2012 Speakers

Joset Wright

National Minority Supplier Development Council Inc.

The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) is a private non-profit organization that expands business opportunities for minority-owned companies of all sizes. Joset Wright is an attorney and former procurement executive with a broad range of professional experience in the corporate and private sectors. Most recently, she was executive director of Orchard Village, a not-for-profit organization that serves individuals with developmental and physical disabilities.

Anna-Maria Kovacs

Strategic Choices
Visiting Senior Scholar, Georgetown University’s Center for Business and Public Policy
Anna-Maria Kovacs’s expertise is in industry analysis and her area of focus is on the interplay between public policy and investment. Kovacs has followed the communications industry for over thirty years, either as a financial analyst or as a consultant. She was the Founder and President of Regulatory Source Associates LLC, which provided investment professionals with analysis of the impact of federal and state regulation on investment in the telecommunication and cable industries. She recently founded Strategic Choices to provide consulting on financial, strategic and regulatory issues that impact the communications industry.

Sharon Weston Broome

State Senator, President Pro Tempore
Louisiana State Senate District 15
Sharon Weston Broome’s role as a public servant has spanned over two decades. On September 8, 2011 she was re-elected to her third term to the Louisiana State Senate without opposition. Senator Broome served in the Louisiana House of Representatives (District 29) for 12 years and was the first female elected as Speaker Pro Tempore of the Louisiana House of Representatives. Senator Broome’s advocacy for issues surrounding children and families is reflected in a number of bills she has authored, including The Children’s Trust Fund Bill, Saturday Academy Program and Kinship Care Subsidy Program—just to name a few.

Nicol Turner-Lee, Ph.D

President and CEO
National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications
President and CEO
NAMIC is the premier organization that educates, empowers and advocates for multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry. Prior to joining NAMIC, Turner-Lee was Vice President and the first Director of the Media and Technology Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. She created the first “National Minority Broadband Adoption Study” that has been widely cited, including by the FCC’s National Broadband Plan. In 2011 she was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age and was honored by the Alliance for Women in Media as one of their “60 Most Inspiring Women in Media.”

Kristal High

Editor In Chief
Politic365.com is the premier digital destination for politics and policy related to communities of color. Kristal High has been featured as part of the National Urban League’s “I Am Empowered” campaign and, as Co-Chair of Innovation Generation, a social policy advocacy organization, High advocated for universal broadband adoption. Prior to founding Politic365, High developed an expertise in broadband adoption among minority, low-income and underserved populations through her work with MMTC and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ Media & Technology Institute.

Hon. Deborah Taylor Tate

MMTC Board of Directors
Deborah Taylor Tate was twice nominated to the FCC by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate where she served until 2009, serving as Chair of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service. Presently, she is the first Special Envoy to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for Child Online issues, Co-Chair of the national Healthy Media Commission (with Geena Davis), Distinguished Senior Fellow for the Free State Foundation, and serves on numerous national boards including Common Sense Media, Centerstone Research Institute and Healthstream, Inc. and is affiliated with both Vanderbilt and Lipscomb Universities.

Maurita K. Coley

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining MMTC in 2012, Maurita K. Coley served as Executive Director of Capital Area Asset Builders, a nonprofit leader in asset-building and financial literacy programs in the DC metropolitan area. She is a former Partner with the Davis Wright Tremaine and the Cole, Raywid & Braverman law firms, and has served as an executive at BET Networks. Coley is a recipient of the 2011 Paul R. Dean Award given to distinguished alumni of the Georgetown University Law School. She currently serves on the board of the Daniel A. Payne Community Development Corp., a faith-based CDC affiliated with the Metropolitan AME Church.

Hon. Robert McDowell

Robert M. McDowell was first appointed to a seat on the FCC by President George W. Bush in 2006, and reappointed in 2009 by President Barack Obama. Commissioner McDowell brings to the FCC approximately sixteen years of private sector experience in the communications industry. Before joining the FCC, Commissioner McDowell was Senior Vice President for the Competitive Telecommunications Association (CompTel). He has served on the North American Numbering Council (NANC) and on the Board of Directors of North American Numbering Plan Billing and Collection, Inc. (NBANC).

