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Released: March 11, 2013


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March 11, 2013

Appointment of Members to the Re-Chartered FCC Diversity Committee

Washington, DC: The Federal Communications Commission hereby announces, consistent with

the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the members of the re-chartered Federal Advisory

Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age (“Diversity Committee”). See

the attached list.

The Diversity Committee is a critical component of the Commission’s diversity agenda.

Chairman Genachowski re-chartered the Committee in December 2012 to extend the terms of the

current members and to ensure that they have adequate time to continue their important work.

The Committee’s expert insight has informed Commission policy on vital issues like capital

access, broadband infrastructure and adoption, the importance of data driven action on diversity,

nondiscrimination in advertising, and many others.

The Committee’s mission is to advise the Commission regarding policies and practices that will

enhance diversity in the telecommunications and related industries. In particular, the Committee

focuses on lowering barriers to entry for historically disadvantaged men and women and creating

an environment that enables employment of a diverse workforce within the telecommunications

and related industries. This Committee will continue to work on (1) unlicensed spectrum

opportunities for diverse communities and entrepreneurs; (2) how exemplary EEO practices by

telecommunications industry participants can contribute to the FCC’s goal of viewpoint

diversity; (3) how exemplary supplier diversity practices by industry participants can contribute

to the FCC’s goal of ownership diversity, and (4) reviewing past diversity initiatives that have

positively impacted ownership diversity and determining how these initiatives can be

incorporated in the Commission’s current diversity agenda.

Last year, before the expiration of its previous charter, the Committee worked with the FCC’s

Office of Communications Business Opportunities to launch a supplier diversity outreach

program for the Commission. In July 2012, the Commission hosted a successful supplier

diversity conference, featuring supplier diversity experts from telecommunications and IT

companies, and will continue the program this summer. The Committee also began work on

designing an outreach program for the Commission to educate women and minority

entrepreneurs about unlicensed devices and related business opportunities.

With the help of industry and public interest representatives, including the Diversity Committee

membership, the Commission is moving forward on an ambitious diversity agenda. In


December of last year, we enabled the largest-ever expansion of community radio and created

opportunities for non-profit organizations and minority groups to launch thousands of new low-

power FM radio stations. The Commission’s recently released Form 323 ownership report

provides, for the first time, detailed information by race, ethnicity, and gender concerning

ownership of commercial television and radio. And in our review of the Comcast-NBCU

transaction, the Commission worked closely with the parties to develop initiatives, including

major ones on broadband adoption and independent programming, to ensure that the transaction

improved diversity in the media marketplace.

With the assistance of the re-chartered Diversity Committee, the Commission is looking forward

to making continued strides to advance diversity and inclusion in the communications sector.

Barbara Kreisman, Carolyn Fleming Williams, and Nicole McGinnis, will serve as the

Designated Federal Officer and Deputy Federal Officers, respectively, of the Diversity


Diversity Committee meetings will be open to the general public and will be announced, in

advance, by Public Notice. The first meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, April 25, 2013,

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, Washington, DC. We will provide

additional details as they become available. Information about the Diversity Committee can be

found at .

If you have any questions, please contact Karen M. Beverly, (202) 418-0993 or .





Barbara Kreisman, Designated Federal Officer

Carolyn Fleming Williams, Designated Deputy Federal Officer

Nicole McGinnis, Designated Deputy Federal Officer


Henry Rivera

Emma Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media


Joaquin Alvarado

American Public Media

Philip Alvelda


Karla Ballard

Broadband Opportunities Coalition

William Branham

21st Century Telecom

Maria Brennan

Women in Cable Telecommunications

Rudy Brioche


Eric Broyles


Bridgette Daniel

Wilco Electronic Systems, Inc.

Erin Dozier

National Association of Broadcasters

Donna Epps


Derrick Frost

Invision TV



Anita Stephens Graham

Opportunity Capital Partners

Jessica Gonzales

The National Hispanic Media Coalition

Anton Guitano


Chanelle Hardy

National Urban League

Charles Harrell

The IT Architect

David Honig

Minority Media Telecommunications Council

John Horrigan

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Ron Johnson


Sherman Kizart

Kizart Media Partners

Faye Kuo

Communication Services for the Deaf

Jason Lagria

Asian American Justice Center

Nicol Turner-Lee

National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications

Jose Marquez

Latinos in Science and Technology Association

Celia Nogales




Javier Palomarez

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Susan Patrick

Patrick Communications

Tony Perez

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Steve Roberts

The Roberts Companies

Andrew Jay Schwartzman

Free Press

Diane Sutter

Shooting Star Broadcasting

Sylvia Strobel

Alliance for Women in Media

Dr. Jorge Schement

Rutgers University

Virgil Smith

Gannett Co.

Dr. Cindy Shao

Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Loris Ann Taylor

Native Public Media

Joseph Torres

Free Press

Walter Ulloa


Mark Wallace

Cipher Communications

Jim Winston

National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters


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