Board Members

Susan Swenson (Chairwoman)

Susan Swenson (Chairwoman)

Telecommunications/technology executive
Term expires: August 2019

Sue Swenson brings extensive experience as a telecommunications and technology executive to the FirstNet Board. She has served as CEO and Chair of the Board of Inseego Corp., a leading global provider of SaaS telematics solutions from 2015- 2017 and President and CEO of business software provider Sage North America from 2008-2011. Ms. Swenson also served as COO of T-Mobile USA, President and COO of Leap Wireless, International (Cricket Communications) from 1999-2004 and President and CEO of Cellular One from 1994-1999. She started her telecommunications career at Pacific Telesis holding various management roles including President & COO of Pac Tel Cellular from 1990 - 1994. Ms. Swenson serves on the Board of Directors of Wells Fargo and Harmonic Inc.

Jeffrey Johnson (Vice Chairman)

Jeffrey Johnson (Vice Chairman)

Fire Chief, retired; CEO Western Fire Chiefs Association
Former Chair, State Interoperability Council, State of Oregon
Term expires: August 2019

Jeffrey Johnson has an extensive public safety background, with broad experience at both the local and national level. Chief Johnson served as Chair of Oregon’s Statewide Interoperability Executive Council, which is transitioning from four independent state-owned radio networks into a single interoperable modern voice and data network. Prior to that, Chief Johnson was the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Fire Chief/CEO for 15 years. Chief Johnson is very active nationally on public safety communications matters, and has served on the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Board of Directors and served as President and Chairman of the Board. He is now CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs Association and served as a representative of the SAFECOM Emergency Response Council. Chief Johnson is a graduate of Concordia University.

Neil E. Cox

Neil E. Cox

Telecommunications / technology executive
Term Expires: August 2018

Neil E. Cox has decades of experience with telecommunications, Information Technology, and security monitoring services and is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Repio, Inc., which provides a platform for individuals and companies to search, filter, organize, and take control of their online information and image. Mr. Cox has also served as Executive Vice President of Qwest Communications, where he oversaw all product and business development, as well as the company's IT operations. He was a partner in MK Capital, a venture capital firm investing in application software and applied technology businesses, and has served as Executive Vice President of Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), where his responsibilities included digital convergence, next generation networks, and broadband for both fixed and wireless networks. Mr. Cox began his career at the Indiana Bell Telephone Company as the manager of engineering and operations. After working at Bell Communications Research, he joined Ameritech Cellular in 1987 and served through 2001, where he took on positions of increasing responsibility for the company’s cellular and information-based business in the United States and globally. Mr. Cox earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Purdue University.

Edward Horowitz

Edward Horowitz

Venture capital / technology executive
Term Expires: August 2018

Edward Horowitz has extensive leadership experience in the telecommunications, media, and financial services sectors. He is currently the founder and chairman of Edslink, LLC, a venture capital firm providing financial, advisory, and technology consulting services. He has served as Co-CEO of Encompass Digital Media, a provider of worldwide television channel origination, live sports and news distribution, digital media, and government services. Prior to Encompass, he was President and CEO of SES AMERICOM, a satellite operator serving the entertainment and broadcast media industries, business enterprises, and the U.S. government. Mr. Horowitz founded and served as Chairman of e-Citi, which is a unit of Citigroup, and was Senior Vice President, Viacom Inc., Chairman and CEO of Viacom Broadcast and Interactive Media groups, and a member of the Viacom Executive Committee. Mr. Horowitz served as Chairman of the Board of Fairpoint Communications through its merger with Consolidated Communications in July 2017. He currently serves on the boards of PT Link Net, Globecomm Systems, Inc., OmniSpace LLC, and the non-profit American Management Association (AMA). Mr. Horowitz holds a B.S. in Physics from CCNY and a Masters of Business from Columbia University.

Kevin McGinnis

Kevin McGinnis

Chief/CEO, North East Mobile Health Services, MPS, Paramedic Chief (Ret.), Communications Technology Advisor at National Association of State EMS Officials, National Association of EMTs, National Association of EMS Physicians, National EMS Management Association, and National Association of EMS Educators
Term Expires: August 2018

Kevin McGinnis’ career in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) spans 40 years, and he is a nationally recognized advocate for broadband communications within the EMS community. Mr. McGinnis is currently Community Paramedicine Chief of North East Mobile Health Services, the largest paramedic service in Maine. He has been the chief of volunteer, hospital based and private paramedic services, has been the director of a teaching hospital emergency department and was the state EMS director in Maine for ten years. Mr. McGinnis was the primary EMS community supporter of the several year initiative that led to FirstNet. He is the FirstNet Board liaison to America’s tribes, helping to facilitate FirstNet planning for their public safety and telecommunications efforts. He was named by the Government Technology/Solutions for State and Local Government magazine as one of its 2013 'Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in Public-Sector Innovation'.

Robert T. Osterthaler

Robert T. Osterthaler

Business / Technology Executive
Term Expires: January 2021

Mr. Robert Tipton (Tip) Osterthaler is the former President and CEO of SES Government Solutions, an independent subsidiary of SES, one of the world’s largest satellite communications companies. Prior to his position at SES, he was a Senior Vice President at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where his last assignment was Deputy General Manager of the Strategies, Simulation and Training Business Unit. Mr. Osterthaler served in the U.S. Air Force for 28 years, retiring as a Brigadier General and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy. Earlier positions included Vice Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and numerous command and senior staff assignments. He is a command pilot with over 3,000 flight hours in numerous aircraft including the F-15 and F-4. Upon his retirement, he was presented with the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the nation’s highest peacetime defense award. He holds a BS in Economics from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an MBA from Texas A&M University.

