Vincent Curren joined the Quello Advisory Board in 2017. He is a principal of Breakthrough Public Media Consulting, Inc.. Given his experience in public broadcasting and focus on the future of broadcasting standards and their implications for the industry, his appointment helps reinforce the Center’s broadcast legacy tied to James H. Quello. He has been focused on the new IP-based standard created by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), called ATSC 3.0. As he argues, this new standard is likely to enable real synergies between the Internet and broadcasting, and much much more, even helping to usher in the next generation of television.
As principal of his firm, Breakthrough Public Media Consulting, Vinnie is helping public media companies navigate today’s dynamic and competitive media world. More concretely, he is working with the Public Media Company to help public television stations leverage the power of ATSC 3.0, the next generation, broadcast television standard.
Before leaving to start his own firm, Vinnie served as Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a position that he held for nearly a decade. While at CPB, Vincent Curren had overall responsibility for managing station policy, grant-making and station support activities, ensuring that all Americans receive robust public media services for free and commercial-free. Prior to being named Chief Operating Officer, Vinnie was the Senior Vice President for Radio at CPB.
Vinnie has been a major market station general manager (WXPN, Philadelphia), has held programming, fundraising, and engineering positions in radio, been a commercial television producer/director, and has served on the boards of the Development Exchange (now Greater Public) and the Station Resource Group.
Vinnie holds a BA from SUNY Buffalo (Psychology) and an MS from the University of Pennsylvania in Organizational Dynamics. After Vinnie was invited to accept our invitation to join the Board, and had a chance to review its members, he spoke of the quality of the Board. He added that, coincidentally, he happened to have been a fellow graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the 1970s, with another member of our Board, Bob Pepper, now at Facebook, but formerly at Cisco, and who was a major figure at the FCC. Vinnie said Bob was the ‘star Larry Lichty student’, referring to Professor Lawrence W. Lichty, one of the foremost scholars of the history of broadcasting. In fact, when I first met Dr Pepper, he was a professor at the University of Iowa, and focused on the history of public broadcasting.
So it is wonderful to have Vinnie Curren, one of the nation’s leading thinkers about the future of public broadcasting, as well as his former colleague at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bob Pepper, along with all the other prominent figures on the Quello Center’s Advisory Board. We are honored.
Marjory Blumenthal became Executive Director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in May 2013, after a decade combining academic leadership at Georgetown University with research and advisory activities (including as a RAND adjunct) aimed at understanding Internet and cybersecurity technology trends and policy implications. At PCAST, she is responsible for the stewardship of the Council, its bimonthly meetings, its program of analyses that culminate in policy recommendations to the President and the Administration, and efforts to promote the implementation of PCAST recommendations. Prior to becoming Associate Provost, Academic at Georgetown, Marjory was the founding Executive Director of the National Academies’ Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB). Several of the over 60 reports she produced affected public policy in tangible ways and/or became trade books, reaching a broad audience in industry and academia. Marjory did her undergraduate work at Brown University and her graduate work at Harvard University.
Christine L. Borgman, Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA, is the author of more than 200 publications in information studies, computer science, and communication. Her newest book, Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World, was published by MIT Press in January 2015. Prior books, Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (MIT Press, 2007) and From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in a Networked World (MIT Press, 2000), each won the Best Information Science Book of the Year award from the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST). In 2012-2013, Prof. Borgman was the Oliver Smithies Visiting Fellow at Balliol College, University of Oxford, and a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and at the Oxford eResearch Centre. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Association for Computing Machinery, and a recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award from the Coalition for Networked Information, Association for Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE, and the Research in Information Science Award from ASIST. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, U.S. Co-Chair of the CODATA-ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation and Attribution, and previously served on the U.S. National Academies’ Board on Research Data and Information and the U.S. National CODATA.
