Spring Policy Summitt - Speaker Bios
Mr. Davenport previously served as Deputy Chief and Assistant Chief of the Investigations and Hearings Division. Prior to that, Mr. Davenport was Legal Advisor to the Chief of the Enforcement Bureau. Before joining the Commission in 1999, Mr. Davenport was an associate at the firm of Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds LLP in Washington, D.C., specializing in telecommunications and complex litigation. Mr. Davenport received a B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Department of Commerce
Ted Dean is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services in the International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce. Mr. Dean directs the Department of Commerce’s efforts to enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. services industries, which account for approximately 80% of the private sector economy of the United States. In that capacity he leads his division’s efforts to develop trade policies, initiatives and programs aimed at ensuring the long term competitiveness of the U.S. services industry. He also directs the analysis of trends affecting U.S. businesses across the full services spectrum ranging from digital to finance, logistics supply chain and professional services. Additionally, Mr. Dean works to ensure that U.S. businesses have competitive access to export finance through the Department of Commerce’s representation on the Export-Import Bank and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the World Bank.
Mr. Dean has extensive international business experience, having run a consulting firm based in China for over a decade and done business across the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining the Commerce Department in November 2013, Mr. Dean was the President and Managing Director of BDA, a consulting firm based in Beijing, China, where he advised companies and investors on their businesses in Asia. Mr. Dean was also a founder of Americans Promoting Study Abroad, a former Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, and a former board member of the 100,000 Strong Foundation.
FCC Wireline Competition Bureau
Matthew S. DelNero is Chief of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau, where he leads a team of over 160 attorneys, economists, and other professionals who work to ensure that all Americans have access to robust, affordable broadband and voice services. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler appointed Matt as Chief of the Bureau in May 2015.
Prior to his current position, Matt served as a Deputy Chief of the Bureau, beginning in February 2014. During that time he played a leading role in the Bureau’s efforts regarding the nation’s transition to all-IP networks, the development of rules to protect and promote the open Internet, and broadband consumer privacy.
Matt joined the FCC from Covington & Burling LLP, where was a partner in the firm’s Communications & Media and Privacy & Data Security practice groups. Chambers USA, Legal 500 USA, and other publications have recognized him as a leading telecommunications and media lawyer. Matt received his law degree from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from Tufts University. He is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
FCC International Bureau
Mindel De La Torre is Chief of the FCC International Bureau. Since October 2009, Mindel De La Torre has been Chief of the International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In that role, she leads the FCC’s efforts internationally – both on a bilateral and multilateral basis. She oversees the International Bureau’s functions with regard to licensing of international and domestic satellites, international long distance, international broadcast stations, and submarine cables. Ms. De La Torre was previously at the FCC between 1994-1998 as Deputy Chief of the Telecommunications Division of the International Bureau. Before returning to the FCC, she was president of the Telecommunications Management Group, Inc. (TMG), a consulting firm in the Washington DC area. Her work at TMG included advising businesses, international organizations, and regulators on issues relevant to liberalization and commercialization of the telecommunications sector. Ms. De La Torre managed a variety of teams responsible for telecommunications projects, including advising telecommunications agencies in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East regarding key restructuring and regulatory issues, redrafting and updating telecommunications laws and involvement in third generation mobile issues.
She has been a member of various U.S. delegations to ITU conferences, such as World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC), World Telecommunication Development Conferences, and Plenipotentiary Conferences. She has also participated actively in regional telecommunications organizations, such as CITEL and APEC.
Ms. De La Torre also worked at the Department of Commerce – for over four years at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and for three years in the General Counsel’s office.
Ms. De La Torre has a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from the University of Texas. She is a member of the Texas bar and the Federal Communications Bar Association. Having lived overseas most of her life, she speaks fluent Portuguese, French, and Spanish and is proficient in Italian.
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
Stephen Ezell is the Vice President of Global Innovation Policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), with a focus on science and technology policy, international competitiveness, and trade, manufacturing, and services issues. He is the co-author with Dr. Robert Atkinson of Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, September 2012). Mr. Ezell comes to ITIF from Peer Insight, an innovation research and consulting firm he co-founded in 2003 to study the practice of innovation in service industries. At Peer Insight, Mr. Ezell led the Global Service Innovation Consortium, published multiple research papers on service innovation, and researched national service innovation policies being implemented by governments worldwide.
