March 7, 2012 (McLean, VA) ““ The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is pleased to announce its newest Honorary Trustee, Michael Powell, President & CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). As CEO for NCTA, Powell serves as the cable industry’s leading advocate, spokesman, and representative in its relationship with the U.S. Congress, the Administration, the FCC, and other federal agencies.
Michael K. Powell, former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2001 to 2005 and a member of the FCC for eight years, began his tenure as President & CEO of NCTA on April 25, 2011. Powell was nominated as a member of the FCC by President Bill Clinton and was designated by President George W. Bush as FCC Chairman in January 2001, serving in that role until April 2005. During Powell’s tenure at the FCC, the Commission oversaw tremendous change and marketplace growth in the telecommunications sector. Powell worked to bring FCC regulations into the 21st Century and to recognize the move of voice, video, and data technologies away from limited analog platforms to powerful digital applications that bring more value to the public. He focused on initiatives to encourage market-driven solutions that promote consumer interests. He also supported new methods of deploying advanced services through technologies that would expand affordable broadband options to all Americans regardless of their geography.
“AWM is doing critical work on behalf of women in a wide range of media, with strong educational initiatives and important advocacy efforts. AWM leaders historically also have been significant contributors to groups that have advised the FCC and other federal agencies,” Powell said. “I’m happy for the opportunity to provide guidance, to help AWM further enhance its ability to serve its members and constituents with vital and relevant programs.”
“The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s Honorary Trustees are a key element of our Foundation’s depth and strength ,” said AWMF President Erin M. Fuller, CAE. “We look forward to working with Chairman Powell along with our other Honorary Trustees to help lead our organization, industry and allied media professions into the future.”
About the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM): The Alliance for Women in Media leverages the promise, passion and power of women in all forms of media. Formerly known as American Women in Radio & Television, AWM is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment, and will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2011. The Alliance for Women in Media carries forth its mission by educating, advocating and acting as a resource to its members and the industry at large via inspired thought leadership that illuminates areas of societal need.
About The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation: The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint-initiatives with the National Middle School Association, the Emma Bowen Foundation, the American Red Cross and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. The Foundation supports several public service campaigns, including most recently a radio PSA campaign with the Dove Self-Esteem Fund. The Foundation also supports Empowering America ®, an initiative which pays tribute to many of America’s most pioneering and inspiring women. Through this program, the Foundation provides Empowering America ® educational collateral to needy urban middle schools around the country. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards ®, a live gala that honors exemplary programming created for, by, and about women.