Debra Jordan, Bureau Chief

Debra Jordan is Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, where she oversees public safety, homeland security, emergency management, cybersecurity, and disaster preparedness activities at the FCC. She leads efforts to ensure that the nation’s first responders and the public have access to effective and reliable communications. Under Ms. Jordan’s leadership, the Bureau develops and implements policies to strengthen 911, emergency alerting, network reliability and security, and first responder communications. The Bureau also collaborates closely with Federal government partners responsible for protecting the Nation’s communications infrastructure.

Prior to assuming the role of Bureau Chief in January 2022, Ms. Jordan served as Deputy Chief of the Bureau, where she led emergency preparedness and response efforts and represented the FCC at various interagency committees and task forces related to cybersecurity, supply chain risk management, national security, and continuity.

Before joining the FCC in 2015, Ms. Jordan served as a civilian within the Department of Defense, where she managed a variety of critical information and communications systems. While at DoD, Ms. Jordan served as the Command Information Officer for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, where she led the Navy’s development of a cybersecurity roadmap for critical utilities and facilities infrastructure. She also served numerous assignments to enhance Navy communications networks and telephony services across the Pacific region. As Executive Agent for the U.S. Pacific Command, she led the establishment of E911 and Public Safety Answering Points for the DoD’s command and control communications system in the State of Hawaii, including an integrated fail-over capability with county and state first responders. She also served as DoD’s representative to the Hawaii State Public Utilities Commission for numerous communications issues. As Executive Director for Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, she oversaw the migration of emergency communications systems, including integrating communications with state and local first responders.

Ms. Jordan, a native of Hawaii, has received multiple Navy Superior and Meritorious Civilian Service Awards.

David Furth, Deputy Chief
David Furth is the Deputy Chief of the Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.  He is responsible for overseeing policy issues pertaining to public safety and homeland security including public safety spectrum and licensing, E911, Emergency Alert System, and CALEA. Mr. Furth served as Acting Bureau Chief from January to July 2009.  From September, 2006 through January, 2009, Mr. Furth was an Associate Bureau Chief.  In this capacity, he was responsible for a variety of legal and policy issues in the Bureau, most notably the 800 MHz rebanding proceeding.  From March 2003 to September 2006, Mr. Furth was Associate Bureau Chief and Counsel in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.  Since joining the Commission in 1992, Mr. Furth has served as an attorney in the Private Radio Bureau and the Wireless Bureau, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Rachelle Chong, Deputy Chief and Chief of the Commercial Wireless Division, and Senior Legal Advisor in the Wireless Bureau.  Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Furth was in private law practice in Washington, DC and San Francisco, California. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Nicole McGinnis, Deputy Chief
Nicole McGinnis is Deputy Chief in the Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau.  Ms. McGinnis is responsible for the development and implementation of FCC policies in the areas of network reliability and emergency alerting.  In addition, Ms. McGinnis has an extensive consumer and spectrum policy background and has held several positions within the FCC, including Deputy Chief of the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau and legal advisor in the Office of the Bureau Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.  Ms. McGinnis has also worked in the private sector. She started her career as an associate at Wiley Rein LLP, where she worked in the firm’s telecom practice. She also served as Director of Spectrum Resources at Sprint, where she advised a broad internal client base, including corporate counsel, RF engineers, and spectrum development teams with respect to spectrum policies and compliance issues.  Ms. McGinnis received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in English and Government from Dartmouth College and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Lauren Kravetz, Chief of Staff
Ms. Kravetz is an experienced communications lawyer, currently serving at PSHSB Chief of Staff.  She served previously as Deputy Chief of PSHSB’s Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division, where she supervised development and implementation of the Commission’s policies on network reliability and cybersecurity.  In this role, she served as the Deputy Designated Federal Officer for the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council advisory committee.  Ms. Kravetz has also held positions at the FCC as team lead for wireless major transaction review, WTB and PSHSB media relations director, intergovernmental and tribal liaison, and senior member of the digital television transition team.  Before joining the Commission in 1999, Ms. Kravetz was in private law practice in Washington, D.C., focusing on representation of telecommunications providers and broadcasters before the FCC and state public utility commissions and in corporate transactions.  Early in her career, she spent several years working on Capitol Hill.

A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Kravetz graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from UCLA with a B.A. in Linguistics and French.  She earned a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.  She has served as a National Board Member of American Women in Radio and Television (now Women in Media) and President of AWRT’s DC Chapter, as well as the Chair of several committees for the Federal Communications Bar Association.

Zenji Nakazawa, Associate Chief
Zenji Nakazawa is Associate Bureau Chief to the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.  He is responsible for national security, 5G and ICT cyber supply chain risk management, and public safety.  Before re-joining the Bureau, Mr. Nakazawa served four years as Legal Advisor to former FCC Chairman Ajit V. Pai for public safety, homeland security, consumer protection, and enforcement issues.  In that capacity, he supported the agency’s efforts to promote the U.S. National Strategy to Secure 5G, ensure continuity of communications during the COVID-19 pandemic, strengthen response capabilities of the nation’s first responders, enhance emergency alerting, coordinate on national disasters, and stem the tide of illegal robocalls.