Prior to forming Peer Insight, Mr. Ezell worked in the New Service Development group at the NASDAQ Stock Market, where he spearheaded the creation of the NASDAQ Market Intelligence Desk and the NASDAQ Corporate Services Network, services for NASDAQ-listed corporations. Previously, Mr. Ezell co-founded two successful innovation ventures, the high-tech services firm Brivo Systems and Lynx Capital, a boutique investment bank. Stephen holds a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with an Honors Certificate from Georgetown’s Landegger International Business Diplomacy program.
Katherine Fithen has been a leader in information security for more than 20 years. She is currently the Chief Privacy Officer and Director of Governance & Compliance at The Coca-Cola Company. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company in 2002, Ms. Fithen was the Senior Manager of the CSIRT Program at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, and prior to pwc, the Manager of the CERT®.
Ms. Fithen has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Retail Management, a Master of Arts in Personnel Management, and a Master of Science in Information Science.
She is on several advisory boards for privacy and security. In August 2015, Ms. Fithen was listed as one of “Women in IT Security: 10 Power Players”.
Delegation of the European Union to the USA
Andrea Glorioso is the Counsellor for the Digital Economy at the Delegation of the European Union to the USA, in Washington DC. In this role, he acts as the liaison between the EU and US on policy, regulation and research activities related to the Internet and Information and Communication Technologies. Mr. Glorioso worked for eight years at the European Commission in Brussels (Belgium) on cyber-security, personal data protection, cloud computing and Internet governance. Before joining the Commission, he worked at the NEXA Research Center for Internet and Society of the Politechnic University of Turin, at the Centro Tempo Reale research center for contemporary music in Florence and in the private sector as a software developer and project manager.
A native of Padua (Italy), Mr. Glorioso has a MSc in Political Sciences / Sociology from the University of Padua, a post-graduate degree in IT law from the Centro Study Informatica Giuridica (CSIG) and an LLM in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Turin / WIPO Worldwide Academy.
Derek Khlopin advises the Assistant Secretary and NTIA Administrator principally on matters involving spectrum policy and management. Additionally, Mr. Khlopin acts as the liaison between NTIA’s front office and its Office of Spectrum Management. Prior to NTIA, Mr. Khlopin most recently led the North America government affairs activities for Nokia Solutions and Networks (now Nokia Networks), with responsibility for the development and implementation of the company’s regulatory and policy strategy. Previously he was the director of regulatory and industry affairs for Nokia. Mr. Khlopin has also headed the regulatory and legal advocacy efforts of the Telecommunications Industry Association and its information and communications technology member companies. He started his career as an attorney in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau of the FCC. Mr. Khlopin has held leadership positions in industry associations, including chairing the Government Affairs Council of the Consumer Electronics Association, and professional organizations, including serving as a co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s wireless practice committee. He earned a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America, with a certification from its Institute for Communications Law Studies.
FCC Office of engineering and Technology (OET)
Julius Knapp is Chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET). OET is the Commission’s primary resource for engineering expertise and provides technical support to the Chairman, Commissioners and FCC Bureaus and Offices. OET is responsible for spectrum allocations, technical rules for radio equipment and unlicensed devices, experimental licensing, equipment authorization and technical analyses. OET serves as the FCC’s lead office for coordinating FCC spectrum management matters with the federal government and the Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee (IRAC).
Mr. Knapp has been with the FCC for 35 years. Mr. Knapp became Chief of OET in 2006, having previously served as the Deputy Chief since 2002. Prior to that he was the Chief of the Policy & Rules Division where he was responsible for FCC frequency allocation proceedings and for proceedings amending the FCC rules for radio frequency devices. Mr. Knapp was Chief of the FCC Laboratory from 1994 – 1997 where he was responsible for the FCC’s equipment authorization program and technical analyses.
Mr. Knapp received a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the City College of New York in 1974. He is a member of the IEEE EMC Society and is a Fellow of the Radio Club of America. He was the 2001 recipient of the Eugene C. Bowler award for exceptional professionalism and dedication to public service and received the FCC’s Silver and Gold medal awards for distinguished service at the Commission.
