Chief Regulatory & State External Affairs Officer, AT&T Communications
Joan Marsh, AT&T’s Chief Regulatory and State External Affairs Officer, is responsible for federal regulatory relations, state external and legislative affairs and the national regulatory organization supporting AT&T Communications. In this role, Ms. Marsh manages the team representing AT&T Communications’ interests before the Federal Communications Commission as well as state legislatures, regulatory bodies and local government offices. Ms. Marsh’s responsibilities span across the entire line of AT&T’s business interests, including enterprise and consumer wireline, wireless and video services, and include responsibility for obtaining regulatory approvals for license transfers and acquisitions pursued by AT&T, managing spectrum and auction advocacy and directing federal, state and local support of wireline and wireless infrastructure policies that advance AT&T’s technology agenda.
In 2016, Ms. Marsh was named SVP – Federal Regulatory; and in 2007, she was named VP – Federal Regulatory, with responsibility for AT&T’s wireless, spectrum and public safety regulatory affairs. From 1997 to 1999, she served as Senior Regional Attorney for AT&T in its Chicago offices, representing AT&T before various state public utilities commissions in the Midwest.
Ms. Marsh is active in the community, particularly in mentoring women as they launch or build their careers. She participates in the Year-Up mentoring program, which empowers low-income young adults to transition to professional careers, as well as American Corporate Partners, which helps retiring veterans transition to the private sector through mentoring, networking, and career advice. She is also on the Board of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in DC.
Prior to joining AT&T, Ms. Marsh spent five years as a trial litigator with the Chicago law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. She received a J.D. with Honors from the University of Southern California Law Center in Los Angeles in 1990 and upon graduation was a law clerk for the Honorable Edward Rafeedie of the U.S. District Court for Central District of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Marsh received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1986.
Ms. Marsh lives in Maryland with her husband Owen and their two unruly dogs.