Nearly four years after succeeding co-founder David Honig as President/CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), Kim Keenan has resigned from her post.
Keenan has decided “to pursue other professional opportunities”; she did not elaborate on the reason for her exit.
Maurita Coley Flippin, who has served for five years with the MMTC as EVP/COO, will serve as the organization’s Interim President and CEO.
In her time at the MMTC, Keenan focused reaching out to multicultural communities to make “complex and esoteric telecom policies relatable” — and to bridge the digital divide.
Signature events included a Net Equality Tour, annual Tech Prep Summits, and a net neutrality campaign.
With net neutrality set to disappear on Thursday, at the FCC’s December Open Meeting, the timing of Keenan’s exit is curious.
In a prepared statement issued by the MMTC on Monday afternoon, Keenan said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to have led MMTC for the past three years, and I take great pride in having worked with such a talented team and an impactful organization. I view my role as having assisted MMTC in developing the requisite infrastructure to grow and thrive. Although I have moved on, I am confident that MMTC will continue to achieve great things in the months and years ahead, and I will treasure leaving my fingerprints on its progress.”
MMTC Board Chair Julia Johnson noted, “Thanks to Kim, MMTC has more focus and understanding on making our policy work more relatable to the people it impacts most. The spirit of Kim’s legacy will live on in MMTC, and we wish her all the best on her future endeavors.”
Prior to her work with MMTC, Coley Flippin was Executive Director of Capital Area Asset Builders, a leading nonprofit in financial inclusion in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Previous roles include stints as SVP/Legal Affairs and SVP/Network Operations and Programming at the BET Cable Networks. She has also been a partner at the Davis Wright Tremaine.