Rhod Shaw, Alpine Group
Rhod Shaw brings 25 years of high-level government experience to the High Tech Spectrum Coalition. For the past 14 years, Mr. Shaw has successfully represented a diverse group of Fortune 500 companies, major international trade associations, and other industry leaders on matters pending before the legislative and executive branches. He has provided critical strategic advice to numerous clients, and has created and implemented comprehensive legislative and grassroots action plans for working both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Mr. Shaw’s extensive experience includes specialized work affecting key industries such as telecommunications, energy, automotive, technology, financial services, and those requiring the protection of intellectual property rights, as well as other leading industries.
Jared Weaver, Alpine Group
Jared Weaver focuses his practice on telecommunications and technology issues. His broad portfolio in this field includes work for the wireless, video, competitive broadband, and music industries, as well as every facet of the high-tech industry from software to hardware to network equipment and handsets. While at the Alpine Group, Jared has both managed and served as a spokesman for a coalition of high tech companies. He was a vital part of the legislative effort that authorized the FCC to conduct voluntary incentive auctions of broadcast spectrum in order to secure additional spectrum for mobile broadband. He also succeeded in securing language to extend the usability of spectrum in 5 GHz for unlicensed use.
While on the Hill, Jared was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Rep. Anna Eshoo whose Silicon Valley constituency is dominated by many of the world’s largest technology companies alongside thousands of start-ups. He worked as the legislative director for Rep. Jay Inslee whose Seattle district had a significant technology presence as well. As a result, he was deeply involved with the Hill’s technology agenda, including legislative efforts to foster innovation, address broadband funding & deployment, support Internet radio, stop the Internet tax, and address spectrum policy.
As a graduate of Catholic University’s Communications Law Institute, Jared has a profound knowledge and deep understanding of the laws and regulations affecting the communications industry. His time on Capitol Hill and at the FCC makes for a well-rounded and substantive expert when it comes to strategizing and executing lobbying efforts before Congress.
Ansley Erdel, Alpine Group
Ansley Erdel focuses her practice on telecommunications and technology issues. She represents a variety of clients including trade associations, telecommunications service providers, wireless telephone carriers, computer manufacturers, and the music industry as well as Fortune 500 companies and industry coalitions.
Ansley is deeply engaged in spectrum policy, having played a large part in ensuring the passage of voluntary incentive auctions of broadcaster spectrum and continuing to seek ways to address the spectrum crunch to meet the growing demands of mobile broadband. She has worked to advance “Main Street Fairness” whereby internet retailers would collect sales tax as is required for brick and mortar retailers.
Ansley has served in a variety of roles for clients. She has been deeply involved in industry lobbying coalitions, both coordination and management of such groups, and often serving as a company representative within a particular group on behalf of clients. She has assisted many clients in raising their profile on Capitol Hill, and often works on a political level with clients to develop and implement Political Action Committee (PAC) plans.
Prior to joining Alpine, Ansley worked for former Congressman Nathan Deal who now serves as the Governor of Georgia. Ansley managed the telecommunications and consumer protection-related agenda for Congressman Deal, then a senior Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She has maintained strong relationships on the Hill, particularly among the House Energy and Commerce and Senate Commerce Members and their staff, as well as a strong relationship with Governor Deal and his legislative and political teams.
Ansley is a University of Georgia alum, and resides in Chevy Chase, MD with her husband, Grant and their two children.
Les Spivey, Alpine Group
Les Spivey has over fifteen years of Washington experience which includes his work at the Alpine Group after having served in several capacities for nearly a decade on the United States Senate Appropriations Committee. In his most recent position Les worked on the full committee and was responsible for coordinating the Chairman’s Federal funding priorities across all twelve annual appropriations bills. During this time he worked with Senate leadership, the House of Representatives, the White House, and various Federal agencies on budgets ranging from the Department of Commerce to the Department of Homeland Security which included collaboration with industry, trade associations, and constituent interests. In his capacity at Alpine, Les has worked with numerous clients before Congress and the Administration representing information and security technology companies regarding funding matters with the Federal government.