Julius Genachowski

Julius Genachowski

Senior Fellow,

In both the private sector and in government, Julius Genachowski has been recognized as a bold and accomplished leader in technology, media and telecommunications.  

Genachowski served as Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from June 2009 to May 2013, a period of renewed U.S. leadership in the sector.  He focused the FCC on broadband, successfully driving major initiatives to extend high-speed Internet access, free up spectrum, preserve Internet freedom, and promote competition.  His tenure saw a strengthening of America’s tech-related global competitiveness and strong improvement in key broadband metrics, including record-setting private investment, significant increases in broadband speeds, and unparalleled innovation in networks, devices and applications.  Genachowski also expanded the FCC’s international engagement, visiting 22 countries and concluding several international agreements.  

As Chief Executive of the agency, Genachowski oversaw 2,400 employees, an annual budget over $400 million, and communications infrastructure programs of over $10 billion per year.  During his time as Chairman, the FCC was named the most improved agency in the federal government and one of Wired magazine’s “Top 7 Disruptions”.  He currently serves as a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute, the nonpartisan policy organization based in Washington, D.C. 

In over a decade in the private sector prior to his FCC appointment, Genachowski helped build IAC/InterActiveCorp, which owned and operated multiple Internet and media businesses including Expedia, Ticketmaster, and USA Network.  He joined the company when it consisted of two operating businesses (USA Broadcasting and HSN), and helped grow it – through acquisition and organically – to a company with dozens of operating businesses, over $6 billion in annual revenue, and over 25,000 employees globally.  

During this period, BusinessWeek named Genachowski one of 25 “managers to watch” in the media sector.  Genachowski worked at IAC from 1997 to 2005, as Chief of Business Operations (2003-2005), General Counsel (1999-2003), and General Counsel and the Senior Vice President of Business and Corporate Development of the company’s broadcasting unit (1997-1999).  From 2006 to his FCC appointment, Genachowski was a special advisor to the private equity firm General Atlantic.  He also launched the early stage tech incubator Launch Box, helped launch New Resource Bank, and served on the boards of several public and private companies.

While always a technology enthusiast, Genachowski began his career in the law, serving as a law clerk to Justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court (1993-1994), as well as Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. (1992-1993), and Chief Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1991-1992).  He graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College in 1985, and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1991, serving on the Harvard Law Review with President Barack Obama.  Genachowski has long advised President Obama on technology issues, and was instrumental in developing the 2008 Obama campaign’s Internet and tech strategy.  He is the son of immigrants – his father came to the U.S. to study engineering at MIT – and led the United States delegation to the 65th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.  Rolling Stone has listed Genachowski as one of “100 People Who Are Changing America.”