Tony Thomas

Syncom Venture Partners

Milford Thomas has served in a variety of investment roles with Syncom for over 14 years. He has participated in the investment and development of companies across a wide range of segments of the Media and Communications Industry. He currently serves on the board of directors of a number of Syncom portfolio companies including Heatwave Interactive, Maya Entertainment, Thought Equity Motion and Voyages. Prior to joining Syncom, Thomas served as an Investment Analyst for the Southern California Edison Retirement Plan.

Moctesuma Esparza

Esparza-Katz Productions
Moctesuma Esparza, founder of Maya Pictures, produced of such films as “Selena” (1997), “Gettysburg” (1993) and “Gods and Generals” (2003). Esparza is a multi-talented, award-winning filmmaker, producer, and entertainment industry executive. He has received over 100 honors including an Academy Award nomination, an Emmy, a Clio Award, and a Cine Golden Eagle Award. Additional film credits include “The Milagro Beanfield War” (1988) and “American Playhouse: The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez” (1982), a feature length theatrical film produced for PBS.

Ari Q. Fitzgerald

Partner, Hogan Lovells
Secretary, MMTC
Ari Fitzgerald’s practice at Hogan Lovells focuses on spectrum policy, wireless, satellite, international communications and Internet-related issues. Fitzgerald is a director and secretary of MMTC and a member of its policy committee. He joined Hogan Lovells from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where he served as legal advisor to Former Chairman William Kennard. Fitzgerald currently serves on the board of directors of Crown Castle International, a publicly traded communications infrastructure firm.

Dr. Mark Fratrik

Vice President and Chief Economist
Mark Fratrik serves as the BIA/Kelsey’s Chief Economist and is responsible for forecasting across all local media segments. He also manages BIA/Kelsey’s numerous proprietary databases and conducts primary research on various trends as they affect the broadcasting and related communications industries. He is the author BIA/Kelsey’s series of studies on the state of the radio and television industry and previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University for more than seven years.

. Hon. Bobby L. Rush

U.S. House of Representatives,br>
First District of Illinois
Rep. Bobby L. Rush is the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s First Congressional District, serving in this capacity since 1993. Rush was elected Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection during the 111th Congress. He is the leading legislative champion of minority telecommunications entrepreneurship. During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, Congressman Rush was a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and was a co-founder of the Illinois Black Panther Party.

. Marc Morial

National Urban League
Marc Morial has been president of the National Urban League (NUL) since 2003. His stewardship of the 100-year old civil rights organization has led to record fundraising success and the creation of initiatives such as the Urban Youth Empowerment Program. Prior to heading NUL, Morial served as mayor of New Orleans from 1994 to 2002, leading the city through a cultural and economic renaissance. He was a Louisiana state senator before being elected mayor. Morial has enjoyed an extensive career outside of politics as well, as an entrepreneur, award-winning lawyer and professor.

Issa Rae

Producer, Director and Writer
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
Issa Rae received her B.A. from Stanford University, where she produced and directed four theatrical productions. Because film was her true passion, she took time off from Stanford to attend the New York Film Academy, where she honed her filmmaking skills. “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” is Rae’s third web series and it has been featured on several sites and publications. Rae recently signed with UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment with plans to turn ABG into a cable half-hour comedy.

. José R. Mas

President & CEO
José R. Mas was appointed CEO of MasTec in 2007 and during his tenure MasTec’s revenues have doubled and earnings have more than tripled. Mas has diversified the company into the growing fields of renewable energy, electric transmission line construction and oil and gas pipeline construction while expanding its traditional communications business. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Mas served as Executive Vice President, and from 1997 to 2001 he served as President of MasTec’s Telecommunications Group.

Doug McGowan

Chief Executive Officer
Urban Cyberspace Company

Urban Cyberspace is a design consulting and marketing firm specializing in broadband Internet technologies. Prior to Urban Cyberspace, Doug McGowan spent 24 years at Hewlett-Packard Company where he held a number of engineering management and general management positions. Since leaving HP, McGowan held a number of executive positions in smaller companies, including CTO of Systemsfusion/Global Data Logistix, a South African company that developed a ground-breaking Business Support System (BSS) solution for Telco’s and ISPs.

Hon. Mignon L. Clyburn

Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn, the first African American woman to serve on the FCC, joined the agency in January 2009. She has a long history of public service and dedication to the public interest and enjoyed long careers in newspaper publishing and broadcasting. Prior to her swearing in as a Commissioner, Clyburn served for 11 years as the Representative of South Carolina’s 6th District on the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSC), and served a term as its Chair.

