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Carolyn Fleming-Williams

Federal Communications Commission

2017 fellow

Carolyn Fleming-Williams provides leadership in advancing OCBO’s mission to promote competition and innovation in telecommunications ownership and information services. She also provides support for strategic policy initiatives to promote opportunities for small communications businesses and women-owned and minority-owned communications businesses. In addition, she represents the office in its role as the principal, small and diverse business policy advisor to the Chairman and Commissioners of the agency. During her 15-year tenure with the Commission, she has also served as Director, OCBO, and senior attorney with the Media Bureau. During her tenure as Director, Ms. Fleming-Williams developed recommendations to increase competition, innovation, economic growth, and diversity; coordinated interagency initiatives with the Small Business Administration and the Department of Commerce; and, established an agency-wide small business compliance program.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Fleming-Williams was corporate counsel with the Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT), an international company. In this position, she advised the CEO and other executives on matters relating to acquisitions, mergers, and joint ventures. She was also an associate attorney with the law firm now known as K&L Gates LLP, in the Financial Institutions Group, where she represented major financial institutions with regard to negotiations, financial agreements, and transactions. Prior to joining K&L, she was an Honors Attorney with the U.S. Department of the Treasury where she had the opportunity to have rotations within Treasury’s Office of Legislative Counsel; Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; Office of International Affairs; and, the Chief Counsel’s Office, U.S. Customs Service.

Ms. Fleming-Williams has been an integral part of many civic and non-profit organizations. She has served as President of DC Habitat for Humanity and had the honor of hosting a “BlitzBuild” with former President Jimmy Carter during which ten houses were constructed during a one-week period in Northeast Washington. She was appointed by the Fairfax Board of Supervisors to the Civil Service Commission and adjudicated grievances and personnel matters within the first responder community. She has taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Business Administration and Management Studies focusing on leadership development. Currently, she is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County, Inc. which operates a 60-bed residential facility for abuse survivors that provides safe shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline as well as abuser intervention and anger management programs. Ms. Fleming-Williams is a graduate of Princeton University and the Georgetown University Law School. She is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society program. She is married to Tony Williams and has one son, Chase.

Senior Deputy Director, Office of Communications Business Opportunities (OCBO) Federal Communications Commission.

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