Michael Calabrese is director of the Wireless Future Project, which is part of The New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute. He also serves as a senior research fellow affiliated with the Asset Building Program. Mr. Calabrese focuses on developing policies that promote pervasive connectivity, including spectrum policy reform, mobile market competition, wireless broadband deployment and IT investment and innovation more broadly.
Mr. Calabrese currently serves as an appointed member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) since 2009. He also served as an invited expert on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) spectrum reform working group during 2011-2012.
Mr. Calabrese also served as vice president (2003-2010) and was instrumental in establishing the organization's programs in areas including retirement security, health policy, asset building, education and the Next Social Contract Initiative.
Previously, Mr. Calabrese served as general counsel of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, as director of Domestic Policy Programs at the Center for National Policy, and as pension and employee benefits counsel at the national AFL-CIO.
As an attorney and graduate of both Stanford Business and Law Schools, Mr. Calabrese speaks and writes frequently on issues related to spectrum, wireless broadband, and Internet policy, as well as on pension policy and retirement security. He has co-authored three books and published opinion articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, Slate and other leading outlets.
In this episode we discussed:
Spectrum Silos to Gigabit WiFi by Michael Calabrese (New America Foundation, 2016)
Wendy Rivera-Aguilar is the Executive Director of the Multicultural Education Alliance and Principal Attorney at the Rivera-Aguilar Law Firm, P.A. in Orlando Florida. Wendy has a strong public interest track record and a solid background in Civil Rights, Administrative Law, and Public Policy.
She was an Assistant General Counsel for a National Regulatory Firm where her portfolio included Foreign Ownership Investment Reform. She also served as Staff Counsel and Director of Hispanic Affairs for Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC).
While at MMTC, Wendy’s work was primarily focused on communication issues that have the greatest impact on the Hispanic community and women entrepreneurs. She launched their very first Immigration Reform Initiative to help generate support for comprehensive immigration reform from the large media, telecom, and broadband companies.
Prior to joining MMTC, Wendy worked as an Associate Attorney at the law firm of Hill & Ponton, P.A., where she practiced Administrative Law. Wendy is an ardent defender of civil rights and commits legal services pro bono to the community. She was a Participating Attorney for the Florida State Conferences Branch of the NAACP where her work covered Employment Discrimination, Energy, and Environmental Policy issues.
Wendy has a solid record of active participation in the community. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Orange County Advisory Board, sits on the board of Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (HCREO), chairs Dialogue on Diversity’s Entrepreneurship IT Conference Committee, and is a contributing writer for Politic365.
Wendy earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida and her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Florida and lives in Orlando with her husband and children.
In this episode we discussed
Intentional Living: Choosing a Life that Matters by John C. Maxwell
Ms. Laura Berrocal has a decade of experience working in strategic alliance and partnership building at both the national and local level. She currently serves as Director of External Affairs at CTIA, where she manages the association’s grassroots, grasstops and third party relationships and develops communications strategies to educate communities about CTIA’s work across the wireless and tech sector.
Prior to CTIA, she served as Vice President of Public Policy and Legislative Affairs for Net Communications, where she led the development and implementation of comprehensive legislative, business development, and communications strategies for Fortune 500 companies and industry trade associations spanning the tech, telecom, media, health, and energy sectors. In previous roles with the Pennsylvania State Senate and national and international organizations such as the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, the National Puerto Rican Coalition, and Third World Network, Ms. Berrocal has provided public policy counsel in the areas of technology, minority entrepreneurship, energy, education, and health, as well as developed results-driven communications and educational campaigns.
Ms. Berrocal has appeared as a guest on HuffPost Live and Fusion TV and her work has been featured in publications such as Minority Engineer Magazine, Fox News Latino, and Politic365. Ms. Berrocal serves as a Contributing Writer to media company Silicon Valley Latino and sits on the Board of Directors of the National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Advisors of the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council. She also serves as an advisor to Intuit’s Latino Outreach Advisory Group and a member of its Diversity and Inclusion Work Group.
She holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from The George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (TSPPPA) and a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University.
In this episode we discussed
Michael Mandel, The California/Tech Info Boom: How it is Spreading Across the State (Progressive Policy Institute, 2015).
Jennie Allen, Restless: Because You Were Made for More (Thomas Nelson, 2014)