Melissa Newman has over 25 years’ experience in government affairs for the telecommunications sector. Prior to joining TIA as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Melissa worked at Transit Wireless heading the Legal and External Affairs departments; Wilkinson Barker Knauer, a premier telecommunications law firm in Washington, DC; CenturyLink (now Lumen) as Vice President, Federal Policy and Regulatory Affairs; and as Deputy Division Chief of the Policy Division in the Common Carrier Bureau of the FCC. She has served on the Federal Communications Bar Association Executive Committee and was a Federal Consumer Advisory Committee Member at the FCC. Melissa received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri.