Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

Mignon L. Clyburn served as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, following her appointment by President Barack Obama on May 20, 2013. As Commissioner, she is serving a second term as a Democrat on the Commission, for which she was sworn in on February 19, 2013 following her re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate.

Clyburn began her service at the FCC in August, 2009, after spending 11 years as a member of the sixth district on the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina. She served as its chair from July 2002 through June 2004.

Prior to her service on the PSC, Clyburn was the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a Charleston-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African American community. She co-owned and operated the family-founded newspaper for 14 years.

A longtime champion of consumers and a defender of the public interest, Commissioner Clyburn considers every Commission proceeding with an eye toward how it will affect each and every American. She is a strong advocate for enhanced accessibility in communications for disabled citizens, and works closely with representative groups for the deaf and hard of hearing. She has fought to promote strong competition across all communications platforms, believing that the more robust and competitive the marketplace, the less need there is for regulation. However, when the market is not adequately addressing consumer concerns, Clyburn is an outspoken champion for smart, targeted regulatory action. She has pushed for media ownership rules that reflect the demographics of America, affordable universal telephone and high-speed internet access, greater broadband deployment and adoption throughout the nation, and transparency in regulation. Commissioner Clyburn is a member of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, Federal-State Joint Board on Separations, and the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services, all of which she chaired for three years during her first term at the FCC.

Clyburn is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking, Finance and Economics.

 

 

David Grossman

David Grossman

Chief of Staff and Media Policy Advisor

Mr. Grossman joined Commissioner Clyburn’s staff in March 2016. Previously, he served as Legislative Director and Senior Advisor for Technology Policy to U.S. Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and a senior representative from Silicon Valley. Prior to joining the Congresswoman’s office, Mr. Grossman was the Technology Counsel to the Democratic staff of the House Small Business Committee. Earlier, he worked for the Consumer Technology Association (formerly CEA) as a member of the organization’s government affairs team. Mr. Grossman began his career as a research analyst at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C., where he supported the firm’s telecommunications practice. He holds a Master of Public Policy from George Mason University and a B.A. in Political Communication from George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.

Claude Aiken

Claude Aiken

Legal Advisor, Wireline

Mr. Aiken joined Commissioner Clyburn’s staff from the Office of General Counsel, where he served as Associate General Counsel and Special Advisor on Internet Law and Policy. Mr. Aiken has held a variety of positions at the Commission, including Deputy Division Chief in the Wireline Competition Bureau’s Competition Policy Division, Special Counsel in the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, and attorney positions in the Wireline Competition Bureau and Office of General Counsel. Mr. Aiken is a graduate of Grove City College and New York Law School.

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Daudeline Meme

Legal Advisor, Wireless, International and Public Safety

Daudeline Meme serves as Legal Advisor for wireless, international, and public safety issues. Ms. Meme previously served as Chief of Staff of the Enforcement Bureau, where she was responsible for helping to oversee EB—providing legal, policy, and managerial oversight to the largest bureau at the Commission. Prior to that, Ms. Meme worked with the Chairman’s Office on implementation of FCC Process Reform and as a manager in EB’s Spectrum Enforcement Division. Before joining the Commission, Ms. Meme was a Communications Associate at Skadden, where she worked on a range of matters relating to regulatory compliance, transactions, and advocacy before the FCC. Earlier in her career, Ms. Meme served as a legal intern in the FCC’s Office of General Counsel and law clerk to Judge James R. Spencer in the Eastern District of Virginia. Ms. Meme is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan Law School.

Drema Johnson

Drema Johnson

Deputy Chief of Staff

Ms. Johnson is responsible for managing the office as well as the Acting Chairwoman’s personal schedule and travel arrangements. She previously served as Special Assistant to former House Speaker Thomas S. Foley and as Confidential Assistant to former FCC Chairman William Kennard. More recently, she was appointed to the Federal Commission for the Jamestown 400th Anniversary Commemoration on behalf of Senator Mark Warner and former Governor, now Senator Tim Kaine.

DeeAnn Smith

DeeAnn Smith

Staff Assistant

Ms. Smith joined the agency in 2009 and assists in carrying out the mission of the Clyburn office and the agency. She has an extensive administrative background, including experience in the legal and marketing industries.

October 14, 2010

MLC Remarks before RCA

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