Rick Coy joined Clark Hill, PLC in 1982 after more than a decade as an Assistant Attorney General of Michigan where he specialized in electric, gas, and communications utility regulation and administrative litigation. Rick serves as Of Counsel in the Firm’s Lansing office and contributes to serving the Firm’s clients’ needs before state government officials and agencies. Rick has more than 43 years’ experience specializing in energy, telecommunications, and utility law in Michigan and provides legal counsel and representation to large corporate and institutional utility service users and their statewide associations, as well as new competitors in these restructured industries. In the telecommunications area, Rick has counseled or represented private telecommunications networks, large institutional telecommunications users, competitive telecommunications service providers, and video and broad-band service providers and associations, among others, including a wide array of telecommunications and wireless users in participating in regulatory proceedings, negotiation of contracts with telecommunications providers or carriers, arranging for network management services, and compliance with federal, state and local government regulations. Since 2000 he has been an adjunct professor of telecommunications at Michigan State University, where he serves on the advisory board of the Quello Center.
Prabu David currently serves as the Dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. David came to MSU from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University (WSU) where he served as Professor of Communication and Associate Dean for Academics since 2010 and played an instrumental role in creating new undergraduate and graduate curriculum.
Prior to WSU, he was on the faculty at Ohio State University (OSU) from 1993 to 2010 where he held a number of positions, including Assistant and Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the university’s School of Communication, and Faculty Associate with OSU’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Center for Public Health Preparedness.
His research emphasis is communication technology and health. His current research focuses on mobile media, which involves designing mobile apps for health outcomes and the study of multitasking.
He has served as an investigator or co-investigator on projects funded by the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Department of State, the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Alyssa Harvey Dawson is the General Counsel at Sidewalk Labs, a company of Alphabet. Prior to this, she was Vice President, Global Intellectual Property and Licensing, at Harman International Industries. She is a seasoned business, licensing and legal executive with extensive experience developing and leading strategic initiatives at global corporations, especially in the areas of licensing, high technology, business development, intellectual property, new media and communications. At Harman, she is responsible for developing and implementing the global intellectual property and outbound licensing strategy at this audio and infotainment company that features brands such as JBL®, harman/kardon®, AKG®, Infinity®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. Alyssa leads the licensing business and IP monetization efforts; oversees strategic IP enforcement; structures and negotiates technology transactions (including licensing, development deals and M&A); establishes policies and procedures for working with standards-setting organizations and open source software; manages the IP legal budget (about 70%-80% of the overall legal budget); manages a global team of business development professionals, attorneys, paralegals and technology specialists; is responsible for management of the company’s patent, trademark and copyright portfolios; manages IP litigation; oversees IP due diligence efforts; and provides general business and intellectual property advice and counseling. Prior to Harman, she was at Netflix, eBay and Autodesk, where she was the lead legal partner to multi-million dollar business divisions and sales teams and where she worked on strategic licensing transactions, complex mergers and acquisitions, technology and product development counseling, including advising on general corporate law, product marketing, patents, trademarks, copyright and open source matters. She also worked at the law firms of Cooley Godward and Latham & Watkins on transactions, venture capital financings, public company counseling, and general corporate law, SEC and FCC matters. Alyssa is on the Advisory Board for the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law. She received her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a member of the Georgetown Law Journal and Book Reviews and Essays Editor. She received her undergraduate degree in Journalism and graduated, cum laude, from the Honors College at Michigan State University.
Quello recollection: While I did not have the opportunity to meet Mr. Quello, I do recall that on a visit to the FCC for a client when I was a young associate at Latham, I was walking through the office and someone noted that we were walking by Jim Quello’s office. My recollection is that the office showcased his Spartan pride, including featuring vibrant green carpeting, and as a fellow Spartan, I was very proud to be in such esteemed company.
Dr. Laura DeNardis is a scholar of Internet architecture and governance and a Professor in the School of Communication at American University. Her books include The Global War for Internet Governance (Yale University Press 2014); Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability (MIT Press 2011); Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance (MIT Press 2009); and Information Technology in Theory (Thompson 2007). She is an affiliated fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School and served as its Executive Director from 2008-2011. She is also currently a Senior Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and holds an international appointment as the Director of Research for the Global Commission on Internet Governance. DeNardis holds an AB in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College, an MEng from Cornell University, a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech, and was a postdoctoral fellow with the Information Society Project at Yale Law School.
