Wayne Leighton, Chief
As Chief of OSP, Wayne A. Leighton leads this Office which assists and advises the Commission in developing strategic plans, identifying the agency's policy objectives, and providing analysis and advice regarding complex, novel communications issues. In this role, he is leading the development of recommendations for establishing the FCC's future Office of Economics and Analytics. Previously, Wayne served as a senior economist in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and as wireless advisor to then-FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate.
Apart from his FCC service, Wayne has worked for an economic consulting firm, was senior economist with the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and was a professor of economics at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala. Wayne holds a PhD in economics from George Mason University and undergraduate degrees in business and economics from Texas A&M University. He can be contacted by phone at (202) 418-2030.
Giulia McHenry, Deputy Chief
As Deputy Chief, Giulia assists the OSP Chief in advising the Commission on developing strategic plans, identifying policy objectives, and providing analysis of alternative ways to meet those objectives. Giulia joined OSP in 2018 after serving for three years as Chief Economist of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). She is an expert in the economics of the Internet, telecommunications, and media. She has advised and written reports on a range of issues including broadband policy, adoption and access; the digital economy; and the economics of spectrum and spectrum management.
Prior to joining NTIA, Giulia was a Senior Associate at The Brattle Group, where she focused on telecommunication matters, prepared expert reports and coauthored papers related to spectrum management and valuation, broadband deployment, regulatory proceedings, Universal Service Fund, and competition policy. Giulia received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland in 2009. She specialized in microeconomics, both applied and empirical methods, focusing on network theory and industrial organization. Her dissertation addressed issues related to social networking and entrepreneurship success.