For Immediate Release
Monday, March 6, 2000
Contact: Ranjit de Silva
Art Brodsky


WASHINGTON-Gregory L. Rohde, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, today named a series of additional staff appointments to help support the agency's programs and initiatives.

The new appointments include Chanda Tuck-Garfield, who will be Assistant Director of the Minority Telecommunications Development Program (MTDP). The program was established in 1978 to develop policies that increase minority ownership of broadcast and telecommunications businesses. Tuck-Garfield has served as Communications Director and Legislative Assistant, focusing primarily on telecommunications for Representative Edolphus Towns (D-NY), the ranking Democrat on the House Commerce Subcommittee on Finance and Hazardous Materials. Before joining Representative Towns, Tuck-Garfield practiced law in Massachusetts.

Derrick Owens has been named Director of Interagency Affairs at NTIA. He will serve as NTIA's liaison to the White House, the Vice President's Office, the Federal Communications Commission and various other federal agencies. Prior to joining NTIA, Owens served for seven years as the Senior Legislative Assistant to Representative Thomas C. Sawyer (D-OH). Owens managed Representative Sawyer's Telecommunications Subcommittee work and advised him on numerous other legislative issues ranging from transportation to judicial matters, grants and regulations. Owens holds a Baccalaureate's degree in Political Science from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Rohde named Judd Crapa as Special Assistant for Administrative Affairs. Prior to joining NTIA, Crapa was an Executive Legislative Assistant at The Dutko Group, a Capitol Hill public policy management firm that deals with several telecommunications clients, where he managed legislative and governmental telecommunications research. Before going to work for Dutko, Crapa had been an intern in the offices of Representatives John Bryant (D-TX) and Dave Obey (D-WI), former Chairman and current ranking member on the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee. Crapa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Arizona in Tucson.