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Kathryn C. Brown, Senior Vice President, Public Policy Development & Corporate Responsibility, Verizon Corporation

September 15, 2011

Kathryn  C. Brown

Kathryn C. Brown is senior vice president - Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility. She has been with the company since June 2002. She is responsible for public policy development and messaging, emerging issues management, and cultivating strategic alliances with key national and international organizations. She is also responsible for Verizon’s domestic and international corporate responsibility initiatives. Ms. Brown has responsibility for the Verizon Foundation and its focus on the issues of education and literacy with programs such as the Verizon Thinkfinity.org education website, and safety and health, supporting initiatives that further Internet safety and apply technology to increase access to healthcare information systems.

Before joining Verizon, Ms. Brown was a partner at the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Brown was the Chief of Staff to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman William E. Kennard, managing the agenda on all telecommunications, broadcast, and spectrum matters.

Additionally, Ms. Brown was the Associate Administrator, Office of Policy Analysis and Development, at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications & Information Administration. Ms. Brown worked for eight years at the New York State Public Service Commission as the Director of the Consumer Services Division and as Litigation Attorney and Managing Attorney for Telecommunications with the Office of General Counsel. Prior to joining the NYPSC, she was the Deputy Clerk of the New York State Court of Appeals.

Ms. Brown serves on numerous boards and advisory committees including, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History board of directors; US Center for Citizen Diplomacy board of directors; National Council of LaRaza corporate board of advisors, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) advisory board and the FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity.

Ms. Brown received her J.D., summa cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law in 1980 and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Marist College in 1974. She is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia. Kathy and her husband Steve reside in Oakton, Virginia. They have two adult daughters.


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