Newly confirmed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski hit the ground running, announcing his new staff. The list includes a slate of lawyers, who among them have extensive government experience and a small dollop of industry participation.
Genachowski has hired Edward P. Lazarus as chief of staff. Lazarus comes to the FCC from Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, where he was co-head of the firm’s global litigation practice and a member of the firm’s management committee.
Colin Crowell will serve as senior counselor to the chairman. Crowell previously worked for more than 20 years on the staff of Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), serving on the staff of the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet when Markey chaired the panel.
Bruce Liang Gottlieb will serve as chief counsel to the chairman and senior legal advisor. Gottlieb will manage the Commission’s overall agenda and have responsibility for policy coordination with the Bureaus. Gottlieb had been legal advisor to commissioner Copps from 2006-2009.
Priya Aiyar will serve as legal advisor, with particular responsibility for wireline competition and international issues. She was most recently a partner at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans and Figel, where she practiced in the areas of litigation and telecommunications.
Sherrese Smith will serve as legal advisor, with particular responsibility for media, consumer and enforcement issues. She was most recently vice president and general counsel of Washington Post Digital.
Sherry Gelfand will serve as confidential assistant to the chairman. Gelfand served as executive assistant to the assistant attorney general in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1993 to 1996.
Daniel Ornstein will serve as special assistant to the chairman. Ornstein comes to the FCC from CBS, where he managed several new media initiatives and helped run the network's mobile business. Previously, Ornstein worked on a start-up company called Click.TV, which was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2007.
Mary Beth Richards will serve as special counsel to the chairman for FCC Reform and will head a comprehensive program to provide openness and transparency at the agency. Richards first joined the FCC in 1984 and held a variety of positions – including deputy chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs, Enforcement, and Common Carrier Bureaus, deputy managing director and special counsel to the chairman – before moving to the Federal Trade Commission in November 2006 as deputy director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection.
Ruth Milkman will lead the transition effort in the chairman’s office. Milkman served at the Commission between 1986 and 1998 in a variety of positions, including deputy chief of the International and Common Carrier Bureaus, and senior legal advisor to chairman Reed Hundt.
“The FCC should be a model for excellence in government, and this extraordinarily accomplished team will help us achieve that,” said Chairman Genachowski. “The agency will benefit enormously from their leadership, from their private and public sector experience, and from their dedication to public service. I look forward to drawing on their diverse and strong talents to ensure that the FCC pursues policies that unlock opportunity, unleash innovation and job creation, protect consumers, and help address many of our nation’s most pressing challenges.”