Roanne Robinson-Shaddox

Designation:

Board Member

Roanne Robinson-Shaddox

Roanne is the former chief of staff and special assistant to the Assistant Secretary for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce. During her tenure with NTIA from 1993 to 1999, she worked on a wide range of agency and Clinton Administration initiatives aimed a closing the digital divide in underserved and rural communities. As part of this work, she served as the defacto Native American liaison for NTIA and the Department and led efforts to increase tribal participation in all related telecom and media policy initiatives, such as NTIA’s landmark Falling Through the Net reports, universal service hearings, “Connecting All Americans” conferences, and White House advisory committees focused on the national information infrastructure and public interest obligations of commercial broadcasters. She also successfully increased tribal awareness about NTIA’s grant programs and other Departmental programs and contributed to the Department’s first Indian Policy. She also was an early advocate at the FCC on digital divide issues affecting Indian Country and at the Bureau of Indian Affairs to ensure e-rate funding for the BIA school system. She also represented the Commerce Department on the White House Domestic Policy Council’s Working Group on American Indians and Alaska Natives, ensuring that a 1998 Presidential Memorandum recognized the growing digital divide on tribal lands. Roanne also has contributed to numerous reports and publications, including the the landmark: Native Networking: Telecommunications and Information Technology in Indian Country, published by the Benton Foundation and testified before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on tribal technology issues. After leaving Federal service, Roanne provided consulting services to non-profits, businesses and Federal government agencies on media, telecommunications, and privacy issues. During this time, Roanne assisted NPM with its efforts to educate Federal policymakers and regulators on broadband, media ownership and spectrum issues affecting Indian Country. She also developed expertise in information privacy issues affecting Federal agencies that led to a position with a privacy consulting firm and her return to Federal service in 2007, as a Senior Privacy Specialist with the FDIC. Roanne also is a former board member for the Media Access Project and previously has held positions with the National Congress of American Indians (1980-1983) and National Cable Television Association (1983-1993).