Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski today announced the appointment of Josh Gottheimer as senior counselor to the chairman.
In this capacity, Gottheimer will serve as the chairman’s strategic adviser on a wide range of policy and legal issues and have oversight over the legislative, communications, intergovernmental affairs, and public liaison functions of the agency.
Gottheimer will also focus on the steps the FCC can take to help facilitate U.S. global competitiveness, economic growth, and job creation and to improve the use of 21st-century communications networks to improve healthcare, education, energy efficiency and public safety.
“As part of my team, Josh will play a key role in helping me and the FCC achieve our critical mission: building the 21st-century communications infrastructure our country needs to compete and win in the global economy,” Genachowski said. “I’m thrilled that he’s joining the commission.”
Gottheimer is currently the executive vice president of the worldwide division at Burson-Marsteller. Before joining the firm, he served as director of strategic communications at Ford Motor Company, where he oversaw corporate advertising.
Between 1998 and 2001, Gottheimer served as special assistant to the president and presidential speechwriter to President Bill Clinton. In that capacity, he helped draft the State of the Union addresses in 1999 and 2000, several comedy speeches, and the 2000 Democratic Convention speech. After his departure from the White House, Gottheimer was a senior adviser to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. In the 2004 presidential race, he served as deputy director of speechwriting and senior policy adviser to the John Kerry for President Campaign.
In addition to being a regular political commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Channel, Gottheimer also has contributed to U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Monthly and ABA Magazine. He is currently is working on Power in Words: Barack Obama’s Speeches from the State House to the White House, a history and analysis of Obama’s most important pre-presidential speeches.