Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee (@drturnerlee) is Vice President and Chief Research and Policy Officer for the Multicultural Media, Internet and Telecommunications Council. In this senior role, Dr. Turner-Lee designs and implements a research and policy agenda that supports MMTC’s mission, and advocates for telecom and Internet policy reform through legislation, rulemaking, executive orders, public-private partnerships, and best practices. In 2011, she was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age by former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski of the Federal Communications Commission, where she chairs the subcommittee on the use of unlicensed devices to increase minority innovation and entrepreneurship. Nicol graduated with honors from Colgate University and has a doctorate in Sociology from Northwestern University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
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Michael Scurato (@michaelscurato) joined the National Hispanic Media Coalition's (NHMC) Washington, DC policy team in September 2010 when he was hired as a Law Fellow after being accepted into Georgetown Law’s Post-JD Public Service Fellowship Program. While in law school, he represented the public interest in media and telecommunications law issues at the Institute for Public Representation (IPR), one of Georgetown’s renowned legal clinics, first as a summer research assistant and later as a student in the clinical program. At IPR, he represented clients on issues such as diversifying media ownership, privacy, and protecting children from harmful ads on TV and online. He also served as a delegate in Georgetown Law’s Student Bar Association. Michael’s previous experience includes internships at the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia and with New Jersey State Assemblywoman (now State Senator) Linda Greenstein. He earned his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and his BA in Political Science from New York University. He is currently admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia.
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Alan J. Roth is USTelecom’s senior executive vice president, where he serves as deputy to President & CEO Walter B. McCormick Jr. in directing the government affairs mission of the association. Roth, a respected government relations professional and well-known Washington veteran, came to USTelecom from his role as a principal in the government affairs firm of Lent Scrivner & Roth LLC. As a former staff director and chief counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Roth was recognized by Roll Call as one of the 50 most influential staffers on Capitol Hill while he served as the highest-ranking advisor to Rep. John D. Dingell (D-MI), the committee’s chairman. The Hill has also cited him in its list of top lobbyists as one of “the best in the business.” In this episode, we discussed: how the telecom industry defines "net neutrality". how the FCC's net neutrality order will affect consumers. what net neutrality legislation is currently pending. Resources USTelecom The FCC's Open Internet Order Net Neutrality: President Obama's Plan for a Free and Open Internet Thune/Upton Net Neutrality Bill Outdated Regulations Will Make Consumers Pay More for Broadband (Progressive Policy Institute)
Courtney Tanenbaum (@courttanenbaum) is a senior researcher and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) marketing and research lead at AIR. She is a graduate of the Institute for Education Leadership’s DC Education Policy Fellowship Program. Since joining AIR in May 2003, she has worked on several research and evaluation studies focused on federal policies and initiatives designed to improve the outcome of disadvantaged students and underrepresented minorities, both in K-12 and higher education.
Currently, Dr. Tanenbaum serves as the principal investigator for the National Study of the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Under this grant she is responsible for managing the project, writing data-driven issue briefs on issues related to the participation of underrepresented minorities and women of all races and ethnicities in STEM. Most recently she contributed to an issue brief examining graduate student debt levels and one examining gender differences in the early career pathways of new STEM doctoral recipients. She also led a two-day symposium examining the implicit and explicit biases, barriers and challenges underrepresented groups of individuals in STEM encounter along their academic and career pathways, and how institutions of higher education and STEM academic departments can use this research to develop more effective recruitment and retention programs and practices.
Under a previous grant from the National Science Foundation, Dr. Tanenbaum served as the task lead for the implementation analysis of the national evaluation of the grant program. As task lead, she conducted multiple site visits to institutions of higher education participating in the grant, during which she led interviews with college deans, grant program leadership, faculty, and undergraduate and graduate students. She led the coding and analyses of the data collected during site visits to inform the implementation component of the evaluation.
Dr. Tanenbaum also serves on several studies of federal policy. She serves as a data collection and analysis task lead for the Impact Evaluation of Race to the Top and School Improvement Grant (SIG) programs. In this role, she has contributed to an evaluation brief examining school turnaround policies, practices, and strategies in SIG, the first and second year evaluation reports. She is also lead author on an evaluation brief examining state capacity to support school turnaround.
Dr. Tanenbaum serves as the deputy project director for the Equitable Distribution of Effective Teachers study, for which she assists in the overall management of the project, leads the collection and analysis of data gathered through interviews with officials, and serves as a lead author of the final evaluation report. In addition, she leads the school-level data collection and analysis task for the Early Implementation of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Study. In this role, Dr. Tanenbaum is responsible for producing a policy brief exploring school-level perspectives on the implementation of ESEA flexibility that will be shared with U.S. Department of Education staff to inform future policy making, and for contributing to a key highlights report that will be released to the public.
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