Commissioner Michael O'Rielly: click for press photo

Michael O'Rielly was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and was sworn into office in November 2013. In January 2015, he was confirmed and sworn into office for a second term, which extends until June 30, 2019.

Prior to joining the agency, Commissioner O'Rielly spent almost 20 years working in prominent Republican communication policy and leadership positions for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Most recently, he served as a Policy Advisor in the Office of the Senate Republican Whip, led by U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX).

Commissioner O'Rielly received his B.A. from the University of Rochester.

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Joel Miller

Joel Miller

Chief of Staff and Media Legal Advisor

Mr. Miller joined Commissioner O’Rielly’s office from the Office of Congressman Brett Guthrie of Kentucky, where he started as a Senior Legislative Assistant in 2013 following a year of service in the Office of Todd Rokita of Indiana. Most recently he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Mr. Guthrie, responsible for crafting and carrying out the Congressman’s overall agenda and advising on matters before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, including communications policy. Mr. Miller received his J.D. from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and his B.A. in English from Malone University.

Erin McGrath

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.

Arielle Roth

Arielle Roth

Wireline Legal Advisor

Arielle Roth joins Commissioner O’Rielly’s office as Legal Advisor on wireline issues. Ms. Roth previously served as a Legal Advisor in the Wireline Competition Bureau, where she provided counsel on pricing and universal service matters. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Roth was a Legal Fellow with the Hudson Institute’s Center for the Economics of the Internet. Originally from Canada, she received her LL.B. and B.C.L. from the McGill University Faculty of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto.

Susan Fisenne

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.

Ovonda Walker

Ovonda Walker

Staff Assistant

Mrs. Walker has over 10 years of federal government service. She served as an Executive Secretary to the Deputy Inspector General for Policy and Oversight at the Department of Defense; and as a Secretary in the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. Mrs. Walker has also worked as a federal government contractor at the Federal Aviation Administration.