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Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is interviewed by Kevin Werbach, University of Pennsylvania business professor and technology analyst.

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Julius Genachowski

Federal Communications Commission

Julius Genachowski was nominated by President Barack Obama as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on March 3, 2009, and sworn into office on June 29, 2009.

Chairman Genachowski has two decades of experience in public service and the private sector. Prior to his appointment, he spent more than 10 years working in the technology industry as an executive and entrepreneur. He co-founded LaunchBox Digital and Rock Creek Ventures, where he served as Managing Director, and he was a Special Advisor at General Atlantic. In these capacities, he worked to start, accelerate, and invest in early- and mid-stage technology and other companies. From 1997-2005, he was a senior executive at IAC/InterActiveCorp, a Fortune 500 company, where his positions included Chief of Business Operations and General Counsel.

Genachowski’s public service spanned broadly across government. His confirmation as FCC Chairman returns him to the agency where, from 1994 until 1997, he served as Chief Counsel to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, and, before that, as Special Counsel to then-FCC General Counsel (later Chairman) William Kennard. Previously, he was a law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice David Souter and Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. (ret.), and at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for Chief Judge Abner Mikva. Genachowski also worked in Congress for then-U.S. Representative (now Senator) Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), and on the staff of the House select committee investigating the Iran-Contra Affair.

Genachowski has been active at the intersection of social responsibility and the marketplace. He was part of the founding group of New Resource Bank, which specializes in serving the needs of green entrepreneurs and sustainable businesses, and has served on the Advisory Board of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). He also served as a board member of Common Sense Media, a leading non-partisan, non-profit organization seeking to improve the media lives of children and families.

Genachowski received a J.D from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), where he was co-Notes Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He received a B.A. from Columbia College (magna cum laude), where he was Editor of Columbia Spectator’s Broadway Magazine, re-established Columbia’s oldest newspaper (Acta Columbiana), and was a writer and researcher for Fred Friendly. He was also a certified Emergency Medical Technician who served on the Columbia Area Volunteer Ambulance, and taught cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Genachowski, a son of immigrants, is married to Rachel Goslins and has three children, Jacob, Lilah and Aaron.

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Kevin Werbach

University of Pennsylvania

Kevin Werbach explores the intersection of law, business, and policy around emerging communications and information technologies. He is a professor of Legal Studies at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and the organizer of Supernova, a major executive technology conference. He co-led the review of the Federal Communications Commission for the Obama Administration’s Presidential Transition Team, and now serves as an expert consultant to the FCC and National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Werbach was previously the Editor of Release 1.0: Esther Dyson’s Monthly Report, and served as Counsel for New Technology Policy at the FCC, where he helped develop the US Government’s Internet and e-commerce policies.

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Eugene Huang

National Broadband Task Force - Federal Communications Commission

Eugene J. Huang currently serves as the Government Operations Director for the National Broadband Task Force at the Federal Communications Commission. Mr. Huang is helping to craft the “national purposes” section of the National Broadband Plan, with a specific focus on the topics of government operations and civic engagement.

From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Huang served at the United States Department of the Treasury under two separate Secretaries of the Treasury, as Policy Advisor to the Secretary and previously as a White House Fellow. In these roles, Mr. Huang covered a wide range of international economic and finance issues with a special responsibility for U.S. bilateral relations with China, managing the U.S.–China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) and its successor, the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED).

Previously, Mr. Huang was a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) at Stanford University. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Huang served the Commonwealth of Virginia under Governor Mark R. Warner as the Secretary of Technology and previously as the Deputy Secretary of Technology. Appointed in 2004 as the youngest cabinet member in Virginia history at the age of 28, Mr. Huang was a key member of the management team responsible for Virginia’s designation as the nation’s best-managed state in 2005. Mr. Huang was also responsible for managing the state’s award winning information technology reform initiative, fostered the development of advanced broadband communications, and facilitated the growth of emerging technology industries throughout Virginia.

Mr. Huang graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and a M.S. in Telecommunications Engineering. He received a Thouron Award from the University of Pennsylvania and studied at St. John’s College, Oxford University, where he received a M.Phil., with distinction, in Economic History. Mr. Huang is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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