Mark Lloyd

Director, Media Policy Initiative
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Mark Lloyd has devoted a career at the crossroads of media and communications policy. He has worked as a lawyer, a public policy researcher and advocate, and as a journalist. He is a visiting professor and Wallis Annenberg Chair at the USC-Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication, where he teaches courses in media law and public policy of communications.

From 2009-2012 he served as the associate general counsel and chief diversity officer at the Federal Communications Commission.  Mr. Lloyd advised the Commission on how to promote diverse participation in the communications field, including work on the National Broadband Plan and the Market Entry Barriers Effecting the Critical Information Needs of All Americans.

In 2009, Mr. Lloyd was the vice president for Strategic Initiatives at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights/Education Fund, where, among other duties, he oversaw media and telecom initiatives, leading a national campaign to assist the most vulnerable communities make the successful transition to digital television service.

Prior to joining LCCR, Mr. Lloyd was a senior fellow at the Center of American Progress where he wrote, conducted research and analyzed communications policy. And from 2002-2004, he was a visiting scholar at MIT where he conducted research and taught communications policy. Mr. Lloyd has lectured at Harvard, UCLA, USC, UC-Riverside, NYU, Penn State and other academic institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

Previously Mr. Lloyd has been the General Counsel of the Benton Foundation, a domestic policy advisor at the Clinton White House, the executive director of the Civil Rights Forum on Telecommunications Policy, and an attorney at the DC law firm Dow, Lohnes & Albertson. He has served on numerous boards and advisory committees including the Smithsonian Institution media advisory committee, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Alliance for Public Technology, and as chairman of the CPB-funded Independent Television Service (ITVS).

Before becoming a communications lawyer, Mr. Lloyd was an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, working for public and commercial radio and television, including work at NBC and CNN.

The author of numerous articles and essays, including a contribution to the Encyclopedia of Journalism and work for the Aspen Institute, his book Prologue to a Farce, Communication and Democracy in America was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2007.

Mr. Lloyd graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with a double major in journalism and political science, and from the Georgetown University Law Center.


Article | May 6, 2013 | The American Prospect