TIA names Melissa Newman VP of government affairs

Oct. 5, 2020
Newman has held several government-focused positions, including VP of federal policy and regulatory at CenturyLink.

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) announced on October 5 it hired Melissa Newman to serve as its vice president of government affairs. “Newman brings extensive experience in the telecommunications industry, most recently serving as VP of external affairs and senior legal counsel at Transit Wireless,” the TIA said when announcing the appointment.

She will lead the association’s public policy strategy to support legislative and regulatory initiatives.

“Melissa’s legal and policy experience combined with her deep understanding of the telecommunications industry will make her an extremely valuable asset to TIA, and at a critical time, as our industry is rapidly evolving,” said TIA’s chief executive officer David Stehlin. “We’re thrilled to welcome her to TIA as we continue to expand our advocacy efforts on behalf of our members.”

Prior to Transit Wireless, Newman was counsel at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, vice president for federal policy and regulatory at Century Link/Qwest/US West, and deputy division chief of the policy division in the Common Carrier Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. She previously practiced communications law as an associate at the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Newman holds a J.D. from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, MO.

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