by Jasmine Phiri
August 18, 2021
Associate General Counsel,
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Karen Onyeije is an Associate General Counsel at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and serves as Chief of Staff of the Connect2HealthFCC Task Force, a senior-level, multi-disciplinary effort created to explore the intersection of broadband, advanced technology and health. Connect2HealthFCC is working to chart the broadband future of health and care. Recognizing the critical role connectivity will play in the health care system of the future, Connect2HealthFCC is working to chart the broadband future of health and care, catalyzing public-private collaborations that promote broadband in health, and focusing on improving data-driven decision-making in the connected health space. For example, Ms. Onyeije was one of the chief architects of the pioneering Mapping Broadband Health in America platform, and is also part of the research team analyzing the role of broadband connectivity as a social determinant of health. As a 20-year veteran of the FCC, Ms. Onyeije has held a wide variety of policy positions across the agency.
Before joining the FCC, Ms. Onyeije was Senior Policy Advisor for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Her work at NTIA involved universal service, spectrum management, and policy efforts to bridge the digital divide. Ms. Onyeije was a graduate fellow and clinical law professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Onyeije received an LL.M. in Advocacy from Georgetown University, a J.D. from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. in Psychology from Loma Linda University. Ms. Onyeije is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.