Annise D. Parker


Term Expires: August 2018

Mayor Annise D. Parker was the 61st Mayor of Houston, Texas, and one of only two women to hold the city’s highest elected office. She is the only person in Houston history to hold the offices of council member, controller, and mayor. Time magazine named her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She has also served as a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Criminal and Social Justice Committee, and as a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Advisory Council. Mayor Parker serves on the boards of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium and Houston Galveston Area Council. Mayor Parker graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and worked in the oil and gas industry for 20 years.

Richard Ross Jr.

Richard Ross Jr.

Police Commissioner, City of Philadelphia

Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. leads the fourth largest police department in the nation with more than 6100 sworn and 800 civilian members. His 28 years of service, include working in and commanding various units, ranging from Patrol, Special Operations and the Detective Bureau to Homicide and Internal Affairs. His prior role as First Deputy Commissioner of Field Operations, included his command of Patrol Operations, Homeland Security & Domestic Preparedness, Special Operations, Detective Bureau, Labor Relations, Community Relations, Criminal Intelligence, Command Inspections Bureau, and the Mayor’s Security Detail. Commissioner Ross is the recipient of numerous awards and citations, including the Gary P. Hayes Award for Excellence in Policing and the Dawn’s Place Champion Award for his work to abolish human trafficking. Commissioner Ross is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, the F.B.I. National Academy, the National Executive Institute, and the Police Executive Leadership Institute. He is active with law enforcement communities of Major City Chiefs, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, International Association of Chiefs of Police, FBI National Academy Associates and the Police Executive Research Forum.

Richard W. Stanek

Richard W. Stanek

Sheriff, Hennepin County, Minnesota
Term expires: January 2021

Sheriff Richard W. Stanek has served as the 27th Sheriff of Hennepin County (Minnesota) since 2007. Before that, he was a Commander at the Minneapolis Police Department and served as a five-term legislator in the Minnesota House of Representatives, where he chaired the House Crime Policy and Finance Committee. He was appointed to serve as Minnesota’s Commissioner of Public Safety and Director of Homeland Security in 2003. Sheriff Stanek serves on the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) Executive Committee and chairs the NSA’s Homeland Security Committee. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Hamline University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice from the University of Minnesota.

Teri Takai

Teri Takai

Government information technology expert; former CIO, states of Michigan and California
Term expires: August 2019

Teri Takai worked for Ford Motor Company for 30 years in global application development and information technology strategic planning. From Ford, she moved to EDS in support of General Motors. A long-time interest in public service led her to the government sector, first as CIO of the State of Michigan, then as CIO of the State of California, and subsequently the CIO of the U.S. Department of Defense. She next served as the CIO for Meridian Health Plan. She is currently the Executive Director for the Center for Digital Government, a member of the FirstNet Board, and a member of several industry advisory boards. Teri has won numerous awards including: Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year, CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame, Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers, the Women in Defense Excellence in Leadership Award, and the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

David Zolet

David Zolet

President & CEO of LMI
Term Expires: January 2021

David Zolet has more than 30 years of corporate experience and leadership roles in business development, engineering, strategic planning, and customer relations. Mr. Zolet is president and CEO of LMI, a management consulting firm with a 55-year history of serving the federal government. Prior to joining LMI, Mr. Zolet spent nearly 7 years with DXC Technology (formerly CSC) in executive roles, most recently as executive vice president and general manager for the Americas region. Before that, he led the North American Public Sector, a $5.7 billion business unit offering solutions and services to support the missions of federal, state, and local government agencies. Previously, he spent more than 20 years with Northrop Grumman Corporation, including as president of its Defense group; vice president of the corporate business development organization; president of the Commercial, State and Local group; and vice president of homeland security. Mr. Zolet earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, as well as an MS in electrical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in engineering science from Johns Hopkins University.

Mick Mulvaney

Mick Mulvaney

Director, Office of Management and Budget
Term: Ex-Officio

Mick Mulvaney is the current director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). He was nominated to the post by President Donald J. Trump in December 2016 and confirmed by the Senate on February 16, 2017. Prior to his time as the director of OMB, he served the people of the 5th District of South Carolina as their Congressman where he was first elected in 2010. He attended Georgetown University, graduating with honors in International Economics, Commerce, and Finance. He received his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed his formal education at Harvard Business School's OPM program in 2006.

Kathleen Kraninger

Kathleen Kraninger

Office of Management and Budget Designee

Kirstjen M. Nielsen

Kirstjen M. Nielsen

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

Ron Hewitt

Ron Hewitt

Department of Homeland Security Designee

Jeff Sessions

Jeff  Sessions

Attorney General of the United States (DOJ)
Term: Ex-Officio

Jeff Sessions was sworn in as the 84th Attorney General of the United States on February 9, 2017. Prior to becoming Attorney General, Mr. Sessions served as a United States Senator for Alabama. As a United States Senator, he focused his energies on maintaining a strong military, upholding the rule of law, limiting the role of government, and providing tax relief to stimulate economic growth and to empower Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money. Mr. Sessions served in the United States Army Reserve, and served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. Mr. Sessions was elected Alabama Attorney General and served as the State’s chief legal officer he entered the United States Senate.

Christopher M. Piehota

Christopher M. Piehota

Department of Justice Designee

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