FCC adds senior staff to media and telecom bureaus

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Wednesday that two new senior staff members will be joining the FCC's media and telecommunications bureaus.

“These talented individuals bring a wealth of experience in the communications and technology sectors,” Genachowski said. “They will play key roles in advancing the FCC’s goals of promoting a vibrant media landscape and leading the world in 21st-century broadband communications.”

Michelle Carey will become deputy chief of the media bureau, where she will help shape the bureau’s policies on competition in the video content market. Prior to joining the FCC, she was senior adviser to Administrator Lawrence Strickling at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), where she helped with the implementation of the $4.4 billion Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.

Carey previously worked at the FCC as senior legal adviser to then-Chairman Kevin Martin and as deputy chief of the wireline competition bureau. She earned both her B.A. and J.D from Georgetown University.

In addition, Michael McKenzie will become deputy chief of the wireless telecommunications bureau and senior adviser on new technology. McKenzie will oversee the division that manages spectrum and help provide overall strategic direction for the bureau. McKenzie was most recently a general manager at Microsoft working on enterprise cloud-computing services. He graduated from the University of Virginia for undergrad and Harvard for law school.