Rob Stoddard is senior vice president, Communications & Public Affairs, for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the principal trade association of the cable television industry. He oversees the management of the association’s media relations efforts, as well as its industry-wide public affairs programs, public relations support for community outreach activities, Cable in the Classroom, and promotion and publicity for NCTA events and activities.
Previously Stoddard served as the chief communications executive for a variety of cable multiple system operators, including AT&T Broadband, MediaOne, and Continental Cablevision.
Prior to joining Continental, Stoddard was vice president of Communications for the Cable Telecommunications Association (CATA), a Washington-based trade association for the owners and operators of cable television systems. His career also includes work in journalism and government, including positions as Washington, D.C., bureau chief for Cardiff Publishing Company; press secretary in Washington, D.C., for U. S. Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum of Kansas; news and regional executive for United Press International in Boston; and news anchor and editor at several New England radio stations.
Stoddard is a member of the national Board of Directors of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM). He represents NCTA on the Cable Center Customer Care Committee; is a member and former President of the Association of Cable Communicators (ACC); former Chairman of the Board of Cable Positive, which for nearly two decades was the cable industry’s foundation for AIDS awareness and education; and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Foundation. In addition, Stoddard represented the cable industry on the Steering Committee of the Digital TV Transition Coalition, helping educate American consumers about the transition to digital broadcast television in 2009.
In 2010, Stoddard was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Virginia Cable & Telecommunications Association. In 2006, he accepted a lifetime achievement award from the T. Howard Foundation for his work in supporting diversity. In 2004, he was honored with a “Friend of NAMIC Award” for “advancing the cause and the ideals” of the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), of which he remains a member. And in 2000, he received the President’s Award from the Cable Television Public Affairs Association (now ACC) for outstanding contributions to cable industry public affairs.
A native of Philadelphia, Stoddard is a graduate of The American University in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Barbra, a life-long educator and researcher, reside in Bethesda, Maryland.