Joe Waz serves as Senior Strategic Advisor to Comcast Corporation, and as Senior Counselor, Creative Content Protection, for NBCUniversal. At Comcast, the nation’s leading cable and Internet provider and the owner of NBCUniversal, Joe advises the company on public policy and strategy in all aspects of its business, including communications, copyright, tax, and other legal and policy matters. At NBCUniversal, Joe leads the company’s legal, policy, and other initiatives to promote the protection of its creative content.
For 17 years until his retirement in 2011, Joe served as senior vice president, external affairs and public policy counsel for Comcast, based at the company’s Philadelphia headquarters. Joe also served as founding president of the Comcast Foundation, and was executive director of the Comcast Corporation Political Action Committee and COMPAC-USA.
Joe served as executive vice president and general counsel of The Wexler Group (now Wexler Walker Public Affairs) in Washington, D.C. Joe began his professional career with Ralph Nader's Telecommunications Research and Action Center in 1979, where he led numerous policy initiatives. During his retirement, Joe also served as a Senior Adjunct Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology & Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder.
A Connecticut native, Joe received a bachelor's degree cum laude from Boston University and a doctor of laws from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Joe served as founding chairman of the Broadband Internet Technology Advisory Group, a multistakeholder organization dedicated to solving technology problems with public policy implications; president of the Federal Communications Bar Foundation; and chair of the Public Affairs Committee of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). Joe has served on numerous arts boards, and is the founding chair of the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music, an organization that supports the commissioning of choral works by contemporary composers. Joe currently chairs the board of TPRC, the leading annual academic conference on policy issues in communications, media, and the Internet, and on the advisory board of the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council (MMTC). He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles.
In 2002, Joe was presented with the cable industry's highest honor, the Vanguard Award, for his work in government and community relations. He has also been recognized with the Donald McGannon Award from the United Church of Christ OC, Inc., for promoting opportunities for women and minorities in communications, and is a member of the Hall of Fame of the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council. He has also been recognized by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia; the Cable Television Public Affairs Association; the City of Middletown, CT; and other institutions for his policy and civic contributions.
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