Hon. Michael J. Copps

Former Commissioner
Michael J. Copps is a former Commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission. He began his service in 2001 and was sworn in for his second term in 2005. For the first five months of 2009, he served as Acting Chairman of the FCC. Since leaving the FCC, Copps continues advocating on behalf of more diversity in our media and for reinvigorated public interest oversight of our nation’s communications infrastructure. Copps served from 1998 until January 2001 as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development, where he worked to improve market access and market share for nearly every sector of American industry.

Hon. Julia Johnson

President, NetCommunications
Chair, MMTC
NetCommunications is a national regulatory and public affairs firm that focuses primarily on governmental and regulatory practices combined with media and public relations. A former Chair of the Florida Public Service Commission, the Federal/State Universal Joint Board, and the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity, Julia Johnson presently serves on the boards of four publicly traded companies. Her public service work includes service as the Corporate Chairwoman for the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative (NOBEL) Women, and as the Chair of MMTC.

David Honig

David Honig has practiced communications and civil rights law since 1983, specializing in electronic redlining and race discrimination cases and defining the legal space that is the intersection of civil rights and telecommunications law. As founder and President of MMTC, he has represented over 80 national minority, civil rights and religious organizations before the FCC and has been named by the National Law Journal as one of the 30 most influential communications lawyers. Honig also serves as chief counsel for the Florida State Conference of the NAACP and as General Counsel of the Broadband Opportunity Coalition.

David Meier

Managing Director
The Gladstone Companies
David Meier joined The Gladstone Companies in 2007 as a Managing Director focusing on new business development in the Media & Communications industry in Gladstone’s Chicago office. Prior to joining Gladstone, Meier was a Vice President in Wells Fargo Foothill’s Specialty Finance division where he was responsible for originating and underwriting senior loans in the media and telecommunications sector. Prior to Wells Fargo, Meier was with Westburg Media Capital and a Vice President of FINOVA Capital Corporation.

Diane Warren

President, BounceOLOGY.com
Diane Warren, founder and president of BounceOLOGY.com, a project consulting firm, has enjoyed a 30-year career as a media marketing executive. In 1996, she founded www.RadioAE.com, the first online subscription interactive website in the radio industry. After Clear Channel bought her company in 1998, she ran their corporate marketing and communication’s operation for 10 years. Warren’s current projects include consulting for Clear Channel, president of operations for the HD Digital Radio Alliance, broadcast consultant and associate media broker for MMTC. She is proud of being named one of the “Most Influential Women in Radio” for 2009, 2010 and 2011.

. Hon. Thomas J. Tauke

Executive Vice President – Public Affairs, Policy and External Affairs
Verizon Communications
Thomas J. Tauke has held his current position at Verizon since May, 2004. As the company’s senior policy executive, he is responsible for the development of Verizon’s public policy positions and advocacy at the local, state, federal and international levels. He also serves as a Member of Verizon’s Leadership Council. Before joining NYNEX (a predecessor company of Verizon) in 1991, Tauke was a Member of the House of Representatives, representing Iowa’s Second Congressional district.

Thomas C. Power

U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Telecommunications
The White House

Serving in the capacity of Deputy CTO since August 2011, Tom Power helps develop and coordinate administration policy on telecom and technology issues. Before joining OSTP, Power served for more than two years as the Chief of Staff of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. At NTIA, Power provided policy and managerial direction for a wide range of agency activities, including spectrum, Internet policymaking and Recovery Act broadband grant programs.

Alfred C. Liggins, III

President and CEO
Radio One, Inc.
Alfred Liggins has been president, treasurer and a Director of Radio One since 1989 and CEO since 1997. He has been the visionary and chief architect of Radio One’s transformation from a pure play radio broadcasting company into the premier multi-media entertainment and information content provider it is today. Liggins joined Radio One in 1985 as an account manager at WOL-AM and in 1987 was promoted to general sales manager and again in 1988 to General Manager overseeing Radio One’s Washington, DC operations.

Hon. Jonathan Adelstein

Administrator, Rural Utilities Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
On March 25, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Jonathan S. Adelstein to be Administrator of USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service. As Administrator, Adelstein is responsible for all of the Service’s programs including the Telecommunications, Electrical, Water and Environmental, distance learning and Telemedicine programs. Adelstein was previously a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, where he led efforts to improve rural telecommunications and broadband. Before joining the FCC, Adelstein served for 15 years as a staff member in the United States Senate.

