Starks Sworn In, Sets Staff As Newest FCC Commissioner


There wasn’t much business to discuss at the abbreviated January Open Meeting caused by the partial government shutdown.

But, there was certainly something newsworthy: Geoffrey Starks took the oath of office as an FCC Commissioner. He also unveiled his staff.

Upon taking the oath of office, Starks offered his first official comments as a Commissioner, representing Democratic interests at the agency.

He thanked President Trump “for this exceptional privilege,” adding, “As the last few weeks have affirmed, being a public servant is a calling to serve a mission bigger than yourself. Throughout my career, I have focused on protecting the most vulnerable and holding wrongdoers accountable. In my new role, I shall not only continue to pursue those goals, but also look forward to working with Congress, my fellow Commissioners, and the FCC’s outstanding staff to serve the public interest by encouraging innovation, competition, and security, as well as advancing policies to increase the quality, availability, and affordability of our country’s communications services. Every community has a stake in the future of communications in this country, and all have the right to be heard. I will always be listening.”

With that, Starks unveiled his staff.

  • Daudeline Meme, Acting Chief of Staff and Acting Legal Advisor for Wireless and
  • Michael Scurato, Acting Legal Advisor for Media and Consumer Protection.
  • Randy Clarke, Acting Legal Advisor for Wireline and Public Safety.
  • Renee Coles, Acting Confidential Assistant.
  • Natalie Martinez, Acting Staff Assistant.

Scurato joins the Commissioner’s staff from his position as Special Counsel for the Chief of the Enforcement Bureau. Previously, he served as Legal Advisor for Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. Prior to joining the FCC, Scurato was VP/Policy at the National Hispanic Media Coalition.