Janice Obuchowski, President

Janice Obuchowski

Janice Obuchowski

Janice Obuchowski, President of Freedom Technologies, Inc., has held several leadership positions in the United States government and the private sector.  She served as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce (NTIA) under President George H.W. Bush, as well as the United States Ambassador to the 2003 World Radiocommunications Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.  Ms. Obuchowski also has held several positions at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), including Senior Advisor to the Chairman.

In addition to her entrepreneurship, including as founder of Freedom Technologies, Ms. Obuchowski’s private-sector career includes service on several boards of directors, both for publicly traded corporations and privately-owned companies.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Obuchowski was an executive at NYNEX (now Verizon) and practiced private antitrust law.

Milestones in her career include preparing the legal case for not pervasively regulating computer and Internet services as an FCC staff lawyer, leading Executive Branch advocacy for spectrum auction legislation as NTIA’s Administrator, and successfully driving the U.S. effort for international adoption of Wi-Fi at WRC-2003.

Other current or past activities have included contributions as a longstanding member of the Commerce Department’s Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC), as an elected Trustee of the Federal Communications Bar Association, and as a Senior Fellow of the Annenberg Washington Program.  She also has been a World Economic Forum “Global Leader for Tomorrow.”

Ms. Obuchowski earned a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was an Editor of the Law Journal and was honored as Alumna of the Year in 2005.  She attended theInstitut d’Études Politiques in Paris, France, and graduated with Honors from Wellesley College.