He previously served as Chief and Deputy Chief of the Policy Division in the Bureau, where he managed a broad portfolio including 911, public safety spectrum, the Communications for Law Enforcement Act, cellphone privacy, and unmanned aerial systems.  Mr. Nakazawa has also served as Acting Legal Advisor and Staff Attorney in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and Staff Attorney in the former Cable Services Bureau. Mr. Nakazawa received his B.A. in economics from Bucknell University, and his J.D. from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond.

Jeffery Goldthorp, Associate Chief & Chief Data Officier
Jeff Goldthorp is an Associate Bureau Chief in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. Mr. Goldthorp’s portfolio includes data science initiatives and national security policy.  His work in big data spires to enable the Bureau to make better use of existing data sets and tap into open-source data sets to improve communications situational awareness.  His work on national security policy informs and coordinates Commission policy initiatives to reduce risk in the communications sector.

Prior to this position, Mr. Goldthorp served as Associate Bureau Chief for Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability and as Chief of the Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division.  He served as the Designated Federal Officer for the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council from through CSRIC VI.  In these roles he led a team of engineers and attorneys in the analysis of data on communications reliability and security and shepherded to development of Commission rulemakings.  Before this, Mr. Goldthorp was Chief of the FCC’s Network Technology Division, which advised Commission staff on the public policy ramifications of emerging network technologies.

Before joining the FCC in November of 2001, Mr. Goldthorp held several positions at Telcordia Technologies, including: General Manager of the Network Access Engineering Services practice, where he was responsible for expert-based systems engineering services on emerging local access technologies including DSL, HFC, FTTN, and Fixed Wireless; Operations Manager of Telcordia’s Emerging Networks Business Unit, where he was responsible for strategic planning, project management, and operations planning; and Account Executive to Ameritech’s New Media Enterprises venture. He holds a patent for a DSP-based near-end crosstalk simulator that is in use in Telcordia's laboratories.

Mr. Goldthorp earned a BSEE from Lehigh University and a MSEE from Princeton University.  He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu. He has served as a volunteer for WPFW-FM in Washington, DC and a Big Brother.

Ken Carlberg, Chief Technologist
Ken Carlberg is the Chief Technologist in the Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau.  He is involved in the review and analysis of technology.  Prior to joining the Commission, Dr. Carlberg worked in both private industry and academia.  His work experience spans a wide range of topics including prioritized voice communications, cybersecurity, congestion control, multicast, and resource reservation.  He has participated in the Internet Engineering Task Force since 1990, and has been a Principal Investigator and Subject Matter Expert for the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Naval Research Lab, and National Science Foundation.  Entwined in various efforts, he has occasionally designed and developed production level or prototype software in cybersecurity and various IP layer networking devices.  Dr. Carlberg received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University College London.

Renée Roland, Special Counsel
Renée Roland serves as Special Counsel to the Bureau Chief and is responsible for addressing issues including strategies for robust and resilient commercial communications networks and systems, cybersecurity and communications reliability, public safety spectrum and licensing, and Emergency Alert Systems. 

Before joining PSHSB, Ms. Roland provided counsel on special projects for the Office of Chairman Julius Genachowski, including evaluating and recommending technical solutions for ubiquitous mobile voice service.  Ms. Roland also served as Senior Legal Advisor and Chief of Staff for the Offices of Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Mignon Clyburn covering spectrum, international and public safety issues.  Since joining the Commission in 2001, Ms. Roland has served in senior positions in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Wireline Communications Bureau and had a lead role in in planning efforts related to The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 

Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Roland served as Deputy Chief Counsel - Telecommunications for New York-based Prism Communication Services, Inc.  She began her career in private law firm practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in media, wireline and satellite issues.  Ms. Roland received her J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center, and her B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University.

Erika Olsen, Senior Legal Counsel
Erika Olsen is Senior Legal Counsel to the Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.  Ms. Olsen is responsible for addressing policy initiatives for the Bureau including those related to public safety spectrum, including the 700 MHz band and the First Responder Network Authority, and 911/E911/NG911.  She is also the FCC representative to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), and leads the Commission’s efforts with respect to cybersecurity workforce development. 

Before joining the Bureau, Ms. Olsen served as the Acting Legal Advisor to FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin for wireless, public safety and international issues, and previously served as the Deputy Chief of the Telecommunications Access Policy Division in the Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Olsen was a partner in the telecommunications practice of a large international law firm.  Ms. Olsen received her B.A. from Yale University, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Washington and Lee University School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif.

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Thursday, March 17, 2022