Promoting Diversity in Media, Telecom and Broadband

Staff

David HonigDavid Honig, Esq., President

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

Maurita ColeyMaurita Coley, Esq. 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 Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. She is a former Partner with the Davis Wright Tremaine and the Cole, Raywid & Braverman law firms. She has also 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 Corporation, a faith-based CDC affiliated with the Metropolitan AME Church.

Turner-Lee 100X100Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee, Vice President and Chief Research and Policy Officer

Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee is Vice President and Chief Research and Policy Officer for MMTC. In this senior role, Dr. Turner-Lee designs and implements a research and policy agenda that supports MMTC’s mission, and advocates for telecom and Internet policy reform through legislation, rulemaking, executive orders, public-private partnerships, and best practices. In 2011, she was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age by former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski of the Federal Communications Commission, where she chairs the subcommittee on the use of unlicensed devices to increase minority innovation and entrepreneurship. Nicol graduated with honors from Colgate University and has a doctorate in Sociology from Northwestern University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Jacqueline ClaryJacqueline Clary, Esq., Senior Counsel and John W. Jones Fellow

Jacqueline G. Clary is a Senior Attorney and the John W. Jones Fellow at the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council. She specializes in civil rights issues in the media, telecommunications, and broadband industries. Jacqueline has experience researching and advocating for universal first class digital citizenship in the broadband era and increased opportunities for small, minority, and women owned businesses. She has served as a Rapporteur for the Media Issues Subcommittee, the Barriers to Entry Subcommittee, and the WiFi Task Force of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity. She is also an active member and former board member of the Alliance for Women in Media’s National Capital Area Chapter. Jacqueline earned her B.A. from John Carroll University, her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, and is a member of the New York State Bar.

Marcella GadsonMarcella Gadson, Director of Communications, MMTC; Editor-in-Chief, Broadband and Social Justice Online Magazine

As Editor-in-Chief and Director of Communications, Marcella convenes press conferences on issues that relate to MMTC and its mission, designs communications materials for events, and manages content for MMTC’s online magazine, BBSJ. In addition, Marcella has represented MMTC at industry events and seminars across the country, speaking on such issues as minority representation in the media, broadband adoption, and other telecom-related matters. Marcella has previously served as MMTC’s Research Director and Associate Media Broker, having conducted research on EEO compliance in telecom, “No Urban” and “No Spanish” dictates in advertising, and minority representation on corporate boards. An experienced community organizer, Marcella organized outreach for the FCC’s Broadband Field Hearings in 2009. Marcella earned her B.B.A. in International Business from Howard University’s School of Business Executive Leadership Honors Program in 2008.

suzanne goughertySuzanne Gougherty, Director of MMTC Broadcasting and Brokerage

Over the last  38 years, Suzanne has worked in the media management business and hasgained media expertise ranging from broadcast sales management, research, and broadcastproduct development, to media buying and planning. From the perspective of an advertisingagency, a broadcast media manager, and a marketing and media solutions provider, Suzannehas a full-circle range of knowledge in the media and broadcast business.   Suzanne has managed all aspects of marketing and media development related to broadcastprogramming, show launches, sales presentations, advertising campaigns, press releases, andtrade advertising. She is a master at consistently forging strong business relationships and hasmaintained customer loyalty throughout her multimedia career. Suzanne’s main focus as Director of MMTC Broadcasting and Brokerage is overseeing the broadcast stations ownedor operated by MMTC.  She secures and manages the donation of stations, in addition to marketing the stations to potential operators and buyers.  She serves as MMTC’s primary media and telecom broker and assists companies and entrepreneurs in their efforts to buy, sell, or operate media or telecom assets.  With the assistance of counsel, Suzanne also prepares engagement letters, letters of intent, and other contracts or agreements.

Dorrissa GriffinDorrissa Griffin, Esq., Chief of Staff and Staff Counsel

Dorrissa D. Griffin, Esq. is Chief of Staff and Staff Counsel for MMTC where she serves in a managerial and advisory capacity.  She also provides legal counsel in FCC rulemaking proceedings and related litigation.  She takes great pride in advocating for diversity and inclusion in the media and telecommunications industries. Dorrissa also represented MMTC as a part of the Broadband Opportunity Coalition (BBOC), a partnership of the leading civil rights organizations recognizing the importance of bringing digital opportunities to minority communities.  As committee member of BBOC, Dorrissa directly assisted with the Connect Today, Change Your Tomorrow campaign to reach the 100 million Americans that have not yet adopted broadband. Dorrissa was admitted to the Florida bar in 2011 and graduated Florida A&M University College of Law that same year.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of West Florida in Business Administration with a specialization in Global Marketing in 2006.  She is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, Christian Legal Society, and the American Bar Association.  She is also a volunteer attorney for the Florida State Conference – NAACP.

DeVan HankersonDeVan Hankerson, Research Director

DeVan Hankerson is the Research Director at MMTC.  She has expertise in industry analysis and the application of economics to public policy, particularly as it relates to telecommunications networks and information services. DeVan’s background is in international telecom regulation, competition and technology policy.  Prior to joining MMTC, DeVan served as an Economic Research Associate for the government of the United Arab Emirates in the Dubai Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Research Department.  DeVan’s masters work was an economic and trade policy analysis of services markets in the emerging world, particularly network and information services in the Middle East and North Africa. DeVan has been active as a media and technology consultant for private, non-profit and academic institutions for the past 9 years.  She holds a certificate in project management and she is a former Foreign Language Area Studies Fellow. DeVan is currently a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and co-chair of the consumer advocacy organization Communications Consumers United. DeVan received her B.A. from Vassar College and her Master’s Degree in International Trade Policy, from Middlebury College Graduate School, the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  Her graduate specializations were Telecom Services and Arabic.

Joycelyn JamesJoycelyn James, Esq., Senior Counsel and Cathy Hughes Fellow

Joycelyn F. James serves as a Senior Attorney and the Cathy Hughes Fellow for the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council, where she works on matters that focus on the advancement of minority and women’s entrepreneurship in the nation’s media and telecommunications industries, including ownership, broadband participation, and spectrum rights. Joy is a graduate of the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, where she obtained a certificate from the Institute for Communications Law Studies. While at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, she served as a Staff Member for CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy. Prior to her legal education, she attended Howard University where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, concentrating on Radio, Television and Film.

Wendy RiveraWendy Rivera-Aquilar, Esq., Director of Hispanic Affairs and Staff Counsel

Mrs. Rivera earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida and her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. Previously, she practiced administrative law and served as a Research Assistant for the Director of National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law School at Stetson College of Law. For three years Mrs. Rivera served as a Participating Attorney for the Florida State Conferences Branches of the NAACP and joined a regulatory firm as Deputy General Counsel.

Mrs. Rivera is MMTC’s first Director of Hispanic Affairs and serves as Staff Counsel where she focuses on communication issues that have the greatest impact on minorities and women entrepreneurs.

She is the Executive Director of the Multicultural Education Alliance, a nonprofit organization that promotes open and collaborative dialogue between parents, administrators, educators, students, lawmakers and the community to ensure quality education for all students in Florida. She has given her time, leadership, and support to benefit many worthy causes, such as serving on the Orange County Student Advisory Council, Orange County Nuisance Abatement Board and as a Rapporteur for the Diversity and Inclusion, Telecommunications and Internet Policy Task Force. Moreover, she was selected as an Ambassador for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando and Chairperson for the BAH Network Committee.