Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs
Paula is currently director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Microsoft Corporation, where she partners with colleagues to develop Microsoft’s communications policy positions and advocates those positions before the Federal Communications Commission, Congress and the Administration. On behalf of Microsoft, Paula champions a variety of voice, video and text communications issues, such as those related to spectrum, accessibility, universal service, next generation 911, as well as issues surrounding Internet governance and ICANN.
Prior to joining Microsoft in 2002, Paula was senior counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Communications. She joined the Subcommittee in April 1997 and while there, she drafted legislation, developed legislative strategy, organized hearings and briefings, managed consideration of bills on the Senate Floor, and advocated the Senate position in House and Senate Conferences. She handled issues such as broadband deployment, spectrum management, digital television transition and competition in the local telecommunications marketplace.
Paula joined the Office of the General Counsel of the FCC in February 1994. There she reviewed draft orders involving broadcast issues and worked on issues involving tax certificates and preferences for designated entities in PCS. In September 1994, she began working with the International Bureau on satellite policy issues. Paula began her legal career at Verner, Liipfert, McPherson and Hand in 1992 where she worked on a variety of issues including litigation, transportation and communications.