TIA Executive Leadership
Scott Belcher – Chief Executive Officer
Scott F. Belcher was named Chief Executive Officer of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) in October 2014, following a seven-year tenure as President and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America).
As the information and communications technology (ICT) industry experiences the most dramatic change seen in decades, Scott’s leadership of TIA fosters adaptation and growth to meet its members’ needs. He is responsible for managing TIA’s overall operations and providing long-term strategic direction for the organization. Scott brings to TIA more than 25 years of public and private sector experience in Washington, DC.
Prior to becoming President and CEO of ITS America, Scott served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the National Academy of Public Administration in Washington, DC. Before his tenure at ITS America, Scott held senior management positions at a number of prominent trade associations, and worked in private practice at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, PC, and at the Environmental Protection Agency.
Scott holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia, a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Redlands. Scott serves on the Boards of the Telecommunications Industry Association and the University of Redlands Alumni Association. He serves on the U.S. Department of Transportation Intelligent Transport Systems Program Advisory Committee and on the Advisory Boards of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and the University of California Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center.
Scott resides in Alexandria, VA and is married with two children.
Patty Higginbotham – Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Patty Higginbotham joined TIA in February 2015 to represent the association in legal matters and oversee key internal operations, including serving as Counsel for the TIA standards department and managing business initiatives.
Patty previously served as General Counsel and Vice President, Policy at the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), representing the global business travel sector. Before GBTA, she was Chief of Staff and Vice President, Policy at Airlines for America, formerly Air Transport Association, representing the U.S. airlines.
Patty is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and licensed in four states. She holds a Juris Doctor from Emory University in Atlanta.
Danielle Coffey – Vice President and General Counsel, Government Affairs
Danielle Coffey has been with the association since 2004. Danielle leads the development and advocacy efforts for member companies on issues such as broadband and broadband-enabled services, content regulation and antitrust issues, accessibility regulations, spectrum availability and use, research and development, health IT, public safety, international development, and other important regulatory and legislative matters inside the Beltway and abroad. She is responsible for informing and educating government representatives about member companies' technologies and TIA policy proposals.
Before joining TIA, Danielle worked at the San Diego law firm Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Schmidt, for U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of California James F. Stiven, and on Capitol Hill for U.S. Representative Bob Filner (D-CA). Danielle attended Catholic University Law School, during which time she interned at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the Office of Chairman Powell, the Wireline Competition Bureau and the Media Bureau; the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA); and the Federal Regulations and Public Policy Division of MCI.
Danielle is licensed by the California Bar and is certified by the Communications Law Institute of CUA. She was born and raised in California and obtained her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University. Danielle lives with her husband and two daughters in Alexandria, Virginia.
John Jacobs – Vice President, Membership and Market Development
John Jacobs joined TIA in January 2010. An accomplished, international marketing executive, John brings extensive global marketing, product management, and business development experience to TIA; providing thought leadership for the association as it works on behalf of the continually evolving information and communications technology industry. John also oversees TIA's member services activities.
Prior to joining the TIA leadership team, John was Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager, Americas Region of Decisive Media, Ltd., and its cutting-edge online industry media network, TelecomTV.
Earlier John worked at Yankee Group Research as Senior Vice President, Marketing & Product Management. John has also served as Head of the Marketing and Business Development Division for the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Prior to this John worked at MCI Communications Corporation, where he was Director of Marketing for the Wireless and Prepaid Communications Groups.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from The American University in Washington, DC and a Masters of Business Administration from Georgetown University.
Taly Walsh – Vice President, Marketing, Networking and Intelligence
Taly Walsh is responsible for TIA's industry events, as well as marketing the association's products and services. Walsh is also charged with growing the Market Intelligence pillar of TIA, building upon the annual ICT Market Review & Forecast produced by TIA.
Walsh joined TIA in 2008, bringing more than 20 years' experience in association and tradeshow marketing, strategic branding and positioning, web development, technology, and public and membership relations.
She was previously Senior Vice President for Marketing and Membership at InfoComm International, an association representing the audiovisual industry. Before that, Walsh led the marketing for CardTech/SecurTech, a tradeshow for the biometrics and security industries, and for Public Technology Institute, an association advancing research and technology in local and state government. Walsh has also been a small business owner in the graphics and publishing sector.
Mary Piper Waters – Senior Director of Operations
Mary Piper Waters is Senior Director of Operations for TIA, with responsibility for Board of Directors' events, IT services, meeting planning and office administration. She also serves as Executive Assistant to Scott Belcher, TIA's Chief Executive Officer.
Ms. Waters joined TIA in 1991 as Secretary to the Vice President of the Fiber Optics and User Premises Equipment Divisions. She became Standards Technical Assistant/Meeting Planner, providing all secretariat duties to TIA's dozens of engineering committees, before being named Manager of Meetings and Special Events in 2002. Ms. Waters was promoted to Director of Operations for the association in 2008. She has also supported TIA's USA Pavilions in International Telecommunication Union (ITU) exhibitions in Europe, Latin America and Asia.
A graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, Ms. Waters was Customer Service Associate/Store Controller and Accounts Payable Associate in the corporate headquarters of Parisian, Inc., a chain of U.S. department stores. She moved to Washington, D.C., in 1989, where she joined Hecht, Spencer & Associates, a lobbying/ consulting firm.
Ms. Waters is a member of the Association of Meeting Professionals and the American Society of Association Executives.