RELEASE: Former FCC Associate General Counsel to Lead Media Policy Initiative

Mark Lloyd Has Over 20 Years of Experience Working on Media Policy in the Public Interest
Published:   October 11, 2012

Washington, DC — The New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute (OTI) is pleased to announce Mark Lloyd, former Federal Communications Commission associate general counsel/chief diversity officer, will lead its Media Policy Initiative.

The Media Policy Initiative, part of New America’s OTI, formulates policy and regulatory reforms to foster the development of a healthy media that satisfies the needs of democracy in the 21st century. Building on the Knight Commission report, Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age, Media Policy Initiative staff and fellows focus on policies to invigorate public media, increase independent public interest reporting, and improve citizen access to and engagement with information critical to their needs.

“It is a great honor to join the team at the New America Foundation,” Lloyd said. “I look forward to continuing the work with local communities to combine innovative technology and policy to find ways to address the needs of all Americans.”

“Mark Lloyd brings decades of expertise with D.C. policy-making to the Open Technology Institute team,” said Sascha Meinrath, OTI director. “Mark is an established leader on issues spanning civil rights, media ownership, telecommunications policy, and regulatory and legislative processes — his long-commitment to the public interest sector is unparalleled.”

Lloyd is an affiliate professor of public policy at Georgetown University. While at the FCC, he provided counsel to helped meet its goals of ensuring all Americans have access to critical information and an opportunity to participate in the communications field.

Before joining the FCC, Lloyd served as the vice president for strategic initiatives at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights' Education Fund, where he oversaw the media and telecom initiative. Lloyd was also a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress focusing on communications policy issues, including universal service, advanced telecommunications deployment, and diversity.  

From the 2002 to 2004, Lloyd was a Martin Luther King, Jr. visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he taught communications policy and wrote and conducted research on the relationship between communications policy and strong democratic communities. He also served as the executive director of the Civil Rights Forum on Communications Policy, a non-profit, non-partisan project he co-founded in 1997 to bring civil rights principles and advocacy to the communications policy debate. Previously, Lloyd worked as general counsel to the Benton Foundation, and as a communications attorney at Dow, Lohnes & Albertson in Washington, D.C. representing both commercial and non-commercial companies.

Lloyd has nearly 20 years of experience as a print and broadcast journalist, including work as a reporter and producer at NBC and CNN, and is the recipient of several awards including an Emmy and a Cine Golden Eagle. He has served on the boards of directors of dozens of national and local organizations, including the Independent Television Service, OMB Watch, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund.

To schedule an interview with Mark Lloyd, please contact Clara Hogan at 202-596-3368 or hogan@newamerica.net.