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Kate O’Connor

Acting Chief of Staff, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Commerce

Kate O'Connor photoKate O’Connor is Acting Chief of Staff in NTIA’s Office of the Assistant Secretary. She joined NTIA in January 2018 in the Office of Congressional Affairs, where she worked on legislative and communications policy issues. She was promoted to Acting Chief of Staff in July 2019. She has worked on a variety of legislative proposals affecting spectrum and broadband issues, including the RAY BAUM’S Act and NTIA’s mapping initiative. O’Connor also worked with state government officials and other federal agencies to advance White House initiatives on broadband and 5G.

Prior to joining NTIA, O'Connor worked in the United States Senate. She began her Senate career working in the office of Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), and then served as legislative assistant for Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), where she handled issues before the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, including telecommunications policy. O'Connor grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Chicago.