After three years at the helm of the Multicultural Media, Telecom, and Internet Council, Kim Keenan yesterday announced her resignation from the organization. Since its founding in 1986, MMTC “has represented over 70 minority, civil rights and religious national organizations in selected proceedings before the FCC, and it operates the nation’s only full service, minority owned media and telecom brokerage.” Recognized as a national “leading advocate for minority advancement in communications,” MMTC is a non-partisan, national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and civil rights in the mass media, telecom and broadband industries, and closing the digital divide.
During her tenure, Keenan sought to help with ‘“bringing policy to the people,’ reaching out to communities to make complex and esoteric telecom policies relatable, and to bridge the digital divide.” In addition to MMTC’s annual Broadband and Social Justice and Access to Capital conferences, Keenan expanded the organization’s outreach events to include her signature Net Equality Tour and annual Tech Prep Summits.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to have led MMTC for the past three years, and I take great pride in having worked with such a talented team and an impactful organization,” Keenan said in a press release announcing her departure. “I view my role as having assisted MMTC in developing the requisite infrastructure to grow and thrive. Although I have moved on to pursue other professional opportunities, I am confident that MMTC will continue to achieve great things in the months and years ahead, and I will treasure leaving my fingerprints on its progress.”
In 2012, Politic365 honored Keenan with its GameChanger designation, citing her legal prowess and commitment to civil rights and social justice causes. Prior to joining MMTC, Keenan was the youngest attorney and only the second woman to hold the position of General Counsel in NAACP’s history. She is a past-president of the 100,000-member District of Columbia Bar Association. Keenan also served as the sixty-second President of the 60,000-member National Bar Association, where she was only the eighth woman in the organization’s eighty-six year history to hold this office.
Keenan has been honored as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer, a Top Lawyer by the Washingtonian Magazine, and named a “Legal Rebel” by the American Bar Association. She’s also received several awards including the Wiley A. Branton Award for Civil Rights Under Law from the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, among others. Although Keenan has left MMTC, it is clear her legacy will be felt in the years ahead.
Upon Keenan’s departure, Maurita Flippin Coley, who most recently served as MMTC’s Executive Vice President and COO, has assumed the reigns as Interim President and CEO.