Lauren deLisa Coleman

Punch Media Group

Lauren deLisa Coleman has expertise in mobile strategy and analysis focusing on the convergence of Generations X and Y with hip tech platforms and has driven millions of dollars of revenue for notables ranging from Microsoft to Snoop Dogg. She appears frequently on San Francisco’s KPOO as a new media critic, moderated a number of panel discussions both in the U.S. and abroad and contributes to such outlets as newsweekdailybeast.com and cnbc.com. She recently had her first eBook Rise of the SmartPower Class enter Amazon’s “Hot New Releases: Best Media Studies.”

Brigitte Daniel

Executive Vice President
Wilco Electronics Systems, Inc.
Brigitte Daniel takes on a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including corporate communications, government affairs, regulatory affairs, public affairs and corporate administration. Prior to joining Wilco, Daniel served as an officer with the city of Philadelphia’s Minority Business Enterprise Council (MBEC), and served as the Director of Business Development and Governmental Affairs for the Academy of Screen Arts, a film school that opened in Ghana, West Africa in 2002. Daniel was the recipient of a 2011 Eisenhower Fellowship and was recently appointed to serve on the FCC’s Federal Advisory Diversity Committee.

David Hinson

National Director, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce (MBDA)

David Hinson was appointed as MBDA’s National Director by President Barack Obama in July 2009. MBDA’s core mission is to expand the U.S. economy and create new jobs by promoting the growth and global competitiveness of large, medium and small businesses that are minority-owned. Under his leadership, MBDA has experienced its most successful 3 years in its 43-year history, having assisted minority-owned firms in obtaining nearly $12 billion in contracts and capital, and creating and saving over 20,000 jobs. Prior to joining MBDA, Mr. Hinson was President and CEO of Wealth Management Network, Inc., and he has served in various senior-level positions at major Wall Street financial investment firms.

Bret Perkins

Vice President of External and Government Affairs Comcast Corporation Bret Perkins is responsible for the Comcast’s strategic partnerships with national public policy organizations. He also oversees the company’s regulatory and legislative initiatives at the local level and manages relationships with state and local associations and grassroots communications.  Previously, Perkins served as Vice President of System […]

Anna M. Gomez

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information
and Deputy Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

U.S. Department of Commerce

Anna Gomez joined NTIA in February, 2009. Previously, Gomez was Vice President, Government Affairs at Sprint Nextel. Prior to her work in private industry, Gomez served for 12 years in various management positions at the FCC, including Deputy Chief of the International Bureau and Chief of the Network Services Division in the Common Carrier (now Wireline) Bureau. She is a member of the District of Columbia’s Hispanic Bar Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association.

Zemira Jones

President & CEO, All American Management Group Inc.
Partner, BrownJones Media LLC

Zemira Jones heads All American Management Group, a media management consulting company that provides solutions for challenged media companies and content providers. Jones is also a Partner with BrownJones Media LLC, a multi-channel media syndication company. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors for Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s new radio group YMF Media. Zemira’s 32-year career spans a wide range of broadcast platforms including radio, television and satellite radio and he has worked with several prominent media companies including ABC/Disney, ESPN and Radio One Inc.

Bruce Lincoln

Founder and Chief Design Scientist
Urban Cyberspace Company

The Urban Cyberspace Company is a design consulting and marketing firm specializing in broadband Internet technologies. Bruce Lincoln is an Affiliated Scholar at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information at the Graduate School of Business. From May 2008 until June 2011, he was the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Community Engagement (CTICE), Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Jean Robinson

Associate, BounceOLOGY.com
Associate Broker, MMTC

Jean Robinson spent her 17+ year career in the corporate business and legal operations for Chancellor Media AMFM and with Clear Channel through its acquisition and LBO growth. She gained remarkable experience in transactions, acquisitions, FCC matters and project management. Robinson joined BounceOLOGY to work with Diane Warren and the MMTC legal pro-bono team to execute transactions, filings and to navigate the completion of deals. She has the experience to put process and organization to every detail of a transaction.

