A former legal aide to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, Desai will oversee broadcasting and cable regulation and policymaking. She replaces Donna Gregg, who is joining the U.S. delegation to the WRC. Martin also named Helen Domenici to run the International Bureau.
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has tapped Monica Shah Desai to replace the departing Donna Gregg as chief of the Media Bureau, the division that regulates broadcasting and cable.
Gregg is joining the U.S. delegation to the World Radiocommunication Conference as senior policy adviser to the ambassador, likely to be White House aide Richard Russell.
Martin also said he was appointing Helen Domenici as chief of the International Bureau, which oversees satellite regulation and policy.
Monica Shah Desai has served as chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau since April 2005 and has worked elsewhere at the commission for six years prior, including a stint as a legal advisor on spectrum and international issues to Martin when he was a commissioner.
She has also served as an attorney-advisor in the Pricing Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau, as well as the Commercial Wireless Division and the former Public Safety and Private Wireless Division of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.
Before joining the FCC, Desai was as an associate at the law firm of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, where she worked on government contracts, commercial litigation and environmental regulatory matters.
She was a law clerk to the Honorable Deborah K. Chasanow (United States District Court, District of Maryland). She also served as an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law. Desai received her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center. She received her B.B.A., magna cum laude, in Finance from George Washington University, where she was a National Merit Scholar. She is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and currently serves on the Nominations Committee.
For the past five years, Helen Domenici has worked at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President as Assistant Director for Telecommunications and Information Technology. In this role, she has helped develop strategies and coordinate domestic and international policies with respect to telecommunications, broadband, spectrum, and Internet issues for the White House. Prior to joining OSTP, Helen served as a Policy Analyst for more than four years at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the International Bureau actively shaping policies with respect to telecommunications, the Internet, and broadband matters with special focus on infrastructure-related issues.
Before joining the FCC, Helen completed a MBA from Harvard Business School. Prior to attending HBS, she worked for the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Inc., in the Federal Government Affairs Office, for five years. In addition to her MBA from HBS, Helen’s education includes a B.A. from the University of Virginia. She graduated with distinction and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.