Jonathan S. Adelstein assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association on September 17, 2012. He comes to PCIA after serving as the 17th Administrator of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service, a position for which he was nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July, 2009. Adelstein previously served as Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission from 2002 to 2009.
As RUS Administrator, Adelstein oversaw a $60 billion portfolio of rural electric, water and telecommunications infrastructure loans. As part of the Recovery Act of 2009, he spearheaded the strategic investment of $3.5 billion into rural broadband infrastructure expansion to stimulate economic development and provide new or improved broadband service to millions of residents, businesses and community facilities across rural America. Adelstein has long been a strong advocate to improve rural telecommunications and broadband. As an FCC Commissioner, he sought to secure access to communications for everyone, including those left behind by the market. Before joining the Commission, Adelstein held a number of senior staff positions in the U.S. Senate.
Adelstein received an M.A. in History and a B.A. with Distinction in Political Science from Stanford University and is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover, MA. Adelstein was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. He currently lives with his wife Karen and two children, Adam and Lexi, in the Washington, D.C. area.
President and Chief Executive Officer