Who Is The FCC Welcoming As Its Newest Staffers?


There’s a new Policy Advisor for media issues in the office of one Republican FCC Commissioner.

At the same time, a Democratic FCC Commissioner has named a new Policy Analyst and Special Assistant in her office.

Twin announcements were distributed late Monday by the Commission — the first coming from the office of FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr.

He’s just named Evan Swarztrauber as his Policy Advisor for media issues.

“I am delighted that Evan has agreed to join my office,” said Carr. “Evan has a keen instinct for communications policy, having worked on a broad range of technology and telecom issues—from broadcasting to broadband deployment. I look forward to drawing on his expertise as we continue to advance policies that will create jobs, spur investment, and grow the economy for the benefit of all Americans.”

Evan joins Commissioner Carr’s office from conservative-leaning think tank TechFreedom, where he was Director of Public Affairs. In that role, Evan worked on a wide range of issues, including media ownership, video competition, and the broadcast incentive auction. He also managed the organization’s communications and outreach teams, and represented the organization in a diverse array of coalitions. Additionally, he co-founded and hosted the Tech Policy Podcast since its launch in January 2016, and has written articles and conducted interviews on a variety of tech policy matters.

Prior to his work at TechFreedom, Evan served as a communications staffer in the New York State Assembly, and he worked on a variety of political campaigns in New York City.

In the office of Mignon Clyburn, April Jones has come on board as a Policy Analyst and Special Assistant.

Jones joins Clyburn’s office from Hausfeld LLP, a global antitrust law firm, where she was an attorney focusing on complex civil litigation matters in antitrust and consumer protection law.

Prior to this role, she clerked at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where she worked primarily on the E-commerce and Telecommunications portfolios. Additionally,  Jones served as a political organizer on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Carr announced that Kevin Holmes, who has been serving as Acting Legal Advisor for wireless, public safety, and international issues, will be rejoining the Office of Legislative Affairs.

Additionally, Nirali Patel, who has been serving as Acting Legal Advisor for media, consumer protection, and enforcement issues for Carr, will remain detailed from the Wireline Competition Bureau on an interim basis.

During that time, Patel will be advising Commissioner Carr on wireless, public safety, and international issues in addition to consumer protection and enforcement matters.