WASHINGTON – Today, NTIA announced that it is continuing to build out its senior leadership following the confirmation of Alan Davidson as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information. April McClain-Delaney, formerly the Washington Director of Common Sense Media, has been named Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information. Andy Berke, former mayor of Chattanooga, Tenn., is joining NTIA as a special representative for broadband.
“I am honored to serve as head of NTIA at a moment of historic opportunity. My thanks to President Biden, Secretary Raimondo and the U.S. Senate for their trust and vital leadership as we work together to deliver high-speed broadband to every American,” said Assistant Secretary Davidson. “I am also thrilled to welcome our new senior leadership at NTIA. The mission we have – and the new opportunities the hard-working team at NTIA is being given – are a testimony to a terrific organization that is ready to deliver for the American people.”
Alan Davidson was officially sworn in as Assistant Secretary on Friday, January 14, 2022. He is an Internet policy expert with over 20 years of experience as an executive, public interest advocate, technologist, and attorney. He was most recently a Senior Advisor at the Mozilla Foundation, a global nonprofit that promotes openness, innovation, and participation on the Internet. He was previously Mozilla’s Vice President of Global Policy, Trust and Security, where he led public policy and privacy teams promoting an open Internet and a healthy web.
April McClain-Delaney has more than 30 years’ experience in communications law, regulatory affairs, and advocacy across a broad spectrum of private sector and non-profit engagements. She most recently served as Washington Director and board member for Common Sense Media and a director of the Delaney Charitable Foundation. Her policy and legal work has focused on digital citizenship education, the digital divide, privacy protections and tech addition issues.
Andy Berke served as the mayor of Chattanooga, Tenn., from 2013 to 2021. Under his leadership, Chattanooga established several digital equity programs, including Tech Goes Home, which offers technology training, skills, and access to families. At the end of his term, Mayor Berke led a partnership to provide high speed broadband at no cost to every family with a child on free or reduced lunch, making Chattanooga the first community in the country with such a benefit. A native of Chattanooga, Berke served in the Tennessee Senate for five years prior to his mayoralty.