Black joins the office from EMILY's List, where she most recently served as Chief of Staff. In this role she was responsible for strategic support for its president and for helping to implement and manage EMILY's List goals and initiatives. In her role she worked to elect women up and down the ballot and from across the country. Previously, Kate served as the Vice President of Research for EMILY's List, where she was responsible for regulatory and legislative policies regarding key issues facing American families and the economy. While in this role, she also served as Executive Director of American Women, where she led the organization's polling, messaging, and policy development, with a special focus on media consumption and the impact of new technologies on the economy. Kate has held a variety of other policy and research positions at a diverse group of organizations, including the Democratic National Committee, the Service Employees International Union, and Hillary Clinton for President. She is the co-author, with June Diane Raphael, of "Represent: The Woman's Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World," scheduled to be published by Workman Publishing in 2019. She is a graduate of Miami University and holds a Master of Arts from George Washington University. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Sam and their son, Charlie.

Umair Javed

Umair Javed

Legal Advisor, Wireless and International

Umair Javed serves Commissioner Rosenworcel as legal advisor for wireless and international issues. Mr. Javed joins the Commission from Wiley Rein LLP, where he was an associate in the firm’s Telecom, Media, and Technology group. At Wiley Rein, Mr. Javed provided legal counsel and strategic advice to a broad cross-section of clients on domestic and international telecommunications regulation, spectrum policy, and global Internet governance. He also has served on U.S. delegations to conferences and meetings of the International Telecommunication Union, including the 2016 World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly and the 2017 World Telecommunication Development Conference. Mr. Javed currently serves as Commissioner of the Consumer Protection Commission of Fairfax County and previously was a firefighter and EMT-B in Albemarle County, Virginia. He holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia as well as a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Aurelle Porter

Staff Assistant

Ms. Porter has worked at the Federal Communications Commission since 2006. Most recently, she served as Special Assistant in the Office of Legislative Affairs. She also worked as a Staff Assistant to former FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin.

Broadband: With Jessica Rosenworcel

Broadband Conversations

Dedicated to amplifying the voices of women who are making a difference in our digital lives.

Broadband Conversations is dedicated to highlighting women who are making an impact on our digital lives. Each episode, Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel will talk to women who are breaking new ground and forging new paths in technology, media, and innovation about what they're working on, what's on their minds, what they think is the next for the future. Because there are just too few, it's time to amplify these women's voices.

Episodes

#3129 minutes

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Before being elected to Congress, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene spent over twenty years as a technology entrepreneur and business leader. In Congress, she’s used this experience to help develop policies that create jobs and foster innovation. She’s also used this background to advance cybersecurity and improve data privacy. Listeners will get to hear how she believes we can secure our networks and protect against online threats as we enter in the next generation of technology.

#3016 minutes

Emily Ramshaw, Co-Founder and CEO of The 19th

Journalism has always been essential part of how we make decisions about our lives, our communities, and our country. During the pandemic getting the facts we need to know about what is happening in the world around us is especially important. On this episode of Broadband Conversations, listeners will meet Emily Ramshaw, who has started a new nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom during the ongoing health crisis. She is the CEO of The 19th, which focuses on telling stories about women, policy, and politics. With women holding one-third of the jobs deemed essential, Emily’s efforts to bring attention to their stories and so much more that might be missed by more traditional news outlets is absolutely critical as we navigate the challenges ahead.

#2919 minutes

Leah Lizarondo, CEO and Co-Founder of 412 Food Rescue

The ongoing public health crisis has had a devastating impact on our economy.  It has led to increased unemployment and greater food insecurity for households across the country.  As a result, we are seeing record-breaking lines with people waiting in cars and on sidewalks to pick up groceries to feed their families.  On this episode of Broadband Conversations, listeners will get to meet a woman who is doing her part to help.  Leah Lizarondo is the CEO and Co-Founder of 412 Food Rescue, a food recovery organization that uses technology to link retailers who have excess food with volunteers who are able to distribute it to families and individuals experiencing food insecurity.

Dr. Nicol Turner Lee is an expert in equitable access to digital technology and the new Director of the Brookings’ Center for Technology Innovation. Her research explores broadband deployment and the intersection of race, civic engagement, and criminal justice reform. In this episode listeners will get to hear her about her work to expand digital equity and her belief that we need to build a technology ecosystem that provides innovation and opportunities for all.

#2732 minutes

Julie Samuels, Executive Director, Tech:NYC

The Coronavirus has impacted every town and city across the country. One of the hardest hit has been New York City, where Julie Samuels, the guest on this episode of Broadband Conversations, lives and works. Julie is the Executive Director of Tech:NYC and on this episode listeners will hear what she is seeing firsthand and how technology could assist in this crisis, as so much of in our lives, from work to healthcare to education, has migrated online.

Before a siren blares or an ambulance arrives, 911 operators are the first, first responders. Now we are relying on these operators and dispatchers to coordinate emergency response during a national crisis. In this episode, listeners will meet Karima Holmes, Director of the Office of Unified Communications for the District of Columbia. Director Holmes oversees the city’s emergency 911 operations and she is working to protect the District’s 700,000 residents and 20 million annual visitors.

#2513 minutes

Congresswoman Grace Meng

Meet Congresswoman Grace Meng, the first female member of Congress from Queens, New York since Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro. She's also a member of the Rural Broadband Task Force in the House of Representatives—which you might not expect—because as she notes on the episode, almost 30% of New York City households lack broadband at home. This is a problem for children who need the internet to complete their nightly schoolwork. Listeners will learn about legislation the Congresswoman has proposed to address this problem, known as the Homework Gap, by helping libraries and schools create mobile hotspot lending programs to ensure students can get online at home.

#2422 minutes

Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden

"Librarians are the original search engines." Those are the words of Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress and the featured guest on this episode of Broadband Conversations. Dr. Hayden is the first woman and the first African American to serve as the Librarian of Congress. Under her historic leadership, she is working to ensure that the 171 million items in the Library's collection—from the diaries of Susan B. Anthony to the Gettysburg Address to the papers of Rosa Parks—are open and accessible to all.

#2326 minutes

Peggy Schaffer, Executive Director of ConnectME

Maine is one of the most rural states in the nation. So when it comes to broadband deployment, there are special challenges to ensuring the digital age reaches all. On this episode of Broadband Conversations, listeners will meet Peggy Schaffer, the woman leading the effort at Maine's Broadband Authority to bring internet connectivity, and the economic opportunities that come with it, to every community in the state.

#2222 minutes

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

For any entrepreneur, turning a good idea into a business is hard work. But thankfully, small businesses have Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez fighting for them in Congress. As Chairwoman of the Small Business Committee, Congresswoman Velazquez is working to ensure that those who want to create businesses—including women, have every tool at their disposal. On this episode, the Congresswoman describes her historic path to Washington, her commitment to a level playing field, and her hopes for a democratic and inclusive digital future.