Rep. Greg Walden serves as Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. He was previously Chairman of the Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications & Technology and also served as Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. Prior to his election to Congress in 1998, Walden served in Oregon’s State House, including as Majority Leader, before his time in the State Senate. He represents Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes 20 counties in the central, southern and eastern portions of the state. For more information, please visit his website.
David Chalian is CNN's Vice President of Political Coverage and Political Director. In his role, Chalian oversees CNN's daily political coverage across all platforms. He also leads CNN's Political Unit including the polling and decision desk operations and helps guide the editorial content for the network's special event political programming. Chalian also plays an instrumental role in the network's daily coverage by providing on-air political analysis across the network's programs.
Prior to arriving at CNN, Chalian served as Vice President for Video Programming at POLITICO where he oversaw all of the video efforts including POLITICO LIVE special events coverage and all new video program and product development. Before that, Chalian served as Washington Bureau Chief for Yahoo! News, Political Editor and on-air political analyst for PBS NewsHour, and ABC News' Political Director.
While at the PBS NewsHour, Chalian oversaw the 2010 midterm political coverage that won the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for excellence in television political journalism. He won an Emmy Award as part of the team that produced ABC News' presidential inauguration coverage in January 2009.
Prior to joining ABC News, Chalian produced "Inside City Hall," a widely acclaimed nightly political program for NY1 News. Chalian resides in Washington, DC and is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Michael K. Powell is the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), nominated by President Bill Clinton and sworn in on November 3, 1997. He served as a member of the FCC for eight years during which time he was designated its chair by President George W. Bush in January 2001 and continued in that capacity until April 2005.
During his time as FCC chair, Chairman Powell oversaw the rapid transformation of communications markets into the Digital Age. During his tenure, the Internet came into widespread commercial use, as did smart phones, Wi-Fi networks and satellite radio.
In his current role as President & CEO of NCTA - The Internet & Television Association, Mr. Powell leads one of the largest trade associations in Washington, D.C., representing the communications and content industries. Prior public service includes Chief of Staff of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Defense and service as an armored cavalry officer in U.S. Army. In the private sector he practiced law and was a senior advisor in a private equity firm. Chairman Powell also served on the boards of Cisco and AOL.
Chairman Powell serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Mayo Clinic, The William and Mary Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance. At America’s Promise, he co-chairs the Grad Nation project, an effort to address the high school dropout crisis.
Powell received his bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary and also holds an honorary doctorate from the College. He also served as Rector of the school’s Board of Visitors. He received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center.
A veteran government affairs executive with two decades’ experience representing entertainment, telecommunications and technology companies and organizations, Joanna McIntosh leads NCTA’s government affairs operation and is a key member of the industry’s advocacy before Congress and the Administration. Joanna comes to NCTA from MPAA, where she served as Executive Vice President for Global Policy and External Affairs since 2014.
Before MPAA, Joanna worked in federal government relations at Verizon from 2005 – 2014 and served as General Counsel for the G8 Summit hosted by President George W. Bush in 2003 – 04. She also has previous experience at the Markle Foundation and AT&T. Joanna holds a JD from The George Washington University Law School and is a graduate of Rhodes College.
Rick Chessen is Senior Vice President, Law & Regulatory Policy, for NCTA - The Internet & Television Association. In that role, he manages the NCTA Legal Department and the Association’s relationship with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Chessen joined NCTA in 2009.
Prior to his current position, Chessen spent over 14 years in public service at the FCC. He initially joined the Commission in 1994 as a senior attorney in the Cable Services Bureau and then served in various other positions, including Senior Legal Advisor to former Commissioners Michael Copps and Gloria Tristani, Chair of the FCC’s Digital Television Task Force, and Associate Bureau Chief for the Media Bureau. He also served as Acting Chief of Staff of the Commission in early 2009 during the Acting Chairmanship of Commissioner Copps.
Chessen also has worked in private enterprise and practiced law at several law firms. Chessen holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.