FCC's McDowell Hires Permanent Staff


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Washingotn - Sep 5, 2006 - FCC Commissioner Robert M. McDowell has named his permanent staff to support him during his term.

  • John Hunter, chief of staff and senior legal advisor, wireline issues
    Hunter was most recently counsel to the House of Representatives Government Reform Committee, appointed by Chairman Tom Davis. Previously, he was of counsel at Reed Smith, McNair and Sanford, representing telecommunications companies including local exchange, wireless, interexchange and international carriers, broadcasters, cable companies and equipment manufacturers. He was also senior counsel of the United States Telecom Association representing local exchange carriers and served as senior attorney in the Washington office of United Telecommunications. Hunter began his legal career at the Commission, serving in the Common Carrier and Cable Television Bureaus. He also worked for Congressman Guy Vander Jagt. Hunter is the former chairman of the Virginia Public Broadcasting Board, appointed by then-Governor George Allen and reappointed by then-Governor Jim Gilmore, and a former at-large member of the Fairfax County, Virginia Planning Commission, appointed by then-Chairman Tom Davis. Hunter received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Albion College and a Juris Doctor degree from the George Washington Law School.

  • Angela E. Giancarlo, legal advisor, wireless and international
    Giancarlo was most recently acting legal advisor to Commissioner McDowell for wireless and international issues. Previously, she held the position of associate chief for spectrum policy in the Public Safety and Critical Infrastructure Division of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Prior to joining the Commission, she worked in the Washington office of Hogan and Hartson where her primary focus as senior associate was advising clients on commercial and private wireless regulation, auction-related transactional matters and strategic planning on spectrum allocations. Giancarlo has authored several articles on spectrum and technology matters, and is an active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association. She began her career in the congressional office of former U.S. Representative Jack Kemp, where she served in a number of capacities over the course of four years. Giancarlo received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Trinity College in Washington and a Juris Doctor degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America.

  • Cristina Chou Pauzé, legal advisor, media issues
    Prior to working in the McDowell office, Pauzé was an associate bureau chief in the FCC's Media Bureau. Before joining the Commission, Pauzé was of counsel at Morrison and Foerster's Washington office, where her practice included representing media clients in regulatory compliance, licensing, rulemaking and transactional matters. She has also held positions as policy advisor to the assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and as senior counsel for commercial transactions at Teleglobe USA. Pauzé received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and her Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable John G. Heyburn II of the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.

  • Brigid Nealon Calamis, deputy chief of staff
    Calamis joined Commissioner McDowell's office as confidential assistant in June 2006. Her prior experience includes positions in the government relations and public affairs departments of the National Association of Broadcasters and Comptel, a trade association representing telecommunications entrepreneurs, and providing public affairs support for technology and communications clients at Dittus Communications. Calamis holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree from Davidson College.

  • Rafael Fernandez, staff assistant
    Fernandez most recently served in Commissioner McDowell's office as part of the transition team. Prior to joining the McDowell office he held various positions at the Commission, including staff assistant in the Office of Legislative Affairs and executive receptionist for the eighth floor under Chairman Powell. Fernandez holds a Masters in Information Technology from the American Intercontinental University.


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