Paul de Sa was part of the leadership team at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2009-12 and 2016-17, serving as Chief of its Office of Strategic Planning, with a focus on merger reviews, broadband, and spectrum policy. Between his two periods of government service, Paul was the Senior Analyst at Bernstein Research covering the U.S. telecom sector, publishing on topics relevant to broadcast, cable, satellite, and telecom investors. He was previously a Partner at McKinsey & Company, spending almost a decade serving communications and private-equity clients from the firm’s Washington, D.C., and Seoul offices. Paul has a B.A. from Cambridge, a doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford, was a John F. Kennedy Memorial Scholar at MIT, and researched technology policy as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard. Paul can be contacted at paul.desa@quadrapartnersllc.com​.

Chris Helzer has twenty-five years of experience in the cellular telecommunications industry and government, including working as the Chief Engineer in the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau from 2014-2017, the director of radio network and handset development at Nextel Communications from 1999-2005, and a variety of consulting positions. He has worked on most parts of cellular networks, including radio deployment, core networks, services, devices, and standards. Chris has B.S. degrees in physics and electric engineering from the University of Maryland. Chris can be contacted at chris.helzer@quadrapartnersllc.com.

 

Ruth Milkman served as the Chief of Staff of the FCC from 2013-2017 and Chief of the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau between 2009 and 2013. From 1998-2009 she worked as one of the leading telecommunications lawyers in Washington as co-founder of Lawler, Metzger, Milkman and Keeney, a firm serving clients ranging from start-ups to large established telecommunications companies and private-equity firms. Before joining Lawler, Metzger, Ruth held a variety of senior positions at the FCC, including Senior Legal Advisor to Chairman Reed Hundt and Deputy Chief of the International and Common Carrier Bureaus. Ruth has a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. She served as a clerk for the Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Ruth can be contacted at ruth.milkman@quadrapartnersllc.com.  

Roger Sherman founded Waneta Strategies, LLC, in 2016 and served as Managing Director until 2019, when he joined Quadra. At Waneta, he provided strategic counseling to Fortune 500 businesses, start-ups, trade associations, and investors. Roger was Chief of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau from 2013-2016 with responsibility for spectrum, competition policy, infrastructure deployment, and transactions. Prior to his service at the Commission, Roger held a number of senior positions on Capitol Hill, including serving as Chief Democratic Counsel to the Energy and Commerce Committee. Outside of government, Roger spent ten years at Sprint Corporation as a Director of Wireless Regulatory Affairs. Roger has a B.A. from Amherst College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Roger can be reached at roger.sherman@quadrapartnersllc.com.

Jon Wilkins spent sixteen years at McKinsey & Company in Washington, D.C., working with global clients spanning the wireless, cable, wireline, and high-tech sectors. He left McKinsey as a Senior Partner in 2013 to join the FCC as the agency’s Chief Operating Officer, a role he served in from 2013-2015. In 2016, he became Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, where he played a central role in policy development activities on all aspects of mobile, including spectrum allocation and the creation of the world’s first regulatory framework for 5G mobile services, a policy proceeding which required careful balancing of incumbent satellite services with those of new mobile terrestrial applications.  Jon has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Yale University Law School. He served as a clerk for the Honorable J. Frederick Motz on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Jon can be contacted at jon.wilkins@quadrapartnersllc.com​. 

 

 

 

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