For more than two decades, Charlie Meisch has provided strategic counsel on public policy and communications matters for Fortune 50 companies, trade associations, non-profit advocates, start-ups, and both local and federal government. He has focused on the technology and telecom sectors, specializing in explaining complex legal and technical matters to any audience and helping emerging entities tell their stories in crowded markets.
Charlie joined Crosscut from SKDKnickerbocker, where as Vice President & Technology Counsel he provided strategic communications, policy, and technical counsel to multiple internal teams serving tech and telecommunications clients in the firm's Public Affairs and Research vertical. Prior to that, Charlie spent four years at the Federal Communications Commission, where he served as Senior Advisor for Policy and Communications for the Incentive Auction Task Force, which oversaw the world's first two-sided spectrum auction. He also provided strategic counsel to the Commission's Director of Media Relations as well as to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. He later served as policy and outreach advisor in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau's Office of the Bureau Chief, focused primarily on the Commission's groundbreaking auctions of Universal Service Funding for rural broadband deployment spearheaded by Chairman Ajit Pai.
Prior to joining the Commission, Charlie spent 12 years at public affairs firm LMG, Inc., where he led issue campaigns for tech and telecom clients on issues such as competition policy, rural broadband deployment, satellite broadband, emerging wireless technologies, and over-the-top TV. He has previously served as policy fellow with the Benton Foundation, where he co-authored reports on national broadband deployment policy and media consolidation; and as a policy analyst for Sodexho, Inc., where he advised the general counsel and chief information officer on matters such as e-commerce, UCITA, and Internet privacy. He has held elected office in the District of Columbia.
Charlie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Psychology from American University's School of Public Affairs and a Master of Public Policy degree from George Mason University's School of Public Policy.