Erwin Krasnow

Partner, Garvey Schubert Barer
Vice Chair, MMTC

Erwin Krasnow has been described by the Legal Times as “a dean of the Washington communications bar,” a “superlawyer of communications” by American Film magazine and “the guru of communications law,” by the Broadcast Cable Financial Journal. Krasnow was the Founding Director and Vice Chair of Broadcast Capital Inc., a minority broadcast investment fund. He is a Director and Vice Chair of MMTC, Washington Counsel to the Media Financial Management Association, a former Trustee of the Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation and Past President of the Library of American Broadcasting.

Dr. Frances Negrón-Muntaner

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
Columbia University
A leading scholar of Caribbean and Latino Studies, Negrón-Muntaner’s books include Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture (CHOICE Award, 2004) and Sovereign Acts (forthcoming). Among her films are “Brincando el Charco: Portrait of a Puerto Rican” and “War in Guam.” In 2008, the United Nations’ Rapid Response Media Mechanism recognized her as a global expert in the areas of mass media and Latino American studies. Most recently, Columbia University awarded her the Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award, which recognizes excellence in teaching across university disciplines.

Earl W. Stafford

Earl W. Stafford
The Wentworth Group

Earl W. Stafford is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is best known for “The People’s Inaugural Project,” which brought more than 300 disadvantaged and underserved individuals to Washington, DC for a three-day, deluxe celebration of President Barack Obama’s inauguration. He is currently CEO of The Wentworth Group LLC, a Reston, VA private equity firm, and Chairman of The Stafford Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization he founded in 2002. From 1988 to 2009 he was Chairman and CEO of Universal Systems & Technology Inc. Stafford served in the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1987.

York Eggleston IV

CEO, Semantic Labs
Co-Founder & Board Member, NAMDE

Over the last 15 years, York Eggleston has used his unique set of talents in the development or co-development of several media and technology businesses, each of which has specialized in motivating customer decisions and measuring consumer behavior and performance. He is the inventor and patent author in the areas of promotion automation over networks, interactive promotion branding and point of sale fulfillment. Eggleston sits on the advisory boards of the UMBC’s Alex Brown Center for Entrepreneurship, Sub-Basement Art Studios and Communiversal Inc.

Debra Berlyn

Consumer Policy Solutions

Debra Berlyn is President of Consumer Policy Solutions, a consulting firm centered on developing public policies addressing the interests of consumers and the marketplace. With over 18 years of consumer advocacy experience, she is a seasoned veteran of handling in-depth, regulatory issues. Berlyn was recently appointed Chairperson for the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee and she is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Consumers League. Prior to launching Consumer Policy Solutions, Berlyn was senior legislative representative in the Federal Affairs Department of AARP.

. Hon. James E. Clyburn

U.S. Congressman
6th District of South Carolina

As Assistant Democratic Leader in the 112th Congress, James Clyburn is the leadership liaison to the Appropriations Committee and one of the Democratic Caucus’s primary liaisons to the White House. As a national leader, Clyburn has worked to respond to the needs of America’s diverse communities. He has championed rural communities supporting the development of regional water projects, community health centers and broadband connections, and has been instrumental in advancing into law measures to resolve historic discrimination issues.

Hon. Tyrone Brown

Former Commissioner

Tyrone Brown has extensive experience resulting from a long and diverse career in communications law and industry. A former FCC Commissioner, Brown recently served as President of Media Access Project (MAP), the non-profit, public interest communications law firm. He has interspersed communications law practice at major DC law firms, including Wiley Rein and Steptoe & Johnson, with business ventures. He participated in telecommunications and media start-ups, including the co-founding of DC’s first cable television system and he served as IRIDIUM’s Vice Chairman after the successful re-launch of the global mobile satellite system.

Ronald Johnson

Director and Treasurer

Ronald Johnson is serving in his 18th year as a Commissioner, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. Johnson is a second term member of the FCC’s Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age, where he serves as chairman of the Task Force on Minority Procurement Best Practices in Telecommunications. He is founder and CEO of Ronson Network Services which specializes in infrastructure services with global strategic partners. He is also managing partner of Solutions4Change LLC, which provides capture management and capital formation strategies for technology businesses.

Clara McLaughlin

Owner, Publisher and Editor
The Florida Star

Clara McLaughlin is owner, publisher and editor of the largest, oldest and most circulated African American owned newspaper in Northeast Florida – The Florida Star. She added a new publication, The Georgia Star, in 2005. McLaughlin also serves as host for a weekly radio talk show IMPACT on WCGL-AM 1360 and was media participant on Jacksonville’s PBS television affiliate, “Week in Review” for many years. In 1979 McLaughlin became the first black female in the U. S. to be founder, major owner and CEO of a network affiliated television station.

