Keenan keen on media advocacy


Kim-KeenanKim Keenan has accepted the helm of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, stepping into the role of President/CEO. Longtime MMTC leader David Honig will be stepping into semi-retirement, keeping a hand in MMTC’s affairs for the time being.

A passing of the baton ceremony was held at the offices of law firm Squire Patton Boggs 12/14/14.

MMTC Board Chair Julia Johnson stated that Honig is “one of the most influential communications lawyers of our time who truly cares about closing the digital divide.”

Honig said of Keenan, “Kim is carrying the baton over the finish line, but I will be helping her until I fully retire. Please continue to support MMTC and the great work we are doing.”

MMTC noted two RBR-TVBR contributors and MMTC board members who were in attendance, Erwin Krasnow and Frank Montero.

It required three paragraphs to list an honor roll’s worth of attendees:

“MMTC would like to thank everyone who attended the reception; notable attendees included Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn; reception hosts Former Secretary of Transportation Hon. Rodney Slater, Monica Desai and Hannibal Kemmerer, all of Squire Patton Boggs; NTIA Director of Minority Telecommunications Maureen Lewis, Congressman Emeritus Hon. Cliff Stearns, and former President and CEO of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Ralph Everett.

“MMTC board members and advisors in attendance included Charles Firestone, Ari Fitzgerald, Russell Frisby, Ron Johnson, Erwin Krasnow, Fernando Laguarda, Deborah Lathen, Francisco Montero, Andrew Schwartzman, S. Jenell Trigg, and Linda Vilardo.  MMTC alumni at the event included DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Tech and Innovation Analyst Joycelyn James, WashingTECH Founder and CEO Joe Miller, and telecom and technology policy advisor and radio host Joycelyn Tate.

“MMTC would also like to extend a special thank you to our Host Committee: Squire Patton Boggs, MMTC Chair Emeritus Hon. Henry Rivera, Former Ambassador to the European Union Hon. William E. Kennard, Troutman Sanders Partner Sharie Brown, Asian American Broadcasting, Grain Management, Radio One, Worldband Media, REVOLT TV, ZGS Communications, Council Tree Investors, Roberts Communications Group, and Kim Hulsey of Scripps Networks. In addition, MMTC would like to thank our legal extern, Maria Lesinski, who will be returning  to Syracuse University College of Law for the spring semester.”