Alisa Valentin, Ph.D., is the Broadband Policy Director at Public Knowledge where she focuses on ensuring all consumers have access to affordable, reliable broadband. Before joining Public Knowledge, Alisa was the Senior Director of Technology and Telecommunications Policy at the National Urban League where she advocated for policies that empower Black communities and other communities of color as consumers, workers, and business owners. Alisa previously worked as the Special Advisor to FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks and as the Communications Justice Fellow at Public Knowledge.
She is also an adjunct professor at Norfolk State University where she teaches media law and public policy courses. In 2023, she received the 2023 Donald H. McGannon Award presented by the UCC Media Justice Ministry for her expertise and consistent work to bring more diverse perspectives into policy-making on technology, media, and telecommunications.
Alisa received her Ph.D. in Communications from Howard University, her M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, and her B.S. in Telecommunications from the University of Florida.
Alisa is from Tifton, Georgia and considers herself a semi-professional holiday decorator and travel content creator.