Mark Prince

Partner, Vice President of Media Services
Professional Partnering Solutions Inc. (PPS)

PPS is the leading resource for advertising, marketing, communications and media companies interested in developing and enhancing their supplier diversity efforts. Mark Prince also serves as the Executive Director of Diversity Strategy and Operations at MEC on the AT&T account. His responsibilities include supplier diversity and diversity marketing with a focus on the African-American segment. Prince has over 20 years of advertising agency experience in media. He was formerly a Broadcast Buying Director at GSD&M-Chicago, overseeing the execution of local radio, television and cable on SBC/AT&T for several products.

Hon. Clifford Stearns

U.S. House of Representatives
Florida’s 6th Congressional District

Born in Washington, D.C., Cliff Stearns was elected in 1988 to the U.S. House of Representatives, his only elected office. Stearns is highly regarded for his extensive record on fiscal responsibility. In 2012, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored Stearns for his consistent support of economic growth, reduced federal spending and tax relief. For the 112th Congress, Stearns is the Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee in the Energy and Commerce Committee. In the previous Congress, Stearns was the Republican Leader on the Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee.

Francisco R. Montero

Co-Managing Partner
Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth PLC
Francisco Montero’s practice includes FCC regulatory counseling, corporate finance, asset and securities acquisitions and intellectual property. He was a Member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age and has served as Director of the FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities, working to create business opportunities in the telecommunications and technology sectors. Montero is active in Hispanic and Spanish-language media and served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Independent Spanish Broadcasters Association, which he co-founded.

Clayton Banks

Founder, President and Executive Producer of
Ember Media Corporation
Clayton Banks has been a pioneer in the cable and communications industry for over two decades. He has implemented multi-platform strategies and produced multimedia content for top brands such as Essence Music Festival, MTV, ESPN, Discovery Networks, HBO, Pepsi, Bloomberg TV, Showtime Networks, Bermuda tourism and numerous other companies and organizations around the world. Prior to Ember Media, Banks served as Vice President of Affiliate Relations for Comedy Central, where he was involved with launches of South Park, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

Hon. Jessica Rosenworcel

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Jessica Rosenworcel was nominated for a seat on the FCC President Barack Obama and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on May 7, 2012. Commissioner Rosenworcel brings a decade and a half of public and private sector communications law experience to her position at the FCC. Prior to joining the FCC, Commissioner Rosenworcel served as Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, under the leadership of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV.

Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson

U.S. House of Representatives
30th District of Texas

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson is serving her 10th term representing the 30th Congressional District of Texas. She is widely recognized as one of the most effective legislators in Congress and is credited with originally authoring and co-authoring more than 150 bills. In December 2010, Congresswoman Johnson was elected as the first African-American and the first female Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. She is Founder and Co-Chair of the Diversity and Innovation Caucus and of the House Historical Black Colleges and Universities Caucus.

Joycelyn James, Esq.

Cathy Hughes Fellow

Joycelyn F. James, Esq., currently serving as the Cathy Hughes Fellow for the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council, works on matters that focus on the advancement of minority and women’s entrepreneurship in the nation’s media and telecommunications industries. Prior to her legal education, James was program director of WHBC, the student-run campus radio station at Howard University.

Hon. Emanuel Cleaver

U.S. House of Representatives
Fifth District of Missouri

Emanuel Cleaver II is now serving his fourth term representing Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District. Having served for twelve years on the city council of Kansas City, Cleaver was elected as the city’s first African American Mayor in 1991. During his eight year stint in the Office of the Mayor, Cleaver distinguished himself as an economic development activist and an unapologetic redevelopment craftsman. He and the City Council brought a number of major corporations to the city, including TransAmerica, Harley Davidson, and Citi Corp.

S. Jenell Trigg, Esq.

Lerman Senter PLLC

A former television sales and marketing executive, S. Jenell Trigg is chair of Lerman Senter’s intellectual property, new media and technology practice groups. Prior to private practice, Trigg served as assistant chief counsel for telecommunications for the U.S. Small Business Administration, as a senior telecommunications policy analyst for the FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities, and as a law clerk for FCC commissioners Rachelle B. Chong and Susan Ness.