Donovan has occupied the position since June, 2011. He currently serves on the Department of Commerce’s Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) as well as the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC). From 2001 to 2011, he served as president of the Association for Maximum Service Television, Inc. (MSTV), the leading engineering trade association for the television industry. During his tenure, MSTV helped guide the industry through the digital transition. It helped design and implemented the DTV channel selection process as well as the development DTV converter box. Working with Sprint, MSTV helped oversee the reallocation of BAS licenses. He led the fight to establish technical rules to avoid interference from unlicensed devices operating in the television band.
John Evans founded Evans Communications System after his career in the Navy, starting with two radio licenses in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 1972 he became a regional manager of the largest operating region of the predecessor of the Time Warner company, and eventually took the job of chief operating officer for Arlington Cable Partners. As an investor in the company, he helped build the first cable system in the Washington D.C. area, but he is perhaps best known for his role in co-founding the public affairs cable network C-SPAN. He has continued to be very active in telecommunications, broadcasting, cable and the Internet, such as serving on the board of Internet2. In 2013, Evans was named as Industry representative to the board of Trustees of the Digital Preservation Network.
Brian Fontes currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the National Emergency Number Association, a position he has held since June 2008. As CEO, he is responsible for all aspects of the Association. His primary objectives are to ensure that Americans have access to reliable 9-1-1 service, 9-1-1 centers have state-of the art technologies and well-trained professionals, and sufficient funding is available so that the 9-1-1 system can best serve those who call upon it as their first voice of hope. Previously, Fontes was Vice President, Federal Relations for Cingular Wireless and served in that capacity after its acquisition by AT&T. Prior to that, Fontes was Senior Vice President for Policy and Administration at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA). Before joining CTIA, Fontes served as the Senior Advisor to Commissioner James H. Quello, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and as the FCC’s Chief of Staff. Fontes started his professional career as a Professor of Communications at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
In the Fall of 1995, President Clinton appointed Fontes as head of the United States Delegation to the International Telecommunication Union’s World Radio Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland, and gave him the rank of Ambassador. Fontes also served as Chairman of the Council of the Communication Regulatory Agency in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Fontes has served on numerous U.S. international delegations.
He is currently on the Board of Directors of the NG 9-1-1 Institute and the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management, Policy and Law; until recently served as Co-Chair of the Commerce Department’s Spectrum Management Advisory Committee; and currently serves on the FCC’s Technical Advisory Committee; the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council; and the Department of State communication policy advisory committee.
Fontes received a Ph.D. in Mass Media/Telecommunications from Michigan State University’s Department of Telecommunications.
Richard D. McLellan is an attorney, Chair of the Michigan Law Revision Commission and a Trustee of the MSU College of Law. He is Chairman of the Council for Africa Infrastructure Development. McLellan is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. He is an independent trustee of the JNL Series Trust, a 0 billion variable annuity fund managed by of Jackson National Life Insurance Company, and served as a director of ITC Holdings (NYSE: ITC), the largest independent electric transmission company in the U.S.
For many years McLellan was involved in telecommunications policy and regulation. He has served as Chairman of the Michigan Competitive Telecommunications Providers Association and as Secretary/Treasurer of the Michigan Alliance for Competitive Telecommunication.
McLellan is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan Law School. He has served as an adjunct associate professor in the MSU College of Communication Arts & Sciences.
Michael R. Nelson works on Internet-related global public policy issues for CloudFlare, a startup that has improved the performance and security of more than 2 million Web sites. Prior to joining CloudFlare this year, he was a Principal Technology Policy Strategist in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group and prior to that was a Senior Technology and Telecommunications Analyst with Bloomberg Government. In addition, since January, 2009, Michael Nelson has been teaching courses and doing research on the future of the Internet, cyber-policy, technology policy, innovation policy, and e-government at Georgetown University.
