University at Albany
Jennifer Manner

Jennifer Manner, BA ‘86

Distinguished Alumna Award
in Political Science

Deputy Chief for Public Safety and Homeland Security
Federal Communications Commission

Jennifer A. Manner is the Deputy Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission, with a focus on broadband issues.  Prior to joining the FCC, Ms. Manner was a principal at ZComm Strategies, LLC.  Before that, she was the Vice President for Regulatory Affairs at SkyTerra Communications, LLC, a North American satellite operator.  Ms. Manner joined SkyTerra from the Office of FCC Commissioner Abernathy where she served as the Commissioner’s Senior Counsel with a focus on wireless, new technologies and international issues.  Before joining the Commissioner, Ms. Manner was with MCI/WorldCom where she was the Director of International Alliances and, prior to that, Associate Counsel for Foreign Market Access and International Wireless Services.  Ms. Manner joined MCI after she was an Associate in the Communications Group at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, LLP.   Before joining Akin, Gump, Ms. Manner was an Attorney-Advisor at the FCC.

Ms. Manner graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a BA, and earned her JD cum laude from New York Law School, and LLM in International and Comparative Law with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Manner is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law School and the Washington School of Law at American University.  She is active in many professional associations and currently serves as an Executive Board Member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and is on the Board of Advisors of the Rockefeller College at the State University of New York at Albany.  Ms. Manner has published two books, Spectrum Wars (Artech House, 2003) and Global Telecommunications Market Access (Artech House, 2002) and numerous scholarly articles