Elizabeth Lyle

Elizabeth Lyle, JD, was recently named special counsel for innovation in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). During 2009-2010, she managed the National Broadband Team's disability access work and wrote an FCC working paper on accessibility issues in conjunction with the National Broadband Plan. She first started working at the commission in 1996 as senior legal advisor to the chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. In 2001 she became a vice president at Wallman Strategic Consulting, and then later that year returned to the FCC as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel. She co-managed the FCC-wide proceeding on providing access to telecommunications equipment and services to people with disabilities in 1998-1999 and co-wrote with then-Chairman William E. Kennard a law review article on ensuring that the next generation of technologies is accessible, usable, and affordable. From 1993-1996, Lyle was a political appointee at the Department of Commerce, where she served as acting senior policy advisor for technology to Secretary Ronald H. Brown; Deputy Executive Secretary; and Director of National Information Infrastructure Initiatives at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Lyle also served as a counsel to the presidential transition office in 1992-1993 and was legal director of fundraising compliance at the Democratic National Committee in 1992. From 1990-1992, she was an associate at Dickstein, Shapiro, and Morin, and from 1985-1987 served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Jim Moody. Lyle is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago Law School. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and two sons, one of whom is on the autism spectrum.

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2010 Conference