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Kathleen Grillo

Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Verizon Communications

Kathleen Grillo

Kathleen (Kathy) Grillo is Verizon’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs.  She leads all of Verizon’s federal and state public policy, legislative, and regulatory affairs work.  She is responsible for the company’s public policy positions on a wide range of issues including 5G deployment, spectrum, and privacy.  Ms Grillo represents the company before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and other federal agencies, and state governments.  She is also Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of USTelecom – The Broadband Association.

Ms Grillo’s passion is creating a culture that encourages every member of her team to contribute, think boldly, and realise their potential.  As a champion of women and diversity in the tech and telecom industry, she has led numerous initiatives and development summits to empower professionals, particularly younger women, to grow and succeed in their careers.  In partnership with Ellevate Network, she launched a “Women in Tech and Telecom” leadership and mentoring series.  She has also hosted a number of events to celebrate women leaders in a variety of fields.

Before joining Verizon, Ms Grillo was in private practice at Williams & Connolly LLP, a Washington, DC-based law firm.  She was also a law clerk for Judge Harold H Greene of the US District Court for the District of Columbia.  

Ms Grillo earned her BA from the University of Virginia and her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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