Professor of Economics and Finance at the Columbia Business School since 1976, and its Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility. Served for three years as a Commissioner for Public Services of New York State. Appointed by the White House to the President’s IT Advisory Committee. Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, a research center focusing on management and policy issues in telecommunications, internet, and electronic mass media. He has also taught at Columbia Law School, Princeton University’s Economics Department and Woodrow Wilson School, and the University of St. Gallen, and is active in the development of electronic distance education. Noam has published 29 books and over 350 articles in economics journals, law reviews, and interdisciplinary journals, and has been a regular columnist for the Financial Times online edition. His recent books include Broadband Networks and Smart Grids ( Springer, 2013); Media Ownership and Concentration in America (Oxford, 2009); Peer to Peer Video (Springer, 2008); and Ultrabroadband (IDATE, 2008). He is completing a 4-volume series on Media Management, and leads a 30-country team on international media ownership. He is Chairman of the International Media Management Academic Association.
Bob Pepper works on Global Connectivity and Technology Policy at Facebook, and remains a Communications Program Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He received his BA. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. and held faculty positions at the University of Iowa, Indiana University, and University of Pennsylvania, and was a research affiliate at Harvard University. Following this he was Director of the Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy. He was subsequently Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and Chief of Policy Development at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an office now known as OSP. He has also been Acting Associate Administrator at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and initiator of a program on Computers, Communications and Information Policy at the National Science Foundation. Prior to his appointment as a Fellow of the Aspen Institute, Bob was Vice President for Global Technology Policy at Cisco, having joined the company in 2005. He was responsible for the international aspects of the company’s advanced technology policy, working in areas such as broadband, IP enabled services, wireless, security and privacy and ICT development. In addition, he serves on a number of boards, including the the board of directors of the U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) and the advisory board for Columbia University as well as the Quello Center’s Advisory Board. He joined Facebook in 2016.
President/CEO, Michigan Association of Broadcasters
Executive Director, Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters
Karole White is President/CEO of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Service Corp, Inc and the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters.
Prior to joining the MAB, Ms. White was the Executive Vice President Director for the Michigan Floral Association, the Executive Director of the MFA Health Insurance Trust, the managing director of MFA Federal Credit Union and President, Executive Director MAB Floral Service Inc. White has been in Association Management in the Greater Lansing area for over 30 years. She has served in executive positions with the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, United States Cheerleaders Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association and was a partner in BKM Advertising and Display Company.
Steven S. Wildman is a Research Fellow at the Quello Center. Professor Wildman was the Founding Director of the Quello Center. During his penultimate year as director of the Center, he served a one year stint as Chief Economist to the FCC, reflecting the focus of his economics research on telecommunication industries and services. Steve was appointed as the James H. Quello Professor of Telecommunication Studies and the first Director of the James H. and Mary B. Quello Center for Telecommunication Management & Law at Michigan State University in 1999. Prior to joining Michigan State in Fall 1999, Dr. Wildman was Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Program in Telecommunications Science, Management & Policy at Northwestern University. Earlier positions include Senior Economist with Economists Incorporated and Assistant Professor of Economics at UCLA. Dr. Wildman holds a PhD in economics from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Wabash College. Steve stepped down as Director in 2014 to focus on his research and support the transition to a new director. He remains a Research Fellow in the Center, as Professor and J.H. Quello Chair of Telecommunication Studies Emeritus at MSU, and a member of our Advisory Board, as well as being a Research Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado.
Richard E. Wiley is Chairman of Wiley Rein LLP, a Washington, DC law firm with the largest communications practice in the United States. As a former Chairman, Commissioner, and General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission (1970-77), he was a leading force in the agency’s initial efforts to foster increased competition and lessened regulation in the communications field. He was FCC Chairman when Jim Quello first became a member of the Agency in 1974.
Mr. Wiley was awarded an Emmy by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for leading the development of the nation’s digital television transmission standard. He also has received numerous industry-related recognitions including the National Association of Broadcaster’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Consumer Electronics Association’s Gold Medal and Hall of Fame awards.
Mr. Wiley graduated with distinction from Northwestern (B.S. and J.D. Degrees) and holds a Masters Degree in Law (LL.M.) from Georgetown. He has received distinguished alumnus awards from each University as well as a Honorary Doctor of Laws from Catholic University.