Lisa Fowlkes - OCBO Acting Director
Lisa M. Fowlkes is the Acting Director of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Office of Communications Business Opportunities. Prior to that, she worked in the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau where she was responsible for developing and implementing FCC policies in the areas of cybersecurity, communications reliability and emergency alerting.
Ms. Fowlkes’s career spans over 25 years during which she has held several positions within the FCC, including Assistant Chief of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, where she specialized in the enforcement of the FCC’s broadcast obscenity and indecency, pirate radio, 911, Emergency Alert System and other rules. In addition, Ms. Fowlkes has served as Deputy Chief of the FCC's Public Safety & Private Wireless Division, Senior Attorney-Advisor in the Office of General Counsel, Supervisory Attorney in the Cable Services Bureau and Attorney-Advisor in the Mass Media Bureau. Ms. Fowlkes also practiced law at a Washington, DC law firm where she represented public safety agencies, broadcast licensees, critical infrastructure service providers, government defense contractors and equipment manufacturers before the FCC.
Ms. Fowlkes earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She lives with her son in Loudoun County, Virginia.
Carolyn Fleming Williams - Senior Deputy Director
Carolyn Fleming-Williams most recently served as Director of the Office of Communications Business Opportunities, FCC. During her 15-year tenure with the Commission, she has also served as a Senior Attorney-Advisor with the Media Bureau. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Fleming-Williams served as corporate counsel with the Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT). She was also an associate attorney with the law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, now K&L Gates LLP. Prior to joining K&L, she was an Honors Attorney with the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She has also served as President of DC Habitat for Humanity and as a Fairfax County Commissioner for Civil Service. Also, she is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Business Administration and Management Studies teaching “Leadership in the 21st Century.”
Corrin Barksdale - Administrative Assistant
Ms. Barksdale joined the FCC in June of 2006 with the Office of Communications Business Opportunities (OCBO). She provides administrative support for the office. Ms. Barksdale holds a BA degree in Business Administration with a minor in Human Resources from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).
Christian Fiascunari - Outreach Specialist
Mr. Fiascunari joined the FCC in February of 2001, as a Bilingual Consumer and Mediation Specialist. In 2003 He started his career as an outreach specialist for Hispanic consumers at the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. In 2006 he joined our OCBO staff as an outreach specialist and website content manager. He has served as a spokesman for the FCC on consumer affairs with local and national Hispanic media. He attended George Mason University and holds a B.A in Psychology
John Finnie - Staff Assistant
Mr. Finnie began his federal government career in 1975 with the General Services Administration. The following year, as a member of the U.S. Army, he started a three year tour of duty in West Germany with the 3rd Infantry Division’s Finance Center, where he was a Finance Specialist. After an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Mr. Finnie joined the FCC in 1979. He left the FCC that same year for the private sector, but returned to the FCC in 1990. On his return, Mr. Finnie took a position with the Acquisition Branch, Office of Managing Director (OMD). In 1998, he joined the former Mass Media Bureau as a Secretary. In March of 2000, Mr. Finnie joined the Finance Division, OMD, as an Accountant Technician. In September of 2002, he accepted a position as Staff Assistant with OCBO.
Belford V. Lawson III - Attorney Advisor
Mr. Lawson joined the staff of OCBO in 1996. He has performed legal research, and law-related social scientific research, needed to support various formal Research Studies which have been undertaken by OCBO to determine the presence and effects of market entry barriers for small businesses entering the field of telecommunications. He has also performed legal and policy research used to implement the Schools and Libraries-related provisions of Section 254 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Mr. Lawson received a B.A. cum laude from Harvard; an M.A. from Columbia; a J.D. from Georgetown; and an LL.M. in Telecommunications Law and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Maura McGowan -Telecommunications Policy Analyst Ms. Maura McGowan joined OCBO in August 1996 to help facilitate the implementation of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA) and to conduct outreach to small communications businesses. Prior to joining OCBO, she served in two other FCC offices - the Office of the Managing Director and the Office of Engineering and Technology.
Calvin Osborne - Associate Director
Mr. Osborne is primarily responsible for addressing issues related to small and minority- and women-owned broadcast companies. Mr. Osborne serves as a FCC liaison to small and minority- and women-owned broadcast companies. He is responsible for preparing the statutorily mandated reports to Congress, including the Section 257 Report. Mr. Osborne comes to OCBO from the Policy Division of CGB and has also worked on various Section 271 Applications while in the Pricing Policy Division of the Wireline Bureau. Mr. Osborne received his J.D. degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City and his B.S in Management and Economics from William Jewell College, Liberty Missouri.
Sharon K. Stewart - Outreach Specialist (Women)
Ms. Stewart joined the FCC in July 2001 as a Staff Assistant to Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA) Director Martha Johnson and then Deputy Paul Jackson. From OLA, she joined the Office of Media Relations, where she worked with Director David Fiske and his staff for one-and-a-half years. In January 2003, Ms. Stewart accepted a call to work in the Office of Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein as a Staff Assistant. Her latest move in August of 2004 brings her wealth of administrative experience, gained over twenty years of federal government service, to OCBO. During her FCC tenure, Ms. Stewart has received a number of Performance Awards. She holds an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Montgomery College, Takoma Park, Maryland.