Our Team

Blair Levin, Executive Director

Blair Levin became Communications & Society Fellow with the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program on May 10, 2010, following his departure from the Federal Communications Commission, where he served as the Executive Director of the Omnibus Broadband Initiative. In his role at the Federal Communications Commission, Mr. Levin oversaw the development of a National Broadband Plan, a project mandated by Congress in the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Mr. Levin rejoined the Commission in June, 2009, after eight years as an analyst at Legg Mason and Stifel Nicolaus.  As Barron’s Magazine noted, Levin “has always been on top of developing trends and policy shifts in media and telecommunications … and has proved visionary in getting out in front of many of today’s headline making events.”

Previously, Mr. Levin served as Chief of Staff to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt from December 1993 through October 1997.  Mr. Levin oversaw, among other matters, the implementation of the historic 1996 Telecommunications Reform Act, the first spectrum auctions, the development of digital television standards, and the Commission’s Internet initiative.

Prior to his position with the FCC, Mr. Levin was a partner in the North Carolina law firm of Parker, Poe, Adams and Bernstein, where he represented new communications ventures, as well as numerous local governments on public financing issues. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.


Ellen Satterwhite, Program Director

Ellen Satterwhite is Program Director for Gig.U. Prior to joining the project, Ellen was Consumer Policy Advisor to the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. She was responsible for consumer research and analysis of emerging trends in communications services for the Bureau. In this role, she also supported the Commission’s agendas on education and broadband adoption. Ellen co-authored the Commission’s first surveys of broadband nonadopters and business subscribers and led analysis of these data for the National Broadband Plan.

Before joining the Commission, she managed the University of Texas at Austin’s efforts to attract funding under the Broadband Technology and Opportunities Program.

Ms. Satterwhite earned a Master’s in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and her undergraduate degree from Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA.