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NTIA Adds Key Broadband Leaders to its Growing Team
NTIA is continuing to build out its senior leadership team as we prepare to launch the grant programs in the Broadband Infrastructure Law. The law, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, includes a significant investment of $65 billion to help close the digital divide and ensure that all Americans have access to reliable, high speed, and affordable broadband.
Herb Tyson is joining NTIA as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Herb will build a team to support NTIA’s extensive engagement with state and local governments around our broadband programs. Tyson has had a lengthy, respected career engaged in federal, state, local and international public policy, including previous service as a Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the State Department.
Evan Feinman has been named Deputy Associate Administrator for Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD). Feinman will lead the $42.45 billion BEAD Program. Previously, Feinman was Chief Broadband Advisor to Governor Northam, and in that role, developed and funded projects that put the state on track to be the first large state with universal broadband infrastructure. He also served as Executive Director of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission and as Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth.
Grace Abuhamad is returning to NTIA, where she served in 2016 as a policy analyst in the Office of International Affairs. She has been named a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary. Previously, Abuhamad managed the research program on trustworthiness at Element AI, an artificial intelligence company based in Montreal and acquired by ServiceNow in January 2021.
Sarah Morris has also been named Senior Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary. She was previously director of New America’s Open Technology Institute, leading OTI's strategic planning, fundraising, and management. Prior to her role as director, she led the program's efforts on a broad portfolio of issues including broadband access and adoption, online consumer protections, and preserving the open internet.