The new FCC chairman names Paul de Sa as the chief and Zachary Katz as deputy chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis and Jonathan Baker as chief economist.
Today, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced his choices of Paul de Sa as the chief and Zachary Katz as deputy chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis and Jonathan Baker as chief economist. They who will join the other senior staff in OSP.
Michelle Connolly, the current chief economist, will be returning to the economics department at Duke University.
“To tackle complex communications challenges, the FCC must be smart about a broad array of disciplines, including economics and business, technology, and the law — as well as the everyday experience of consumers,” said Genachowski. “This team will help the agency tremendously in its push to engage in data-driven decision-making, grounded in hard facts, real-world experience, and sound economic analysis.”
Paul de Sa was a Partner at McKinsey & Co., where he has been a leader in its telecom/media, private equity and corporate finance practices in the United States and Asia. Prior to joining McKinsey, de Sa received a doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford University. He was also a Kennedy Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Jonathan Baker, who holds both a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University and a law degree from Harvard University, is a professor at the Washington College of Law, American University. Baker previously was the director of the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission, a senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and special assistant to the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. He has also worked as an assistant professor at Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business Administration.
Zachary Katz was most recently deputy special counsel to the president in the White House Counsel’s Office. He previously practiced intellectual property law at Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles, after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Kim M. Wardlaw of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Katz received his law degree from Yale, where he was editor in chief of the Yale Law Journal. Before law school, Katz worked with technology companies in Silicon Valley.