New commissioner Mignon Clyburn taps Michele Ellison to lead her transition efforts; Renée Roland Crittendon is chief of staff and senior legal adviser; Rick Kaplan and Carol Simpson tapped as acting legal advisers.
New FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn announced Friday afternoon, that Michele Ellison will lead her transition efforts and that Renée Roland Crittendon has been named chief of staff and senior legal adviser.
Clyburn also announced the appointment of Rick Kaplan as acting legal adviser and chief of external affairs, Carol Simpson as acting legal adviser and Almira Kennedy as interim confidential assistant. Crystal Rice will join the office as interim staff assistant.
Michele Ellison will lead the transition effort for Commissioner Clyburn. Ellison joined the commission in 1995 and has served as deputy general counsel for 12 years and more recently as acting general counsel.
In addition to her duties in the General Counsel’s office, Ellison has provided leadership in many areas, including co-chairing the commission’s Localism Task Force and serving as senior adviser to former Chairman Kennard on a variety of substantive and agency-wide operational matters. Before joining the Commission, she was a partner with the law firm of Williams and Connolly.
Renée Roland Crittendon will be chief of staff and senior legal adviser. In addition to those duties, she will focus on spectrum, international and public safety matters. Crittendon has been at the FCC for eight years. She was recently named by Chairman Genachowski as a deputy chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Prior to that appointment, she was chief of staff and senior legal adviser in the office of Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein where she was responsible for spectrum, broadband, international and public safety issues.
Before joining the commissioner’s office in 2007, Crittendon was deputy bureau chief in the Wireline Competition Bureau. Prior to that, she was chief of the Wireline Bureau’s Competition Policy Division. Crittendon also served as associate division chief of the Mobility Division of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.
Rick Kaplan will be acting legal advisor and chief of external affairs. As part of his role as legal advisor, Kaplan will be responsible for media and consumer issues. Kaplan most recently was the deputy coordinator of the DTV task force at the FCC. Previously, Kaplan worked in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives, where he counseled members of Congress on a broad range of legal issues and litigated on behalf of the House.
Carol Simpson will be acting legal adviser for wireline and broadband matters. Simpson has been at the commission since 2004. She spent two years in the Wireline Competition Bureau before moving to the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, where she most recently served as acting associate bureau chief.
Almira Kennedy will act as interim confidential assistant to Clyburn. Kennedy will be responsible for managing the office as well as the commissioner’s personal schedule and travel arrangements.
Kennedy has served in the Office of General Counsel as a special assistant since 2002.