Federal Communications Commission
Travis LeBlanc is Chief of the Bureau of Enforcement at the Federal Communications Commission where he leads the Commission's largest organizational unit, including its 24 field offices around the country.
Prior to joining the FCC, LeBlanc served as Special Assistant Attorney General of California and a senior advisor to Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. In this capacity, he oversaw the California Department of Justice's operations and activities involving complex litigation, legislation, and policy matters such as technology regulation, telecommunications, high-tech crime, cybersecurity, privacy, intellectual property, antitrust, and health care. He established California's first high-tech crime and privacy enforcement units. He also secured agreements with leading technology companies to protect consumer privacy, promote online safety, and respect intellectual property rights. He is an Affiliated Scholar at the University of California Hastings College of the Law and a member of the American Law Institute.
LeBlanc previously served in the Obama Administration as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel, which advises the President, Attorney General, and general counsels of executive branch agencies on the constitutionality and legality of the programs and activities of the United States government. He has worked as an attorney at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C. and Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco, where his practice concentrated on white-collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. From 2012-2014, LeBlanc was an Appellate Lawyer Representative to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and in 2012, he was selected as Columbia Law School's Visitor from Government Practice. He clerked for the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and an LL.M. in International Law from the University of Cambridge.
Office of the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer
Mr. Moorefield is currently serving as the Director of Spectrum Policy & International Engagements for the Department of Defense (DoD) Chief Information Officer (CIO). His primary duties include strategic oversight of DoD spectrum policy and plans as well as overall management of key DoD CIO international partnerships and outreach. Mr. Moorefield represents DoD in a variety of national and international spectrum forums and provides spectrum resource management program oversight. On a broader front, he leads overall DoD CIO international engagements and related activities to include technology transfer, foreign disclosure, and internet governance. He has served in this position since October 2012.
Mr. Moorefield joined Federal service in 1989 in the Air Force as a civil servant, where he served for 19 years doing Research and Develop and Acquisition. He also served in the Defense Information Systems Agency at the Joint Spectrum Center for four years where he was first introduced to spectrum management.
His education includes a Bachelor degree in mathematics from Wilberforce University, located in Wilberforce Ohio and a Bachelor and Master of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Dayton in Dayton Ohio.
Federal Communications Commission
Karen Peltz Strauss is the Deputy Bureau Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission. In this capacity, she helps to oversee the FCC’s implementation of federal laws requiring access to communication and video programming technologies by people with disabilities, including laws on closed captioning, video description, telecommunications relay service, equipment access, and hearing aid compatibility. Prior to joining the FCC, Strauss worked for 30 years as one of the nation’s premier attorneys on disability-related matters concerning telecommunications, television, and more recently the Internet. During this time, Strauss co-founded the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology, or COAT, a coalition of over 300 national and regional organizations dedicated to ensuring disability access to emerging communications technologies, whose work resulted in the passage of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.
From 2001-2010, Strauss also consulted for non-profit, governmental and private organizations on communications-related matters. Before this, Strauss was Supervising Legal Attorney at Gallaudet University’s National Center for Law and Deafness and Legal Counsel for the National Association of the Deaf, during which time she drafted other federal laws requiring disability access to telecommunications products and services and video programming.
In 2006, Strauss published A New Civil Right: Telecommunications Equality for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Americans, a book spanning the forty-year effort by people who are deaf and hard of hearing to obtain telecommunications access in America. In 2011, Strauss received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa from Gallaudet University for her work to expand communications access for people with disabilities. Strauss also holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an L.L.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Federal Communications Commission
Howard J. Symons is Vice Chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force. He was named to that position by Chairman Tom Wheeler in January 2014, when he joined Task Force Chair Gary Epstein in the management of the Commission’s implementation of the first-ever incentive auction.
Mr. Symons has been working in telecommunications in both the public and private sectors for more than thirty years. Immediately prior to joining the Commission, he was the Chair of the Communications practice at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. Before coming to the firm, he served as Senior Counsel to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications in the U.S. House of Representatives. From 1978 to 1981, he was a staff attorney with the public interest organization founded by Ralph Nader, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch.
Mr. Symons has also served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s National Law Center, where he taught a course in telecommunications law and regulation.
Mr. Symons graduated from Yale University summa cum laude and earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.