Michael K. Powell

Michael K.
Vice Chair, America's Promise Alliance; President and CEO, NCTA - The Internet & Television Association


The Honorable Michael K. Powell served as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission at a time of revolutionary change in technology and communications. He was appointed by President Clinton in 1997 and was designated Chairman by President Bush in 2001.

Powell previously served as the Chief of Staff of the Antitrust Division in the Department of Justice. 

Powell was an associate in the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, he clerked for the Honorable Harry T. Edwards, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Powell graduated in 1985 from the College of William and Mary with a degree in Government. He currently serves as the Chair of the William & Mary Foundation.  He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Powell is the President and CEO of the NCTA - The Internet & Television Association.  Powell serves on a number of non-profit boards, including the Mayo Clinic, the Aspen Institute and America’s Promise where he co-chairs Grad Nation, an effort to end the high school dropout crisis.

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