The Convocation speaker will be UHLC alumna Meredith Attwell Baker. Ms. Baker is the President and CEO of CTIA, which is an international nonprofit membership organization that represents the wireless communications industry. She has extensive experience on spectrum issues and wireless policy and a keen understanding of how government and business must work together to drive innovation. The association's members include wireless carriers, device manufacturers, suppliers as well as apps and content companies. Prior to joining CTIA, Ms. Baker served as the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at Comcast NBCUniversal where she was responsible for developing policy positions on legislative and regulatory issues and representing those positions before the U.S. Congress, the Administration and government agencies.
Ms. Baker also served as a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission serving from July 31, 2009 until June 3, 2011. During her tenure, she championed a forward-looking approach to spectrum management issues as well as a flexible regulatory environment to encourage continued innovation and competition in the technology and telecommunications industries. Prior to serving as FCC Commissioner, she served as the Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Acting Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). While at NTIA, she facilitated the nation's historic transition to digital television, which freed commercial spectrum for wireless companies, and promoted market-based policies that encouraged innovation; served on delegations representing the United States at major international telecommunications conferences; and engaged in bilateral discussions with senior level officials from countries around the world to encourage investment in the United States.
Ms. Baker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington & Lee University in 1990 and a law degree from the University of Houston in 1994. She is a member of the Texas State Bar.