FCC seats new diversity panel


FCCThe Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age has officially been rechartered and its members have been appointed. The purpose of the panel is to advise the FCC on matters of diversity at its juncture with the communications industries regulated by the agency.

Expanding on the Committee’s mission, the FCC said, “In particular, the Committee focuses on lowering barriers to entry for historically disadvantaged men and women and creating an environment that enables employment of a diverse workforce within the telecommunications and related industries. This Committee will continue to work on (1) unlicensed spectrum opportunities for diverse communities and entrepreneurs; (2) how exemplary EEO practices by telecommunications industry participants can contribute to the FCC’s goal of viewpoint diversity; (3) how exemplary supplier diversity practices by industry participants can contribute to the FCC’s goal of ownership diversity, and (4) reviewing past diversity initiatives that have positively impacted ownership diversity and determining how these initiatives can be incorporated in the Commission’s current diversity agenda.”

Representing the FCC will be Barbara Kreisman, Carolyn Fleming Williams, and Nicole McGinnis. Kreisman is Designated Federal Officer and the others are Deputy Federal Designated Officers.

The next meeting of the panel will be Thursday 4/25/13 at FCC HQ from 2PM-4PM eastern.

Chairman: Henry Rivera, Emma Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media
Joaquin Alvarado, Center for Investigative Reporting
Philip Alvelda, MobiTV
Karla Ballard, Broadband Opportunities Coalition
William Branham, 21st Century Telecom
Maria Brennan, Women in Cable Telecommunications
Rudy Brioche, Comcast-NBC
Eric Broyles, Megree
Brigette Daniel, Wilco Electronic Systems, Inc.
Erin Dozier, National Association of Broadcasters
Donna Epps, Verizon
Derrick Frost, Invision TV
Anita Stephens Graham, Opportunity Capital Partners
Jessica Gonzales, The National Hispanic Media Coalition
Anton Guitano, CBS
Chanelle Hardy, National Urban League
Charles Harrell, The IT Architect
David Honig, Minority Media Telecommunications Council
John Horrigan, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Ron Johnson, Solutions4Change
Sherman Kizart, Kizart Media Partners
Faye Kuo, Communication Service for the Deaf
Jason Lagria, Asian American Justice Center
Nicol Turner-Lee, National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications
Jose Marquez, Latinos in Science and Technology Association
Celia Nogales, AT&T
Javier Palomarez, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Susan Patrick, Patrick Communications
Tony Perez, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors
Steve Roberts, The Roberts Companies
Andrew Jay Schwartzman, Free Press
Diane Sutter, Shooting Star Broadcasting
Sylvia Strobel, Alliance for Women in Media
Dr. Jorge Schement, Rutgers University
Virgil Smith, Gannett Co.
Dr. Cindy Shao, Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Loris Ann Taylor, Native Public Media
Joseph Torres, Free Press
Walter Ulloa, Entravision
Mark Wallace, Cipher Communications
Jim Winston, National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters