Acting Chairwoman Clyburn Announces Key Staff Appointments
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FCC ACTING CHAIRWOMAN MIGNON CLYBURN NAMES MARK STEPHENS ACTING
MANAGING DIRECTOR; DR. DAVID A. BRAY CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
David Valdez Appointed Special Counsel to Acting Chairwoman Clyburn
Washington, D.C. FCC Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn today announced senior staff
appointments, naming Mark Stephens Acting Managing Director and Dr. David A. Bray as the
Commission's Chief Information Officer (CIO). As Acting Managing Director, Mr. Stephens will manage
the Commission's budget and financial programs, human resources, contracts, purchasing,
communications, computer services, physical space, security, and distribution of official FCC documents.
In his role as CIO, Dr. Bray will implement a tech-forward strategy to equip workers with effective
technology, cut costs, and shift the Commission's IT trajectory towards more sustainable and secure
cloud-based solutions. Mr. Stephens and Dr. Bray, along with other senior managers, will work in the
Office of the Managing Director (OMD) to coordinate the administration and management of the
In addition, Acting Chairwoman Clyburn announced David Valdez as Special Counsel to her office. In
that role, Mr. Valdez will oversee issues relating to regulatory reforms to facilitate innovation in
government and assist in managing the FCC's various Advisory Committees.
Chairwoman Clyburn said, "I am pleased that the FCC continues to internally promote and recruit
talented individuals to continue to help manage the agency to the highest standards and to drive the
agency's mission forward. I congratulate Mark on his appointment to Acting Managing Director and
thank him for his dedicated service to date. He has been an outstanding CFO in the Office of Managing
Director and the Commission will continue to benefit from his deep experience and expertise."
She continued, "I would also like to welcome David A. Bray and David Valdez to the Commission where
their strong leadership qualities and wide-ranging and valuable experience from the public and private
sectors will be invaluable to the FCC's management and important policy work going forward."
Mark Stephensjoined the FCC in 1991 and has served in a variety of roles and has broad experience of
financial management, auditing, accounting and management in both the public and private sectors. Mr.
Stephens most recently served as Chief Financial Officer in the Commission's Office of Managing
Director. In that capacity, he managed the FCC's financial reporting and compliance, oversaw
preparation and implementation of the commission's budget, and provided advice on financial
management and accounting matters. Mr. Stephens has also served as a special advisor for the Universal
Service Fund Oversight in the Wireline Competition Bureau, and as a senior audit manager and systems
accountant in the Wireline Competition Bureau among other roles and responsibilities. Prior to joining
the Commission, Mr. Stephens worked as an auditor with Grant Thornton LLP, and served in the United
States Navy. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Loyola College, and a
Master's Degree in Telecommunications from the George Washington University.
David A. Brayjoined government in 1993 and most recently served as Executive Director for the
bipartisan National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs of the U.S.
Intelligence Community. In this role he oversaw a team of interagency assignees working with
Congressionally-appointed Commissioners. He was one of 13 public servants selected to receive the 2012
Arthur S. Flemming Award. He chaired from 2010-2011 a subcommittee focused on White House-level
efforts to improve relations among the information integration, network interoperability, and civil liberties
activities of the U.S. government, jointly receiving "Best Cyber Presentation" at a public conference. He
previously volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan as a Special Advisor NATO's International Security
Assistance Force with the task of helping Generals "think differently" on strategic efforts in 2009. He has
worked with the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, and the private sector. He
also served as IT Chief for the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, where he led the technology aspects of the bioterrorism program's
response to 9/11, anthrax in 2001, SARS, and other outbreaks and received the CDC Director's Award for
Service in 2004. Dr. Bray holds a PhD in information systems, a MSPH in public health informatics, and
a BSCI from Emory University, and completed a visiting associateship with the Oxford Internet Institute
and two post-doctoral associateships with MIT and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
David Valdezheld several public policy positions in the public and private sector before joining the
FCC. He most recently served as Senior Director for the Computing Technology Industry Association
(CompTIA), and prior to that he was Verizon's Vice President for the Northwest region, which followed a
position as Verizon's Chief Privacy Officer. Mr. Valdez also served as an Attorney-Advisor with the
Office of Chief Counsel at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of
the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier in his career. Mr. Valdez received his L.L.M. in International
and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center. He also holds a J.D. from Rutgers
School of Law-Newark, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Northridge.
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