Mignon L. Clyburn became the first woman head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in May 2013 when she was appointed Acting Chair by President Barack Obama during her second term.
Commissioner Clyburn began her FCC career in 2009 after spending 11 years as a member of the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina, including two years as chair. Prior to her service on the PSC, Commissioner Clyburn was the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a weekly newspaper based in Charleston, S.C., which focused primarily on issues affecting the African American community. She co-owned and operated the family-founded newspaper for 14 years.
A long-time champion of consumers, Commissioner Clyburn was a strong advocate for enhanced accessibility in communications for disabled citizens and worked closely with groups representing the hearing impaired. She pushed for affordable universal telephone and high-speed Internet access, greater broadband deployment and adoption throughout the nation, and transparency in regulation.
Commissioner Clyburn was committed to narrowing persistent digital, communication, and opportunity divides that challenge rural, Native, African American, Latino, and low-wealth communities. Among her many efforts, she pushed for the modernization of the agency’s Lifeline Program, which helps defray the cost of voice and broadband services for low-income consumers, and championed diversity in media ownership.
Commissioner Clyburn was a foundation fellow before establishing MLC Strategies, an independent consulting firm, in January 2019. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Banking, Finance, and Economics.