Tom Wheeler became the 31st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on November 4, 2013. Chairman Wheeler was appointed by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate.

For over three decades, Chairman Wheeler has been involved with new telecommunications networks and services, experiencing the revolution in telecommunications as a policy expert, an advocate, and a businessman. As an entrepreneur, he started or helped start multiple companies offering innovative cable, wireless, and video communications services. He is the only person to be selected to both the Cable Television Hall of Fame and The Wireless Hall of Fame, a fact President Obama joked made him “The Bo Jackson of Telecom.”

Prior to joining the FCC, Chairman Wheeler was Managing Director at Core Capital Partners, a venture capital firm investing in early stage Internet Protocol (IP)-based companies. He served as President and CEO of Shiloh Group, LLC, a strategy development and private investment company specializing in telecommunications services and co-founded SmartBrief, the internet’s largest electronic information service for vertical markets. From 1976 to 1984, Chairman Wheeler was associated with the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), where he was President and CEO from 1979 to 1984. Following NCTA, Chairman Wheeler was CEO of several high tech companies, including the first company to offer high speed delivery of data to home computers and the first digital video satellite service. From 1992 to 2004, Chairman Wheeler served as President and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA).

Chairman Wheeler wrote Take Command: Leadership Lessons of the Civil War (Doubleday, 2000) and Mr. Lincoln's T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War (HarperCollins, 2006). His commentaries on current events have been published in the Washington PostUSA TodayLos Angeles TimesNewsday, and other leading publications.Presidents Clinton and Bush each appointed Chairman Wheeler a Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he served for 12 years. He is also the former Chairman and President of the Foundation for the National Archives, the non-profit organization dedicated to telling the American Story through its documents, and a former board member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Chairman Wheeler is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University and the recipient of its Alumni Medal. He resides in Washington, D.C.

Ruth Milkman

Ruth Milkman

Chief of Staff

Ruth Milkman serves as Chief of Staff. Ms. Milkman previously served as Chief of the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau from August 2009 to June 2011, and from June 2012 until November 2013. From June 2011 to June 2012, Ms. Milkman was Special Counsel to the Chairman for Innovation in Government. Previous experience at the Commission between 1986 and 1998 included serving as Deputy Chief of the International and Common Carrier Bureaus, and as Senior Legal Advisor to Chairman Reed Hundt. Ms. Milkman also was a founding partner of Lawler, Metzger, Milkman & Keeney, LLC and served as a law clerk to the Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Philip Verveer

Philip Verveer

Senior Counselor

Ambassador Verveer served from 2009-2013 as U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy at the U.S. Department of State and, before that practiced communications and antitrust law in the government and in private law firms for more than 35 years. Ambassador Verveer’s previous service at the Commission includes tenure as the Chief of the Cable Television Bureau, the Broadcast Bureau, and the Common Carrier Bureau, where he participated in a series of decisions that enabled increased competition in video and telephone services and limited regulation of information services.

Jessica Almond

Jessica Almond

Legal Advisor, Media, Public Safety, and Enforcement

Ms. Almond held numerous positions at the Commission between 2007 and 2014, including legal advisor to the Chief of the Media Bureau and Chief of Staff of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Before returning to the Commission in 2015, she was corporate counsel at HTC America, Inc.

Edward Smith

Edward "Smitty" Smith

Legal Advisor, Wireless, Engineering and Technology, Consumer Affairs, and Incentive Auction

Mr. Smith served as senior counsel and chief of staff for the FCC's Incentive Auction Task Force from 2012 to 2014. Mr. Smith has also served as special counsel in the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, served as special advisor at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and worked at the law firm of Hogan Lovells. Before returning to the Commission in 2015, he served in the cabinet of the Mayor of the District of Columbia.

Holly Saurer

Holly Saurer

Legal Advisor, International and Consumer & Governmental Affairs

Ms. Saurer served various positions in the Media Bureau, including an Associate Bureau Chief, Senior Legal Advisor to the Bureau Chief and Attorney-Advisor with the Bureau's Policy Division. She has also served as an Acting Advisor for Commissioners Rosenworcel and Clyburn. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Saurer worked at the Washington D.C. offices of Drinker Biddle & Reath and Miller & Van Eaton.

Emmaka Porchea-Veneszee

Emmaka Porchea-Veneszee

Associate Chief of Staff

Mrs. Porchea-Veneszee serves as Associate Chief of Staff. Previously, she served as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board. She also served as Resource Manager for the National SIGINT Committee at the National Security Agency. In addition, she has been Confidential Assistant to the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2 (Army Intelligence), headquartered at the U.S. Pentagon. Ms. Porchea-Veneszee began her career on active duty with the U.S. Navy.

Lisa Hone

Lisa Hone

Legal Advisor, Wireline

Ms. Hone previously served as Associate Bureau Chief in the Wireline Competition Bureau and has held various other positions in the Bureau. She also served as Commissioner Copps’ acting Wireline Advisor. Prior to joining the staff of the FCC, Ms. Hone worked at the Federal Trade Commission where she conducted and supervised federal court litigation and rulemaking proceedings involving a wide range of consumer protection issues. While at the FTC, Ms. Hone also spent time detailed to work for Senator Rockefeller on the oversight and investigations team of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Technology. Ms. Hone began her career as a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City.

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