After departing the Multicultural Media, Internet, and Telecom Council at the end of 2017, Kim Keenan was today announced as the new Co-Chair of the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA). In her new role, Keenan will serve alongside IIA’s Founding Co-Chair Bruce Mehlman and the organization’s Honorary Chairman Rick Boucher, who once chaired the House Energy & Commerce Committee during his 28-year tenure in Congress.
Founded in 2004, IIA aims to increase broadband access across the country, leveraging the power of markets and entrepreneurs to achieve universal availability and adoption. As a Co-Chair, Keenan will help spearhead IIA’s expansion and advocacy platform.
“Kim is a respected advocate for unserved and underserved communities and brings a deep understanding of the broadband policy issues that are shaping the future of the tech and telecom landscape,” commented Boucher, a 28-year Congressman who chaired the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and the Internet. “I look forward to working alongside Kim to advance internet openness, consumer privacy, diversity and other leading policy goals.”
Keenan replaces Jamal Simmons, who served as IIA Co-Chair for more than six years.
In addition to her work with IIA, Keenan joined Odyssey Media at the top of this year as the organization’s Executive Vice President for Marketing and Research.
Prior to joining IIA, Keenan’s career included a laundry-list of accolades, as well as notable accomplishments such as spearheading a Net Equity tour, a College Tech Prep Summit, and a Capital Pitch Competition. A long-time advocate of advancing causes of social, political, and economic parity, opportunity, and equity for women and people of color, Keenan was the longest serving General Counsel of the NAACP, and served as past president of the both the National Bar Association and the DC Bar Association. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Media Executive of the Year from Vote It Loud, the NAACP Medgar Evers Award for Excellence, the Charging Buffalo Award from the New York Society, and the Distinguished Civil Rights Advocate Award from the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
“IIA is fortunate to have such an esteemed and experienced leader like Kim join our team,” shared Mehlman. “She will no doubt be a valuable partner in the mission to advance smart internet policies that protect consumers and help close the digital divide, while encouraging investment and innovation.”