Rob Stoddard is Senior Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the principal trade association of the cable telecommunications industry. He oversees the Association’s media relations efforts, industry-wide public affairs programs, and promotion and publicity for NCTA events and activities. Before joining NCTA in 2002, Stoddard served as the chief communications officer for a variety of major cable companies, including AT&T Broadband, MediaOne, and Continental Cablevision.
Prior to that, 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. He also has served 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 serves on the Board of Directors of the National Press Club Journalism Institute, the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing, and the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Washington, DC/Baltimore Chapter. He is also a member of the Cable Center Customer Care Committee. Stoddard is a former President of the Association of Cable Communicators; former Chairman of the Board of Cable Positive, which for two decades was the cable industry’s foundation for AIDS awareness and education; and formerly served on the national Board of Directors of the WICT Foundation.
A member of the Cable Pioneers Club, Stoddard also has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Virginia Cable & Telecommunications Association. He is a recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the T. Howard Foundation for support of diversity; the “Friend of NAMIC Award” from the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC); and the President’s Award from the Cable Television Public Affairs Association, for outstanding contributions to cable industry public affairs. Stoddard also has been recognized as a “DC Influencer” by PR Week Magazine.
A native of suburban Philadelphia, Stoddard is a graduate of The American University in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Barbra – a life-long educator, researcher, and writer – reside in Bethesda, Maryland.