Staff Changes For FCC’s Mignon Clyburn

The commissioner adds NeÅŸe Guendelsberger as wireline legal adviser and Michael Scurato as media legal adviser, while saying goodbye to J. David Grossman, her chief of staff, and Claude Aiken, the commissioner’s wireline legal adviser.

FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn announced the appointments of NeÅŸe Guendelsberger wireline legal adviser and Michael Scurato as media legal adviser, as well as the departures of J. David Grossman, her chief of staff and Claude Aiken, the commissioner’s wireline legal adviser.

“I am thrilled to welcome NeÅŸe and Michael to my office,” said Clyburn. “Each brings a unique set of skills built from their experiences, both inside and outside the Commission, that will be an invaluable asset as we seek to advance a pro-consumer and pro-competition agenda.”

“At the same time, the departures of David and Claude are a huge loss to the office,” said Clyburn.

Guendelsberger joins the commissioner’s staff from her position as senior deputy bureau chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.  She has held a number of positions in various bureaus within the commission, including the Wireline Competition Bureau and the International Bureau, in various capacities in her 18 years with the Agency.

Before joining the FCC in 2000, Guendelsberger taught law at the University of Baltimore and the University of Ankara and was a consultant on transnational law matters. She has an LL.M. from the University of Michigan as well as law degrees from the University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) and the University of Ankara.

Scurato joins the commissioner’s staff from his position as a legal adviser to the chief of the Enforcement Bureau. Prior to joining the commission in 2016, Scurato was vice president of policy at the National Hispanic Media Coalition.


He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a student in the Institute for Public Representation, a public interest law firm and clinical education program. He has a Bachelor of Arts from New York University.

Grossman joined Clyburn’s office in March 2016. Previously he was legislative director and senior adviser for technology policy to U.S. Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), then ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and a senior representative from Silicon Valley.

Prior to this role, Grossman was the technology counsel to the Democratic staff of the House Small Business Committee where he focused on telecommunications and technology policy, including broadband and intellectual property issues.

Earlier, he worked for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) as a member of the organization’s government affairs team. Grossman began his career as a research analyst at Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick: P.L.L.C., where he supported the firm’s telecommunications practice.

He holds a master’s degree in public policy from George Mason University and a B.A. in political communication from The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs.

Aiken has been at the FCC since 2008. Before joining the commissioner’s office, he was associate general counsel and special adviser on internet law and policy. Prior to his position in the General Counsel’s office, Aiken was a deputy division chief in the Wireline Competition Bureau’s Competition Policy Division. He also served as special counsel in the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, and held attorney positions in the Wireline Competition Bureau and Office of General Counsel.

Aiken graduated cum laude from New York Law School, where he was a Harlan Honors Scholar in Information Law and Policy. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Grove City College.

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Dan Levitt says:

March 31, 2018 at 9:46 am

Fallout from the Inspector General investigation of Pai no doubt

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