Rachelle Chong, Principal; Former Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission and California Public Utilities Commission, Law Offices of Rachelle Chong
A serial regulator, Commissioner Rachelle Chong served under President Clinton as a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission at a time when spectrum was being aggressively deployed for many new innovative wireless services including for public safety. After her federal public service, Ms. Chong was nominated by Governor Schwarzenegger to be a Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission. There she led various telecommunications reforms, introduced a broadband infrastructure grant program for unserved and underserved areas, added wireless devices to the Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Equipment Program, and led energy dockets including the first Smart Grid and Electric Vehicle proceedings in the nation. She has served as Special Counsel on Communications and Advanced Technology for the California Technology Agency (state CIO office), where she represented the state in the early days of BayRICS and LA RICs, and worked to implement E-911 technology and policies in California.
In her career, she has been a law partner at two international law firms Graham & James and Coudert Brothers, served as General Counsel to two start-ups (Broadband Office and Sidecar), and served as Vice President of Government Affairs to the nation's largest cable company. Since 2013, she has operated the Law Offices of Rachelle Chong in San Francisco -- where she is a regulatory lawyer and registered lobbyist for a wide variety of clients in the broadband, telecom, energy, passenger transportation, and Digital Divide non profit space. She enjoys public speaking, discussing the intersections of advanced communications technology and energy, advocating for closing the Digital Divide, and ensuring digital skills are taught to all.
Ms Chong has also served on various public corporate boards as a director, including Corsair, Lightbridge, Authorize.net, and Anterix. Currently, she serves on the Advisory Council for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), as the Chairwoman of the Schools, Health, Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB), and as a member of the T-Mobile External Diversity and Inclusion Council. She holds a J.D. law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law (1984) and a B.S. Political Science and Journalism from UC Berkeley (1981).